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The Death of Station Master, George Wyles.

 The Death of Station Master, George Wyles.

1909 \”F\” Class Locomotive SLSA: [B 11082] 

  George Wyles was a well-respected Station Master in Adelaide. In March 1926, he was sent to the Ethelton Railway Station to relieve Station Master, Charles Field, who was on his annual leave. On his second day on the job, Wyles was struck by the 7:20pm freight train from Port Adelaide to Outer Harbour.

  John C. Cutt witnessed the tragic accident. In his statement, he described the events that unfolded. Cutt said that Wynes left the eastern platform heading towards the ticket box of the western platform. Wynes was crossing the line when he noticed a freight train was bearing down on him. Wynes jumped to try and get out the way, but the train engine struck him on the shoulder, throwing him into the nearby fence. Wynes tried to grab the fence, but rebounded off it, into the fourth and fifth carriages of the train, pulling him underneath, and dragging him along the line.[1]

Another witness, John Taylor came forward at the inquest and stated:

 \”the engine, which was of the F-class had five box trucks and a brake van attached to it. Mr Wynes had been across the line to give the 7.27 p.m. passenger train from Ethelton to Adelaide the \’\’right-of-way\”\’ and was returning to the ticket office on the other side when the goods train went through on its way to Outer Harbour. The engine driver saw the man trying to cross the line, blew, the whistle sang out to him, and applied the emergency brake.”[2]

 The police and a doctor were called. Dr K.W. Bollen attended and pronounced Wyles dead. He stated that his injuries were horrific. Wyles\’ head was “shockingly mutilated, the skull being split right open, and his face was battered beyond recognition.”
Constables H. Atkinson and T. Allen removed the body to the morgue.

An inspection of the line revealed Wyles gold pocket watch. The watch was spattered with blood, the glass broken. The watch was stopped at 7:35.[3]


Researched and written by Allen Tiller  
© 2020



Photo: 1909 \”F\” Class Locomotive SLSA: [B 11082], https://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/B+11082


[1] \’ETHELTON FATALITY.\’, Recorder, (13 March 1926), p. 1., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article95903691.

[2] \’CASUALTIES.\’, The Register, (13 March 1926), p. 13., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55021864.

[3] \’EFFECT OF THE CONFESSION.\’, The Register, (12 March 1926), p. 9., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55025267.

The Adelaide Ghosts and Ghouls and Walking Tour

The Adelaide Ghosts and Ghouls and Walking Tour

Back in 2016, I was invited by the Adelaide City Libraries to undertake a world fist
history study into ghosts and hauntings in the council area of the City of Adelaide. Titled “Haunted Buildings in Adelaide”, the project encompassed inviting members of the public to come into the City Library and North Adelaide Library to express their own personal encounters with ghosts in the City of Adelaide.
I then took those stories and investigated them, as well as a number of already well known Adelaide ghost stories, and investigated their history. In the first year, we had over 90 people attend, and at least 40 of those stories ended up being added to the libraries catalogue under the heading “The Allen Tiller Collection: Haunted Buildings in Adelaide”.
In 2017 I returned to the library to turn those stories, and some new ones into 5 self-guided walking tours through the City of Adelaide.
At the end of history month this year, we launched one of those tours, titled the “Ghosts and Ghouls and Self-Guided Walking Tour”. The difference between this tour, and other tours, is the City Library invited a professional sound recordist, Mr Anthony Frith, to record me speaking the tour stories.
The tour is a downloadable, free self-guided walking tour which you can find via this link:

https://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/explore-the-city/visit-adelaide/maps-trails-and-guides/adelaideghosts-and-ghouls-walking-tour

The tour starts at the City Library, so I thought I’d share with you all the starting story of the tour: A Ghost in the Library Harris Scarfe’s city store sat on this site previous to the current Rundle Place building.
The Harris Scarfe’s building was constructed in 1917 and, in an unfortunate accident, a concrete worker fell into the foundations as they were poured. He was sucked down into the mix, suffocating, and crushing him at the same time. It was deemed too difficult and risky to save the worker, and after the concrete had set, too expensive and labour intensive to remove his body – so he was left in the foundations.

