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Victorian science's great unsolved murder mystery

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Thirty-three years before the publication of The Great Barrier Reef of Australia, the mutilated body of a young boy named Saville Kent was discovered on the grounds of an English country house. Three-year-old Saville lived with his family in the village of Rode (then Road), about a hundred miles west of London, and had gone missing from his bedroom in the predawn hours of June 30, 1860.

After several hours of frantic searching by his parents, his four older stepsiblings, the household staff, and several neighbors, Saville’s body was found hidden in the servants’ outhouse. His throat had been cut so deeply that his neck was nearly severed.

When the local police arrived and searched the tank below the outhouse, they discovered a “bosom flannel”—a cloth worn inside the front of a corset—that had been recently stained with blood.

Full story at The Atlantic

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Here's a good article with the story. The sister, Constance, confessed to the killing and served 20 years in prison. But was the brother, William, also involved? 

https://www.wiltshire-opc.org.uk/Items/North Bradley/North Bradley - Constance Kent Story 1844-1944 (Rode).pdf

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