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Frederick Bayley Deeming was one of 14 children born to Thomas and Ann Deeming in Leicestershire, England.

Frederick would first get into trouble with the law aged just 15 years old  for throwing rocks at a train.  At 16 he ranaway to see and began his life of crime with stealing and obtaining money by deception – something which would be a common thread for the rest of his life.

The beginning of the end for Deeming began with the discovery of Emily Lydia Mather’s decomposing body buried beneath the hearth of the second bedroom at 57 Andrew Street, Windsor on March 3, 1892.

Emily had married Deeming, who was know as Albert Williams in Rainhill, Lancashire in 1891 before the young couple set out for Australia.  They arrived in Melbourne in November 1891 and stayed for a short time in the city of Melbourne before heading to the rented property in Windsor.  Emily was not to know that this house would become her coffin!

On Christmas Eve, Deeming murdered Emily and in a well prepared plan buried her remains within the house before heading back to Melbourne.  He had paid up the rent for a couple of months so it wasnt until a new prospective tennant inspected the property that Emily’s remains were discovered.

By this time, Deeming had headed to Sydney and enticed Kate Rounsfell to marry him and move to WA with him.  Luckily for her Deeming left first and Kate only made it as far as Melbourne before news broke of her fiancee’s evil deeds.

But Emily was not the first murder Deeming had committed.  During the investigation into the death of Emily, it came to light that Deeming had been married before and had 4 children.  Marie and the children were found murdered and cemented under the kitchen floor at the property Deeming had rented in Rainhill.

Deeming was finally caught out by clever detective work and his boasting of his accomplishments.

Deeming was sentenced to death and was executed on May 29, 1892 at the Old Melbourne Gaol.

Before his death, a telegram was sent from London, requesting that Deeming be interviewed over the Whitechapel murders of 1888.  It would join numerous requests from police forces around the world asking if he could have been responsible for as many as 18 murders.

 

IT BECOMES A SURGICAL TROPHY

Some curiosity has been expressed as to what would be the ultimate destination of the skull of the unfortunate Emily Mather, the victim of the Windsor murder. It will be remembered that it was an exhibit at the trial of Deeming, and now that it is not required further as evidence against the prisoner, his doom having been sealed, people have been asking whether the grave where the deceased’s body reposes would be opened, in order that it may be placed in the coffin, or whether it would be handed over to the Melbourne University for the purposes of anatomical demonstration. Neither course is to be pursued. The skull is now in the possession of the Acting District Coroner, Dr. Neild, to whom it was forwarded by Constable Davidson, the morgue orderly, on receiving a semi-official notification. As the Chief Commissioner of Police does not contemplate making any order for the interment of the skull with the other remains of Emily Mather, it is likely to remain in Dr. Neild’s surgery along with other relics of poor mortality. Its value to the University would be little, as the only remarkable feature about it is the indentation supposed to have been caused by the condemned man’s axe, which has already been fully described in these columns. Emily’s body was exhumed and her body was re buried with her head.

IT BECOMES A SURGICAL TROPHY

Some curiosity has been expressed as to what would be the ultimate destination of the skull of the unfortunate Emily Mather, the victim of the Windsor murder. It will be remembered that it was an exhibit at the trial of Deeming, and now that it is not required further as evidence against the prisoner, his doom having been sealed, people have been asking whether the grave where the deceased’s body reposes would be opened, in order that it may be placed in the coffin, or whether it would be handed over to the Melbourne University for the purposes of anatomical demonstration. Neither course is to be pursued. The skull is now in the possession of the Acting District Coroner, Dr. Neild, to whom it was forwarded by Constable Davidson, the morgue orderly, on receiving a semi-official notification. As the Chief Commissioner of Police does not contemplate making any order for the interment of the skull with the other remains of Emily Mather, it is likely to remain in Dr. Neild’s surgery along with other relics of poor mortality. Its value to the University would be little, as the only remarkable feature about it is the indentation supposed to have been caused by the condemned man’s axe, which has already been fully described in these columns. Emily’s body was exhumed and her body was re buried with her head.

