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ON THIS DAY…… 1st August 1948

Norman Hurley, a 19-year-old orphan, who was battered on the head and thrown alive into the Maribyrnong River, near Flemington Racecourse on this day in 1948, was the victim of one of the most brutal and callous premeditated murders in recent years. It was disclosed that Hurley was struck four times with a heavy instrument and dragged along the embankment for about 20 yards before he was thrown into the river from a concrete jetty. The house nearest the place where he was murdered is across the river and about half a mile away. It has been established also that Hurley had been studying car advertisements in newspapers recently, but it is not certain whether he wrote any letters to prospective car, salesmen.  Eric Stanley Jacobi, 44, tractor driver, of Gordon st, Footscray, appeared in the City Court yesterday and was remanded.

ON THIS DAY – July 29, 1976

Three men who battered an older man to death in the course of “teaching him a lesson” were each found guilty of murder by a Criminal Court jury. Mr Justice Jenkinson sentenced each of the three to be imprisoned for the term of his natural life. They were Mr Allan Raymond Robinson, 33, invalid pensioner, of Fitzroy, Mr Kenneth Graeme Wright, 19, labourer, of Richmond, and Mr Paul Maurice Stanton, 28, assistant manager, of Abbotsford. All had pleaded not guilty to a charge of having murdered Mr Sydney Thomas Crowe, also known as Mr Peter Johnson, 54, labourer, of Collingwood, on July 29 last year.

 

photo of Kenneth Graeme Wright

ON THIS DAY – June 8, 1934

Four months ago, on June 8, the brutally-battered body of Jean McKenzie, 21, was found in an apartment house on St. Kilda-road. To-day at the inquest the police had to confess their failure to trace the murderer. The Coroner (Mr. D. Grant) recorded a finding of murder by a person or persons unknown.  Harry Blom, sailor, who occupied the room next to the murdered girl on the night of the murder, said he heard raised voices, male and female, in the next room. Later he saw Jean McKenzie at the front door. He noticed the figure, apparently of a man, standing outside the door. Miss McKenzie and the man were speaking in high toned voices. The next day he passed the door of Miss McKenzie’s room a number of times, and noticed each time that it was closed. Suspecting that something was wrong, he opened the door and saw Miss McKenzie lying on the floor, dead. Detective A. Webster said that on entering Miss McKenzie’s room on June 8 he saw the girl’s body lying on the floor. Her head was badly battered. Portions of the body were covered in blood. A cord was tied tightly round her neck. The room was in disorder and there were numerous bloodstains on the floor, walls, and skirting board even on top of the door. A large number of people have been interviewed about this case, Detective Webster continued, ‘but we have not been able to get sufficient evidence to charge any particular person with the offence. The position of some of the stains showed that the girl had been struck while in bed. Two blood-stained lengths of firewood were in the room.

ON THIS DAY…… 1st August 1948

Norman Hurley, a 19-year-old orphan, who was battered on the head and thrown alive into the Maribyrnong River, near Flemington Racecourse on this day in 1948, was the victim of one of the most brutal and callous premeditated murders in recent years. It was disclosed that Hurley was struck four times with a heavy instrument and dragged along the embankment for about 20 yards before he was thrown into the river from a concrete jetty. The house nearest the place where he was murdered is across the river and about half a mile away. It has been established also that Hurley had been studying car advertisements in newspapers recently, but it is not certain whether he wrote any letters to prospective car, salesmen.  Eric Stanley Jacobi, 44, tractor driver, of Gordon st, Footscray, appeared in the City Court yesterday and was remanded.

ON THIS DAY – July 29, 1976

Three men who battered an older man to death in the course of “teaching him a lesson” were each found guilty of murder by a Criminal Court jury. Mr Justice Jenkinson sentenced each of the three to be imprisoned for the term of his natural life. They were Mr Allan Raymond Robinson, 33, invalid pensioner, of Fitzroy, Mr Kenneth Graeme Wright, 19, labourer, of Richmond, and Mr Paul Maurice Stanton, 28, assistant manager, of Abbotsford. All had pleaded not guilty to a charge of having murdered Mr Sydney Thomas Crowe, also known as Mr Peter Johnson, 54, labourer, of Collingwood, on July 29 last year.

