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Dead bodies don’t just grow on trees, though they do occasionally appear inside of them. Well, at least once…in the U.K. This week we’re taking a trip to mid-century England to explore the curious case of Bella and the Wych Elm. Tl;dr – some kids find a dead body in the forest (Stand By Me style), only this body was inside the hollow of a dead tree. How did she get there? Was this murder? Was black magic involved? We hop across the pond and go all Sherlock to find out who put Bella in the Wych Elm. Plus, Kyle gets a humor upgrade (the use of the word “upgrade” there is debatable). Kyle also channels his inner Henny Youngman (likely related to the first point). And we figure out a way to get Conspiracy Bot to leave at anytime (also related). All of that and more on the podcast that’s never found a dead body in the woods, but we did eat cherry flavored Pez with Jerry O’Connell once – Hysteria 51.

Special thanks to this week’s research sources:

Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?: Volume 1: The Crime scene Revisited | Alex Merrill
Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?: Volume 2: A Crime Shrouded In Mystery | Alex Merrill

The Creepy Quandary of Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm – https://youtu.be/vchJnrZgz-4
Who put Bella in the Wych Elm? – https://youtu.be/2WRDWajzv70
Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm? | Documentary – https://youtu.be/FPN4eqiFHAE

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_put_Bella_in_the_Wych_Elm%3F
BBC News – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/418441.stm
Strange Remains – https://strangeremains.com/2015/04/24/who-put-bella-down-the-wych-elm/
Josef Jakobs – https://josefjakobs.info/2016/09/clara-bauerle-is-finally-laid-to-rest.html
Josef Jajobs – https://josefjakobs.info/2017/12/clara-bauerle-declassified.html
News.com – https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/true-stories/does-graffiti-hold-the-answer-to-this-73yearold-murder-mystery/news-story/829fafafc67ae1e94580e4e6756a939c
Independent – https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bella-wych-elm-unravelling-mystery-skull-found-tree-trunk-8546497.html
Independent – https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/mystery-murder-and-half-a-century-of-suspense-745330.html
Stourbridge News – https://www.stourbridgenews.co.uk/news/16048176.face-bella-wych-elm-revealed-first-time-75-year-hagley-wood-murder-mystery-continues-intrigue/
Birmingham Live – https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/revealed-after-75-years-face-14329271
Atlas Obscura – https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/31-days-of-halloween-who-put-bella-down-the-wych-elm

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