Although married, 35-year-old Ernest Melville was homosexual. On JANUARY 22nd, 1949, he spent the last evening of his life cruising pubs in Swansea’s dockland. Around midnight he was attacked, beaten about the head, and a number of items that didn’t belong to him were by his corpse when it was discovered the next day.

His trousers had been ripped, and a post-mortem examination found he had been mutilated in the region of his scrotum. Scotland Yard were called in, but few came forward to assist detectives in such cases at a time when hardly anyone would admit homosexuality. The murder remains unsolved to this day.