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Oscar Palmquist The following announcement appeared in the New York Times, 19th April 1925

TITANIC DISASTER SURVIVOR DROWNS IN A SHALLOW POND
Bridgeport, Conn, April 18. -
Surviving the Titanic Disaster April 14, 1912, by swimming for hours in the icy waters until picked up by a rescue ship, Oscar Palmquist of 42 Lenox Avenue was drowned in six feet of water in a pond in Beardsley Park into which he is believed to have wandered. Missing since March 23, Palmquist's body was discovered in the pond today.


Question: It would not be possible to swim for HOURS in icy cold waters of the Atlantic. You would die after minutes?

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Arne Mjåland

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Discussion Titanic passenger lawbreakers.
Why not turn the other way around as well and find out how many survivors were victims to crimes from others?
In Connectitut Post there is an interesting article about Oscar Palmquist April 14 1998. He was in March 1925 found dead in a pond in Bridgeport. At that time police and others claimed it was an accident, but probably was Palmquist murdered.
 
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Hey Jan,
The allegations of murder come from present-day descendants of Palmsquist's brother Amandus and sister-in-law Gertrude. During the Cameron movie hoopla, there was a big feature article (the one Arne mentioned) in Connecticut in which the Palmquist relatives were interviewed and that is when the information really became public although they had been talking about it for years. Supposedly he was murdered by another guy over some woman and tossed into a pond.

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Phil
 
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I have a news paper article from bridgeport post in 1925 that explain where the theory that oskar was murdered came from oskar pastor. oskar was a member of the evangelical lutheran salem church in Bridgeport connecticut. It was Rev. A.J. Okerblom who thought oskar was murdered. As to wether it was a jelous husband that theory didnt cime untill much later
 

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Oscar Palmquist The following announcement appeared in the New York Times, 19th April 1925

TITANIC DISASTER SURVIVOR DROWNS IN A SHALLOW POND
Bridgeport, Conn, April 18. -
Surviving the Titanic Disaster April 14, 1912, by swimming for hours in the icy waters until picked up by a rescue ship, Oscar Palmquist of 42 Lenox Avenue was drowned in six feet of water in a pond in Beardsley Park into which he is believed to have wandered. Missing since March 23, Palmquist's body was discovered in the pond today.


Question: It would not be possible to swim for HOURS in icy cold waters of the Atlantic. You would die after minutes?

Brian Jackett
England

I know that the OP is over 20 years old but by sheerest coincidence that was the time I had a long discussion about Scandinavian passengers on the Titanic with a leading Swedish researcher in the annual British Titanic Society meeting in Southampton. My friend was of the opinion that Oskar Johansson Palmquist was a colorful character who was not averse to spinning tall stories about his alleged adventures. Some of those are mentioned here on ET in his biography.

When he started off on his journey from Sweden, his destination was supposedly New Haven, Connecticut as per police records. The involvement of the police is perhaps suggestive in itself. But later that destination somehow changed to a farm in Wisconsin.

Also, his knee and leg problem alluded to on ET was, according to the Swedish researcher, caused a significant limp and mobility limitation to some extent. This raised more than a few doubts about how effective a swimmer he was, much less swimming in icy waters for several hours before being picked-up by a ship. In fact, he was rescued on Lifeboat #15.

Therefore, it seems hardly surprising that he met with a sticky end, whether it was accidental or a homicide.
 

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