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On This Day – 16th November 1885

John Anderson, second mate of the American barque Don Nicholas, was murdered by one of the crew named Freeland Morrell. During the voyage there had been ill blood between the parties, and Morrell had applied for his discharge on the grounds that he could not get on with the mate. Last night Morrell sharpened a knife, and told the cook he was going to do for Anderson. Shortly after this Morrell left the vessel, and meeting Anderson on the pier, stabbed him to the heart, the latter dying immediately. The murderer was instantly arrested. An inquest was held to-day, and a verdict of wilful murder was returned against Freeland Morrell, one of the crew, who was committed for trial.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – October 7, 1938

 

At the City Court to-day two men appeared on murder charges. John Anderson (18), radio worker, of Thornbury, was charged with having murdered Irene Muriel Bowden (19), of Thornbury, on October 7, at Cockatoo, and he was remanded until October 24. Miss Bowden was found dead in the scrub at Emerald after a statement had been made to the police by a young man.

 

 

On This Day – September 30, 1913

The adjourned inquiry into the death of the boy John Adam Anderson, whose decapitated body was found in a paddock at Wharparilla on September 3o, was concluded at Echuca to-day. David Clarence Freeman, aged 14 years, who is charged with having murdered Anderson, was present in custody. He was allowed to sit by his father in the body of the court, and he appeared to be the least concerned of anyone present. Raymond Josiah Francis, 12 years, said he remembered a fight taking place at Torrumbarry State school between accused and deceased about twelve months ago. Deceased had the best of the fight, and Freeman threatened by signs to shoot Anderson. James Henderson said on one occasion whilst in school accused was writing on the floor with rifle bullets, and when remonstrated with he placed a bullet in a rifle and pointed the weapon at the teacher. The coroner committed Freeman for trial on a charge of having wilfully murdered Anderson.

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ……. 7th January 1886

On this day in 1886, Freeland Morell, formerly a seaman of the barque Don Nicolas, was executed at the Melbourne gaol for the murder of John Anderson, second mate of the vessel. At 9.30am as Morell walked composedly onto the drop, he said, in a clear, firm voice, “You will see how an American can die. Good-bye everyone.” The rope was placed round his neck, and in answer to the sheriff he said he had nothing to say, the bolt was drawn, but death was not instantaneous. The hands and legs twitched convulsively for fully a minute, but the neck fell forward on the breast, and was evidently broken. The continued muscular contraction was due to the great physical strength of Morell.

 

On This Day – 16th November 1885

John Anderson, second mate of the American barque Don Nicholas, was murdered by one of the crew named Freeland Morrell. During the voyage there had been ill blood between the parties, and Morrell had applied for his discharge on the grounds that he could not get on with the mate. Last night Morrell sharpened a knife, and told the cook he was going to do for Anderson. Shortly after this Morrell left the vessel, and meeting Anderson on the pier, stabbed him to the heart, the latter dying immediately. The murderer was instantly arrested. An inquest was held to-day, and a verdict of wilful murder was returned against Freeland Morrell, one of the crew, who was committed for trial.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – October 7, 1938

 

At the City Court to-day two men appeared on murder charges. John Anderson (18), radio worker, of Thornbury, was charged with having murdered Irene Muriel Bowden (19), of Thornbury, on October 7, at Cockatoo, and he was remanded until October 24. Miss Bowden was found dead in the scrub at Emerald after a statement had been made to the police by a young man.

 

 

On This Day – September 30, 1913

The adjourned inquiry into the death of the boy John Adam Anderson, whose decapitated body was found in a paddock at Wharparilla on September 3o, was concluded at Echuca to-day. David Clarence Freeman, aged 14 years, who is charged with having murdered Anderson, was present in custody. He was allowed to sit by his father in the body of the court, and he appeared to be the least concerned of anyone present. Raymond Josiah Francis, 12 years, said he remembered a fight taking place at Torrumbarry State school between accused and deceased about twelve months ago. Deceased had the best of the fight, and Freeman threatened by signs to shoot Anderson. James Henderson said on one occasion whilst in school accused was writing on the floor with rifle bullets, and when remonstrated with he placed a bullet in a rifle and pointed the weapon at the teacher. The coroner committed Freeman for trial on a charge of having wilfully murdered Anderson.

EXECUTED ON THIS DAY ……. 7th January 1886

On this day in 1886, Freeland Morell, formerly a seaman of the barque Don Nicolas, was executed at the Melbourne gaol for the murder of John Anderson, second mate of the vessel. At 9.30am as Morell walked composedly onto the drop, he said, in a clear, firm voice, “You will see how an American can die. Good-bye everyone.” The rope was placed round his neck, and in answer to the sheriff he said he had nothing to say, the bolt was drawn, but death was not instantaneous. The hands and legs twitched convulsively for fully a minute, but the neck fell forward on the breast, and was evidently broken. The continued muscular contraction was due to the great physical strength of Morell.

 

MURDER IN MELBOURNE.

Death Mask of Freeland Morrell

John Anderson, second mate of the American barque Don Nicholas, was murdered by one of the crew named Freeland Morrell. During the voyage there had been ill blood between the parties, and Morrell had applied for his discharge on the grounds that he could not get on with the mate. Last night Morrell sharpened a knife, and told the cook he was going to do for Anderson. Shortly after this Morrell left the vessel, and meeting Anderson on the pier, stabbed him to the heart, the latter dying immediately. The murderer was instantly arrested. An inquest was held to-day, and a verdict of wilful murder was returned against Freeland Morrell, one of the crew, who was committed for trial.