Sunday, March 26, 2017

Arthur Davis Adams

Arthur Davis Adams Mug Shot

I did some research on Mr. Adams and besides his potty mouth, all I found was his birth year 1857 and his alias John Kilson.

One common element in many mug shots, however, is the display of prisoners’ hands. In 1886, the introduction of fingerprinting in New Zealand was still nearly two decades away, so the inclusion of hands in mug shots provided an additional point of identification for police. Missing fingers, scars, and the general shape and condition of the prisoners' hands could all help in the identification of a suspect.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sarah Amer Patterson

What do you see when you look into her eyes?
Heres her story.

Sarah Patterson, arrested for trying to steal money from a gas meter 
Name: Sarah Patterson
Arrested for: Thief
Arrested at: North Shields Police Station
Arrested on: 14th March 1904
Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-35-Sarah Patterson

Sarah Patterson, married, appeared before the magistrates at North Shields on a charge of attempting to steal money from a gas meter, the property of the Tynemouth Gas Company. Mrs Lawson, 44 Charlotte Street, said that on Saturday accused went to her house and asked her to for a pint of beer. On returning she found the woman coming out of the front room. From what she was told witness examined the gas meter, which was in a cupboard in the front room, and found the lock had been damaged. Accused was committed to prison for 14 days."
Shields Daily Gazette, 14 Mar 1904, page 3

Born: Sarah Amer, in 1865 at Sunderland in Durham, the daughter of William a shoe & boot maker and Mary Ann.
Sarah Amer married, Samuel Septimus Patterson in 1886 at South Shields. A daughter Mary Ann Amer Patterson was born in 1887, at Tynemouth, Northumberland.

1891 census, 10 Stephenson Street, Tynemouth, Northumberland.
Samuel Patterson Head 25 Stoker On Steamship, North Shields.
Sarah Patterson Wife 23 Sunderland, Durham.
Mary A Patterson Daughter 4 North Shields.

1901 census, 16, Stephenson Street, North Shields, Tynemouth, Northumberland.
Samuel Patterson Head 37 Steam Ship Stoker, North Shields, Northumberland.
Sarah Patterson Wife 34 North Shields, Northumberland.
Mary A A Patterson Daughter 13 North Shields, Northumberland.

Shields Daily Gazette 
Wednesday10th December 1902
Sarah Patterson, Stephenson Street, was charged at North Shields today with assaulting Eliza Shepherd.
Complainant stated that while she was transacting business with another woman, defendant went up to her and after using filthy and abusive language, struck her a violent blow in the face.
Defendant did not deny the charge and was fined 5s., and costs.

Shields Daily Gazette 
Friday 27th March 1903
Sarah Patterson was fined 5s., and costs by the North Shields magistrates today for assaulting Eliza Boyd.
Complainant, alleged that defendant, who was drunk, deliberately struck her behind the ear without any provocation. In her defense Patterson stated that the complainant drowned her with soap suds and then struck her with a poker.

Shields Daily Gazette 
Wednesday 22nd April 1903
Samuel Patterson, who works on a trawler, applied to the magistrates at North Shields this morning for a judicial separation, under the new Licensing Act, from his wife Sarah Patterson, who he alleged, was an habitual drunkard.
Mr. Chapman appeared for the applicant. The applicant stated that he had been married to the defendant for seventeen years. During the last eight years she had led a fearful life, and had been addicted to drink. He had given her plenty of money to keep the house on, but several times when he had returned from sea he had found her out, and a lot of his clothes and bedclothes pawned. He had tried all he could to get her to lead a better life. 
Last Thursday when she came out of prison he thought he would give her another chance. He made the fire on, and put the house in order, and then went to seek her. She was at her sister's and he got her to go home with him. He gave her 2s 6d., then, and the next morning he gave her half-a-sovereign. She kept sober all the Friday, but on the Saturday was drinking all day with other women. He could not give hwe another chance, because she was unfit to look after her own affairs, or the house.
Defendant made serious allegations against her husband but said she was glad she was going to get a separation order because it would save her being badly used.
The Bench decided to grant a separation, ordered the applicant to contribute 7s 6d., per week towards his wife's maintenance, and gave the husband the custody of the daughter, who is sixteen years of age.

