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Cut up and burned

Ellen Mouat died in New Zealand in 1925 at the age of 40 – but she has only just been buried.

She was murdered by her husband Frederick Mouat, who cut up her body and burned it.

The police were not able at that time to confirm the body was Ellen’s, so Mouat was only convicted of manslaughter. What were thought to be her remains were placed in the New Zealand Police Museum, where they stayed until they were tested by Otago University last year, and found to be hers.

Her remains have now been buried with those of her family.