ON THIS DAY – December 31, 1914
Inquiries into the death of Lucy Gorman, who was found dead in her bedroom at Johnson street, Richmond on Thursday afternoon, were continued yesterday by Detectives Kiely and Smythe, and from what has been learned it is believed that the tragedy was the result of a drunken brawl early in the present week.
A post-mortem examination which was made on the body yesterday, showed that death had resulted from hemorrhage, shock, and exhaustion. The skull, which bore a wound about an inch in length, had been fractured at the base by a blow from some blunt weapon, possibly a beer bottle. From the bruises on the body it is believed that the woman was first felled by a blow, and then savagely kicked.
When last seen by a woman friend on Monday, Gorman was suffering from the effects of a drinking bout, and it is said that when in an intoxicated condition, she was subject to fits of violence.
Several men who had recently visited the dead woman have been questioned by the police, but so far no evidence has been obtained which would justify any arrest being made.