Thursday, February 01, 2007

CSI: Wilmslow

The anatomy of an Iron-Age murder
Now, it is time for the public of Wilmslow to pitch in with their our own thoughts and reflections about their infamous son.

As Lindow Man returns to Manchester Museum for the third time curators want to hear the views of local people about the find, where they were and how they remember the story unfolding.

A spokesman eagerly awaiting the exhibition due to start in April next year said: "We will not be telling one story but looking at Lindow Man from many different perspectives. We are very interested, for example, in gathering evidence of how Lindow Man is important to the local community.

This is the best part of the whole thing:
Public consultation prior to the exhibition is already underway and should rekindle memories of 1983 when the story began to unfold with the discovery of the severed head of a woman by commercial peat cutters operating near the ancient bog.

Police were called in and inquiries led a Wimslow man to confess to the murder of his wife. She had vanished near the bog some 20 years earlier and he had never quite convinced police he was innocent.

Confronted with what appeared to be the grisly evidence of his crime the man immediately confessed but the skull turned out to be that of a woman at least 1700 years older. A year later, a leg was found and the report led to the visit of archaeologists who quickly found a flap of skin emerging from a recently excavated section of peat.