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On this day ……… 29th of May 1963

Homicide detectives investigating the murder of the taxi driver, Norman Victor Jones, on May 29, probed the bottom of the Maribyrnong River with a large magnet to look for the murder weapon. They trailed a 50lb. magnet behind a rowboat for three quarters of a mile in the vicinity closest to the murder scene, in Newell Street, Footscray, a quarter of a mile away. This new move was one of the first in a complete appraisal of the murder. Jones was found lying 30 yards from his cab, with deep gashes in his neck. The murder weapon was either a sharp knife or a “cut-throat’ razor. Detective-Sergeant Kevin Carton, the leader of the investigations, said today the whole inquiry would be repeated. He said there may have been something missed accidentally during the initial investigations.

 

ON THIS DAY – March 26, 1955

Father J. Daly, who returned on the 25th of March 1955, to Trafalgar from Melbourne, said he was horrified at the snatching of the body of his former housekeeper, 73-year-old Miss Catherine Counsel from her Trafalgar Cemetery grave. “This ls something you would have expected to happen about 100 years ago, but not today. Miss Counsel was a gentle, fine lady and this is a shocking thing,” he added. Miss Counsel’s body was found a week later in scrub a short distance from Yallourn. Police are convinced the body was taken from the coffin only two or three days after burial, and possibly the same night. Three homicide detectives will visit towns within a 50-mlle radius of Trafalgar in the hope of gaining a definite clue to the body snatcher.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – March 2, 1953

NORTH MELBOURNE

Melbourne homicide detectives charged a 56 year-old Greek with the murder of Mrs. Everdike Politis, 55, at North Melbourne on the 2nd of March 1953. Mrs. Palitis. a widow, was found lying in the front bed room of her home. She had been stabbed.

 

 

On this day ……… 29th of May 1963

Homicide detectives investigating the murder of the taxi driver, Norman Victor Jones, on May 29, probed the bottom of the Maribyrnong River with a large magnet to look for the murder weapon. They trailed a 50lb. magnet behind a rowboat for three quarters of a mile in the vicinity closest to the murder scene, in Newell Street, Footscray, a quarter of a mile away. This new move was one of the first in a complete appraisal of the murder. Jones was found lying 30 yards from his cab, with deep gashes in his neck. The murder weapon was either a sharp knife or a “cut-throat’ razor. Detective-Sergeant Kevin Carton, the leader of the investigations, said today the whole inquiry would be repeated. He said there may have been something missed accidentally during the initial investigations.

 

ON THIS DAY – March 26, 1955

Father J. Daly, who returned on the 25th of March 1955, to Trafalgar from Melbourne, said he was horrified at the snatching of the body of his former housekeeper, 73-year-old Miss Catherine Counsel from her Trafalgar Cemetery grave. “This ls something you would have expected to happen about 100 years ago, but not today. Miss Counsel was a gentle, fine lady and this is a shocking thing,” he added. Miss Counsel’s body was found a week later in scrub a short distance from Yallourn. Police are convinced the body was taken from the coffin only two or three days after burial, and possibly the same night. Three homicide detectives will visit towns within a 50-mlle radius of Trafalgar in the hope of gaining a definite clue to the body snatcher.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – March 2, 1953

NORTH MELBOURNE

Melbourne homicide detectives charged a 56 year-old Greek with the murder of Mrs. Everdike Politis, 55, at North Melbourne on the 2nd of March 1953. Mrs. Palitis. a widow, was found lying in the front bed room of her home. She had been stabbed.