Historic Black Country murder spots uncovered through new photo project

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A new photography project is uncovering some of the Black Country's historic murder spots which have been hidden from many residents for decades.

Astra Wheeler, a photography student at Birmingham City University, has been researching and photographing the sites of historic killings in the area to look at how the landscape has been transformed.

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The project titled, 'Grim Deeds in the Black Country', examines famous and less well known cases in the area and poses questions about the crimes' legacies for offending in the region today.

Among the images are pictures of Hagley Woods where the remains of a woman were found in 1943 and the 1882 Emil Hindelaing case in which he drowned two of his brothers in Tipton Canal.

Other cases include the Halesowen Turnpike Murder, the death of Catherine Moore at Oldbury Canal and Sam Whitehouse's killing at Warley Woods.

Astra Wheeler said: "Like most areas in the UK, the Black Country has an interesting history filled with suspicious deaths and murder.

"I wanted to visually capture this hidden side to the Black Country to understand how it has shaped the way the Black Country is now, and if these past events still have any significance today.

Many of the images show some of the Black Country's most scenic areas, putting them in contrast with the deeds that took place there.

The photographs were first unveiled to the public at the Inspired Festival, a two-week celebration of the creative talents of students graduating from the University.

View the full project magazine featuring photographs and information on the cases

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