Detective Piggot's Casebook   by Kevin Morgan

By Kevin Morgan

Welcome to hell, a global at struggle. The streets of outdated Melbourne are not any longer a tidy grid yet fractured with laneways like cracks in previous varnish, a hotchpotch of chaos, of shanties and factories, woodpiles and chimneys, the town smouldering less than its bludgeoned sky. right here, crime thrives, the broken fester and the depraved plot. Detective Piggott's Casebook offers for the 1st time the interior evidence on ten of the main major Victoria Police investigations of the early twentieth century, drawing at the long-hidden own papers of forensic pioneer and Melbourne's personal Sherlock Holmes, Frederick Piggott (1874–1962), who joined the Melbourne CIB in 1912 and whose investigations lined some of the state's so much grotesque and mysterious crimes, together with the notorious homicide of Alma Tirtschke and the following wrongful placing of Colin Ross. those uncensored money owed divulge the picture and sometimes confusing nature of the period's legal research paintings and element to the...

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Him Jip,’ Clarence retorted, becoming agitated. ’ Commons asked Jim to explain where he was. He stood up and signalled to Clarence, ‘Me away, me away. ’ Commons intervened, saying to Clarence, ‘No. ’ But Clarence insisted it was Jim. Henderson then left and Commons said, ‘You bad boy. ’ Clarence’s story that he did not commit the crime but was a witness to the killing by another boy, ‘Jip’, never changed. A children’s court was convened and the magistrate remanded Clarence to the inquest on 9 October 1913.

A kangaroo chase while investigating sheep-stealing at Kaniva in 1915. ‘The main artery in the neck of the dog was laid bare. [The wound] was pinned together with ordinary pins and in a few days the dog was okay. ’ The Kaniva sheep-stealing case was tricky to prosecute because some graziers—during times of inadequate feed—had released sheep into an area of Crown land to fend for themselves. Flocks became mixed and not all sheep were adequately branded. When flocks were reclaimed, a significant shortfall in sheep implied—probably rightly—that one of the graziers was claiming more animals than was his due.

Of the child’s death, Thomas noticed that his wife ‘took it very well’. Isabella’s family too, noted that she ‘never seemed despondent or worried’. Thomas gave his account of the fatal day to the police. It was corroborated at relevant times by the witnesses involved. At noon on Friday 24 November 1916, neighbouring graziers Henry Sweetapple and Fred Grimme arrived for lunch at the McMichaels’ home. Both men knew Isabella well, Sweetapple for four years and Grimme ‘since she was a child’. Lunch was a pleasant affair.

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