In 1934, in Brighton, in the lost luggage department, there was discovered a trunk with a torso of a woman in it. The murder went on to be known as the Brighton Trunk Murder. However, there was confusion, because at exactly the same time, another murder was committed by a man called Tony Mancini. He killed his girl friend and hide her in a trunk in a flat close to the railway station. By trying to discover the identity of the first murder, the police stumbled across the second.
Richard Vobes, in this a two-part podcast, went back to investigate the murder.
The parish church is one of the oldest buildings in the British landscape. Most of them have been here for over 900 years and some date from the Saxon period. They are ubiquitous; their steeples point above the rooftops, the bell towers chime on a Sunday, pews of some age are lined up towards the altar and their churchyards are packed with ancient headstones of once prominent members of the the locality.
The importance and role of the village, or town church, is hard to over state; and yet, these very buildings, where men, women and children have been baptized, married and sent off to life beyond (if there is such a thing) are in trouble. The parish churches are crumbling away and there is not enough people supporting the faith, attending the congregation or concerned about it’s up keep.
Richard Vobes, the Bald Explorer, is on a mission to find out if we should continue to try and preserve these icons of our history or whether it is better to allow them to crumble away gracefully.