Sir Mortimer Wheeler, the father of modern archeology and veteran of both world wars, joined Field Marshal Montgomery's victorious campaign again Rommel in North Africa in 1942, fighting in the decisive battle of El Alamein.Taking a 48-hour leave of absence, he drove in a Jeep across Libya stationing military police around sites such as Sabratha and Leptis Magna, according to Gabriel Moshenska, lecturer in archaeology at University College London.To keep creating new content, we kindly appreciate any donation you can give to help the Murderpedia project stay alive.We have many plans and enthusiasm to keep expanding and making Murderpedia a better site, but we really need your help for this. California investigators believe this lethal pair of speed freaks may have killed as many as 20 people, disposing of their bodies in mine shafts, remote hill sides and buried underneath a trailer park.Over the years Shermantine told relatives and acquaintances he had "made people disappear" around the outskirts of Stockton.In a confrontation with one woman in a trailer park, Testa said, Shermantine told her: "Listen to the heartbeats of people I've buried here.Listen to the heartbeats of families I've buried here."Shermantine has been charged with only four murders: Paul Cavanaugh, 31, and Howard King, 35, in 1984; Chevy Wheeler, 16, of Stockton in 1985; and Cyndi Vanderheiden, 25, of Clements, east of Stockton, in 1998.The first two victims were found shot to death in a car off a remote road late one night.
His actions undoubtedly saved the historical sites from further harm, making Sir Mortimer a precursor to the Monuments Men, made famous by the George Clooney film, who were tasked with saving art from the Nazis towards the end of the war.
Sir Mortimer's actions make him a precursor to the Monuments Men, a team of art experts put together at the end of the war to save art from the Nazis, and made famous by the George Clooney film (pictured) After that conflict ended he travelled back to England where he took up a position at the National Museum of Wales, then at the London Museum, before founding the Archaeological Institute in London in 1934 with his wife, Tessa.
Tracks at the scene matched the tires on Shermantine's pickup truck.
Shermantine's friend Loren Herzog, who is charged in three of the killings -- as well as two other unrelated murders -- will be tried later.
When money was tight Sir Mortimer resorted to selling 'slightly forged' ancient slingshots taken from Chesil Beach to raise much-needed cash, along with several other 'scams', according to archives of his work.
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