In late 1898, the murders of four people horrified the nation of Australia. Those murders—of Alfred Hill near Oxley and Michael, Nora, and Ellen Murphy near Gatton, remain unresolved. In both cases, the conduct of the police was so appalling, it resulted in calling for a Royal Commission. In 1902, a policeman and a station manager were murdered in the Carnarvon Ranges—Pat Kenniff was hanged, having been found guilty of those murders, and his brother James had his hanging sentence commuted to life imprisonment. Once again, the actions of the police were analysed by the public. Questions are still being raised as to whether those two brothers were actually guilty and puts forth the question as to where, how, and if the mysterious Thomas Day fits into these crimes.
There are intriguing links between all three crimes—the circumstances of the Gatton and Carnarvon Ranges murders being particularly horrifying.
This book is an introduction to the release of a much more comprehensive book which will deal with all three crimes in greater detail.
"Cheryl Fagan, in a prequel to a definitive text on the subject, has written an easy-to-read account of these three horrific murders and examined the evidence against the possible murderers. She has expressed her own views on the identity of the murderer(s) and as three victims were involved in the Gatton murders, it is probable that more than one person was involved in the crime. The author also notes that the Kenniff brothers, and other associates, were suspects in the Gatton murders, and she also examines the inadequacy of the police investigations into both the Gatton and Oxley murders. This book excites the juices and is enough to make an enquiring mind undertake further research and to read her final work."
Barrister at Law