In 2012, McMahon Services was engaged to demolish the previous building and construct the new one you see today. As part of their plan, they decided to recycle as much of the original building materials as possible.
The old steel, glass and concrete were stored, crushed or melted, and reused in the construction of the present building. Including the concrete in which the worker had died.
So the remains of that worker, that was previously in the foundations, can possibly be found across the entire building today, and perhaps, that explains one of the hauntings associated with the building … but perhaps, more interesting, and relative to the city library is another more modern death.

In the 1970s, Harris Scarfe’s had a sports section on level three, and within that section was a department selling guns. In 1975, a man entered the store, went to the gun counter and asked to look at a gun. He loaded it with his own bullets, then in front of staff and customers, put the barrel
against his head, and shot himself dead.
The store was on level three, the same level that the City Library now sits on. Is it a coincidence that a black shadowy figure is sometimes reported whisking along the hallways towards the elevators today, in the general vicinity that a black shadowy figure was seen whisking along aisles when Harris Scarfe’s stood here previously?

Lifts are also said to be haunted in Rundle Place, just as they were reported haunted in the old Harris Scarfe’s building. Are the ghosts that haunted the former building, lingering in the new building?

In an interview in the Advertiser in 2011, a former employee of Harris Scarfe’s named Rod stated the following:
“I’ve been here at two o’clock in the morning, by myself, and the goods lift would start-up and just go by themselves,” “You’d see them drop to the second flor, you’d hear the door open, you’d hear footsteps and then the lift comes back down to the basement and you’re thinking ‘well, I know I’m the only one here’.”

You can find the City Library at Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall (Enter via Francis
St – off Rundle Mall or via Da Costa Arcade) The Adelaide Ghosts and Ghouls Walking
Tour, a different way of seeing Adelaide!

 

Allen Tiller is Australia’s most recognised paranormal investigator, eminent paranormal historian, and star of the international smash hit television show “Haunting: Australia”.


Allen is also the founder of Eidolon Paranormal, South Australian Paranormal and the author of book and blog, “The Haunts of Adelaide: History, Mystery and the Paranormal”.
Allen was awarded the 2017 “Emerging South Australian Historian of The Year Award” as presented by The History Council of South Australia.


Allen has also been employed as “Historian in Residence” in 2016/2017 with the Adelaide City Council Libraries and employed by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council to write the
popular, “Ghosts of the Port Self Guided Walking Tour”


You can find Allen online at:
http://www.twitter.com/Allen_Tiller
http://www.facebook.com/AllenHauntingAustralia
https://www.facebook.com/TheHauntsOfAdelaide

First published in MEGAscene issue 13 2018

© Allen Tiller

7 Minutes to 3: The Tragic Deaths of Roy Ayling and Eugenie Armstrong

7 Minutes to 3: 

The Tragic Deaths of Roy Ayling and Eugenie Armstrong.

 June 19th, 1919 was just another ordinary day for engine driver and fireman, John James O’Shea and Harold Sutherland. They went to work at the Islington Train Yards. They fired up Engine 88 to pull Goods Train 72 and set off on route from Mile End out to Hamley Bridge, north of Gawler.
 The train passed through Gawler and out onto the Roseworthy line to Hamley Bridge, then back through Roseworthy heading toward Gawler.
 As the train approached the crossing on what is now Redbanks Road between Roseworthy and Gawler, the engine driver sounded his whistle. As the whistle was sounded, he noticed a motorcycle with sidecar speeding along the road.  The train whistle was sounded again as a warning. The motorcycle appeared to slow down, then suddenly as if racing the train to the crossing, sped up.
 O’Shea sounded the train’s whistle again and Sutherland applied the tender brake.
  Due to the incline of the rail line, the airbrakes and tender brakes had already been partially applied, so when the train approached the crossing it was already decelerating.
 The train entered the crossing at 20 miles per hour pulling a 300-ton load. It struck the centre of the motorcycle, dragging it under the cowcatcher and under the train.
 Fireman, Harold Sutherland stated of the incident; “I saw the motorcycle, about a chain away, on the driver’s side of the engine. Saw nothing further until the bodies flew out from the under wheels of the engine onto the right side of the line.”

