8. Violet's Leap and the Welsh Cliff Mystery


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In this episode of the Yesterday's Chip Paper podcast, Jim tells the story of a mystery that swept the nation, as wealthy socialite Violet Gordon Charlesworth dies in a car accident that sees her thrown into the sea near Conway, from a cliff still known as 'Violet's leap'. The case had the nation - and the world - on the edge of their seats, until some strange happenings threw a new light on things.

Known as the Welsh Cliff Mystery, Welsh Motor Mystery, Motor Cliff Mystery and other things, this case - though widely known at the time - is, today, largely forgotten. Come and find out why it's so ridiculous as Violet and Jim take you through the case in historic newspapers.

Also, Violet talks about ping pong in this one for quite a while, so if you have strong feelings about ping pong, or are a ping pongist yourself, you'll want to tune in.

Archives used in this episode:

California Digital Newspaper Collection https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc

National Library of Wales http://newspapers.library.wales/

British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

Yesterday's Chip Paper is a fortnightly(ish) podcast that delves into the world of historic newspapers. Whether it's unsolved murders, terror on the high seas, daring tales of escape or anything else that tickles our fancies, we'll sit down and talk about it.

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