ON THIS DAY……….. 28th of March 1899

Alice Maud Jepson, wife of Johann Christian Jepson a lighterman, was arrested by Constable Harris of Yarraville, on suspicion of having murdered her son Francis Norman Jepson, aged seven years. Jepson was brought before Messrs Warner and Gallant J.P.s at the Footscray Police Court. The accused appeared to be fairly well composed and chatted cheerfully with her husband, who sat beside her. Sub-inspector Oliver appeared for the police and sought a remand to the Port Melbourne Court. Constable Harris gave formal evidence of the arrest, and accused was then remanded to appear at Port Melbourne on the 6th of April. Mr Jepson is anxious to correct an impression that his wife had for some time been an inmate of a lunatic asylum. He denies this absolutely. He declares that his wife was “the best wife ever a man had.” She had just told him, he added, that “their boy was now dead. She was sure he had gone to Heaven, and would be exalted. Jepaon was found guilty of the murder of her son by wilfully drowning him at Fisherman’s Bend in the Yarra.