Sunday, 11 January 2015

Cutting - Sawn-Up Body Riddle (1938)

4th February 1938
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After the man’s torso was found in the Severn near Haw Bridge, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, the river was dragged and police turned up two legs and two handless arms. Home Office pathologist Sir Bernard Spilsbury carried out a post-mortem on the torso and other remains and decided they belonged to a missing man, Captain William Butt of Cheltenham.
Brian Sullivan, the son of a nurse who looked after Butt's invalid wife, had committed suicide a few days after the Captain's disappearance in January and his bloodstained coat was found under the floorboards of the house.
Further searching failed to find the head and hands of the body, and the inquest left the identity of the remains and cause of death officially open. The crime has never been solved.

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