"...killed by her Irish-born maid Kate Webster (pictured)..."
From the picture, are they sure 'she' wasn't a 'he'?
Cops in southwest London have identified a skull found in the Richmond garden of TV star Sir David Attenborough as that of an 1879 murder victim. Kate Webster The skull was discovered last year during excavations at the rear of the former Hole in the Wall pub in Park Road, close to where Julia Martha Thomas was killed by her …
From the picture, are they sure 'she' wasn't a 'he'?
"Isn't that a bit of a girl's name."
"It's short for... erm... Bob."
Located, captured, tried, convicted, sentenced, and executed within 4 months. Nowadays you can't even get a trial date in that short a time, let alone finish the process.
Sherlock, for, well, you know...
it was because op cops weren't busy with their private business
I believe there is also compelling evidence that Rebekah Wade had Kate Webster's phone hacked and was listening to her voicemails.
I'm sure the records will show that R. W. was on leave for just those 2 weeks.
Or possibly visiting her aunt just outside of Quirm?
Coat? mines the one with baggy sleeves and the pointy hat thank you.
Great stuff...solving 130 year old cases that have already been closed. No wonder you can't find a policeman when you need one.
That seems a bit harsh. You'd kind of expect a bit of investigation by the police if you dug a human skull up in your back garden, wouldn't you?
...it probably didn't take them long to work out how old the skull was...everything after that isn't really solving crime...it's more "being curious".
The Daily Mail resisted the opportunity to snipe at the police with a headline like "Now bungling cops take 132 years to solve London murder". I fully expected to see a footnote that read "Richard Littlejohn is on holiday."
...did I read that right...her remains were a free meal for kids???
Free meal for kids - the Daily Mail reported.
Get your pies 'ere at Mrs. Lovett's pie's..
Must have involved a computer...
'... the former Hole in the Wall pub..'
It mentions a pub, well, a former pub. I've lost track of the number of 'important' IT related 'meetings' I've held in pubs over the years...
A stare from that (cough) Lady would be enough to kill ya!
A cough from that (stare) Lady would be enough to kill ya!
Wow bad time to pick this to read whilst eating my lunch!
Was it something a lady gave you for free?
Surely the first thing the police need to do is establish if Mr Attenborough can account for his movements on 22nd March 1879..?
If you found a skull in your garden, and weren't a famous and much respected personality, would you feel comfortable calling the plod when you know the first person they are going to suspect is you?!
I think it would go straight back into the hole it came out of, just a bit deeper this time!
I've got the perfect candlestick for it right here! That'll go nicely on my desk at work, methinks...
of an aquaintance who was digging the footings for a village bench and dug up a skull. He was inclined just to stick it back in the ground, but eventually reported it.
Police were not overly worried about it to be honest, the bench was being installed in a graveyard.
PC Plod finds a freshly dug hole with a skull in it in your garden....
Most people know that people taste like pork.. and yet no one wants to recognise that pork tastes like people. Just something to ponder over your next BLT.
Anyway in those days I'm sure the attitude was why let good meat go to waste, you have to think of the children you know...
(Definitely pork, it's an urban myth that we taste like chicken, a number of Argentines have confirmed this).
of "Long Pig"
How do "most people" "know" this interesting fact?
I've certainly heard it, but I've never knowingly eaten anyone (cue ribaldry from the cheap seats), so all I can say is "I've heard that etc etc etc".
Therefore I have no yardstick with which to compare my delicious bacon doorstep with a PLT.
The ones I've eaten.
quick, hand me my sonic screwdriver...
The guy who played Supreme Being in Time Bandts.
Google image search for him, it's uncanny!
I didn't realise the Hate Mail had been spreading fear for so long.
Pardon my ignorance, but what's the purpose of boiling the body parts?
Probably it was an attempt to reduce the disposable volume?
Not sure if it would actually work (and realising the freshly-boiled meat could be passed off for human consumption was possibly an afterthought when it didn't work). Kate likely had no more idea about how to properly dispose of a body in a hurry than you or I.
Stew. I'm sure it also helps to inhibit the stench as it decays and makes disposal easier as all you really need to do is get rid of the bones once the kids and village dogs have been fed. I imagine it would take too much time stewing large bones to get them to that brittle and easily crushed state chicken bones get after making a stock.
"Webster, who had a history of drunkeness ..."
So, was that unusual back then? How times change.
"recorded... the cause of death as asphyxiation and head injury"
I get the asphyxiation part as the article mentions strangling but is head injury some strange euphemism for decapitation?
I know know how to dispose of a worthless politician .
Of course 'Ye Olde News of the Empire' would have 'hacked' Ms Webster's diary and employed some disreputable fellow to overhear her conversations down at her local drinking establishment...
I think that it could have been just plain "News of The Wolrd", considering that that paper was around then.