Cheltenham Torso Murder Mystery: Brian Sullivan's grave by night

Made:
1938-02-11 in Cheltenham
maker:
George W Roper
and
George W Roper
and

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

The photograph shows Brian Sullivan's grave by night, 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.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1983-5236/11037
type:
glass plate negative
taxonomy:
  • object genre
  • image
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • photographic equipment
credit:
The Daily Herald Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford