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15 Completely Wacky Crimes That Still Aren’t Solved Today




     


8. WHO PUT BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM?

In April 1943, four young boys looking for birds’ nests in some woods near Birmingham, England discovered a human skull shoved into the hollow trunk of an elm tree. It led to a police search that would uncover almost a complete skeleton and some fragments of clothing.

It was later determined that the remains belonged to a woman, but her identity was a complete mystery; was she a prostitute or the victim of a silly prank? To hinder things further, in the middle of WW2 so many people were going missing it was virtually impossible to find a lead on the case. Naturally, the case went cold pretty quickly but six months later some strange graffiti started to appear across the area; one piece in particular on a nearby obelisk:

“Who put Bella in the wych elm?”

To this date no leads are forthcoming and only speculation keeps the mystery alive. Some say “Bella” was a German spy who according to interrogation reports by MI5 was to be dropped into the area in 1941 on a secret mission. She failed to make radio contact with her case officer which suggests she met an untimely end, possibly at the hands of an unknown killer.