Documentary finds new evidence in 70-year-old murder case

A BBC South documentary has uncovered new evidence in a notorious 70-year old murder case. The programme marks the 70th anniversary of the sentencing of James Camb, convicted of the murder of actress Gay Gibson on the liner “The Durban Castle” in 1948.

Camb was a deck steward on the liner which was travelling from Cape Town to Southampton, and was arrested on arrival by Southampton Police on suspicion of the murder of Gibson. Camb claimed in his defence that Gibson had died of natural causes while they were in her cabin together and he had panicked and thrown her body out of the porthole.

In the programme, presenter and producer Richard Latto reveals new evidence from author Antony M Brown and Paul Stickler from The Hampshire Police History Society and other witnesses.

Richard Latto said:

‘We also managed to track down a key witness for the defence who later became an actress on British television. It was fascinating and thought-provoking to hear Doreen Mantle’s account of her friend Gay Gibson’s health and hear of her regret at not giving evidence at the trial.’

The Porthole Mystery parts 1-4 will air at 6.30pm on BBC Radio Solent this week, Monday 19 to Thursday 22 March, and in full on Fri 23 March at 7pm.

BBC South Today will feature the story on Thursday 22nd March at 6.30pm, after which it will be streamed on BBC South News Facebook at 7.00pm. Presenter Richard Latto will be joined by experts from the programme who will be answering questions on the story.

The full film documentary will also be on BBC News Channel on 23 March at 9:30pm and repeated across the weekend of the 24 and 25 March.