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This Black Country mystery keeps growing new intriguing layers. It’s the unsolved murder of an unknown woman whose rotting body was found in a hollow tree in 1943. The police at the time and others since have considered a range of possibilities including witchcraft, espionage, prostitution as well as the possibility of a gypsy clan murder. The book explores all these and other thoughts and now contains copies of recently released documents such as the original forensic and police case closure reports and also contempory photographs.
The book is currently under option to an American indie film maker while the UK sees two other films released in 2017 – one is a black and white drama by Tom Lee Ritter described as ‘a mood piece chronicling the fateful day of the discovery of an unidentified skeleton in Hagley Wood to the folkloric theories that followed’ and the other being made by Jayne Harris is a documentary which includes atmospheric interviews filmed in an underground Second World War command centre in the Drakelow Tunnels near Kinver in Worcestershire, a suitable location indeed if Bella was actually involved as some believe in a Nazi spy ring. The block of images below of the tunnels include pictures taken as the film interview with Andrew Sparke was set up.
Still and clip from Tom Lee Ritter’s film:
Hagley Woods close to the site where Bella’s tree stood.