Dismembered body of woman buried 100 years after brutal murder
A woman who was brutally murdered a century ago has finally been buried – after her remains lay undiscovered for 40 years then stored in a cupboard for another 60.
Mamie Stuart went missing in 1919, aged 26, and her death remained a mystery until her dismembered body was found in 1961 in an abandoned lead mine in Wales.
Her remains were then stored in a cupboard at a Cardiff forensic laboratory for decades. But Ms Stuart has finally been laid to rest after her great-niece Susie Oldnall tracked them down.
Born in Sunderland, Ms Stuart moved to Wales after marrying George Shotton, a Welsh marine engineer, in 1918. A year later she went missing. Shotton was questioned but there was not enough evidence to charge him. In 1961, Ms Stuart’s bones and jewellery were discovered in the mineshaft. Her body had been cut into three parts.
Mrs Oldnall said: "She was murdered, cut up and put in a cave in the dark for 40 years, then for another 60 years she was in a cupboard, brought out every now and again, presumably to show to budding pathology students. I thought I’m not having this."
Ms Stuart was buried beside her parents in a Sunderland cemetery.Daily Mail