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On This Day……. 18th May 1942

The strangled body of Gladys Hosking, 40, was found inside the Royal Park boundary, not far from Camp Pell. She would often have dinner with friends before returning to a boarding house, just 350m from the crime scene. An Australian soldier told police he saw a US officer slipping under the Royal Park fence on the night of the murder. The soldier shone a torch in Leonski’s muddied face, asking why he was covered head to foot in yellow mud. Leonski replied, “I fell over in a pool of mud going across the park”. He had actually been committing murder. After days at Camp Pell interviewing American soldiers, police investigations led to Leonski’s tent, where yellow clay matching the crime scene was found on his tent, shoes and bed.

Photo of Senior Constable Haygarth and an unnamed Aboriginal tracker examine footprints in the mud near where the body of Gladys Hosking was found in Royal Park. Parkville.

Today is the 75th Anniversary of Glady Hoskings murder in Parkville by the Brown Out Murderer Eddie Leonski. RIP Glady Hoskings. Interesting that the street has not changed.

On this day……….18th of May 1942

Gladys Hosking, 40, was the third and final victim, murdered by Edward Joseph Leonski an United States Army soldier stationed in Melbourne. Hoskings while walking home from work at the Chemistry Library at Melbourne University. A witness said that, on the night of the killing, a disheveled American man had approached her asking for directions, seemingly out of breath and covered with mud. This description matched the individual Pauline Thompson was seen with on the night of her murder, as well as the descriptions given by several women who had survived recent attacks.

On This Day……. 18th May 1942

The strangled body of Gladys Hosking, 40, was found inside the Royal Park boundary, not far from Camp Pell. She would often have dinner with friends before returning to a boarding house, just 350m from the crime scene. An Australian soldier told police he saw a US officer slipping under the Royal Park fence on the night of the murder. The soldier shone a torch in Leonski’s muddied face, asking why he was covered head to foot in yellow mud. Leonski replied, “I fell over in a pool of mud going across the park”. He had actually been committing murder. After days at Camp Pell interviewing American soldiers, police investigations led to Leonski’s tent, where yellow clay matching the crime scene was found on his tent, shoes and bed.

Photo of Senior Constable Haygarth and an unnamed Aboriginal tracker examine footprints in the mud near where the body of Gladys Hosking was found in Royal Park. Parkville.

On this day……….18th of May 1942

Gladys Hosking, 40, was the third and final victim, murdered by Edward Joseph Leonski an United States Army soldier stationed in Melbourne. Hoskings while walking home from work at the Chemistry Library at Melbourne University. A witness said that, on the night of the killing, a disheveled American man had approached her asking for directions, seemingly out of breath and covered with mud. This description matched the individual Pauline Thompson was seen with on the night of her murder, as well as the descriptions given by several women who had survived recent attacks.