Unsolved Murders

Skeleton

Age: 30 to 50

Sex: male

Date: 31 Aug 1945

Place: Liverpool

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

A skeleton of a man was found in a cylinder on a bombed site in Liverpool.

The decomposed remains were dressed in Victorian-style clothes and it was thought that he had got into the cylinder in 1885.

The cylinder that the remains were found in and which were found on the bombed site was said to have been part of a ventilating shaft.

The man had been wearing a collar and a white shirt, but there were no cufflinks or collar studs. It was noted that no watch was found either or anything of any value.

No money was found on the body, but diaries and other papers, including account sheets relating to TC Williams and Company, Leeds Street, Liverpool, with the date 18-- on it were found amongst the possessions. A postcard dated July 3 1885 and a receipt bearing the name TC Williams was also found.

It was noted that TC Williams was a paint manufacturer in Liverpool. The police said that they could find no trace of Mr Williams being buried and it was thought that it was not reasonably possible that the remains were those of TC Williams son who was born in 1859. (The sub-headline read, 'Could Not Be Son’).

The pathologist said that he thought the body was that of a man aged between 30 and 50 years.

The coroner said that it was impossible to ascertain the cause of death but said that they had no reason to doubt that the man had got into the cylinder by crawling into it.

An open verdict was returned.


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see Liverpool Echo - Friday 31 August 1945

see Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 31 August 1945

see Aberdeen Evening Express - Friday 31 August 1945

see Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 31 August 1945

see Dundee Evening Telegraph - Friday 31 August 1945

see Derby Daily Telegraph - Friday 31 August 1945