Marlowe's Mighty Line: Was Marlowe Murdered at Twenty-Nine?

Benjamin Wham

Mr. Wham was one of several lawyers who wrote articles on the Shakespeare authorship question published in the American Bar Association Journal. In 1961 these essays were put into a book titled, Shakespeare Cross-Examination. Mr. Whams candidate for the Shakespeare authorship was Christopher Marlowe, hence came his title: Marlowe's Mighty Line: Was Marlowe Murdered at Twenty-nine?

Mr. Wham was President of the Illinois State Bar Association between 1941-1942. He was also President of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Chicago. He was educated at Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois (A.B. 1915, J.D. 1917). He began practicing law in Chicago in 1920. He was the Ross Essaay Contest prize winner in 1935. During World War I he served as an Infantryman and in World War II was a member of the Alien Hearing Board.

After Mr. Wham's article was published, the American Bar Association Journal received the following letter commenting on it:

I enjoyed reading the article, "Marlowe's Mighty Line" by Benjamin Wham.

As I read the citation of the Prologue of Marlowe's, Jew of Malta, I was struck, perhaps as have been others, by the name Machevil.

The letters, I noted, are those which could spell out "Ch. M. Alive". Has someone ever pointed out that "Ch." could mean Christopher and "M.", Marlowe; the rest is obvious? If this is a jumbled clue, then the case for Marlowe is made.


John M. Orr
McKeesport, Pennsylvania