Closeted mummy

An essay on the case is to be found in Camps on Crime (1973). Dalrymple explains:

The mummy of Rhyl was found in 1960 in a cupboard at number 35 West Kimmel Street, whose owner had for many years ‘taken in paying guests’.

The atmosphere is conveyed thus by Francis Camps:

As the body was adherent to a piece of linoleum which covered the cupboard floor boards, a garden spade was used to lever it on the linoleum out of the cupboard and the position of the linoleum in relation to it was noted before they were separated with some difficulty.

Camps, Dalrymple writes,

was in this case acting for the defence, and it could not be proved that the mummy, a paying guest since 1940, had not died of natural causes. However, the landlady, a Mrs Harvey, pleaded guilty to obtaining £2 a week for 20 years from the Clerk to the Justices of Prestatyn (who paid the mummy’s pension) by pretending that the mummy was alive.

Dalrymple comments:

Even benefit fraud in those days seemed somehow more characterful.

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