Arthur Mendelson was a billionaire oilman, well-known philanthropist, and Titanic fetishist, who owned a luxury cruise liner which was three feet longer than the Queen Mary, and eighty-six feet longer than the Titanic.

Mendelson orchestrated the theft of Cecil Rogers's Tuba, intending to have it played at a party hosted aboard his yacht. He planned on having Cecil Rogers play his tuba at his dinner party, refusing to believe that it would kill everyone on board. After the tuba was destroyed, Mendelson was arrested by the Coast Guard and the FBI for grand larceny.

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