Alleged Husband Murder

ON THIS DAY – April 21, 1920 MELBOURNE On April 21, Michael Liguria Connell, 32 years of age, a clerk in the Police Commissioner’s office, Melbourne, died from suspected poisoning. Irene May Estella Connell, 30 deceased’s wife, was arrested on a charge of murder. It is stated that Connell, after partaking of a meal, became […]

Six Years for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1948 BENTLEIGH SIX YEAR FOR MANSLAUGHTER “In my opinion, your crime was particularly bad, and you are Lucky that the charge of which you were found guilty was not one of murder,” said Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy in the Criminal Court to-day when sentencing’ Esbert Robin Ridgeway (24), of […]

Execution of Cornelius Bourke

EXECUTED THIS DAY – April 20, 1891 The execution of Cornelius Bourke, convicted of the murder of Peter Stewart at the Hamilton lock-up, took place in the Ballarat Gaol at 10 o’clock on Monday morning. It will be remembered that after sentence was pronounced, some doubts arose as to the sanity of the prisoner, and […]

15 Year Old Wife Shot Dead

ON THIS DAY – April 19, 1944 NORTH CARLTON HUSBAND GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER The jury in the Criminal Court this evening found Victor Dowling, a 19-year-old soldier, guilty of the manslaughter of his 15-year-old wife, Jean Dowling, who was shot dead at her mother’s home in North Carlton on April 19. Dowling was presented for […]

Murder of Nicole Patterson

On this day ….. 19th of April 1999 Nicole Amanda Patterson was a 28 year old psychotherapist and youth counsellor employed with the Ardoch Youth Foundation, an organisation formed to assist young drug users. Patterson had desired to operate her own private practice and was using her Northcote home as an office. She placed several […]

Death of Carl Williams

ON THIS DAY …… April 19, 2010 Barwon Prison On 19 April 2010, Williams died from head injury while incarcerated at Barwon Prison. He was struck with part of an exercise bike by another inmate, Matthew Charles Johnson, who was convicted for the murder, and sentenced in December 2011 to 32 years’ jail. Williams’ funeral […]

Execution of Deutchmann

Executed This Day – April 11, 1908 CHARLES DEUTCHMANN – BALLARAT GAOL Chas. Henry Deutchmann was executed in the Ballarat gaol this morning for murdering his wife at Dobie’s, near Ararat, on April 11. Death was instantaneous. Deutchmann slept from 11 o’clock last night until 2 o’clock this morning. He then became restless, but he […]

Finding a Woman’s Body in the Cupboard

ON THIS DAY ……. 8th April 1931 PORT MELBOURNE MAN ON MURDER CHARGE. The mystery of a woman’s body, found in a cupboard at Thomas Garrity’s fish shop, in Bay-street, Port Melbourne, on this day in 1931, was related to the jury and Mr. Justice MaeFarlane, in the Criminal Court, when Garrity was charged with […]

New Turn in Inquiries

ON THIS DAY – April 7, 1931 CARLTON Detectives inquiring into the murder of Matthias Handley, 55, an invalid pensioner, at Carlton on April 7, believe that the crime is closely associated with the attempted murder of Hugh Gulliver, 25, business agent, of Elwood, on the same night. An hour and a half later after […]

Melbourne’s Chinatown Murder Hunt

On This Day – January 30, 1947 Melbourne’s ‘Chinatown’ has been subjected to an Intense search by many detectives and police since the murder last night of Yung Shlng, 53 year old bosun of the freighter Fort Abltiba. Shlng was shot dead In a taxi at point blank range. The owner-driver of the taxi, Robert Sydney […]

Murder of Lewis Moran

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 2004 Masked gunmen entered the Brunswick Club on Sydney Road, Brunswick, at approximately 6.40pm on 31 March 2004, driving a Ford Falcon EF XR6 station wagon. Moran ran from his place at the bar, over a poker machine, through a glass window before the gunman caught up with him […]

Shot Stepfather to Protect Mother

ON THIS DAY ……… 30th March 1948 The question of justification arose in the case In which John Kenneth Donnelly (19), of Opie street, Ferntree Gully, apprenticed carpenter, was charged in the Criminal Court to-day with having murdered his step-father, John Palmer (63), laborer, of the same address, at Ferntree Gully on March 30. The Crown prosecutor (Mr. Nolan) said the family were […]