EXPERTS on the intriguing case of Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm are set to team up for an evening marking the 75th anniversary of the unsolved Hagley murder.

Over the last 12 to 18 months there seems to have been renewed interest in the mysterious story of how a young woman’s skeletal remains came to be found in the hollow of a tree in Hagley Wood in 1943.

Stourbridge paranormal investigator Jayne Harris and Thomas Lee Rutter both released films last year about the case which has baffled locals for decades; and 15-year-old schoolboy Alex Merrill from Halesowen recently revealed the first ever impression of what 30-something Bella may have looked like in a book on the subject after getting specialists at Liverpool John Moores University to create a digital image of the murder victim using photographs of her skull.

Now - for the first time - film-makers and authors are set to unite for an evening of discussion about the case, complete with entertainment themed around the mystery.

Documentary maker Jayne Harris, of HD Paranormal, has organised the event, which will be held in the Wollaston Studio at Stourbridge Town Hall on April 21.

She will be joined by authors Andrew Sparke and Joyce Coley, both of whom have written books about the case, along with Alex Merrill and his father Pete who co-authored the new book - 'Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?: Volume 1: The Crime Scene Revisited'.

Film-maker Mr Rutter's short film about the murder mystery will be shown at the event - and David Taylor, of regional psychical research group Parasearch, will be on the question and answer panel.

There will also be Bella themed live music from Redditch singer-songwriter Clem Dallaway, a production about the case by students from Perryfields High School in Oldbury - and Black Country poet Nellie Cole will be reading her poems about the puzzling death of tragic Bella who may have been a German spy or a victim of witchcraft.

Jayne said: "It's a unique event which will give local people a platform to share their own theories and come together to discuss the Bella mystery. "

She said there aren't many people who remember the story breaking and the subsequent murder investigation that was launched and she added: "If we don't remember this story it's lost - 75 years is a long time."

Tickets for the event, which runs from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, are priced £8 and they are available online from or from the box office on 01384 812812.