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On This Day – November 20, 1902

MANSLAUGHTER BY A SAILOR. MELBOURNE In the Criminal Court to-day, before Mr. Justice Hood and a jury of 12, Emil Forsell, a young Norwegian sailor, was charged with having, on November 20 last, wilfully murdered Sophia Rigg, in Latrobe street west, near to Spencer street. An interpreter had to be sworn, as accused was not […]


On This Day – November 20, 1898

A VERDICT OF MANSLAUGHTER. FOOTSCRAY Mrs. Ellen McNabb. a young woman, was placed on trial at the Criminal Court today for the murder of her infant child at Footscray on November 20. The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter but strongly recommended the accused mercy on account of the provocation she had received. The Chief Justice […]


On This Day – November 19, 1910

MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE FITZROY In the Criminal Court to-day Ernest Arthur Sims was charged with the manslaughter of Mary Maud Whitesides, at Fitzroy on November 19. Accused pleaded not guilty. Whitesides died from burns sustained at accused’s house. At the close of the Crown’s case Justice Hodges said that there was no clear evidence to go […]


On This Day – November 19, 1938

YOUNG MAN CHARGED. Richard Clarence Skinner, 21, of South Melbourne, was arrested on a charge with having at Bacchus Marsh on November 19, with intent to murder, Arthur Edwards, a farm hand, of Balwyn. He had a severe wound on the chin and was unable to speak. By writing answers to questions by the detectives […]


On This Day – November 18, 1948

YOUTH CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER Reginald Charles Burrows, 18- year-old sheet metal worker, of Percy st, West Brunswick, was committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter by Mr Burke, SM, city coroner, yesterday. Mr Burke conducted an inquest into the death of Rupert Francis Bowd, 36, of Evans st, East Brunswick, who died in Royal Melbourne […]


On This Day – November 18, 1896

Wife Murder At Albert Park on the 18th November 1896, a young man named Alexander Quinn, aged twenty-three, an ex-warder at the Ararat Lunatic Asylum, shot his wife dead, and then attempted to commit suicide, but, failing to take his own life, be gave himself up at the police station. It would appear from Quinn’s […]


ON THIS DAY – November 17, 1883

PANMURE SHOCKING MURDER AT PANMURE. A most diabolical murder and supposed outrage has been committed at the township of Panmure, 16 miles from Warrnambool. The victim is a girl 10 years of age, named Margaret Nolan, the daughter of a well-to-do farmer, living about a mile and a half out of the village. The girl […]


On This Day – November 17, 1924

FOOTSCRAY MURDER BY UNKNOWN MAN. At an inquest into the circumstances surrounding the death of William Henry Rolley, who was shot in Irvine street, Footscray (V.), on November 17, a few minutes before midnight, a verdict of wilful murder against an unknown man was recorded. Dennis John Bourke, a labourer, of Albert street, Footscray, said […]


On This Day – November 17, 1988

BENDIGO ‘Suspect warned’ before being shot Police Special Operations Group members had repeatedly told a police shooting suspect to drop his gun before hitting him with three shotgun blasts at close range, the Melbourne Coroner’s Court heard yesterday. Jedd Houghton, 23, died almost instantly during a raid on a caravan park in Bendigo on November […]

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Carlton Murder Tours

Join the team at Twisted History in the streets and lanes of Carlton, arguably one of the most dangerous suburbs in Melbourne.  Learn of the brutal murders in the locations where they happened or where murderers have lived.  Tours by appointment.  For more information and bookings, please call 1300865800