Lilydale Murder – Detectives Baffled

 On This Day – August 7, 1913 When going through the many statements taken for the information of the coroner in connection with the murder, on August 7 last, of the old woodcutter, Richard Knight, outside his hut in the bush between Lilydale and Coldstream (says the Melbourne ‘Argus’). Detective-Sergeant Arthur and Detective Keily discovered certain discrepancies in […]

WOMAN’S STORY IN COURT – MANY SHOTS FIRED

ON THIS DAY – July 31, 1922 In the Malvern Police Court Robert Albert Scott, a French polisher, was charged with having, at Malvern, on July 31 shot Marie Dorothy Victoria Frith, a widow, aged 32 years, with intent to murder her. Marié Dorothy Victoria Frith said that she had known Scott for about 14 months. […]

Life Jail Term for ‘Chilling’ Murder of Three People

ON THIS DAY – July 29, 1992 A gunman convicted of the cold-blooded, execution style murders of three young people in their suburban Melbourne home last year was  jailed for life for his “unfathomable” crimes. In the Supreme Court, Justice Bernard Teague sentenced Ashley Mervyn Coulston, 36, to life on each of the three counts […]

Hanged for Murder

ON THIS DAY – JULY 25, 1916 Antoine Picone the Italian who shot and killed Joseph Luricella, a compatriot, in Queen Victoria Market on July 25, was hanged in Melbourne Gaol. Picone had been attended until the last minute by Father J. Donovan, and when led on to the scaffold carried his hand a small […]

Murder of Willie Thompson

MURDERED ON THIS DAY ……….. 21st July 2003 Small time drug dealer Willie Thompson, 39, was killed on 21 July while sitting in his car after leaving a karate club in Chadstone. Police say the gunman strolled up to the car and shot Thompson dead before escaping with a second person in a stolen Ford […]

Death for Murder of Sister

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1948 John William McRae, 19, was sentenced to death in the Sale Supreme Court today for the murder of his sister, Hazel Mary McRae, Bairnsdale beauty queen, on July 19. The jury returned a verdict of guilty after a retirement lasting exactly an hour. Some of the large crowd, […]

WARDER FIRES AT CONVICT AT CITY STATION

On This Day……..17th July 1946 Scores of people on the main platform at Spencer Street Railway Station in Melbourne and hundreds of others going to work early saw a warder firing shots at an escaping prisoner. The man had jumped from a train as it was leaving the station. He was chased for 250 yards […]

Dead Tenant

ON THIS DAY – July 16, 1983 Murder verdict A man alleged to have shot his tenant dead after bad feeling had developed because the tenant had failed to shut a security gate and had parked his car in the courtyard instead of in the garage was found guilty of murder in the Supreme Court […]

VERDICT OF WILFUL MURDER

ON THIS DAY – July 16, 1900 John Pridmore, who shot and killed his wife. Annie Jane Pridmore, at Brunswick, on July 16, was to-day found guilty of wilful murder by a coroner’s jury, and was committed for trial. The inquest had been held over, pending Pridmore’s recovery, for at the time he shot his […]

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 […]

Execution of Deutschmann

ON THIS DAY – June 29, 1908 The fourteenth execution in the Ballarat Gaol took place at 10 o’clock this morning, when Charles Henry Deutschmann paid the supreme penalty for having murdered his wife. The crime took place at Dobie, a few miles from Ararat, on Saturday evening, April 11. Mrs. Deutschmann, who had been […]

Verdict at Richmond Inquest

On This Day – June 27, 1930 Murder and suicide was the finding of the City Coroner (Mr. Grant, P.M.) today after the inquiry into the death of George Young, horse trainer, and Lily Maude Veal, 49, whose bodies were found after a violent quarrel at a house in Kent street, Richmond, on June 27. […]