Just before dawn on January 8th 1937 in the wasteland in front of the ancient Fox tower the body of a young woman, lying at an odd angle and covered by a layer of frost. Her clothing was dishevelled, her body badly mutilated. On her wrist was an expensive watch that had stopped just after midnight. It was the morning after the Russian Christmas, which was thirteen days after the Western Christmas by the old Julian calendar, and the corpse belonged to nineteen-year-old Pamela Werner, an Englishwoman who’d been born and raised in Peking. When news of her murder broke it sent waves of fear through the city’s already nervous foreign community fearing the chaos and barbarism of a Japanese invasion of Peking.
76 years ago today….