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ON THIS DAY – July 30, 1993

A body found in Melbourne’s outer south-east on Friday night was that of the missing Frankston school girl Natalie Jayne Russell, 17, police confirmed yesterday.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Halloran, of the Homicide Squad, said there were similarities between the killing and the stabbing murders of two women in the Frankston area in the last seven weeks. “Examinations show that she died as a result of stab wounds or knife wounds to the upper body,” Inspector Halloran said. “At this early stage we are open-minded about it but there are similarities between this and the two recent murders,” he said. Debbie Fream, a 22-year-old mother, was found slain in the area three weeks ago, and the body of an 18-year-old student, Elizabeth Anne-Marie Stevens, was discovered in June. Both died as a result of stab wounds.Inspector Halloran said there were no signs of sexual assault in any of the three killings. Natalie Russell’s body was found by two State Emergency Service workers at about 11pm on Friday night in a heavily wooded area. She was lying face down, in thick scrub about 3m from a bike track. About 150 detectives door-knocked almost 5000 houses in the Frankston area yesterday, as part of Operation Pulsar, in relation to the murder of Debbie Fream and the other crimes.

ON THIS DAY – December 17, 1965

Keith Ryrie was charged in the Melbourne City Court with having murdered Maureen Patricia Ferrari, 18, at Holmesglen. Ryrie was charged in the City Court also for having murdered Rhonda Margaret Irwin, 5, at Burnley the week before. Senior Detective Harry Morrison, of the Homicide Squad, told the City Court: “On December 17 last the murdered body of Maureen Patricia Ferrari was found on railway land near the Holmesglen Railway Station”. During an interview with Ryrie, he made certain admissions in relation to this crime. “He pointed out certain matter to us there in relation to this crime.”

 

MURDERED ON THIS DAY ………. 20th of October 2003

A $200,000 was offered to help solve a double murder in Victoria. Istvan (Steve) Gulyas and Duang Chith (Tina) Nhonthachith were killed at their farm in Wildwood Road, Wildwood, northwest of Melbourne, sometime on the 20th of October 2003.

Both were shot in the head. Homicide detectives said the couple did not have a criminal history and it is believed the victims knew their killers. Detective Inspector Bernie Edwards said the $200,000 reward could hold the key to unlocking crucial information surrounding their deaths. “We believe there are people in the community who are in possession of vital information regarding this murder,” he said. “A significant reward of $200,000 we hope will encourage anybody who knows anything about this incident to come forward.” The reward will be paid for information leading to the arrest and subsequent conviction of those responsible. The Director of Public Prosecutions will also consider granting indemnity to anyone who helps solve the murders.

 

 

60 years of Australian TV

Homicide premiered on the 20th of October 1964 and ran till 1977. The show was an Australian television police procedural drama series made by production firm Crawford Productions for the Seven Network. It was the television successor to Crawfords’ radio series D24. The series dealt with the homicide squad of the Victorian Police force and the various crimes and cases the detectives are called upon to investigate. Many episodes were based directly on real cases, although the characters (including the detectives) were fictional. 510 episodes were produced, and aired from October 1964 to January 1977. It remains as the longest-running Australian drama series to date. The police station was filmed at the Russell St Police HQ 336/376 Russell St, Melbourne.

On This Day – October 12, 1953

A young naval recruit was charged in the. Criminal Court today with having murdered his father. A homicide detective told the court the recruit had said to him afterwards, ‘I had made up my mind to shoot the old man. I got my rifle, went into the bedroom, and said ‘this is it’ and fired. The recruit, Frederick William Hector (24), formerly of Flinders Naval Depot, pleaded not guilty to a charge of having murdered his father, George Henry Hector (48), at South Yarra, after a party on October 12.

