Posted by: cochinblogger | April 7, 2010

The Most Heart-Rending Thing You’ll Ever Read

Rachel Nickell, a 23-year-old part-time model, was walking her dog on Wimbledon Common one morning in July 1992 when she was brutally attacked, raped, and stabbed forty-nine times. She died. Her two-year-old son was thrown into the undergrowth beside the road by the murderer.

Police investigating the crime were baffled by a piece of paper stuck to Rachel’s forehead. They first thought the crazed killer had done it as a symbolic gesture of some kind. However, later they figured out what happened: Rachel’s son had crawled out from the undergrowth, located his mother, realized that she was seriously hurt, and affixed on her forehead the closest thing to a sticking plaster he could find — to make Mommy feel better.

Now, if that does not send you into a reverie, you’re not human.

Source: Great Unsolved Crimes by Rodney Castleden (Futura)

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