 

photo of Kenneth Graeme Wright

ON THIS DAY – June 8, 1934

Four months ago, on June 8, the brutally-battered body of Jean McKenzie, 21, was found in an apartment house on St. Kilda-road. To-day at the inquest the police had to confess their failure to trace the murderer. The Coroner (Mr. D. Grant) recorded a finding of murder by a person or persons unknown.  Harry Blom, sailor, who occupied the room next to the murdered girl on the night of the murder, said he heard raised voices, male and female, in the next room. Later he saw Jean McKenzie at the front door. He noticed the figure, apparently of a man, standing outside the door. Miss McKenzie and the man were speaking in high toned voices. The next day he passed the door of Miss McKenzie’s room a number of times, and noticed each time that it was closed. Suspecting that something was wrong, he opened the door and saw Miss McKenzie lying on the floor, dead. Detective A. Webster said that on entering Miss McKenzie’s room on June 8 he saw the girl’s body lying on the floor. Her head was badly battered. Portions of the body were covered in blood. A cord was tied tightly round her neck. The room was in disorder and there were numerous bloodstains on the floor, walls, and skirting board even on top of the door. A large number of people have been interviewed about this case, Detective Webster continued, ‘but we have not been able to get sufficient evidence to charge any particular person with the offence. The position of some of the stains showed that the girl had been struck while in bed. Two blood-stained lengths of firewood were in the room.

On This Day – January 2, 1951

The battered body of Kelham Malcolm Young, 50, was found outside a hut at Camp Pell early to-day. Young lived at the camp till a few months ago. Police are searching for a man who they think, attacked Young when he went to a hut at the camp. A fight between the two men is believed to have followed a refusal by Young to leave the camp. Police took possession of, a heavy piece of timber with which they think Young was battered to death. They are also working on the theory that a pistol was used to scare Young away. Camp residents were awakened by a shot about 5 a.m., and later Young’s body was found near the hut. A preliminary examination of the body failed to show any trace of a bullet wound.

ON THIS DAY…… 1st August 1948

Norman Hurley, a 19-year-old orphan, who was battered on the head and thrown alive into the Maribyrnong River, near Flemington Racecourse on this day in 1948, was the victim of one of the most brutal and callous premeditated murders in recent years. It was disclosed that Hurley was struck four times with a heavy instrument and dragged along the embankment for about 20 yards before he was thrown into the river from a concrete jetty. The house nearest the place where he was murdered is across the river and about half a mile away. It has been established also that Hurley had been studying car advertisements in newspapers recently, but it is not certain whether he wrote any letters to prospective car, salesmen.  Eric Stanley Jacobi, 44, tractor driver, of Gordon st, Footscray, appeared in the City Court yesterday and was remanded.

ON THIS DAY – July 29, 1976

Three men who battered an older man to death in the course of “teaching him a lesson” were each found guilty of murder by a Criminal Court jury. Mr Justice Jenkinson sentenced each of the three to be imprisoned for the term of his natural life. They were Mr Allan Raymond Robinson, 33, invalid pensioner, of Fitzroy, Mr Kenneth Graeme Wright, 19, labourer, of Richmond, and Mr Paul Maurice Stanton, 28, assistant manager, of Abbotsford. All had pleaded not guilty to a charge of having murdered Mr Sydney Thomas Crowe, also known as Mr Peter Johnson, 54, labourer, of Collingwood, on July 29 last year.

 

photo of Kenneth Graeme Wright

ON THIS DAY – June 8, 1934

Four months ago, on June 8, the brutally-battered body of Jean McKenzie, 21, was found in an apartment house on St. Kilda-road. To-day at the inquest the police had to confess their failure to trace the murderer. The Coroner (Mr. D. Grant) recorded a finding of murder by a person or persons unknown.  Harry Blom, sailor, who occupied the room next to the murdered girl on the night of the murder, said he heard raised voices, male and female, in the next room. Later he saw Jean McKenzie at the front door. He noticed the figure, apparently of a man, standing outside the door. Miss McKenzie and the man were speaking in high toned voices. The next day he passed the door of Miss McKenzie’s room a number of times, and noticed each time that it was closed. Suspecting that something was wrong, he opened the door and saw Miss McKenzie lying on the floor, dead. Detective A. Webster said that on entering Miss McKenzie’s room on June 8 he saw the girl’s body lying on the floor. Her head was badly battered. Portions of the body were covered in blood. A cord was tied tightly round her neck. The room was in disorder and there were numerous bloodstains on the floor, walls, and skirting board even on top of the door. A large number of people have been interviewed about this case, Detective Webster continued, ‘but we have not been able to get sufficient evidence to charge any particular person with the offence. The position of some of the stains showed that the girl had been struck while in bed. Two blood-stained lengths of firewood were in the room.

On This Day – January 2, 1951

The battered body of Kelham Malcolm Young, 50, was found outside a hut at Camp Pell early to-day. Young lived at the camp till a few months ago. Police are searching for a man who they think, attacked Young when he went to a hut at the camp. A fight between the two men is believed to have followed a refusal by Young to leave the camp. Police took possession of, a heavy piece of timber with which they think Young was battered to death. They are also working on the theory that a pistol was used to scare Young away. Camp residents were awakened by a shot about 5 a.m., and later Young’s body was found near the hut. A preliminary examination of the body failed to show any trace of a bullet wound.