01-18-2013, 03:25 PM #1
UK - London, WhtMale, ~25, possibly Canadian, killed by nitroglycerine blast, Dec'72
Starting a thread per newbie request.
This man's body was found in the UK, but some of the items found with his body suggest that he might have been Canadian.
Tattoo on upper left arm.
Age Range 25 to 25
Ethnicity White European
Height (cm) 173cm (About 5'8")
Date found 14-Dec-1972
Circumstances: Headless body found on a footpath along the Grand Union Canal near Mitre Bridge. He was killed by a nitro-glycerine explosion.
Facial hair: Full beard
Eye color: Unknown
Distinguishing features: Tattoo - bird - Left - Upper arm
Scars - Right finger; Right leg.
Clothing: Navy blue Overcoat/Raincoat; Black Leather Jacket; Black Nylon Shirt; Blue Twill Trousers; Brown boots with Elastic sides; Black Tie
Possessions: £77 cash, Cigars Lighter, Remains of Canadian Passport, Remains of American Express Card, $100 Travellers Cheques x 5.
01-18-2013, 03:29 PM #2
I have found this gentleman...
Frank Henry Pratt IV
Same height, both had full grown beards, missing person from Canada, liked to travel it would seem, was in the war (may explain tattoo??)
UID went found 1972, missing gentleman listed in 1973 but no specific date so could be wrong?
01-18-2013, 03:32 PM #3
Also found this gentleman called Frank Henry Pratt who would be old enough to be the missing Franks grandfather or father... he was born in England (Wimbledon in London)and signed up for the war and moved to Ontario. Could the UID be this Frank Henry Pratt IV and he had gone to London to see his grandfathers birthplace?
01-18-2013, 06:40 PM #4
should I call that in? or is that not enough link?
01-18-2013, 07:45 PM #5
But if you feel strongly enough about it, perhaps you might want to give it a shot.
01-19-2013, 05:27 AM #6
sorry not sure where you got just a beard and height from... theres a lot more than that not sure if I wrote it properly, maybe its not clear?
01-19-2013, 10:22 AM #7
1972 was the year direct rule was imposed on Ireland from England and IRA (Irish Republican Army) bombing campaigns were being waged in Ireland and England (mostly London).
I can't think of any reason other than bomb-making that someone should have their head blown off in central-ish London. Perhaps searching for missing Canadians with Catholic Irish links might turn something up?
Union Canal runs through Hackney. I don't know if it means anything but a well-known gangster called James Moody was released from prison in that year. He had strong links with the IRA. He lived in Hackney. When he was killed;
"A closer inspection of the body revealed attempts to remove tattoos of an eagle..."
Here's a link to a long article about him:
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01-19-2013, 11:45 AM #8Registered User
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The tattoo appears to be of a bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States of America. The kind of people who go around planting bombs in foreign countries tend to use fake passports. Were the traveller's checks in U.S. dollars or Canadian?
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