ON THIS DAY ………. 14th March 1913
The Coroner held an enquiry into the tragedy which occurred in George street, Fitzroy, on this day in 1913. Walter Edgar Erfurth, a labourer aged 23 years, killed Ada Doalman, aged 21, and wounded her baby, before shooting himself. William Lawrence, who lived at the same house as deceased, said that on the 14th March Erfurth came home slightly intoxicated. He went out again, and upon his return retired to his bedroom. Witness heard a muffled dispute between him and Doalman, which was followed a few minutes later by a scream. He tried to open the door, but it was locked. Lawrence then went into the street and returned with a constable, who forced the door. He then saw the bodies of Erfurth and Doalman stretched on the bed, and the baby, with a wound in its mouth, was lying across the woman’s arm. Erfurth had a bullet wound in the forehead, and the woman had been shot in the breast. Grace Erfurth said she believed Doalman to be her son’s wife. He was arrested two years ago for the maintenance of an illegitimate child, but the Drouin Court dismissed the case. The matter may have preyed on his mind. A verdict of murder and suicide was returned.