The Events of Hoddle Street

ON THIS DAY ………. 9th August 1987 Hoddle Street is where the majority of the shootings took place. The first car that Knight opened fire on contained a married couple, Con and Rita Vitkos. Rita received minor wounds and her husband drove on before stopping at a Mobil service station about 150 metres further south […]

First Undercover Police in NSW

Photo published in Sydney newspapers at the behest of police in 1933 to show that detectives didn’t need to look like typical burly coppers.  

Robberies at City Morgue

On this day …….. 13th of July 1929 Charles Leslie Stewart, 29 years, formerly a constable of police, stationed at the City Morgue, came before Mr. Justice MacIndoe for sentence on the 13th of July 1929. Stewart had been found guilty of stealing money and property from the clothes of bodies taken to the morgue. […]

BRUTAL MURDER AT HOTHAM

ON THIS DAY – July 9, 1870 In Bailie-street, Hotham, for the last three or four years, there has been residing a fisherman, named Patrick Smith, a married man, with one child— aged fourteen years of age. Both husband and wife, since they have resided in the locality, have been addicted to drink, and continued […]

Murder in Richmond

ON THIS DAY – July 3, 1981 Nightclub singer Ms Haroula Kipouridou was found in the half-opened lift of her Richmond Housing Commission block on July 3, 1981. She had been raped and her face was so badly bashed she choked on blood. Prime suspect Barry Harding was killed in a car crash after serving […]

Incompetence Victoria Police

On this day …….. 27th of June 1880 Aaron Sherritt’s body still lay in a pool of blood on the floor of his hut in the Woolshed Valley near Beechworth, North East Victoria after being murdered by the Kelly Gang. Police in his hut affrayed that Ned Kelly and his gang were still outside waiting […]

Australia Strangest Murder Case

The Shark Arm case refers to a series of incidents that began in Sydney, Australia on the 25th of April 1935 when a human arm was regurgitated by a captive 3.5-metre tiger shark, subsequently leading to a murder investigation. The tiger shark had been caught 3 kilometres from the beach suburb of Coogee in mid-April […]

Shot Dead in Kitchen

On This Day – June 13, 1936 SON CHARGED WITH MURDER. Alexander Memery, aged 46, was shot dead in the kitchen of his farmhouse at Bookaar, near Camperdown, Victoria, on Saturday morning. It was stated that James Alexander Memery, aged 19, son of the dead man, returned from rabbiting during a family quarrel, and that a pea-rifle he was carrying […]

SHANNON McCORMACK – QBH NIGHTCLUB, SOUTHBANK

ON THIS DAY ……. 3rd June 2007 Shannon McCormack, 22, was punched outside the QBH nightclub around 4am on May 27, 2007, as he attempted to break up a fight. His head hit the ground when he fell and he died in the Alfred Hospital a week later. An inquest was held into the death […]

Transferred to Geelong

On This Day ……. 27th April 1927 Clive Frankston, aged 36 years, was charged on the 1st of the June 1926, with larceny and sentenced to two years in Pentradge. On the 28th April 1927, the Penal Authorities at Pentridge decided to transfer Frankston and another prisoner, Henry Tacke, to the Geelong Gaol. The two […]

Driver of Car Arrested

ON THIS DAY – April 25, 1926 KILLED BY MOTOR CAR On April 25 William Thomas was knocked down and killed by a motor car. Since that date the police have been searching for the driver, who, they allege, did not pull up. They have arrested a man at Collingwood. John Williams (36) appeared before […]

Murder of James Edwards

ON THIS DAY ……. 13th April 1940 EAST HAWTHORN Douglas Ernest Evans aged 27, of Hawthorn, was committed for trial on a charge of having murdered James Charles Edwards aged 47, on this day in 1940. Senior-Detective Deslamen said that Evans had told the police that he was at the garage in Burke road, Camberwell, […]