Tag Archives: Crime

Apologia for Lionel Terry From the New Zealand Herald

Edward Lionel Terry (1873-20 August 1952) was a New Zealand white supremacist and murderer, incarcerated in psychiatric institutions after murdering a Chinese immigrant, Mr. Joe Kum Yung, in Wellington, New Zealand in 1905 Maud Peacocke is likely: Inez Isabel Maud … Continue reading

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Giant Bones Found Near Christchurch

FIND OF HUMAN BONES. Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XVI, Issue 6093, 21 November 1898, Page 2     http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=TH18981119.2.16&srpos=6&e=——-10–1—-0giant+bones– With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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Cause Célèbre

WALTER WEST DIES. Feilding Star, Volume XI, Issue 2576, 6 March 1915, Page 4   http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=FS19150306.2.33&srpos=6&e=——-10–1—-0%22walter+west%22– Story: Parkinson, Alice May Alice May Parkinson’s conviction and imprisonment for manslaughter became acause célèbre in New Zealand in the years before 1920. Born on … Continue reading

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Mayor shoots poet

1920 Mayor shoots poet D’Arcy Cresswell On 15 May, Whanganui Mayor Charles Mackay shot the poet and returned soldier Walter D’Arcy Cresswell. The latter, who was only slightly injured, alleged that Mackay had made homosexual advances to him in the mayoral … Continue reading

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Horror in Gisborne

SUICIDE AT GISBORNE. Horowhenua Chronicle , 19 February 1915, Page 3   http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=HC19150219.2.17.5&srpos=3&e=——-10–1—-2blood+everywhere– with thanks to the national library of New Zealand

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Madness and Murder at Ormondville

Two accounts, one from those those who discovered the scene, and one from the murderer describing the experience DISTRESSING MURDER AT ORMONDVILLE. Otago Daily Times , Issue 6876, 29 February 1884, Page 2 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=ODT18840229.2.54 THE ORMONDVILLE TRAGEDY. Oamaru Mail, Volume … Continue reading

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A New Zealand Parable

AN ANCIENT MANUSCRIPT. Observer, Volume 9, Issue 533, 9 March 1889, Page 12   With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand. http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=TO18890309.2.32&e=——-100–1601—-2%22hymn+to%22–

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SideShow Mediums

Some incidents recorded in 1939′s Outside the Law in New Zealand by Charles Belton.

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International News – Ressurection Cult

Misreported here as The Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Seal but actually known as Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven this story is notable not just for its sensationalism but for the … Continue reading

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The last duel fought in New Zealand

The last duel fought in New Zealand occurred in 1935 in Auckland. We reccomend Donald kerr’s The Smell of Powder: A History of Dueling in New Zealand as a comprehensive guide to the Duels fought in this country (all of them … Continue reading

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