This Arctic murder thriller stays unsolved after 150 years

This Arctic murder thriller stays unsolved after 150 years

Printed November 22, 2022

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Alongside with powerful of the American and British public in the mid-19th century, Charles Francis Corridor used to be riveted by accounts of Sir John Franklin’s tragic 1845 expedition trying to win the North­west Passage, the fabled Arctic sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The scale of the loss—two vessels and 129 males—and the thriller encompass­ing the fates of Franklin and his crew, ended in many expeditions that region out to verify the cease results of their story.

“Corridor used to be a deeply eccentric man, presumably the unlikeliest fellow to ever become an Arctic explorer,” said Russell A. Potter, a professor at Rhode Island College. Corridor had no more than a pair of years of education and lived a mute lifestyles as a household man and modestly success­ful engraver and publisher in Cincin­nati, Ohio. But his hobby in Franklin’s doomed quest became into an obsession with the Arctic and a deepest mission to win survivors. 

By the late 1850s var­ious expeditions had learned bodies and relics from the Franklin crew, dimming hopes of finding any individual alive. Easy, in 1860, the 39-­yr-­former Corridor left Ohio for the Arctic to survey if there had been any lives left to construct.