Charged with Murder

ON THIS DAY – October 21, 1898   At the Ballarat City Court to-day William Blomely, aged 18, and Alfred Blomely, aged 15, were charged with the murder of their father, George Blomely, on October 21. The facts of the case have already been published, and the medical evidence tendered to day was to the […]

No Fixed Abode

ON THIS DAY – October 21, 1952 Bail was refused at the City Court today when William Wallace Preston, 49, of no fixed abode, was remanded until November 6 on a charge of murder. Preston is alleged to have murdered Phyllis Rachel Kerry, at Fitzroy, on or about October 20. Det.-Sgt. C. H. Petty said […]

UFO flew beside bus, says driver

On this day …….. 20th October 1988 An upset bus driver told police of being “buzzed” by a UFO in outback Western Australia. Pioneer Express driver Mr Peter Chapman said he and seven passengers saw a bright light flying alongside their bus on the Eyre Highway near Mundrabilia, about 100km from the South Australian border. […]

Death of Berriman

On This Day – October 20, 1923 Mr. T. R. V. Berriman, who was shot and robbed at Glenferrie on October 8, died in a private hospital on October 20. After consulting with the chief commissioner of police (Mr. Nicholson) the Chief Secretary (Dr. Argyle) announced that the Ministry had decided to offer a reward […]

Significant Reward

MURDERED ON THIS DAY ………. 20th of October 2003 A $200,000 was offered to help solve a double murder in Victoria. Istvan (Steve) Gulyas and Duang Chith (Tina) Nhonthachith were killed at their farm in Wildwood Road, Wildwood, northwest of Melbourne, sometime on the 20th of October 2003. Both were shot in the head. Homicide […]

Dead mans hands – cure arthritis

On this day …….. 20th October 1858 Convict Owen McQueeny was executed at the Geelong Gaol, Victoria, on this day in 1858, after being found guilty of murdering Elizabeth Lowe. After the execution an elderly woman applied for permission to have her hands stroked by the hands of the dead man to help with her […]

Buried at Fawkner

  ON THIS DAY ………. 20th of October 1999 Gerardo Mannella aged 31 was gunned down in a volley of shots outside his brother Salvatore’s home in North Fitzroy on the 20th of October, 1999. Mannella was chased about 50 metres by two gunmen who waited in ambush for five hours. He was believed to […]

Queenscliff artillery man arrested

ON THIS DAY…… 20th October 1902 Leo Peter Whelan, a gunner from Queenscliff, was charged, at the Geelong Police court on this day in 1902, with being illegally on the premises of the Royal Hotel on 12th of October. Whelan was sentenced to nine months imprisonment in Geelong gaol.  

Homicide 1964 – 1977

60 years of Australian TV Homicide premiered on the 20th of October 1964 and ran till 1977. The show was an Australian television police procedural drama series made by production firm Crawford Productions for the Seven Network. It was the television successor to Crawfords’ radio series D24. The series dealt with the homicide squad of […]

Charged with fraud

ON THIS DAY…… 19th October 1870 John Cook, on remand from Geelong, charged with fraud, was remanded for seven days, bail being allowed in two sureties of £50 each.  

Wife on Murder Charge

‪ON THIS DAY – October 19, 1945   A mother of six children was charged in the Bendigo Supreme Court today with the murder of her husband who, according to the Crown, was stabbed in the abdomen on October 19 after he arrived home ‘drunk and in raging temper.’ The accused is Mrs. Dorothy Franklin […]

Murder of Annie

ON THIS DAY – October 19, 1917   Alfred Edward Budd, 39 Stevedore’s labourer to-day, at the City Watch house, was formally charged with the murder of Annie Elizabeth Samson, at Princess Street, Port Melbourne, on October 19. Accused was the adopted brother of deceased, who was a married woman. He attempted to commit suicide […]