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In this episode, Zoe tells us about the strange case of Bella, a woman who’s body was found stuffed into a hollow tree. “Who put Bella in the Wych elm?” – was scrawled in graffiti on a wall in nearby Birmingham, UK – suggesting someone knew who she was, but did anyone really know what happened to her?

We also talk about satanic hippos, the rise of international cuisine in the UK in the 80’s, and whether prostitutes would wear ruffles.

Here’s a rundown of the episode:

00:28 – Hello!

00:51 – Presented Piece – Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm

10:36 – Promo – Paraunity

11:56 – Discussion

40:51 – Thanks and Where You Can Find Us

46:28 – Fun Fact – Snail’s Teeth

Total Runtime: 48:22



Our promo partner this week is the Paraunity podcast.

Sadly, our podcast network, the Paranormality network, is no more. Going forward we will be looking for new promos.

Got a podcast? Think it will work well with ours? Drop us a line at storiesofstrangeness@gmail.com if you’re interested in doing a promo swap.

We’re also on Audrey.io – https://app.audry.io/publisher/discover/1515122258

Research Links


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who/_put/_Bella/_in/_the/_Wych/_Elm%3F – Wikipedia on Bella

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/revealed-after-75-years-face-14329271 – Birmingham mail on the case

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand/_of/_Glory – wikipedia on the hand of glory

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satanism – wikipedia on satanism

https://crimereads.com/who-put-bella-in-the-wych-elm/ – crime reads on the case

https://blog.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/2019/04/04/who-put-bella-down-the-wych-elm/ British newspaper archive on the case

https://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/articles/who-put-bella-in-the-wych-elm/ – the history press’ account

https://www.ranker.com/list/who-put-bella-in-the-wych-elm/patrick-thornton – ranker.com on Bella

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