Buried @ sea
per his wishes left in a suicide note.
WW2 and Korean war Veteran USAF
Pilot Captain of B24 Juilian A. Harvey
Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y
Squadron: 93rd Bomb Group,
Ploesti raid returned to base with engine trouble.
His No. 1 engine seized up after being airborne
35 minutes, returned to base.
Qualified fighters and bombers. Harvey flew 29 combat missions WW2
and 114 fighter missions in Korea.
Discharged with permanent rank of Major in 1958.
Major Harvey was married 6 times.
from USAF, he found himself in court several times involving violent
deaths. In 1949 his 2nd wife and mother in law were killed in an auto
accident in which he was the driver. The car skidded off a bridge
and into a river but Harvey had managed to exit the car just before
the crash and was uninjured.
a 60 foot ketch carrying a Wisconsin family of five, he believed he
was the only survivor of a "strong gale" and "devastating
fire." Hours later a sunbaked 11–year–old girl was
spotted by commercial seamen adrift off Miami in a life preserver.
When Harvey learned Coast Guard officials were investigating, he committed
Courts later ruled that Harvey had murdered his wife for insurance
and the Duperrault family to eliminate witnesses. The story appeared
in life magazine and newspapers around the world.
November 8 1961
The ship Bluebelle was chartered by Wisconsin optometrist Dr. Arthur
Duperrault of Green Bay for a trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
to the Bahamas. On the return trip the captain, ex-World War II and
Korean War pilot Julian Harvey, reportedly killed his 34-year-old
sixth wife Mary Dene and four members of the Duperrault family.
11-year-old Terry Jo Duperrault was left alive asleep below in a sleeping
compartment. Captain Harvey then scuttled the vessel and abandoned
the ship. When Terry Jo was awakened by screams and as the ship filled
with water, she was able to launch herself onto a raft as the ship
fell into the depths. The young girl drifted for four days without
food or water. She was unconscious and near death when rescued in
the Greek freighter Captain Theo. A crewman on the Captain Theo took
a picture of her on the float; this photograph was featured on front
pages around the world with stories of the "sea waif".
been picked up three days earlier in a dinghy along with the dead
body Rene one of the children. He told United States Coast Guard investigators
that a squall had brought down the Bluebelle's masts, rupturing the
auxiliary gas tank, and starting a fire. He claimed that he found
Renee floating face down in the water and tried unsuccessfully to
revive her. An autopsy showed that the cause of death was drowning.
However, after Harvey was informed of Terry Jo's rescue, he left the
hearing, checked into a motel under an assumed name, and committed
suicide by cutting his wrists, legs and throat with a razor.
magazine Dec. 1 1961
Source also Miami Herald Feb. 10 1981
Air Museum in Britian