White Murder in Ballarat

ON THIS DAY …….3rd August 1943 At the close of the inquest today into the death of Mrs Clarice Anasthasia White, 30, of Dawson st, Ballarat, Mr G. S. Catlow, coroner, committed the woman’s husband, Kenneth Geoffrey White, 34, fitter, for trial on a charge of murder. White was present in custody on a charge […]

Assault by Lilley

ON THIS DAY……. 2nd August 1949 In the Ballarat Supreme Court, John Lilley, former licensee of the Commercial Hotel, Hopetoun, denied having kicked his wife in the head when he assaulted her at the hotel on this day in 1949, but admitted having struck her in the face and kicked her in the buttocks.  Lilley […]

Murder of a Murderer

ON THIS DAY – July 22, 1988 PENTRIDGE PRISON CONVICTED murderer Alex Tsakmakis’s brutal killing earned very little sympathy among his fellow inmates.  Before we was clobbered to death behind bars, he too had carried out a prison killing. Before coming to police attention, Alex Tsakmakis appeared to be a company director and Ivanhoe family […]

Williams Committed for Murder

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1904 The Coroner, Mr. Cole, concluded the inquest to-day concerning the death of Mrs. Mary Amelia Veitch, at Clifton Hill, on July 19. James Williams, the young man who was arrested on a charge of murder, was present in custody. He displayed hardly any interest in the proceedings. The […]

THE SWAN HILL MURDER

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1890 The inquest touching the death of Donald McDonald, the murdered fisherman, near Tyntynder, was resumed on Monday morning. A number of witnesses were examined, the most important being John M’Donald and Joseph Wells. The former gave evidence respecting the ill-feeling that existed between himself and the deceased. He […]

Murdered Melbourne Gangster stole from the Swedish Royal Family

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1947 Melbourne Gangster James Coates who scammed £40,000 from an Australian grazier, £19,000 from an Austrian nobleman, £15,000 from the son of the Sweden’s King, and from an Indian prince, he stole £80,000 was murdered. The weeks before Coates murder he had received anonymous phone calls, first calling him […]

Inquest left Coates Murder Unsolved

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1947 DESPITE an intensive investigation, no evidence had been found to establish responsibility for the shooting of James Coates, 46, on July 19, Detective W. W. Mooney said yesterday at an inquest into Coates’ death. Coates was found dead on a vacant allotment at the corner of Punt rd and […]

Death of Annie Treagar

ON THIS DAY – July 18, 1927 WOMAN COMMITTED FOR TRIAL From the effects of an illegal operation, Annie Florence Treagar, aged 21 years, of Paisley street, Footscray, died at the Women’s Hospital on July 18. The city coroner (Mr. D. Berriman, P.M.) held an inquest. It was alleged that Miss Treager went to a […]

Murder of Detective Senior Constable Lane

ON THIS DAY – July 13, 1979 At about 11.30 am on Friday, 13th July, 1979 Detective Lane accompanied David Bernard Chapman, an 18 year old car theft suspect, to a disused bus parked in a camp site at Kyalite, Southern New South Wales. Chapman had been living there for a short time, and had […]

‘TEST MATCH MURDER” TRIAL

ON THIS DAY – July 13, 1956 Both the Crown Prosecutor and the defence council challenged statements by a Crown witness yesterday at the murder trial of John Alfred Somerville in the Criminal Court. He was charged following the death of an Englishman, George Neville Eastham, 27 at Crimea Street, St Kilda, on July 13 […]

FREED OF MURDER … ON HER BIRTHDAY

ON THIS DAY – July 13, 1961 A slight, auburn haired woman yesterday had a 25th birthday she will never forget. She was acquitted in the Criminal Court of the murder of her 17 month old daughter. Mrs Hughann Legget Prescott, of Murphy Street, Gardenvale, had pleaded not guilty to the charge before Mr. Justice […]

POISON IN A CUP

ON THIS DAY….. 10th July 1926 When Bertha Elizabeth Ross (33) was charged, in the Criminal Court with having attempted to murder William Woods, builder and contractor, on July 10, Mr.. W, S. Sproule, for the Crown, suggested that there were two probable motives. In the first place they had been living on intimate terms […]