Cheltenham Torso Murder Mystery: Visitors at Brian Sullivan's grave

1938-02-13 in Cheltenham
George W Roper

A photograph of the Cheltenham Torso Murder Mystery, taken in February 1938 by George W Roper for the Daily Herald.

The photograph shows visitors at Brian Sullivan's grave, Leckhampton cemetery. On 3 February 1938, Mr H C Price found bloodstains, and three salmon fishermen discovered a human torso in the River Severn, near Haw Bridge, Tewkesbury. The discovery led to a murder investigation which remains unsolved. The body was believed to be that of Captain William Butt, though it was never proved. Brian Sullivan, the son of a nurse who looked after Butt's mother, was found dead at Tower Lodge, near Cheltenham, a couple of weeks before the discovery of the body.


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