ON THIS DAY…… 24th August 1942
Detectives hope to be able to say whether a man found drowned in the Yarra on Friday was associated with the murder of Mrs. Catherine Whitley aged 65, in a lane behind a hotel at the northern end of Elizabeth Street, City, near Gratten Street, Carlton. By his finger prints, the dead man was identified as James William Whitelaw aged 44.
Fingerprint experts at police head quarters in a Russell Street, used a recently developed method of taking after-death prints to fix his identity. The skin of the hands was crinkled by having been so long in the water. Fluid was forced in under the skin to fill out the fingertips to their natural shape and then readable prints were obtained.