On This Day – September 5, 1876

A shocking case of homicide, which appears to have been premeditated murder, occurred on September 5 at Emerald-hill. About half-past 3 o’clock Constables M’Cormack and Ryan were attracted to the north end of Cecil-street by the noise of voices in loud dispute, and repeated cries for the police. They found that the scene of the disturbance was a small weatherboard house, tenanted by Robert Davis, a wharf labourer, and a woman named Mary Heggarty, who lived together as man and wife. A woman named Ellen Francis, about 30 years of age, was standing outside the door, and Davis was standing inside, clothed only in his shirt, and bleeding from a wound on the right side of bis chest. The woman Heggarty was also inside the door, and with her Ellen Francis was still carrying on an angry altercation. Davis was able to say, with reference to Francis, ‘She has stabbed me,’ and then becoming unable to support himself from the rapid loss of blood he was suffering, he sank down upon the floor. The police then arrested the woman Francis, and in doing so discovered that she was attempting to conceal a knife in her dress. Constable M’Cormack took possession of the knife — which was a shoemaker’s one— and, showing it to Davis, asked if that were the weapon with which be had been stabbed, and received a reply in the affirmative from the dying man. The woman then admitted having stabbed him, and said she hoped he would not die, as she did not mean to kill him Constable Ryan, in the meantime, had gone for medical assistance, and in about 15 minutes returned with Dr. Molloy, who, however, found that it was impossible to save the life of the wounded man. The knife had entered a vital part, and Davis died in about 25 minutes after he was stabbed. Ellen Francis was lodged in the local watchhouse, and on being brought before the magistrate, was remanded until next day. The characters connected with this tragedy are all of bad repute. Davis, the murdered man, was also known by the names of Noah Smart and John Taylor, and he was discharged from Pentridge in April last, after doing a sentence of five years for house-breaking. Francis came out of gaol only a fortnight ago, having been sentenced by the Kew Bench to a term of imprisonment for disorderly behaviour. On his release Davis went to live with Francis and a man named Billy Lancaster, inEmerald-hill. A few weeks ago Mary Heggarty came out of prison, to which she had been rent for a period for wilful damage to property, and Davis immediately separated from Lancaster and Francis., and took up his abode with her in Cecil-street. This seemed to have excited a great deal of jealousy on the part of Francis, and as a consequence quarrels between them were frequent. Heggarty states that about 2 o’clock on the morning of the day of the murder, Billy Lancaster came to their door and kicked it violently, saying that he wanted trousers which belonged to him, and which Davis had possession of.  Without getting satisfaction, however, Lancaster had to desist, and leave. A little after 3 o’clock they were again alarmed by Ellen Francis, who created another disturbance at the door, and demanded admission saying, ‘ Open the door, or I’ll open you.’ Davis, at the request of Heggarty, then opened the door, and as soon as he did so received the stab in the chest. The only causes known for the action of the woman Francis are that the deceased took 3s. from her man’s pocket on the previous night, and the allegation as to the detention of Lancaster’s trousers. The house in which the tragedy occurred conflicts of two small apartment, entirely destitute of furniture, with the exception of a mattress and a chair. An inquest was held by Dr. Youl on the following day. The jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against the woman Francis, who was committed for trial. The trial took place on September 16, when the prisoner was convicted and sentenced to death.

ON THIS DAY – July 30, 1993

A body found in Melbourne’s outer south-east on Friday night was that of the missing Frankston school girl Natalie Jayne Russell, 17, police confirmed yesterday.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Halloran, of the Homicide Squad, said there were similarities between the killing and the stabbing murders of two women in the Frankston area in the last seven weeks. “Examinations show that she died as a result of stab wounds or knife wounds to the upper body,” Inspector Halloran said. “At this early stage we are open-minded about it but there are similarities between this and the two recent murders,” he said. Debbie Fream, a 22-year-old mother, was found slain in the area three weeks ago, and the body of an 18-year-old student, Elizabeth Anne-Marie Stevens, was discovered in June. Both died as a result of stab wounds.Inspector Halloran said there were no signs of sexual assault in any of the three killings. Natalie Russell’s body was found by two State Emergency Service workers at about 11pm on Friday night in a heavily wooded area. She was lying face down, in thick scrub about 3m from a bike track. About 150 detectives door-knocked almost 5000 houses in the Frankston area yesterday, as part of Operation Pulsar, in relation to the murder of Debbie Fream and the other crimes.