 There were many witnesses to the accident. Farmers on properties around the train line had been out in the fields working had seen the whole event as it occurred. Farmer Hugo Twartz, Martin Twartz, Theodore Bartsch, all gave testimony that confirmed the train driver and train fireman’s testimony.
 Roy Ayling was a quiet young man described as quiet and thoughtful, with a gift for motor mechanics. The 20-year-old was well known and liked around Willaston. He was a successful poultry breeder who made his own incubators and breeders. He had been riding a motorcycle for over a year, and many local people knew the sound of his bike as it came and went from Willaston.

 Eugenie Armstrong was a student at the Gawler Technical School. At only 18 and half she had made her mark assisting at various businesses in Gawler’s main street. She was a valued member of the Gawler’s Congregational Church. Her father, Mr A.P, Armstrong was a well-known Labor Party Member in South Australia. Miss Armstrong was described by friends as; “A sterling and reliable companion, who was very popular among her peers.”

 On June 19th, Roy picked up Eugenie in his sidecar. He had only had the bike for two months and enjoyed showing it off. They headed out toward Roseworthy to catch a late afternoon football match between the Willaston Football Club and the Roseworthy College students’ team.
 It’s not known exactly what happened on that fateful day. The par sped along Redbank’s road toward the crossing, the train blew its whistle, and Roy slowed down but didn’t stop. He sped up, the train blew a second, longer warning whistle, but Roy didn’t stop, he pushed ahead to the crossing, where the bike was hit, and two young adults were flung from the bike under the train.
 Was Roy overconfident his new bike could beat the train? Was he showing off to Eugenie, or perhaps trying to scare her? Or was he distracted by the young woman in the sidecar, not noticing the noise of the trains whistle over the blare of his bike?
 We will never truly know the exact circumstances of the accident that claimed their lives…
 The police attended the scene after the accident. The young adults’ bodies were badly mutilated, so much so that they were buried before their funerals were held.
At the scene, Miss Armstrong’s watch was picked up by Sergeant Adamson. It read 7 minutes to 3, about the time of the accident.
Roy and Eugenie are buried at the historic Willaston Cemetery near Gawler.
Researched and written by Allen Tiller © 2019.

Bibliography

‘AWFUL RAILWAY ACCIDENT.’, Bunyip, (27 June 1919), p. 3.
‘THE INQUEST.’, Bunyip, (27 June 1919), p. 3.
‘DETAILS OF THE TRAGEDY.’, Chronicle, (28 June 1919), p. 13.
‘RUN DOWN BY A TRAIN.’, Chronicle, (28 June 1919), p. 13.

The Phantoms of Morialta Falls


 The Phantoms of Morialta Falls

In the last few months of 2017, I was contact by multiple people about strange goings on in the carpark of the Morialta Conservation Park. 
Morialta is just 10kms from the city of Adelaide, and has been a popular destination with locals for over 100 years. It contains three waterfalls along Fourth Creek, and has a network of extensive walking trails. It also contains a rock climbing zone.

