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On This Day – June 19, 1980

Theresa Crowe, a vivacious young woman, had been found in her loft apartment, wrapped in a blanket, her body slashed from throat to groin. Despite the horrific wounds that prompted speculation that she had been killed in a satanic ritual, the cause of death was strangulation.

Malcolm Clarke knew her. They had met at a disco, Chaser’s, the year before.

A medical examiner found Crowe had been dead for 12 to 15 hours before she was found, on June 25, 1980. Clarke had an alibi for that period. She had in fact been dead five days, but the bitter winter cold and her unheated apartment had acted like a refrigerator, confusing the pathologist.

Clarke would finally confess to Theresa Crowe’s slaying and was sentenced to 11 years for manslaughter and a separate assault and rape.  Clarke would later be convicted of the murder of 6 year old Bonnie Clarke in 1982

ON THIS DAY – November 4, 1948

Charged with the murder of his wife, Evelyn Fisher (63) at their flat on November 4, Harold Fisher (66), of Canterbury road. Middle Park, was remanded in the City Court to-day Without bail until November 19 Police evidence was that Mrs. Fisher died from strangulation. A note found, apparently written by Fisher, said that he killed his wife and intended taking his own life.  On arrival at the flat last Friday the police said they found Fisher lying on the floor In front of the gas oven, which was turned on. He was unconscious, and his wife was lying beside him, dead.

 

 

 

On This Day – October 23, 1969

A 30-year-old woman broke down and cried when she was committed for trial at the Coroner’s Court to day for the murder of her six-months-old baby.  Mr H. W. Pascoe, SM, committed Mrs Patricia Louise Coolen. of Pembroke Road, Mooroolbark, to appear in the Supreme Court on March 2.  Mrs Coolen was charged with the murder of Sylvia Maree Coolen on October 23, 1969.  First Constable D. Grigg of Croydon told the Court Mrs Coolen was nursing her baby and crying when, he went to her house after a phone call to police. My God, I think my baby’s dead. I’ve killed her”, Mrs Coolen had said to him. Dr James McNamara said that a post mortem examination had revealed the baby had died of strangulation.

ON THIS DAY…… 1st September 1885

A young woman named Martha Jane Heffer, in the employ of Mr. H. M. Sutherland, of the Commercial Bank, Dandenong, was arrested on a charge of having wilfully murdered her female infant, whose body was found in the Dandenong Creek on this day in 1885. While being escorted to the lock up by Mounted-constable Mills the girl admitted that she was the mother of the child. At the lock-up also she confessed to having taken the child and thrown it into the creek about a fortnight ago at 4 o’clock in the morning, and added that she did not know what she was doing. At the inquest, Dr. Moore, who made the post-mortem examination, deposed that the cause of death was strangulation by a neckerchief being tightly tied round the neck not less than 10 minutes after the child had been born, and breathed strongly. A verdict of wilful murder was returned against the prisoner, who was there upon committed to take her trial at the Melbourne Criminal Sessions on September 15. During the inquiry she seemed to be quite oblivious as to what was going on.”

 

On This Day – June 19, 1980

Theresa Crowe, a vivacious young woman, had been found in her loft apartment, wrapped in a blanket, her body slashed from throat to groin. Despite the horrific wounds that prompted speculation that she had been killed in a satanic ritual, the cause of death was strangulation.

Malcolm Clarke knew her. They had met at a disco, Chaser’s, the year before.

A medical examiner found Crowe had been dead for 12 to 15 hours before she was found, on June 25, 1980. Clarke had an alibi for that period. She had in fact been dead five days, but the bitter winter cold and her unheated apartment had acted like a refrigerator, confusing the pathologist.

Clarke would finally confess to Theresa Crowe’s slaying and was sentenced to 11 years for manslaughter and a separate assault and rape.  Clarke would later be convicted of the murder of 6 year old Bonnie Clarke in 1982

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 26, 1984

MOUNT MARTHA

Michael Spereirani was murdered at Mt Martha on this day in 1984, by Serial killer John Leslie Coombes. Speirani’s remains are never found. Murder was believed to have been driving over him in a motorboat, Stabbing with knife and Strangulation. Coombes was sentenced to life with no chance of parole on the 26th of August 2011.

 

ON THIS DAY – November 4, 1948

Charged with the murder of his wife, Evelyn Fisher (63) at their flat on November 4, Harold Fisher (66), of Canterbury road. Middle Park, was remanded in the City Court to-day Without bail until November 19 Police evidence was that Mrs. Fisher died from strangulation. A note found, apparently written by Fisher, said that he killed his wife and intended taking his own life.  On arrival at the flat last Friday the police said they found Fisher lying on the floor In front of the gas oven, which was turned on. He was unconscious, and his wife was lying beside him, dead.

 

 

 

On This Day – October 23, 1969

A 30-year-old woman broke down and cried when she was committed for trial at the Coroner’s Court to day for the murder of her six-months-old baby.  Mr H. W. Pascoe, SM, committed Mrs Patricia Louise Coolen. of Pembroke Road, Mooroolbark, to appear in the Supreme Court on March 2.  Mrs Coolen was charged with the murder of Sylvia Maree Coolen on October 23, 1969.  First Constable D. Grigg of Croydon told the Court Mrs Coolen was nursing her baby and crying when, he went to her house after a phone call to police. My God, I think my baby’s dead. I’ve killed her”, Mrs Coolen had said to him. Dr James McNamara said that a post mortem examination had revealed the baby had died of strangulation.

ON THIS DAY…… 1st September 1885

A young woman named Martha Jane Heffer, in the employ of Mr. H. M. Sutherland, of the Commercial Bank, Dandenong, was arrested on a charge of having wilfully murdered her female infant, whose body was found in the Dandenong Creek on this day in 1885. While being escorted to the lock up by Mounted-constable Mills the girl admitted that she was the mother of the child. At the lock-up also she confessed to having taken the child and thrown it into the creek about a fortnight ago at 4 o’clock in the morning, and added that she did not know what she was doing. At the inquest, Dr. Moore, who made the post-mortem examination, deposed that the cause of death was strangulation by a neckerchief being tightly tied round the neck not less than 10 minutes after the child had been born, and breathed strongly. A verdict of wilful murder was returned against the prisoner, who was there upon committed to take her trial at the Melbourne Criminal Sessions on September 15. During the inquiry she seemed to be quite oblivious as to what was going on.”

 

On This Day – June 19, 1980

Theresa Crowe, a vivacious young woman, had been found in her loft apartment, wrapped in a blanket, her body slashed from throat to groin. Despite the horrific wounds that prompted speculation that she had been killed in a satanic ritual, the cause of death was strangulation.

Malcolm Clarke knew her. They had met at a disco, Chaser’s, the year before.

A medical examiner found Crowe had been dead for 12 to 15 hours before she was found, on June 25, 1980. Clarke had an alibi for that period. She had in fact been dead five days, but the bitter winter cold and her unheated apartment had acted like a refrigerator, confusing the pathologist.

Clarke would finally confess to Theresa Crowe’s slaying and was sentenced to 11 years for manslaughter and a separate assault and rape.  Clarke would later be convicted of the murder of 6 year old Bonnie Clarke in 1982

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 26, 1984

MOUNT MARTHA

Michael Spereirani was murdered at Mt Martha on this day in 1984, by Serial killer John Leslie Coombes. Speirani’s remains are never found. Murder was believed to have been driving over him in a motorboat, Stabbing with knife and Strangulation. Coombes was sentenced to life with no chance of parole on the 26th of August 2011.