Still no computer…and Adam

To be fair, it isn’t the repair place’s fault. The part they need was back-ordered. The repair guy had it Fed-Exed to his house, at no extra cost. It might arrive tomorrow, and once it does arrive they say I can have the computer back the next day.

And in other news, the infamous 21st-century Thames Torso (as opposed to the 19th-century one, once thought to be a victim of Jack the Ripper) is said to have been identified. The boy, who was named “Adam” by investigators, was definitely from Nigeria — forensics established that — and the only clothes he had on, a pair of orange shorts, were sold exclusively in Germany and Austria. Authorities believe he was brought to the UK and sacrificed as part of an indigenous religious ritual.

Now, a Nigerian woman named Joyce Osiagede, who had originally been a person of interest in the case, claims she took care of Adam for a time when she was living in Germany, and that his real name is Ikpomwosa, and that he was five years old at the time of his death. She says the orange shorts originally belonged to one of her own daughters. Joyce denies having actually been involved in Ikpomwosa’s death and says she gave him to a man who later told her about the sacrifice ritual. You can read all about it at the link.

In spite of several papers trumpeting that Adam had been identified at last, I don’t think we can say that quite yet. It appears that Joyce only knew Ikpomwosa’s first name — so we don’t know his family name, who his parents are or where exactly he came from. And none of the above-mentioned story has been confirmed by police sources. They have apparently gone or are going to go to Nigeria to re-interview the witness. But I found a quote from here:

“It may be significant if it really is him because there may be others who knew him and can explain what happened to him, but Joyce has been spoken to several times and has not been a reliable witness.”

Admittedly, that quote hasn’t been confirmed either, it’s just cited as an unnamed police source.

It kind of reminds me of that story about the Box in the Box, how some woman claimed her parents had kept him in their basement for months and tortured him before killing him — a story a lot of people believe, but with little evidence to support it, and no evidence as to the child’s actual identity. (I’m not calling either that witness or Joyce Osiagede liars, I’m just saying these are similar situations with a murdered child without a name, and a plausible but thus far unconfirmed story behind the said child’s life and death.)