Memory, Rumour and the Murder Mine: Dudley, 1961

Posted: May 16, 2020 in Murder, Mysteries, Police

The Castle Mill basin from the mouth of the mine. 2019.

This is a sad tale, which starts 59 years ago today. The purpose in writing it is to set the record straight, give a little dignity to the lady involved, and to highlight the limitations of memory: to show how individual and collective memory, rumour and simple acceptance of truth have, in this case through no planned deception, given birth to a series of exaggerated events that have seen the colloquial naming of a geological feature within Dudley as ‘Murder Mine’…

  1. Flanders Field says:

    As someone who has family in Dudley the ‘Murder Mine’ is something that I remember being mentioned in conversations about the castle, zoo or BCLM.
    However it was not until I read this that I could link any details to those two words, neither did I realise that it was so recent.
    In local lore it doesn’t have the status of ‘Bella in the Wych Elm’ but this excellent piece should bring it to a wider audience’
    Keep up the good work Sir.

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