Jacques Futrelle

(April 9, 1875 - April 15, 1912)

Jacques Futrelle (jack) was a well known journalist and author. It was as an author of mystery short stories, some of which had appeared in the Saturday Evening Post and of many novels of the same genre as "The Thinking Machine", with which he first gained a wide popularity. From 1890 to 1902 he worked mainly for newspapers including the Boston Post and the New York Herald before entering the theatrical business as a manager for a brief stint. In 1904 he returned once more to journalism.

Futrell was returning from Europe with his wife Lily May Peel (fellow writer) when they decided to travel as first cabin passengers on the Titanic. Jacques was in the smoking room when the ship struck the iceberg, he immediately ran to find his wife. As people clammered for the last of the lifeboats, Futrell refused to board, perferring that his wife be saved. Lily attempted several times to get her husband into the lifeboat but he stoodfast refused. His wife, on reaching land, did not have the heart to tell their daughter of her father's fate, so lied, telling her he had survived and was on another rescue ship. A few weeks after the tragic event Jacques mother died, her death attributed to the grief over losing her son.

Jacques Futrell's novels include

The Chase of the Golden Plate (1906)
The Simple Case of Susan (1908)
The Thinking Machine on the Case (1908)
The Diamond Master (1909)
Elusive Isabel (1909)
The High Hand (1911)
My Lady's Garter (1912)
Blind Man's Bluff (1914)