The Bombing of Russell Street

ON THIS DAY ……… 27th March 1986 On this day in 1986, the Russell Street Police Headquarters complex in Russell Street was a target of a bombing attack which would bring the Victorian Police Force and Melbourne to a stand still. The explosion was caused by a car bomb hidden in a stolen 1979 Holden […]

Trafalgar Body Snatching Horrifies Priest

ON THIS DAY – March 26, 1955 Father J. Daly, who returned on the 25th of March 1955, to Trafalgar from Melbourne, said he was horrified at the snatching of the body of his former housekeeper, 73-year-old Miss Catherine Counsel from her Trafalgar Cemetery grave. “This ls something you would have expected to happen about […]

Murder 12 Years Earlier

ON THIS DAY………24th March 1939 DUMOSA A man was charged with the murder of a man 12 years earlier. The man, Harry Richard Bugg aged 37, of Nothcote, was charged with the murder of Murray Herbert Ling, 26, at Dumosa on this day in 1939. Police charged Bugg after they had inspected a hut and […]

Men Grapple For Axe

ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1934 RICHMOND Ernest Kirkwood, a young man, was charged with having murdered Claude Leslie Cooper at Richmond on this day in 1934. Death was alleged to have been caused through a blow on the head by an axe. Kirkwood maintained a quiet demeanour in court when the charge was […]

Driving in Reverse

ON THIS DAY ……… 12th March 2006 On this day police charged a man with reversing further than necessary, after he drove backwards for more than 40km along one of Australia’s busiest highway. They stopped the 23 year old man on the Hume highway between Sydney and Melbourne as he was heading home to Numurkah […]

Indecent Assault by M’Glynn

On This Day – 12th March 1864 Serious Offence At the Geelong police court, an old man, of repulsive aspect, named M’Glynn, lately the proprietor of a menagerie in Market square, was charged with committing an indecent assault upon a diminutive girl, aged thirteen. The child’s evidence went to show that a capital offence had […]

Body Found in House: Woman on Murder Charge

ON THIS DAY – March 9, 1932 In the dock of the City Court stood Katherine Masterton, aged 46, charged with having at Richmond on the 9th of March murdered Dorothy May Draper, aged 20. Masterton was arrested by detectives, who found the body of the girl in a house. The police said that she […]

Death of an Infant

ON THIS DAY – March 7, 1932 HAWTHORN An inquest was held today on the bones of an infant child which, it was alleged by the police, were found under a copper in the backyard of a house in Lisson Grove, Hawthorn, on March 7. The coroner committed Clarice Edith Mills, 23, nurse, and Sidney […]

Murder of Girl

ON THIS DAY – March 3, 1953 SOUTH MELBOURNE Lionel Richard Lee was interviewed by police for the murder of Betty Iva Leighton Jones, aged 28. Jones was shot at South Melbourne on the 3rd of March 1953.    

Greek Sentenced to Death

ON THIS DAY – March 1, 1927 Arthur John Kotsiakos, aged 39, a Greek fishmonger, was found guilty of the murder of his wife, Josephine Elizabeth Mary Kotsiakos, on the 1st of March, in their home in North Melbourne at the conclusion of his trial at the Criminal Court. In passing sentence of death the […]

Murder of Kade Hall

ON THIS DAY – February 28, 2002 Kade Hall was last seen in Croydon around 10pm on the 28th of February 2002, before being picked up by an unknown person. Hall received a call from a pay phone outside Mooroolbark KFC at 10.10pm. Hall was shot and dumped on the side of Mt Dandenong Tourist […]

Dingo Stole My Baby

On this day ………… 20th February 1981 Michael and Lindy Chamberlain and their three children were camping at Ayers Rock, Northern Territory when baby Azaria disappeared. Lindy claimed that a dingo had stolen her baby. No trace of the child was ever found, although her bloodstained clothes were found a week later by another tourist. […]