WHO PUT BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM?, 1943

THE SKELETON IN THE WOOD

Was she a German spy, the victim of a black magic ritual, or an unfortunate vagrant? Who “Bella” really was is just one of this murder mystery’s unanswered riddles.

More than 75 years have passed since a woman’s skeleton was found stuffed inside a wych elm in a park in Worcestershire, England during World War II. Following this grim discovery, cryptic graffiti asking the question “Who put Bella in the wych elm?” started to appear around the district. Bizarre theories of German spies and witchcraft rituals keep this local legend alive, and the strange and sinister tale of “Bella” still captivates armchair detectives today. Despite a lengthy police investigation and a plethora of plausible—and ...

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