Unsolved Murders

Mamie Stuart

Age: 25

Sex: female

Date: 12 Nov 1919

Place: Brandy Cove, Gower

Source: find.galegroup.com

Mamie Stuart was found at the bottom of a disused mineshaft in Brandy Cove, Gower in 1961.

It was thought that she had been murdered between 12 November and 6 December 1919 and cut up and dumped in the mineshaft.

Mamie Stuart had been a chorus girl and a typist. She was from Sunderland but was last seen in Swansea. She was the daughter of a ship's Captain.

She had been bigamously married to a marine engineer who later died in 1958 and it was thought that evidence point to him as the murderer. The marine superintendent was charged with bigamously marrying her at South Shields in March 1918 and convicted and sentenced to 18 months hard labour. He had previously been married in 1905. He had denied that he had formerly married her saying that he had met her in July 1917 and they had stayed together at several addresses but where not married and that he had not seen her since December 1919.

At his trial letters were presented in evidence from him to Mamie Stuart in which he had begun 'My Darling Wife', 'My Sweet Little Wife' and so on and had been ended with 'Your loving hubby' and 'From your hubby' and 'Your Husband' etc..

One letter that he had written said 'You ask to be free. Are you not more free than any other girl? You wander to and fro at your own sweet will, no one to question or prohibit you. Now you see that such is not what you ought to do. I do not quite understand in what manner I can do more. It does not lie in my power. I have no intention of doing such awful things as you suggest. I can only imagine you mean me to go on a wrong path so that you can divorce me. I will not believe that you have ever done anything that I could complain of. I gave myself to you long ago. You never seemed to care after a few short weeks. You flaunted me before your friends. I did my best for you. I gave you my name and my love, and you trifled with both'.

A detective stated that the signature that the man had given on his arrest was the same as the one on the register of Mamie Stuart's marriage.

She had been cut into 3 parts so as to fit into several containers. Both her upper arm bones, shoulder blades and parts of her thoracic spine had been sawn as well as both thighs above the knees.

Swansea police carried out digging operations in the search for her. In order to set any doubt at rest they obtained permission to examine a garden at Caswell Bay in the Gower Peninsula but without any result. There was also some excitement caused when some woman's clothing was found on the cliffs at Caswell Bay but the police were not satisfied that the discovery was connected to Mamie Stuart.

Several siting's of her were made, including a girl found in Canada but her disappearance remained a mystery until 1961.

A Brighton Spiritualist said that he had been in contact with Mamie Stuart in the spirit world 4 times and that she had told him the same thing each time that she had been in the spirit world since the early part of December and would be found in a yard deep under a brick-red floor buried in her clothes.


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see "Skeleton That Of Chorus Girl." Times [London, England] 15 Dec. 1961: 7. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 23 Apr. 2016.

see Leeds Mercury - Tuesday 03 August 1920

see Sheffield Independent - Tuesday 13 July 1920

see Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 19 August 1920

see Leeds Mercury - Tuesday 17 August 1920

see Dundee Courier - Wednesday 28 July 1920