Shields Daily Gazette 
Monday 14th March 1904
Sarah Patterson married appeared before the magistrates at North Shields on a charge of attempting to steal money from a gas meter, the property of the Tynemouth Gas Company.
Mrs. Lawson, 44 Charlotte Street, said that on Saturday accused went to her house and asked her to go for a pint of beer. On returning she found the woman coming out of her room. From what she was told witness examined the gas meter, which was in a cupboard in the front room, and found the lock had been damaged.
Accused was committed to prison for 14 days.

Shields Daily Gazette 
Monday 20th June 1904:
At North Shields Samuel Patterson, fireman, and Sarah Patterson, his wife, 10 Stephenson Street, were charged on remand with having been drunk and disorderly in Saville Street. The husband was further charged with assaulting P.C. Hannah, and his wife with having assaulted P.C. John Dodds.
The officer explained that he found the couple drunk and behaving in a very disorderly manner, whereupon they became so violent that he was compelled to call P.C. Radcliffe and P.C. Dodds to his assistance. On the way to the station the male defendant struck him a severe blow in the mouth, and kicked him several times about the legs, and P.C. Dodds was also assaulted by the female defendant. This was corroborated named J.W. Nichol.
The defendants called three witnesses, who swore that they were sober at the time.
They were fined 2s 6d., and costs on the first charge, and 5s., and costs on the second.

Shields Daily Gazette 
Monday 07th November 1904:
At North Shields Sarah Patterson, no fixed abode was charged with having assaulted Catherine Hunter, and wilfully damaging a hat to the amount of 12s 6d.
Complainant said the defendant was jealous of her and charged her with being familiar with her husband. On the 4th inst., she came to her house, abused her, struck her in the face, and pulled her hat to pieces.
Corroborative evidence was given, and the accused who pleaded that she was provoked, was fined 5s., and costs on each charge, and ordered to pay the amount of the damage.

Mary Ann Amer Patterson Married Robert Legg in 1908 at Tynemouth.

1911 census, 37 Wellington St, North Shields, Tynemouth, Northumberland.
Samuel Patterson Head 46 Waterman, born North Shields County of Northumberland.
Sarah Patterson Wife 43 born Sunderland County of Durham.
Married 24 years, 1 Child. 

1911 census, 56 Stephenson St, North Shields, Tynemouth, Northumberland.
RobertLegg Head 28 Bricklayer, North Shields Northumberland.
Mary Ann Amer Legg Wife 23 North Shields Northumberland.
Mary Ellen Legg Daughter 2 North Shields Northumberland

Monday, November 21, 2016

Gertrude Grace Johnson

It took me several days to research this story and find out all I could about Gertrude. I Wish I could have found more.

Here are  the facts:

Gertrude Grace Johnson was born on 13 Aug 1895  in Garra, New South Wales Australia. To Charles Arthur Johnson &  Susan Staines. She was number 6 of 8 children born to this family. All born in Australia. 

Gertrude was a part of the'free love religious cult' and had been a member for six years by 1919.  Little is known about the inner workings of the Free Love Mission. It was said that there was a lot of sex going on between members even married couples.  I suppose it's not much different than the 1960s free love movement in America. It was quite shocking for the time. She became acquainted with the group near Molong in rural NSW, where she had embraced its doctrine of free love, faith healing, and intermarital sex. “There is no condemnation for those who believed in Christ Jesus”, the sect members were said to take drugs, fornicate with multiple partners and bear children outside of wedlock.

“The sect ran their meetings in Sydney - they used to cry, roll on the floor and howl, and if anyone did not agree with them they cut them out,” stated one news report.
Gertrude Ligores was a young woman, she was 25 years-old.

