1908, Mamie Stuart left
her home in Sunderland at age fifteen to pursue a career
on the stage.
25th March 1918, Mamie
married her much older sweetheart George Shotton in
South Wales, where they settled into married life at
Caswell Bay on the Gower peninsula.
November 1919. An unknown man left a trunk at a
hotel near Swansea, but, after three months, it had not
been collected, the hotelier handed it over to the
The trunk contained clothes
and jewellery, and a piece of paper was found containing
the address of Mamie`s parents.
Police contacted them, showed
the clothes and jewellery to Mrs Stuart who then
identified them as belonging to her daughter, Mamie.
She in return showed them a
letter Mamie had sent them telling them that George was
violent and that she feared for her safety.
The police proceeded to
investigate the background of George Shotton, and
discovered that he was already married, therefore this
marriage was a bigamous marriage.
He had married a woman named
May Leader on 7th September 1905, they had a child
between them and had settled down only a mile away from
Shotton was found and
arrested, he admitted knowing Mamie but denied that he
had married her. An extensive search of the
coastline was launched but Mamie was not found.
Shotton now found himself
charged with bigamy, but claimed somebody must have
impersonated him. This was not believed and he received
an 18-month prison sentence.
November 1961, Three
men were cave exploring a disused lead mine at Brandy
Cove, just a mile away from Caswell Bay. They discovered
a sack containing human bones, and alerted Police.
Doctors examined the remains,
which had been cut into three sections, and determined
her height, age and sex.
Bits of clothing and jewellery
were also found in the sack, these were identified as
belonging to Mamie, by an old friend of hers. A picture
of Mamie was superimposed on the skull and found to be a
although as there was no soft
tissue present pathologists and the coroner were unable to
establish a cause of death.
December 1961, at a coroners court, the jury
agreed the body was that of Mamie Stuart, and the police
began looking for George Shotton as a murder suspect.
No sentence ever was given, by the time they caught up
with him he was dead.
Shotton died on 30th April 1958 at the
age of 78 of natural causes