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY …….. 23rd of May 1892

Frederick Deeming was tried at Melbourne Supreme Court on 25 April 1892, for the murder of his wife in Windsor. Alfred Deakin, (who would become the 2nd Prime Minister of Australia) his counsel, tried to mount a plea of insanity. The defence also questioned the impact of newspaper reporting of Deeming on the jury. Perhaps wishing to aid the defence of insanity, Deeming also claimed to have caught syphilis in London, and to have received visitations from his mother’s spirit, which urged his actions. Before the jury retired, Deeming made a “lengthy,… rambling, speech of self-justification.” He repeated a story he had told police that Emily had “run off with another man”. “That is my one comfort…knowing that she is not dead”. The prosecution case was conducted by Robert Walsh, Q.C. Deeming was found guilty as charged, however. Deeming spent the last days writing his autobiography and poetry; “The Jury listened well to the yarn I had to tell, But they sent me straight to hell.” He also spent time talking to the Church of England ministers, to whom he supposedly confessed. The sentence of the court was confirmed by the Executive Council on 9 May 1892 and the judicial committee of the Privy Council refused leave to appeal on 19 May 1892. Deeming was hanged at 10:01 am on 23 May 1892, he weighed 143 pounds (65 kg), 14 pounds (6.4 kg) less than when he entered prison. The autobiography which Deeming wrote in gaol was destroyed.

It was believed at the time that Deeming was Jack the Ripper, as he was in White Chapel, London at the time of the murders. The Victoria police were asked by the British police to question him in relation.

 

IT BECOMES A SURGICAL TROPHY

Some curiosity has been expressed as to what would be the ultimate destination of the skull of the unfortunate Emily Mather, the victim of the Windsor murder. It will be remembered that it was an exhibit at the trial of Deeming, and now that it is not required further as evidence against the prisoner, his doom having been sealed, people have been asking whether the grave where the deceased’s body reposes would be opened, in order that it may be placed in the coffin, or whether it would be handed over to the Melbourne University for the purposes of anatomical demonstration. Neither course is to be pursued. The skull is now in the possession of the Acting District Coroner, Dr. Neild, to whom it was forwarded by Constable Davidson, the morgue orderly, on receiving a semi-official notification. As the Chief Commissioner of Police does not contemplate making any order for the interment of the skull with the other remains of Emily Mather, it is likely to remain in Dr. Neild’s surgery along with other relics of poor mortality. Its value to the University would be little, as the only remarkable feature about it is the indentation supposed to have been caused by the condemned man’s axe, which has already been fully described in these columns. Emily’s body was exhumed and her body was re buried with her head.

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EXECUTED ON THIS DAY …….. 23rd of May 1892

Frederick Deeming was tried at Melbourne Supreme Court on 25 April 1892, for the murder of his wife in Windsor. Alfred Deakin, (who would become the 2nd Prime Minister of Australia) his counsel, tried to mount a plea of insanity. The defence also questioned the impact of newspaper reporting of Deeming on the jury. Perhaps wishing to aid the defence of insanity, Deeming also claimed to have caught syphilis in London, and to have received visitations from his mother’s spirit, which urged his actions. Before the jury retired, Deeming made a “lengthy,… rambling, speech of self-justification.” He repeated a story he had told police that Emily had “run off with another man”. “That is my one comfort…knowing that she is not dead”. The prosecution case was conducted by Robert Walsh, Q.C. Deeming was found guilty as charged, however. Deeming spent the last days writing his autobiography and poetry; “The Jury listened well to the yarn I had to tell, But they sent me straight to hell.” He also spent time talking to the Church of England ministers, to whom he supposedly confessed. The sentence of the court was confirmed by the Executive Council on 9 May 1892 and the judicial committee of the Privy Council refused leave to appeal on 19 May 1892. Deeming was hanged at 10:01 am on 23 May 1892, he weighed 143 pounds (65 kg), 14 pounds (6.4 kg) less than when he entered prison. The autobiography which Deeming wrote in gaol was destroyed.

It was believed at the time that Deeming was Jack the Ripper, as he was in White Chapel, London at the time of the murders. The Victoria police were asked by the Brittish police to question him in relation.