Gertrude got married in February of 1919 in Redfern, to  Daniel  Ligores was a Filipino traveling showman turned Salvation Army cook who was working in Kent St in Surry Hills. 

Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved into the Free Love Mission at 62 Regent St, Redfern, also known as the Abode of Love, and the Apostolic Faith Mission by its leader, a man called Cummings.

For a time they were happy but Gertie’s relationship with other members increasingly bothered Ligores.

He knew she was having an affair with its charismatic leader, and in the weeks before the murder had described the Mission as “nothing more than a den of prostitutes and profligates”.

“Daniel Ligores became quite jealous with other men looking at his wife and as he alleges, sleeping with his wife, so he decided they should leave,” Ms. Campbell   curator and author at the Justice and Police Museum in Sydney said
“But Gertrude it seems was spiritually and possibly sexually satisfied with her religion and she didn’t want to leave.”

When a leadership schism erupted within the Mission, Ligores saw his chance to break free. During a meeting one night, rival leader Hall had demanded, “as much right at Cummings to touch every woman in the house”.

Ligores stormed down to Redfern police station, returning with two detectives, who ordered the Mission to disband.

Gertie was packed off to Parkes, in central New South Wales, and Ligores demanded an end to her involvement with the group.

Two months later after a heartfelt letter promising to stay true to her husband, she returned and they moved to Woolloomooloo. But the Mission’s members were soon knocking on their door in a bid to lure them back to the sex cult.

Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved into the Free Love Mission at 62 Regent St, Redfern, also known as the Abode of Love, and the Apostolic Faith Mission by its leader, a man called Cummings.

For a time they were happy but Gertie’s relationship with other members increasingly bothered Ligores.

He knew she was having an affair with its charismatic leader, and in the weeks before the murder had described the Mission as “nothing more than a den of prostitutes and profligates”.

Two months later after a heartfelt letter promising to stay true to her husband, she returned and they moved to Woolloomooloo. But the Mission’s members were soon knocking on their door in a bid to lure them back to the sex cult.

I believe Daniel became Paranoid at this point and was scared of losing his wife to these people. I think he just wanted his wife to himself, which is a reasonable request considering. 

 He told his boss he would shoot his wife and give himself up to the police if she didn’t cut her ties.

He beat her black and blue multiple times.

Their landlady reported  violent fights coming from their place Gertrude slapped him and he punched her. Others reported the same findings. So there was a lot of violence going on between them. 

On Aug 7, 1920, Daniel left work early scared that his wife might be with another man. He stated “I was in a very troubled state of mind because I thought my wife was not true to me ...” he later told an inquest. “We walked along Belmore Park where we sat on a bench for about 10 minutes and then got up and went along Elizabeth Street to Holt’s Place.”

 Free Love Mission was in this building in Sydney, Australia

The Murder

Holt Place, off Elizabeth Street, in late November 1920.

The Police Report
“It’s believed he sought her out, he followed her and found her in the street, it seems he then punched her and beat her and there was an argument between the two of them.

“He pulled out a revolver which he claimed he only carried to protect himself when he was carrying large amounts of money around … he shot her four times and all of those shots could have caused her death. He wasn’t intending to maim or scare her, he wanted her dead.”

The Mission had established a breakaway sect in Holt Place and when he got there, Ligores lost control: “At Holt’s Place I went mad and I don’t remember what I did to her,” he said.

Daniel's plea to the jury : “I beg to state I am entirely innocent of the crime ... When the tragedy occurred, I was in a state of frenzy, I’d drowned my sorrow in drink. This is a terrible blow to me.”

On November 23, Daniel Ligores was sentenced to death, although the jury asked for mercy and he did not hang.

He did not hang but there is no futher records of Daniel, I presume he died in prison and was buried where other prisoners are buried. 

Mug shot of Daniel Ligores, around November 1920, probably Darlinghurst Police Station.

