On September 25, 1928, Felix von Armstadt, one of the richest men in the world, perished in Egypt in a gruesome attack on his life. The murder of the German oil tycoon was a complete mystery and shocked the business world, as well as the international elite.
The most disturbing and mysterious circumstance surrounding Von Armstadt's tragedy was the disappearance of his wife, the socialite Emmy Buckingham Parker. Treated at first as a possible kidnapping, later on it was widely speculated Emmy orchestrated her husband's sad fate. However, a request for ransom was never made, nor did Emmy ever return to claim the Von Armstadt estate.
The families Von Armstadt and Buckingham Parker, who each for reasons of their own had never approved of the liaison between the elderly Felix and his much younger wife, overcame their differences and mounted an extensive investigation. Newspapers and magazines at the time were abuzz with wild speculations, tracing back meticulously the final six months of the glamourous couple.
Various reports claim Emmy Buckingham Parker has been seen after that fateful day. But nothing conclusive ever surfaced...
Records of the Cunart line show that in July 1928 Emmy Buckingham Parker had made enquiries about fares to North and South America. She made reservations for two on the SS L'Amerique Du Sud, but later cancelled.
Odille de Lafayette, a lifelong confidente of Emmy, stated she knew her friend was in love with "the idea" of the Americas. She adored tango-music ever since she had had a one weekend fling with a Jorge Aragon, son of a renowned Brazilian coffee planter.
There have been rumours that place Emmy in Havana in May 1929 in the company of Venezuelan oil tycoon Manuel Gonzales da Silva. Although there was never any proof that the Von Armstadt murder was connected to a liaison between Buckingham Parker and Da Silva, it is indisputably true that Da Silva's hold on the global oil market grew stronger upon Von Armstadt's demise, as the Von Armstadt empire crumbled under the misguided management of younger brother Jurgen.
Emmy was reportedly seen on board of Da Silva's private yacht as it set sail for Port au Prince. The yacht was blown up in a violent explosion that took seventeen lives and was ultimately attributed to the Cuban mafia.
Other reports place Emmy in Bombay in the December 1929 and in Nairobi in 1934. It seems unlikely that the world will ever know what really happened to her...