The murder happened in Eastbourne in England and the story goes that the murderer placed his victim’s head in a Gladstone bag which he took by train to Waterloo station and disposed of it through a window on the train. He placed the bag itself in London’s Waterloo railway station left luggage office where the police ultimately discovered it because of a piece of bloodstained cloth poking from the fastening of the bag.
Here are some more things you may not know about this iconic item:
- The name of Somerset Maugham was inextricably linked to this iconic item of luggage by English novelist Christopher Isherwood who compared Maugham to “an old Gladstone bag covered with labels. God only knows what is inside.”
- In The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger talks about his main character Holden Caulfield packing a Gladstone bag when taking leave of Pencey Prep. In her