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George Shotton




Kill Total: 1

Kill date:

November 1919

Kill Place:

Caswell Bay, Wales




Victim: Wife - Mamie Stuart






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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 Police.

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 Caswell Bay.

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 match,

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



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