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ON THIS DAY – November 9, 1924

 

At the Melbourne Criminal Court on March 26 the jury returned a verdict of not guilty in the case of Albert James Barter (41), carter, who was charged with the murder of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Catherine Dawson, widow, at Yallourn, on November 9. On that date the woman was found mutilated and dead in her hut, and near her was a tomahawk, with which it was believed she had been done to death.

 

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 – November 9, 1924

 

At the Melbourne Criminal Court on March 26 the jury returned a verdict of not guilty in the case of Albert James Barter (41), carter, who was charged with the murder of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Catherine Dawson, widow, at Yallourn, on November 9. On that date the woman was found mutilated and dead in her hut, and near her was a tomahawk, with which it was believed she had been done to death.

 

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.

 

 

TRAFALGAR BODY SNATCHING HORRIFIES PRIEST

12387838_222014121463057_1455091270_nFather 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.