Witnesses are reporting seeing phantoms in the park, human ghosts and those of phantom vehicles, with one being very strange indeed.
Witness one recounted a story of being at the falls late one evening with two friends. They had gone for a drive “for something to do”, and found themselves at Morialta. They began to explore the walking trail, and could see quite clearly under the light of a full moon.
 While walking along one of the trails heading towards a waterfall, they noticed ahead of them a peculiar white colour shape, that almost seemed to sparkle in the moonlight.
 As they got closer they realised it was a young woman, (they determined this by the shape of the mist, and the fact it seemed to have long wavy hair past the shoulders).
 The three of them stopped, all their hair standing on end, and watched as the female like white mist sparkled some more, then turned towards them, floating very quickly in their direction, before it vanished entirely.
 They very quickly high tailed it out of there, back to their car, and have never returned to the park for more adventures!
 The second story recounted to me involves several people driving to the car park. As they entered they noticed a car parked by itself off to one side. There didn’t seem to be anyone in the car, so they figured the owners were off walking through the park and paid it no more attention.
 The small convey had all parked near each other, and got out of their cars, laughing and joking when all of the sudden an eerie quiet fell over the group, and a feeling of foreboding overtook the mood of frivolity that had previously overcome the group.
 As they stood there looking at each other, the temperature dropped very suddenly, and a mist formed around the group.
As they stood there, shivering, with mouths agape, wondering what the hell was going on, a large shaped moved through the mist and revealed itself right in front of their eyes. A very large, very black old horse drawn hearse, with no horses, silently glided into view between them, and headed towards the solitary parked car.
 One of the girls screamed in terror, which seemed to break everyone’s stupor, and they all high-tailed it back to their cars and “booted” it out of there…
 A further retelling of this story can be found online at: http://www.paranormal.com.au/public/index.php?topic=11298.0. This retelling of the same story also goes on to state that the next day one of the witnesses saw the car that had been parked in the carpark on the news. It was surrounded by police tape, as the night before the owner had committed suicide in the park (A detail omitted from the version told too me).
 I can not confirm at this point that the story of the Hearse, in particular the suicide and subsequent news report are true, however, there have been plenty of deaths at the park.
In 1917, 17-year-old Lyle Heddle died in the Adelaide Hospital from injuries suffered after falling from the cliffs at Morialta.
In 1926, the body of 27-year-old Alfred Jury was found lying in a pool of water at the base of the falls. His face had been badly disfigured, so much so in fact, that it could not be declared at the time if he had committed suicide with his rifle, or simply fell from the cliff tops and landed on his face.
 His bike, with shot rabbits was later found at the top of the cliffs, but his gun never recovered.
1939, the body of 40-year-old Butcher, Robert Cantlon of Prospect, was found dead in the pool underneath waterfall one. Cantlon, it is thought, slipped at the top of fall one, trying to get a look over the edge.
 In 1940, Royston Daniels, 13 of Prospect was killed when he fell 115ft from fall number one, trying to save his friend, Raymond Jenkins, who had slipped from rocks, half way down the cliff face.
 Daniels died on impact.
In 1951, William Collins, 23
of Hyde Park, died at the falls after being struck in the head by a rock. The coroner of the day declared the death an accident, as at that time, throwing rocks, or rolling them down the hills at Morialta was a common practice, and it could not be determined from which direction the rock had come, nor if it had been thrown with ill intent.
Have you encountered any spirit activity at Morialta Falls?
 Tell us about it over on the Facebook page!
 
Researched and written by Allen Tiller
© 2018 – Allen Tiller – The Haunts of Adelaide
The following assets were used in the research and writing of this article:

1917 ‘FATALITIES AND ACCIDENTS.’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931), 2 August, p. 4. , viewed 18 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5540612

1926 ‘ACCUSED PERSON FOUND DEAD.’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931), 7 December, p. 15. , viewed 18 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40747312

1939 ‘WANDERED FOR HOURS’, Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 – 1954), 12 July, p. 4. , viewed 18 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article96360854

1940 ‘Fatal Fall At Morialta’, News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), 10 January, p. 5. , viewed 18 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131551924

1951 ‘Open Verdict On Falls Death’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954), 21 July, p. 3. , viewed 18 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45719767

National Parks South Australia, 2017, Morialta Conservation Park, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, viewed 18 Dec 2017, https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Adelaide_Hills/morialta-conservation-park

The Phantoms of Morialta Falls


 The Phantoms of Morialta Falls

In the last few months of 2017, I was contact by multiple people about strange goings on in the carpark of the Morialta Conservation Park. 
Morialta is just 10kms from the city of Adelaide, and has been a popular destination with locals for over 100 years. It contains three waterfalls along Fourth Creek, and has a network of extensive walking trails. It also contains a rock climbing zone.

