Overcome by curiosity, a lavatory attendant in St. George’s Road, Islington, London, opened a brown paper parcel which, he claimed, had been left on the floor by “a nervous man” who ran off. Inside the parcel was the body of Marie Bailes, aged six. She was covered with sand, as if she had been buried.

Marie had left nearby St. John’s R.C. School on Saturday, May 30th, 1908, with a friend. Only a few yards from her home she separated from her companion and was never seen alive again.