Today’s piece is inspired by a true crime mystery.

Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?

Back in 1944 a skeleton was found inside the trunk of a wych elm tree by some kids that were poaching on private property. Despite being afraid of getting into trouble, the youngest of the kids told about the skeleton which lead to its exhumation. Almost an entire skeleton of a young woman was found inside this tree. I say almost because the only thing missing was her hand. That was found a little further off all on it’s own apparently having be cut off. Despite some clear clues that should have helped identify her, such as hair still on the skull and missing teeth, police were never able to figure out who she was.

There are a lot of theories as to who she was and what happened to her. And this is where she gained her name as “Bella” instead of the usual “Jane Doe.” One missing person that lined up with her disappearance was a local prostitute named Bella. Some theories say she was killed by spies for knowing too much. Others say she, herself, was a spy, or that she was killed as a sacrifice in a ritual to create a hand of glory. We may never know. But what we do know, is that she was a least found. And that, even if we don’t know her true name, she has not been forgotten.

To Inspire You:

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Under the Unflinching Stars

In the embrace of
the swaying wych elm, Bella
rests her head and grins.

For the secrets she
knows will come bubbling to
the surface again.

~Jeanette Andromeda

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