Witnesses are reporting seeing phantoms in the park, human ghosts and those of phantom vehicles, with one being very strange indeed.
Witness one recounted a story of being at the falls late one evening with two friends. They had gone for a drive “for something to do”, and found themselves at Morialta. They began to explore the walking trail, and could see quite clearly under the light of a full moon.
 While walking along one of the trails heading towards a waterfall, they noticed ahead of them a peculiar white colour shape, that almost seemed to sparkle in the moonlight.
 As they got closer they realised it was a young woman, (they determined this by the shape of the mist, and the fact it seemed to have long wavy hair past the shoulders).
 The three of them stopped, all their hair standing on end, and watched as the female like white mist sparkled some more, then turned towards them, floating very quickly in their direction, before it vanished entirely.
 They very quickly high tailed it out of there, back to their car, and have never returned to the park for more adventures!
 The second story recounted to me involves several people driving to the car park. As they entered they noticed a car parked by itself off to one side. There didn’t seem to be anyone in the car, so they figured the owners were off walking through the park and paid it no more attention.
 The small convey had all parked near each other, and got out of their cars, laughing and joking when all of the sudden an eerie quiet fell over the group, and a feeling of foreboding overtook the mood of frivolity that had previously overcome the group.
 As they stood there looking at each other, the temperature dropped very suddenly, and a mist formed around the group.
As they stood there, shivering, with mouths agape, wondering what the hell was going on, a large shaped moved through the mist and revealed itself right in front of their eyes. A very large, very black old horse drawn hearse, with no horses, silently glided into view between them, and headed towards the solitary parked car.
 One of the girls screamed in terror, which seemed to break everyone’s stupor, and they all high-tailed it back to their cars and “booted” it out of there…
 A further retelling of this story can be found online at: http://www.paranormal.com.au/public/index.php?topic=11298.0. This retelling of the same story also goes on to state that the next day one of the witnesses saw the car that had been parked in the carpark on the news. It was surrounded by police tape, as the night before the owner had committed suicide in the park (A detail omitted from the version told too me).
 I can not confirm at this point that the story of the Hearse, in particular the suicide and subsequent news report are true, however, there have been plenty of deaths at the park.
In 1917, 17-year-old Lyle Heddle died in the Adelaide Hospital from injuries suffered after falling from the cliffs at Morialta.
In 1926, the body of 27-year-old Alfred Jury was found lying in a pool of water at the base of the falls. His face had been badly disfigured, so much so in fact, that it could not be declared at the time if he had committed suicide with his rifle, or simply fell from the cliff tops and landed on his face.
 His bike, with shot rabbits was later found at the top of the cliffs, but his gun never recovered.
1939, the body of 40-year-old Butcher, Robert Cantlon of Prospect, was found dead in the pool underneath waterfall one. Cantlon, it is thought, slipped at the top of fall one, trying to get a look over the edge.
 In 1940, Royston Daniels, 13 of Prospect was killed when he fell 115ft from fall number one, trying to save his friend, Raymond Jenkins, who had slipped from rocks, half way down the cliff face.
 Daniels died on impact.
In 1951, William Collins, 23 of Hyde Park, died at the falls after being struck in the head by a rock. The coroner of the day declared the death an accident, as at that time, throwing rocks, or rolling them down the hills at Morialta was a common practice, and it could not be determined from which direction the rock had come, nor if it had been thrown with ill intent.
Have you encountered any spirit activity at Morialta Falls?
 Tell us about it over on the Facebook page!
 
Researched and written by Allen Tiller
© 2018 – Allen Tiller – The Haunts of Adelaide
The following assets were used in the research and writing of this article:

1917 ‘FATALITIES AND ACCIDENTS.’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931), 2 August, p. 4. , viewed 18 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5540612

1926 ‘ACCUSED PERSON FOUND DEAD.’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931), 7 December, p. 15. , viewed 18 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40747312

1939 ‘WANDERED FOR HOURS’, Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 – 1954), 12 July, p. 4. , viewed 18 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article96360854

1940 ‘Fatal Fall At Morialta’, News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), 10 January, p. 5. , viewed 18 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131551924

1951 ‘Open Verdict On Falls Death’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954), 21 July, p. 3. , viewed 18 Dec 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45719767

National Parks South Australia, 2017, Morialta Conservation Park, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, viewed 18 Dec 2017, https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Adelaide_Hills/morialta-conservation-park

Death by Curried Egg Sandwich!


Death by Curried Egg Sandwich!

