Photograph via Library of Congress
According to NPR, the father had essentially kidnapped the two children from his estranged wife, Marcelle. His plan was to flee to the United States and start anew.
He assumed a pseudonym, Louis B. Hoffman, and gave his children aliases too, “Lolo and Momon”. Unfortunately he chose the Titanic as his getaway ship.
In a strange twist, he was recorded as the only Titanic victim found carrying a loaded revolver in his pocket.[/size]