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Why did Agatha Christie disappear in 1926 ?


Posted on Monday, 8 May, 2017 | Comment icon 9 comments

What was the truth behind Christie's disappearance ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Violetriga
One of legendary crime novelist Agatha Christie's most enduring mysteries may have finally been solved.
Famous for creating fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Agatha Christie's murder mystery novels are overshadowed by one particularly enduring mystery about her own life.

On December 3, 1926, Christie, who was 36 at the time, left her home in Sunningdale and drove towards Surrey. Her car was found abandoned the next morning with her driver's license inside.

Her disappearance soon became headline news and a nationwide manhunt was organized involving over 1,000 police officers and 15,000 volunteers who scoured the country for her whereabouts.

She was found alive and well after 11 days at a hotel in Harrogate. She later insisted that she had suffered from a bout of amnesia and couldn't remember what had happened to her.

Now though, more than 90 years later, biographer Andrew Wilson believes that he may have finally unravelled the mystery of what Christie had been doing during those missing days.

In his new book A Talent for Murder, he outlines his belief that Christie had actually left with the intention of taking her own life. After being overcome by her Christian belief that suicide was a sin however she felt so ashamed that she decided to blame her disappearance on memory loss.

"After her mother's death she suffered a depression that was deepened by the onset of a host of other 'private troubles, into which I would rather not enter' - troubles we now know to involve her husband," Wilson wrote.

"She suffered from insomnia, she ate less, and she felt confused, lonely and desperately unhappy."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (9)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Lilly on 8 May, 2017, 12:27
Something tells me that in 1926 women who were in 'bad marriages' (aka, domestic abuse) had little to no social support. I think it's very likely that this particular scenario is correct.
Comment icon #2 Posted by keithisco on 8 May, 2017, 13:03
I think I prefer the scenario by Andrew Norman in 2006 that she suffered from a psychogenic trance brought on by depression which can leads to long periods of amnesia (this happened to Stephen Fry in 1995). Read more here:
Comment icon #3 Posted by Summerin1905 on 8 May, 2017, 15:43
could be possible as i like to say anything is possible
Comment icon #4 Posted by Derek Willis on 8 May, 2017, 17:37
Years ago I saw a documentary that suggested the disappearance was a publicity stunt to promote Christie's up to then modest career as a writer of mystery novels. As I recall, the documentary described how she left a note with her maid saying she was going to Yorkshire, and expected the maid would become alarmed and contact the police because Christie had been behaving oddly due to her husband having an affair. However, nothing happened. Next, the police were notified of her disappearance by a phone call from a woman in Yorkshire. Another phone call from Yorkshire was received by The Times in ... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Amanda Evans on 8 May, 2017, 19:25
She was fighting alien wasps with The Doctor.
Comment icon #6 Posted by torchwoodchi on 8 May, 2017, 21:53
I think she was a drama queen. Pure and simple.
Comment icon #7 Posted by timewarrior on 9 May, 2017, 16:01
Exactly!  I saw a documentary on that very matter just the other day. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by qxcontinuum on 10 May, 2017, 4:28
or she committed the perfect crime and needed an alibi. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer on 10 May, 2017, 15:49
Wasn't there a TV movie in the '70s about the disappearance?  If I remember correctly she disappeared to some place that didn't know who she was and just wanted to be an "average woman" for a few days.


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