Special Photograph no. 249. Enraged over his wife's participation in a Surry Hills-based 'free love religious cult' (variously called 'Abode of Love' or 'Free Love Mission' by the newspapers, or 'Apostolic Faith Mission' by its leader), Daniel Ligores, Salvation Army cook, of 110 Palmer Street Darlinghurst, shot his wife Gertrude Grace Ligores dead at the mission's premises in Holt Place, off Elizabeth Street, in late November 1920.
This picture is one of a series of around 2500 "special photographs" taken by New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. These "special photographs" were mostly taken in the cells at the Central Police Station, Sydney and are, as curator Peter Doyle explains, of "men and women recently plucked from the street, often still animated by the dramas surrounding their apprehension". Doyle suggests that, compared with the subjects of prison mug shots, "the subjects of the Special Photographs seem to have been allowed - perhaps invited - to position and compose themselves for the camera as they liked. Their photographic identity thus seems constructed out of a potent alchemy of inborn disposition, personal history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal, style (haircut, clothing, accessories) and physical characteristics."


New South Wales. Police Dept.
City of Shadows at the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, November 2005-January 2007.
Glass plate negative:

Gertrude died 7 Aug 1920 by the hands of the husband. No matter the reason and no matter how badly he felt after, she is dead.  She is presumably buried in Rockwood Cemetery I have yet to find her.
I looked through genealogies on serval website trying to find a photo of her had no such luck. Sorry Gertie I tried. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Amanda Harriet Willis

She was known as Harriett and she was born the 22 of March 1879 in Marquette, NE
Marquette is a village in Hamilton County, NE In 2010 the population census 229 persons, 89 households, 68 families here.

Harriet's parents and older siblings moved here from Iowa before 1877 when her brother John Ira Willis was born here.
In 1900 Harriet married John Ostbloom and they had 5 children.
John Devere Ostbllom
Arthur Otis Ostbloom
Velma Christine Ostbloom
Zola Carolie Ostbloom
Marie J Ostbloom
For some reason, John & Harriet divorced
And on 4 Jan 1924 she re-married to a man who was married twice before.
Frank Ewing Sharp He was born 2 dec 1876 in 
Plattsmouth, Cass, Nebraska to Pvt Joseph Garvin Sharp & Amanda Jane Rager 

Harriet and John had no children together he had children from one of his previous marriages.
They had to be known to argue frequently, Including the evening in question.

On March 17, 1926, a Wednesday Frank claimed his wife was abducted by bandits, who held them up on Tuesday night north of Havelock. 
He was blindfolded and his hands tied with wire, he staggered into the yard of George Carey, 1244 N Roberts Street, Bethany.
About 10:30 Tuesday night. The Carey family heard him shouting in the yard, and a relative went out. Sharps blindfold was removed and the wire-heavy galvanized steel No. 9 that was fastened his hands, was untwisted. 

Frank explained to the Careys that he stopped his Ford sedan on the road between University Place and Bethany to see if he had a flat tire A large car drove up and a man got out asking if he could help.
The man pulled a gun and ordered Frank back into his Ford. While in the vehicle his hands were bound by the wire and he was blindfolded with a torn black shirt. Harriett was in the front seat and fainted. 
The bandits drove about 50 yards and then let him out of the Ford, leaving Harriet in the vehicle. This was at 8:30 pm, Frank aroused the Careys at 10:30 pm.
Mr. Casey phoned the police station and the officers came to his home, listened to Frank's story and began a search that lasted all night, with several patrol cars patrolling the roads.
Frank was kept with the officers all night going with Sheriff Hensel and several others.
Early Wednesday morning he was turned over to Deputy Sheriffs Hughart & Vorhies.
Vorhies noticed Blood on Franks vest and said Where did you get that blood?
Frank answered, "Well it's not from her."
He was then placed in the University Place jail and kept there until he was taken by Deputy Sheriffs Vorhies & Hasson, to an unknown place for safe-keeping.
Frank let officers know he had a criminal record. He did 10 months for receiving stolen goods.

The above are newspaper article I found on
I also found the following website to be a very useful source about Frank's palm print which ultimately put him to his demise.


