The Green Bicycle Mystery. Part Seven: A Stroke Of Luck.


In the previous “Green Bicycle Mystery” article, we looked at how the investigation was going cold. Bella’s body was released to be buried and the various police inquiries.

It was now 1920 and a little bit of luck would open the case wide open again.

Ronald Light destroys evidence.

According to Ronald Light, he had only found out about the murder of Bella on the 8th of July 1919. This was after reading about it in the Leicester Mercury. He then hid his bicycle in the attic. This was because he knew the girl and he was scared of being the prime suspect. He was also seen with her on the day of her death.

In October he would remove the bike from the attic, file off the serial number and dismantled it. He would throw sections of his bicycle in different parts of Leicester’s canal. This was in an attempt to get rid of any link he had to Bella Wright.

He also would throw in revolver bullets and a holster. A service revolver may have been thrown in also but this was never found.

He secured a new job as a teacher in Derby and moved in January 1920.

A stroke of luck.

On Monday the 23rd of February, 1920, Enoch Whitehouse, a canal haulier snagged an object whilst travelling the canal in Leicester. The object was part of a green bicycle. Bicycles were quite common “litter” in the canals and he was about to throw the object back until he realised that the police were looking for such an item. As an added bonus there was a large £20 reward for the finding of any evidence of the murder.

He put the bicycle back in the water, mentally marked the location and returned after finishing his deliveries for the day. After retrieving the bike he informed the police.

It was, in fact, the bicycle the police was looking for. The police immediately called the bicycle shop owner who had carried out the maintenance the previous year to confirm that it was the same bike. It was.

It was also quite a coincidence that Ronald’s bicycle was found in the canal directly next to the rubber factory that Bella was working in before she was murdered.

View part seven of the case, “The Trial”, here.

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Article Sources: DMU exhibition, The Green Bicycle Mystery by Antony M. Brown

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The Green Bicycle Mystery (Cold Case Jury Collection 1)

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