The body of Nellie Rault, a WAAC stationed in Bedford, seemed to tell its own horrific story of her last moments on earth. It appeared she had died while on her knees, probably begging for her life.

Nellie had a knife wound in her heart, two in her breast and bruises on her face. Her body was found carefully hidden in a spinney at Haynes Park Wood, near Bedford, on Friday, May 9th, 1919.

Four days later Sergeant Major Montague Hepburn, who was known to have been going out with her and was thought to be the last person to have seen her alive, was charged with her murder. After several remand hearings no evidence was offered against him. For all that, the Director of Public Prosecutions announced that he had “a strong personal opinion as to the identity of the person who committed the murder.”