A bright green bicycle figured prominently in one of the most sensational murder cases in early 20th-century England.
On the evening of July 5, 1919, a fetching young factory worker named Bella Wright set out on her bicycle for a ride on the country lanes around the East Midlands industrial city of Leicester. Her body was later found along the road. She had been shot in the head.
The evidence pointed to 34-year-old Ronald Light, a wealthy former Army officer who had returned from the Great War shell-shocked and in disgrace.
In February 2007, writer Bill Donahue of Portland, Ore., went to the East Midlands to find out what really happened on that languid summer evening nine decades ago. You can read his gripping account online on the Bicycling magazine site. It’s well worth the read.