That’s right, at long last, my gruesome new true crime compilation, The Faceless Villain: A Collection of the Eeriest Unsolved Murders of the 20th Century, Volume One is now available on Amazon in print and ebook formats. If you would like an audio book, you will probably have to wait a couple more weeks, but trust me, it will be available soon. Please enjoy, and keep a lookout for volume two, which will be published next year. Oh, and also check out this cool book trailer I made, won’t you? Thank you.
In the English Midlands in the 1940s, there were two very creepy unsolved murders: in one, a woman’s skeleton was found stuffed inside a wych-elm tree, and in the other, an old farmer was murdered in broad daylight by having his throat slashed and his body pinned to the ground by a pitchfork. Neither of the killers was ever caught, and in fact, the identity of the woman found in the wych-elm is still unknown. Eerily, both cases had details that suggested that they could possibly have been occult related. Were these killings part of some weird black magic rite? On this episode, Tom and Jenny discuss two infamous unsolved murders: the case known as Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm, and the Charles Walton Pitchfork Murder. Along the way, we also discuss legends about witchcraft in rural England, as well as the possible Nazi spy connection of the mysterious Bella skeleton. Put on your goat’s head and light a few black candles, because episode 49 of the 13 O’Clock Podcast has just been summoned from the underworld.
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Song at the end: “Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?” by Gravenhurst.