...By Enitan Thompson for TDPel Media.
Builders working on a £1million house in Cowdrey Road, Wimbledon made a macabre discovery in September 2017, when they uncovered the shallow grave of a man who had been murdered in the 1960s.
The victim had been bludgeoned to death and dismembered, his remains left in a shallow grave in the rear garden of a four-bed Victorian terrace.
A 3D image of the victim has been released by Scotland Yard in an attempt to identify him. He was dressed in a shirt, tie, and trousers, and was of Asian ancestry, aged between 35 and 55, and around 5ft 7in with a muscular build.
The remains were forensically excavated and a post-mortem confirmed the victim had received a traumatic head wound before being dismembered.
Discovering the Remains
The homeowner said the builders thought they had found a model skeleton used by medical students before realizing it was real.
She added, “I was in total shock.
We called the police, and the forensics came; it was like we were in the middle of a crime drama.
I didn’t tell my children as I did not want to scare them.”
Detective chief inspector Kate Kieran, who is leading the investigation, is appealing to the public for help in identifying the victim.
Carbon dating has established that the man was buried in the early 1960s.
A clothing expert has confirmed that his shirt, red silk tie, trousers, shoes, and socks were all typical of that era.
DNA checks on the family that lived in the house during the 1960s, when the murder is thought to have taken place, have revealed that the victim is not related to them.
This is now a 60-year-old mystery, and the police are hoping that someone out there will recognize the 3D image of the victim and help solve the case.
Analysis and Commentaries
This is an intriguing and disturbing story that raises many questions.
How did this murder happen? Who was the perpetrator, and why did they choose to bury the victim in the back garden of a house in Wimbledon? The discovery of the remains has clearly been a traumatic experience for the homeowner and the builders, who initially thought they had found a model skeleton.
The release of the 3D image of the victim is a positive step forward in trying to identify the person and solve this decades-old mystery.
It is interesting to note that the victim had a sugar-free diet throughout most of his life, as indicated by his teeth.
This detail could potentially lead to further clues in the investigation.
Overall, this is a chilling reminder that murder cases can remain unsolved for many years, and that even decades later, justice can still be sought for the victims and their families.