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The mystery of the body in the bags


The mystery of the body in the bags

The mystery of the body in the bags

Best on the Box choice for Tuesday, March 7th…

The second series of Dark Land: Hunting the Killers continues with the mystery of the body in the bags.

On 22 March 1990, two holdalls were found discarded in a layby near Newport. When police searched them, they made a gruesome discovery. Inside were a butchered torso and severed limbs. Soon after, a farmer in nearby St Brides found two plastic bags containing a human head and hands.

At a loss to identify the mysterious remains, investigators asked a local paper to create a digital version of the man’s face and publish a pioneering appeal. Within an hour, 25-year-old backpacker Clive Tully was identified.

The son of a sailor who settled in New Zealand in the fifties, Clive had travelled to the UK to meet members of his family in Newport. A tip off led investigators to a flat in Bristol where he had been living. Here they found a bag and a crash helmet owned by Clive, as well as what looked like blood smears on the wall.

Clive had moved into the flat where another resident was convicted killer Malcolm Green. Malcolm had argued with Clive, with the disagreement leading to his brutal killing. Just months before, Malcolm had been released for the murder of Cardiff woman Glenys Johnson back in 1971.

The programme will see former Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, Jackie Roberts, and her team of experts revisit the murder. Featuring interviews with lead detectives, crime scene managers and the family of Clive Tully, they are able to tell the story of the murder that should never have happened.

Dark Land: Hunting The Killers, BBC One Wales / iPlayer, 10.40pm

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