December 2003, Julie Michele Dunn and Graham Wilks, lived together in Davoren Park in Adelaide’s northern suburbs as a de facto couple.
 Dunn, 40, one day decided she no longer wanted to be with Wilks. She made him his favourite snack, a curried egg sandwich, and laced it with the sedative temazepam.

Temazepam is a very strong sedative used to treat insomnia patients, and is in the same group of drugs as Xanax and Valium, known as sedative-hypnotics.

Wilks soon fell asleep after ingesting an unknown amount of the strong sedative, cleverly hidden in the strong-tasting curry egg sandwich. Helpless to know what was coming, and unable to defend himself.

 Dunn, bashed her partner over the head at least three times with a heavy blunt object. The trauma of which would slowly kill Wilks as he slept.

 Later, Dunn would call an ambulance and a police investigation would begin. Dunn, the only suspect was arrested, and taken into custody.

During questioning, Dunn tried to blame the murder of Wilks firstly on her son, then on another man who had been recently released from prison. It would later be alleged by the prosecution that Dunn had killed Wilks so she could be with the newly released (unidentified in court proceedings) man who was a former lover of Dunn.

 Dunn also tried to tell police she had acted in self-defense, an argument quickly rejected by Justice Anderson.

Dunn’s first outcome from trial, a 20-year sentence, was overturned on appeal as the Judge had not properly instructed the jury. Her second trial, under Justice Margaret Nyland reduced the original sentence from 20 years, to 18 years.

Dunn is set to be released from prison in April 2022.
Researched and written by Allen Tiller. © 2017
The Haunts of Adelaide – Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheHauntsOfAdelaide/
Bibliography
ABC News, 2004, woman pleads not guilty to murder charges, ABC News, viewed 1 September 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2004-08-18/woman-pleads-not-guilty-to-murder-charges/2027930.
ABC News, 2007, Woman jailed for curried eggs killing, ABC News, viewed 1 September 2017,http://www.abc.net.au/news/2007-06-20/woman-jailed-over-curried-eggs-killing/75240
Drugs.com, 2017, Temazepam,Drugs.com, viewed 1 Sept 2017, https://www.drugs.com/temazepam.html
Fewster, Sean 2013, City of evil : the truth about Adelaide’s strange and violent underbelly, Abridged edition, Sydney Hachette Australia.
Radio Australia, 2011, Australian woman given 18 year jail sentence for murdering partner, ABC Radio, viewed 1 Sept 2017, http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2007-06-20/australian-woman-given-18-year-jail-sentence-for-murdering-partner/44706.
Sydney Morning Herald, 2005, Killer curried eggs sandwich, Sydney Morning Herald, viewed 23 April 2017, http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/killer-curried-egg-sandwich-woman-jailed/2005/10/27/1130382516541.html.
The Age, 2007, Woman jailed over deadly curried egg sandwich, The Age (online) viewed 1 Sept 2017, http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/woman-jailed-over-deadly-curried-egg-sandwich/2007/06/20/1182019172119.html.

Death by Curried Egg Sandwich!


Death by Curried Egg Sandwich!

December 2003, Julie Michele Dunn and Graham Wilks, lived together in Davoren Park in Adelaide’s northern suburbs as a de facto couple.
 Dunn, 40, one day decided she no longer wanted to be with Wilks. She made him his favourite snack, a curried egg sandwich, and laced it with the sedative temazepam.

Temazepam is a very strong sedative used to treat insomnia patients, and is in the same group of drugs as Xanax and Valium, known as sedative-hypnotics.

Wilks soon fell asleep after ingesting an unknown amount of the strong sedative, cleverly hidden in the strong-tasting curry egg sandwich. Helpless to know what was coming, and unable to defend himself.

 Dunn, bashed her partner over the head at least three times with a heavy blunt object. The trauma of which would slowly kill Wilks as he slept.

 Later, Dunn would call an ambulance and a police investigation would begin. Dunn, the only suspect was arrested, and taken into custody.

During questioning, Dunn tried to blame the murder of Wilks firstly on her son, then on another man who had been recently released from prison. It would later be alleged by the prosecution that Dunn had killed Wilks so she could be with the newly released (unidentified in court proceedings) man who was a former lover of Dunn.

