Sound Mind

ON THIS DAY…… 11th August 1884 A petition having been prepared for presentation to His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, praying for a reprieve on the ground of insanity in the case of the prisoner James Hawthorne, who was convicted of the murder of his brother at Brighton and sentenced to death.  It was decided […]

Murdering a Brother

ON THIS DAY – March 21, 1884 WILLIAM HAWTHORNE – BRIGHTON The trial of James Hawthorne, for the murder of his brother William Hawthorne, near Brighton, on March 21, was concluded in the Central Criminal Court, before the Chief Justice to day. His Honor, in charging the jury, said that at the outset he would […]

Sound Mind

ON THIS DAY…… 11th August 1884 A petition having been prepared for presentation to His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, praying for a reprieve on the ground of insanity in the case of the prisoner James Hawthorne, who was convicted of the murder of his brother at Brighton and sentenced to death.  It was decided […]

Murdering a Brother

ON THIS DAY – March 21, 1884 WILLIAM HAWTHORNE – BRIGHTON The trial of James Hawthorne, for the murder of his brother William Hawthorne, near Brighton, on March 21, was concluded in the Central Criminal Court, before the Chief Justice to day. His Honor, in charging the jury, said that at the outset he would […]