A human skull recovered in the back garden of broadcaster Sir David Attenborough belonged to a woman murdered in 1879

‘Barnes mystery’ of Attenborough garden skull solved

Julia Martha Thomas was killed by her maid, Kate Webster, but her head remained missing. The case became known as “the Barnes mystery”.

Alison Thompson said all of the evidence presented to her pointed to the body being that of Mrs Thomas, who was in her 50s.

“This is a fascinating case and a good example of how good old-fashioned detective work, historical records and technological advances came together to solve the ‘Barnes mystery’,” said Ch Supt Clive Chalk.

11 thoughts on “A human skull recovered in the back garden of broadcaster Sir David Attenborough belonged to a woman murdered in 1879”

  1. DontCallMePal

    Damn he is that old.

  2. WickedFWB

    Hmmm where was Mr. Sir Attenborough on the night of 1879???

  3. Demoboto

    But where did SHE get the skull!?

  4. MumbosMagic

    Just when you think you know a guy…

  5. fessus_intellectiva

    Is David a suspect?

  6. Nail_Biterr

    And could anyone attest to Sr. Attenborough’s whereabouts in 1879?

  7. notagoodboye

    Damn, I knew he was old, but it really slaps you in the face when you see it in print. How’d he do her in?

  8. Squeal_Piggy

    He could probably commit murder and we’d let him off.

  9. pjabrony

    “So little is known about this woman. Who was she? How was she killed? Who was her murderer? And how did her skull wind up…in this backyard? These are questions that we may never know the answer to, but they fascinate us to this day.”

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