Division 4 was an Australian television police drama series made by Crawford Productions for the Nine Network airing on the 5th of March 1969 and ran till 1975 for 301 episodes. The series was one of the first dramas to follow up on the enormous success of the earlier crime show Homicide and dealt with the wide variety of cases dealt with by police in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Yarra Central (modelled on St Kilda). The series was both popular – winning 10 Logie Awards, including two Gold Logie awards (for Australia’s most popular entertainer) for Gerard Kennedy – and critically acclaimed, winning a number of Penguin and Awgie awards for its scripts and actors. After Kennedy decided to leave Division 4, the Nine Network summarily cancelled the series; only one episode was made with his replacement John Stanton. Yarra Central Police Station was filmed on location at 95 Montague St, South Melbourne. The building has since been demolished.

Matlock Police was an Australian television police drama series made by Crawford Productions for the 10 Network between 1971 and 1976. The series focused on the police station and crime in the Victorian town of Matlock and the surrounding district, and the backgrounds and personal lives of the main policemen.

The series was the 10 Network’s attempt to come up with a police show to rival Homicide (shown by the Seven Network) and Division 4 (on the Nine Network). Matlock Police was different from its Melbourne-based predecessors by being set in a small country town, the fictional Matlock, Victoria (a real Matlock does exist in Victoria, but it is much smaller than the town depicted by this series, which is loosely based on Shepparton). These program’s introduction featured an overhead shot of a town with a divided road, thought to be of Bairnsdale in Victoria. Series writers had a reference manual giving full details of the town’s geography, amenities, social structure, etc., as well as that of the surrounding area – neighbouring towns included Wilga, Chinaman’s Creek, Possum’s Creek and Burrabri, and there was an offshoot of the Great Dividing Range called the Candowies. The town’s colourful history included the local Aboriginal tribe (the ‘Bangerang’), the town founder (George Matlock), a gold rush, a bushranger (‘Holy’ Joe Cooper – so called both for his theft of a shipment of holey dollars and because he was a preacher) and a town patriarchy (the Falconers). About the only landmark the Matlock district lacked for dramatic purposes was a beach. The first episode was broadcast in Melbourne on 22nd of February 1971. Initially filmed in black and white, the series switched to colour in episode 162, “Loggerheads”. Matlock Police was cancelled in 1975 after 229 episodes had been produced. Matlock Police Station was in fact the Ringwood Police Station in Melbourne. A new frontage has been added to the building.

ON THIS DAY – December 17, 1965

 

Keith Ryrie was charged in the Melbourne City Court with having murdered Maureen Patricia Ferrari, 18, at Holmesglen. Ryrie was charged in the City Court also for having murdered Rhonda Margaret Irwin, 5, at Burnley the week before. Senior Detective Harry Morrison, of the Homicide Squad, told the City Court: “On December 17 last the murdered body of Maureen Patricia Ferrari was found on railway land near the Holmesglen Railway Station”. During an interview with Ryrie, he made certain admissions in relation to this crime. “He pointed out certain matter to us there in relation to this crime.”

 

MURDERED ON THIS DAY ………. 20th of October 2003

A $200,000 was offered to help solve a double murder in Victoria. Istvan (Steve) Gulyas and Duang Chith (Tina) Nhonthachith were killed at their farm in Wildwood Road, Wildwood, northwest of Melbourne, sometime on the 20th of October 2003.

Both were shot in the head. Homicide detectives said the couple did not have a criminal history and it is believed the victims knew their killers. Detective Inspector Bernie Edwards said the $200,000 reward could hold the key to unlocking crucial information surrounding their deaths. “We believe there are people in the community who are in possession of vital information regarding this murder,” he said. “A significant reward of $200,000 we hope will encourage anybody who knows anything about this incident to come forward.” The reward will be paid for information leading to the arrest and subsequent conviction of those responsible. The Director of Public Prosecutions will also consider granting indemnity to anyone who helps solve the murders.

 

 

60 years of Australian TV

Homicide premiered on the 20th of October 1964 and ran till 1977. The show was an Australian television police procedural drama series made by production firm Crawford Productions for the Seven Network. It was the television successor to Crawfords’ radio series D24. The series dealt with the homicide squad of the Victorian Police force and the various crimes and cases the detectives are called upon to investigate. Many episodes were based directly on real cases, although the characters (including the detectives) were fictional. 510 episodes were produced, and aired from October 1964 to January 1977. It remains as the longest-running Australian drama series to date. The police station was filmed at the Russell St Police HQ 336/376 Russell St, Melbourne.