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Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?

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Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?

'Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?' is a graffito that originated in 1944 after a woman's corpse was discovered by several children inside a wych elm in Hagley Wood. Among other places the graffiti has appeared on the Hagley Obelisk near to where woman's body was discovered. The victim, whose murder was estimated to have occurred in 1941, remains unidentified.

We'll be showing the Thomas Lee Rutter film about this mysterious event. We'll also have some local authors and poets reading from their work, some of which is inspired by this grisly event.

The Thomas Lee Rutter film.
In 1943 a group of boys wondering the woodland of Hagley Hall discovered the remains of an unknown woman stuffed inside a hollowed-out Wych Elm tree. To this day her identity is still unknown. In 1944 however, mysterious graffiti began to adorn the walls of the Midlands: Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm. Somebody knew but who? This curious phantasmagoria investigates the known possibilities which takes us from the mystical realms of witchcraft to sinister WW2 espionage. Will her soul ever be set free?

More details to follow about the local authors and poets appearing.

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