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Charing Cross Trunk Murder
The lost luggage dept found a trunk with the remains of a woman.
On 10th May 1927 staff here at Charing Cross railway station in London noticed an unpleasant smell in the left luggage department where they found the dismembered body of a woman.
Concerned by a foul smell in the cloakroom he discovered it was coming from a locked trunk.
Sir Bernard Spilsbury, an eminent police pathologist who had worked on the Dr Crippen case in 1910, was called in to carry out a post-mortem examination at Westminster Mortuary. He found a limbless body with its legs hacked off at the hips and the arms removed from the shoulders. Each piece had been wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string. The woman’s shoes and handbag were also in the trunk and the crime had been committed two-three weeks previously.
After a month of investigations with few results police concentrated on house-to-house searches and on 15th July they found a locked room containing a trunk at 52 Kemp Street, Brighton. Inside the trunk was another body of a decomposing woman.
Tony Mancini was picked up for vagrancy on the outskirts of London on 17th July. When questioned he gave his name as Cecil Lois England and claimed he’d found Kaye dead in their flat and assumed she had been killed by one of her clients. He’d paniced because he had a criminal record and had hidden her body in a trunk. On hearing of the house-to-house searches he went on the run.