 Dunn also tried to tell police she had acted in self-defense, an argument quickly rejected by Justice Anderson.

Dunn’s first outcome from trial, a 20-year sentence, was overturned on appeal as the Judge had not properly instructed the jury. Her second trial, under Justice Margaret Nyland reduced the original sentence from 20 years, to 18 years.

Dunn is set to be released from prison in April 2022.
Researched and written by Allen Tiller. © 2017
The Haunts of Adelaide – Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheHauntsOfAdelaide/
Bibliography
ABC News, 2004, woman pleads not guilty to murder charges, ABC News, viewed 1 September 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2004-08-18/woman-pleads-not-guilty-to-murder-charges/2027930.
ABC News, 2007, Woman jailed for curried eggs killing, ABC News, viewed 1 September 2017,http://www.abc.net.au/news/2007-06-20/woman-jailed-over-curried-eggs-killing/75240
Drugs.com, 2017, Temazepam,Drugs.com, viewed 1 Sept 2017, https://www.drugs.com/temazepam.html
Fewster, Sean 2013, City of evil : the truth about Adelaide’s strange and violent underbelly, Abridged edition, Sydney Hachette Australia.
Radio Australia, 2011, Australian woman given 18 year jail sentence for murdering partner, ABC Radio, viewed 1 Sept 2017, http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2007-06-20/australian-woman-given-18-year-jail-sentence-for-murdering-partner/44706.
Sydney Morning Herald, 2005, Killer curried eggs sandwich, Sydney Morning Herald, viewed 23 April 2017, http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/killer-curried-egg-sandwich-woman-jailed/2005/10/27/1130382516541.html.
The Age, 2007, Woman jailed over deadly curried egg sandwich, The Age (online) viewed 1 Sept 2017, http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/woman-jailed-over-deadly-curried-egg-sandwich/2007/06/20/1182019172119.html.

Fatal Overdose


Fatal Overdose
  
O’Brien Street, a somewhat forgotten corner of Adelaide was the home to a family tragedy that could have easily been prevented.
The Thulborne family lived a happy existence in their corner of the city. George Thulborne worked for the Adelaide Corporation as a carter, and his wife, Mary was a stay at home mother of ten children.
On the morning of Tuesday the 27th of August 1912, George set off for work, and Mary woke the children, readying them for school. Some of the children had been a little ill, so Mary pulled down an old bottle of medicine from a high shelf, with the intention of taking it to the local chemist on Sturt Street to have it tested,
 Trusting her memory of what was in the concoction, she left the bottle on the table in the dining room, and headed off to the chemist.
In the meantime, her two-year-old son, Maurice, who had been playing outside, came back inside, saw the bottle, and drank from it. Mary returned home not long after, but did not notice a small amount of the contents of the bottle had disappeared.
 Within a couple of hours, Maurice was complaining of stomach pains, and by mid-afternoon he had become unconscious.
 Dr MacDonald was called, who did everything he could think of to try and work out was wrong with the toddler, and how to save him, but unfortunately by 9:45 pm that evening, young Maurice Alfred Thulborne had died.
The concoction Maurice had drunk from consisted of a mixture of Oil of Aniseed, Peppermint Oil, Laudanum and Paregoric. A mixture that would have smelt appealing to a two-year child, but was actually a toxic mixture of alcohol and opium.
 Laudanum was a popular remedy in Victorian times, which contained around ten percent powdered opium. In its mixture is several opioids, including morphine and codeine.
 Paregoric was also a Victorian era medicine, which contained
“honey, liquorice, flowers of Benjamin, and opium, camphor, oil of aniseed, salt of tartar and spirit of wine,” and was used as a household remedy to treat, amongst other things, diarrhea, coughs and pain in children from teething[1].

Maurice Alfred Thulborne was buried in the Catholic section of the West Terrace Cemetery.