Frank Ewing sharp was the 15th person in Nebraska to be executed by electric chair on Jan 19, 1928, for the murder of his wife.
He went to his death declaring his innocents. When I read through the blood evidence and his statement I felt he was guilty. What I would like to know is how he bound himself with the wire. I am sure there's a way I looked at the type of wire his hands were bound with and it's very flexible.
He has no gravestone.
Harriett is buried at  Richland Cemetery in Marquette Hamilton NE I made a memorial for her on Findagrave under Amanda Harriett Willis Sharp. I also requested a photo of her grave be placed.  

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Patrick Joseph Murphy

Patrick Murphy was born in 1881 in County Mayo, Ireland.

He went by the name Frank Carter and F.R. Clark. The media called him, Omaha Sniper, Phantom Sniper, Sniper Bandit. 

It all began in early February of 1926 in Omaha, Nebraska, where Frank was a laborer.  a mechanic was murdered with a .22 caliber pistol with a silencer attached. Soon after, a doctor was murdered, and then a railroad detective was shot six times in neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa.

On February 15, Omaha's newspapers recommended the city black out all lights after an expose on previous murders showed that the victims had been standing in their windows at home when they were shot. During daylight hours, the sniper shot another in the face and fired through more than a dozen lighted windows. Businesses in Omaha came to a standstill, streets cleared and the city's entertainment venues emptied for more than a week. Other crimes included shooting indiscriminately into a Downtown Omaha drugstore.

More than two weeks after his first murder, Carter was captured in Iowa, 30 miles south of Council Bluffs at Bartlett in Fremont County, Iowa. Carter readily admitted his crimes. After a month-long trial where Carter's lawyers pleaded insanity, Carter was convicted on two charges of murder: one for killing mechanic William McDevitt and the other for killing Dr. A.D. Searles. After his conviction, Carter further admitted to being a parole breaker. (He had been released from the Iowa State Penitentiary in 1925 after serving time for killing cattle.)  Frank Carter's Nebraska Prison Number was #9277 He was executed by electrocution on June 24, 1927, at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Nebraska. Carter was quoted as saying "Let the juice flow" just before he died.

Just after six A.M. as Frank Carter sat in the electric chair he had a few words to say to his audience after he instructed no blindfold was wanted. " Well, boys I guess you're going to get a big kick out of this. Ain't  very often a condemned man gives you such a swell story as I am giving you."

After telling Rev Thomas Maxwell as he prayed for the killer. Chaplin, I think you had better command my soul to the Lord under the of Pat Murphy instead of Carter, because He will know me better under that name."
(Must have been a man of prayer once.)

After he was all hooked up and the attendants backed away, Carter yelled out "Turn on the Juice!" Just as Gilbert flipped the switch and 2,000 volts of electricity coursed his body to Hell. At 6:14 A.M. He was pronounced Dead.

In doing research on Patrick Joseph Murphy I found a wife named Anna born about 1895 in County of Mayo, Ireland and a son born in Chicago, IL on 2 Dec 1928 name Alfred Emanuel Murphy. I also checked the census records and if I found the right one he came to America by way of Liverpool England on the the Celtic in 20 Aug 1920 and landed on Ellis Island. 

It was written that he thought he had a disease that would make him go insane and that's why did what he did but there's no evidence he had any diseases at the time of his capture. 

There is no photo of his grave but there is a memorial on and one person named Rita left him flowers in 2014. He is buried in the cemetery at the penitentiary. 

Nebraska State Penitentiary Cemetery
Lancaster County
Nebraska, USA

Friday, November 18, 2016

Gertrude Mabel Heaydon

Gertrude Mabel Heaydon was born a native of Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. She was a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and served in France for 3 years This is when she met her husband Alfred Ernest Heaydon, who was in the AI.F. in England from 1917-18.

They were married in 1919 and in 1922 they had a 2-year-oldd child, and Gertrude was 3 months pregnant with their second child when she went missing in Sep of 1922.

