In 1943 the remains of a woman’s body were found in a hollow tree near Hagley in Worcestershire. She has never been identified and her murder remains unsolved. We hope to change that.
BELLA ON TV
BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM Yesterday TV 8pm Thursday 6th December – featuring Andrew Sparke, Pete Merrill, and Peter Douglas-Oborn. It’s one of six episodes in a new series ‘Nazi Murder Mysteries’ starting on 15th November – running order is:
1. HITLER’S NIECE 15th Nov
2. DUKE OF WINDSOR 22nd Nov
3. SERIAL KILLER IN BERLIN (The S-Bahn Murderer) 29th Nov
4. BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM 6th Dec
5. HERMANN GOERING 13th Dec
6. RUDOLF HESS 20th Dec
1 – Alex Merrill is working on a second book exploring decay rates and Bella’s clothing
2 – The young poet Nellie Cole has published a book of fabulous verses based on the Bella legend
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APS Books is ecstatic to have been able to publish Alex Merrill’s book. He’s been exploring the Bella crime scene, physical evidence and forensic reports in detail and has reached some startling new conclusions. Best of all he’s had Liverpool University reconstruct Bella’s face from photographs of her skull so now for the first time we can see what Bella looked like.
Near the site of Bella’s tree
This Black Country mystery, an unsolved murder of an unknown woman whose rotting body was found in a hollow tree in 1943, keeps growing new intriguing layers. The police at the time and others since have considered a range of possibilities including witchcraft, espionage, prostitution as well as the possibility of a gypsy clan murder. Andrew Sparke’s book explores all these and other elements of the folk-lore around Bella’s tale and now contains copies of recently released documents such as the original forensic and police case closure reports and also contemporary photographs.