Delve into South East Queensland's murderous past when Cheryl Fagan launches her book about the Oxley and Gatton Murders of the late 1800s, Murder and Misconduct.
In late 1898, the murders of four people horrified the nation.
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, 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 the question of where, how, and if, the mysterious Thomas Day fits into these crimes has also never been answered.
Discover the intriguing links between all three crimes...
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