ON THIS DAY – February 17, 1947


At the Sale watchhouse James Napper, 24, was charged with the murder of his father, Harry Napper, 56, and his sister, Phyllis Napper, 20. Napper was questioned by the police after his discharge from the Sale Hospital, where he had been admitted for treatment following his taking an overdose of aspirin. At the inquest a neighbour told of quarrels between Napper senior and Napper junior during the last few days before the murder. This neighbour told how he followed the arrested man to Napper senior’s home after an argument about the administration of the farm, which they worked on shares.