Alfred state to the police he and his wife had an argument and she had packed a suitcase and said she was going to take care this Meaning the unborn baby. Neighbors stated they saw the two talking but did not see Gertrude with a suitcase and according to her family, she would never have left her child unless she was coming back.

Alfred wrote letters to Gertrude's sister Hilda and her father stating she died of heart problems. This concerned her family because she had never had problems with her heart before. He was also telling other people different stories.

The police were suspicious and started an investigation. 

This lead them to a 41-year-old man named Philip Riley who was a clerk.  Ellen Kreigher 26 a cleaner, Mary Hughes Taylor a nurse and Francis Stainsbury Wallis Taylor a 33-year-old clerk.

Here are some newspaper articles about the events the transpire. 
Charge Against Heaydon.
Alfred Ernest Heaydon, aged 32 years, one
of the four perBons arrested recently on
charges arising out of the death of his wife,
Gertrude Mabel Heaydon, at Coogee in October
last reappeared at the Central Police Court
yesterday. The public portion of the court
was crowded when the following charge was
preferred against him:
"That Mary Hughes or Taylor did at
Coogee, near Sydney, on or about the third
day of October, 1922, feloniously murder ono
Gertrude Mabel Heaydon, and that Alfred
Ernest Heaydon, well knowing the premises,
and also woll knowing the nnme and person
and usual place of resort of the said Mary
Taylor or Hughes, but devising and Intend-
ing as much as In htm lay to obstruct and
hinder the due course of law and JuBtlce,
and to cause the said Mary Taylor or Hughes
to go and escapo unpunished tor the said
offence, afterwards, to wit, on or about
October 3, 1922, near Sydney, unlawfully,
maliciously, wickedly, and wilfully did con-
ceal, keep secret, and neglect to discover the
felony so committed by Mary Taylor or
Mr. R. D. Meagher (Instructed by R. D.
Meaghor, Hogarth, and Co.) appeared for
the accused, Mr. Kidston, of the Crown Law
Department, prosecuted.
Mr. Meagher said that the offence with whlcn
his client was charged was not recognised by
law. According to authorities who were re-
garded ns the main writers on the question,
the offence which was known as "mlsprlsion"
had fallen Into desuetude in Great Britain.
As originally known, the offenco was about
700 years old, and wns doalt with at a period
when his namesakes were Kings of England.
Ho could, however, find nothing relating to
tbe matter In the leading Australian books
on crime, whloh showed that It wns as extinct
as the dodo. Quoting from the Encyclopaedia
of the Laws of England, Mr. Meagher showed
that there were two forms of mlsprlsion
tronBOn and felony. Mlsprlsion of treason hod
fallen Into disuse long ago. He asked that
the Court, In the circumstances, should not
exhumo a law which was now obsolete. In
common law tho offence was a dlsdemeanour
punishable by fine or Imprisonment. Tho lost
case he could find occurred in England 6S
yoars ago.
Tho Magistrate: That IB not so very long
Mr. Mengher: It seems strange that we
should go back to tho days of the thumbscrew
engineer and the witch-burners. This charge.
Uko the appendix, has become obsolete,
Tho Magistrate: It mny bo obsolete, but It
is still tho law, and I must hoar the case.
Detective-Sergeant Lynch said that about
10.30 a.m. on July 11, with Detective Garllck
nnd Sergeant Alexander, he went to RoBOvillo
by motor ear. After a short conversation
witness told Heaydon they had boon making
Inquiries regarding his wife, nnd ? asked him
to necompany them to pollco headquarters to
assist them, if possible, in their investiga-
tions. Heaydon's mother asked whether they
wore going to charge her son with any offenco.
Witness replied In the negative. A room which
accused said he occupied was then searched.
At pollco headquarters Heaydon Bald that ho
was prepared to assist tho police all he could.
Ho then mnde a stntement, which witness
Heaydon salt!, in lils statement, flint ho wns an ore*
member of tile A.I.F., nnd wns in England in 1917-18,
