William McMaster Murdoch


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The 1996 and 1997 movie versions of the Titanic showed Murdoch commiting suicide after accidentally shooting an innocent passenger, but that is often debated, did that really happen?
 
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In the 1997 movie "Titanic," 1st Officer Murdoch was depicted as an officer who would accept a bribe from the fictional character Caledon Hockley in return for a seat on a lifeboat. Shortly after shooting a passenger, Murdoch shoots himself. This depiction is fictional. Whether or not he killed any passengers or shot himself is a matter of conjecture. (One story has it that Captain E. J. Smith shot himself as the ship was sinking.) I read that relatives of Murdoch doubt that there was any truth to either of these stories. He was originally signed on as the Chief Officer, which in itself, is a testimony to superior seamanship.
 

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