On March 7, 1959, Gertrude Robinson, age 72, was found raped and murdered at Southlands Beach, Bermuda. Two months later, on May 9, 59-year-old Dorothy Pearse was raped and beaten to death in the same vicinity, her body found covered with bite marks and scratches. Both victims had lived alone, in beach cottages, and there was no evidence of robbery in either case. Because Bermuda is a British crown colony, CID detectives were dispatched from Scotland Yard, in London, to take charge of the investigation. On September 28, Dorothy Rawlinson, a 29-year-old secretary, was found floating in the surf off Bermuda's southern shore. Although her body had been mauled by sharks, investigators soon discovered that the cause of death had been a savage beating. Some days later, a local merchant informed police that a black man had entered his shop on the day of the murder, wearing wet clothes and paying his bill with wet currency. The suspect, 19-year-old Wendell Lightbourne, confessed to the crimes under questioning and was later sentenced to die. His sentence was commuted to a term of life imprisonment, now being served in England.