when he carno In contact with his wife, who resided ni
300 Tyiicdnlo-road, Nevveastle*on-Tyne (England). Until
tho time of lils wife's disappearance they resided nt
Manly, A few days before Klght-liour Day last year
his wife wns In the Ant with him tit about dusk, when
she said she wns going nut to seo n friend. On the
night slio left she wns nbout three months' pregnnnt.
She hud snld Hint she Intended taking certain action.
Defendant said to Ivis wife, "Von uro going to do
nothing of the kind," nnd some little argument ensued.
He then accompanied lils wire ns fnr ns the .Manly bont,
and kept pressing tor the nnmes of the friends to whom
she was going. She would not tell him. She then
bonrded tile Manly bont nbout 8 o'clock, nnd accused
returned to look after lils baby boy. She did not
return that night, nntl he had tint seen her since. He
did not report her missing to the police, because he
did not want any publicity. Ho thought Hint nothing
serious could have happened, otherwise lier body would
have been found, and he lind never since seen In the
pnper where nnybotly lind been found. At the time
she left she did not hnve a bnnking nccount, nor did he.
About Jtnrch this year ho wrote to his wife's sister
advising her Hint her sister hntl died. He did this to
shut oir the correspondence. When his wife went nvvny
she took a little leather suitcase with her. He did not
know what it contained, lie told IIIB parents ol his wile's
dlsnpppnrance on last Eight-hours Dny. As far ns he could
remember, he wns nt the Unndivlck races on Hint date.
He never visited nny womnn named Nurse Hughes or
Taylor in Dench-rond, Coogee. He did not know where
Beach-rood, Congee, was. As far ns lie knew, his wife
had not cohnbited willi any niau other than himself.
He had full confidence in her chastity.
Witness stated Mint the accused had ad-
mitted ho had pawned a three-storio diamond
ring bolonglng to lils wife at the Original
Mont do Piole.
Detective-sergeant Lynch thon produced
cortnln letters written by Mrs. Heaydon, in
which she oxplalnod hor condition and ex-
pressed her Intention of undergoing an opera-
Dotoctlvo-Borgonnt Gnrllclc staled that ho
charged accused on July 27. Ho admitted
that certain Information had boon obtained
from a criminal.
Sorgennt Alexander, of Chatswood, said
that ho wont to Lord-stroot, Roseville, on
Juno 27, and wnB told by Heaydon that ho
could not account for his wlfo having left
him. Ho ndmlltod writing a letter to his
wlfo's slstor Mildred saying his wlfo was
dead. Ho told witness ho did not know
whether flho was dead or no1. Accused later
said ho did not think lila wifo was dend, and
thnt he lind read In the papers about tho
morrlago of a woman of tho snme namo some
timo before.
Wlnnlo Flora Wearno, a singlo womnn,
residing at Newstead Flats, Coogee, of which
Bho 1B part owner, said that Mrs. Taylor
occupied Mayfair Flats, now named Myola,
Mrs. Taylor remained at Myola Flats from
October 27 to Novomber 14, 1022, Witness
rocolvod rent for tho flats until January 20,
Elizabeth Prldo, of Addlson-road, Manly,
and formerly of tho Pier Court Flats. Manly,
snld Mint on September IB, nt 8.30 p.m.,
Heaydon and his wlfo Aft their flat. She did
not seo Mi'B. lloaydon again. She was told
by Heaydon, In reply to a question, that lils
wlfo "was very comfortable." Accused kept
tolling witness until Soptombor 30 that Mrs.
Heaydon wns getting on nil right, and would
soon be coming home. On October 1 a man
cnllod and asked to see Heaydon, who nfter
wards informed her that his wlfo was dead.
Fix this textWhon lator questioned on tho matter Heaydon
loid hor that his wife had cleared out and
loft him.
Abo Myora, a boot merchant, of Cniro Flats,
Coogee, sold that in December, 1022, Mrs.
Taylor and Nelllo Krelghor lived in tho flat
noxt door to him.
Mr. Mcnghor contended thnt the Crown had
not mado out a case. No ovldenco had boon
given to Bhow that .Mrs. Heaydon was dead.
Heaydon, who plondod not guilty, reserved
his defenco, and was committed for trial, ball
In ¡ESO being allowed._

Mug shot of Ellen Kreigher, 13 July 1923, Central Police Station, Sydney.

As I read this newspaper clipping I became upset to know that these individuals all got away with it. Ellen Kreigher was a career criminal. 

Here's her rap sheet that went with her photo above.

Special Photograph no. 965. Ellen ("Nellie") Kreigher was one of four people arrested and charged over the murder of Gertrude Mabel Heaydon. In October the previous year Gertrude Heaydon had been taken to the Coogee flat of a woman known as "Nurse Taylor" to procure an illegal abortion. She died there in the flat. Police later claimed she was murdered by Nurse Taylor, at the behest of Heaydon's husband, Alfred. A team of low-lifes was eventaully assembled by Taylor's husband Frank to remove the putrefying remains in a horse and cart, and their somewhat farcical progress across Sydney was later recounted by numerous witnesses. Police became involved the following year after Gertrude Heaydon's relatives in England became suspicious. The case became known in the press as the "Coogee Trunk Mystery" (referring to the trunk in which the corpse was allegedly removed from the flat). Alfred Heaydon, Frank Taylor, a man named Edward Riley (a trade union official and one time Labor senate candidate) and Ellen Kreigher, who had shared the flat with Nurse Taylor, were all eventually arrested and charged with murder, accessory to murder, concealment and with having illegally disposed of the body. (Nurse Taylor herself had died in the interim). With press interest running high - one paper offered a 1000 pounds reward for information - an intensive search was made for Mrs Heaydon's remains. In early August human bones were found under the flagstones of a garage in Westmoreland Lane, Glebe. The case promptly became known
as the "Glebe Bones Mystery". After a long inquest, the coroner concluded that Gertrude Heaydon had been feloniously and maliciously murdered by the late Nurse Taylor, and that the eleven bones found in the Glebe garage were in fact Gertrude Heaydon's remains. Alfred Heaydon, Taylor, Riley and Kreigher were committed for trial, but a month later the police prosecutor announced that the Crown would bring no evidence against the four, and the charges were dropped.



New South Wales. Police Dept.
City of Shadows at the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, November 2005-January 2007.

Glass plate negative:

This poor woman and her unborn child were discarded like garbage. Her family must of been outraged. I tried to find out the name of the child left behind looking through census records but found nothing.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Murder In Harvey, ND

Jacob Bentz a 47-year-old plumber that lived in Harvey, ND on 2 Oct 1931, he argued with his wife about going to Fessenden at 1 o'clock in the morning He slept on the inside, which means to me against the wall. He went to bed with a hammer and at 4 O'clock he struck her twice in the head He carried her body to the car in the garage and went back to the bedroom to clean up and took some items to the basement and burned them. He then drove to a haystack and burned some bedding and then drove a  ways and started the car on fire. When someone saw him he claimed they got into a car accident and his wife was still in the car. The nearby neighbor called the fire department. 

Jacob Bentz

When authorities questioned him several times he finally broke down and confessed to killing his wife.

Jacobs first wife

Dorothea Sophia Suelzle was born 15 Jan 1883 and married Jacob her 2nd husband on 26 Jan 1902 in South Dakota She had 6 children with Jacob. 
She died 12 Jan 1930

Jacob married Sophia Schmidt on 17 Apr 1930 she was a widow with 2 daughters who at the time were off at school. 

The victim:
I couldn't find out much information on Sophia, not even a photo or a grave. 

I do have several newspaper articles but they won't load here. But you can see them at

Jacob Bentz died in the State Penitentiary in 1944 in Bismarck, ND

Jacob did try collecting money from an insurance policy he had on Sophia He even called his agent that morning after the murder to upgrade it to $5,000.

Very sad