[1] Boyd, EM & MacLauchlan, ML, 1944, The Expectorant Action of Paregoric, Canadian Medical Association Journal, April 1944, Vol. 50, page 344

Fatal Overdose


Fatal Overdose
  
O’Brien Street, a somewhat forgotten corner of Adelaide was the home to a family tragedy that could have easily been prevented.
The Thulborne family lived a happy existence in their corner of the city. George Thulborne worked for the Adelaide Corporation as a carter, and his wife, Mary was a stay at home mother of ten children.
On the morning of Tuesday the 27th of August 1912, George set off for work, and Mary woke the children, readying them for school. Some of the children had been a little ill, so Mary pulled down an old bottle of medicine from a high shelf, with the intention of taking it to the local chemist on Sturt Street to have it tested.
 Trusting her memory of what was in the concoction, she left the bottle on the table in the dining room and headed off to the chemist.
In the meantime, her two-year-old son, Maurice, who had been playing outside, came back inside, saw the bottle, and drank from it. Mary returned home not long after but did not notice a small amount of the contents of the bottle had disappeared.
 Within a couple of hours, Maurice was complaining of stomach pains, and by mid-afternoon he had become unconscious.
 Dr MacDonald was called, who did everything he could think of to try and work out was wrong with the toddler, and how to save him, but unfortunately by 9:45 pm that evening, young Maurice Alfred Thulborne had died.
The concoction Maurice had drunk from consisted of a mixture of Oil of Aniseed, Peppermint Oil, Laudanum and Paregoric. A mixture that would have smelt appealing to a two-year child, but was actually a toxic mixture of alcohol and opium.
 Laudanum was a popular remedy in Victorian times, which contained around ten percent powdered opium. In its mixture is several opioids, including morphine and codeine.
 Paregoric was also a Victorian era medicine, which contained
“honey, liquorice, flowers of Benjamin, and opium, camphor, oil of aniseed, salt of tartar and spirit of wine,” and was used as a household remedy to treat, amongst other things, diarrhea coughs and pain in children from teething[1].

Maurice Alfred Thulborne was buried in the Catholic section of the West Terrace Cemetery.


[1] Boyd, EM & MacLauchlan, ML, 1944, The Expectorant Action of Paregoric, Canadian Medical Association Journal, April 1944, Vol. 50, page 344

The Brutal murder of Pirjo Kempannein


The Brutal murder of Pirjo Kempannein by a 14 year old boy

“My wishes are killing more and more people, I wish I had a catapult that would hit someone on the head and then they would all be dead!” – Would you believe these words sprang from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy talking to a psychologist?
It wouldn’t be too long until this young buy got his wish to kill, when, at the age of 14, he murdered pensioner Pirjo Kemppainen, bashing her, and stabbing her over 120 times.
This young man, whose identity has been suppressed due to his age, is only identified as “B” in newspaper stories and court documents.
B was born in august 1996, not long after his birth his parents separated. By the age of seven he was watching violent horror movies, and by the age of ten pornography and had a lifelong of video games with extreme violence. (He was quoted during his trial as saying with the extreme enthusiasm of a teenage boy “In Gears of War, you can cut people in half with your gun (which) has a chainsaw on it, you can blow people in half with a shotgun, strap grenades to people, use people as human shields, pretty well make mincemeat out of people.”)
B was obsessed with death and violence, and was quoted as saying “I was obsessed about killing

62 year old former nurse, Ms Pirjo Kempannein

people – from Year 1 to Year 8, I’ve just had thoughts about killing people. I still think about it.”

B and his friend “A”, who was also his co-accused, (referred to as A in court documentation) were inseparable for the most part. They spent a lot of time at B’s dads house on weekends playing video games, and when they weren’t playing games, they would terrorise neighbours in the Callington area, by throwing rocks on peoples rooves, and causing general mischief.
A few days before the murder, B said to his teacher “How good would it be to see someone die?”
“I’m gonna stab someone, I wish I had a gun … how good would it be to see someone being shot?”
The school arranged a psychological appointment, but it never happened, as resources in the area were sparse. Only a day later, B was seen to be staring at child across the playground at school. B was heard to say “I hate that kid and I’m going to kill him!” before sprinting across the playground and punching the kid in the head.
B was suspended from the school, and upon his punishment, he stated to the teachers
“If you do this, people will die,”
A day later he brutally attacked and killed MS Kemppainen.
A Forensic Psychologist, Dr Luke Broomhill, began working with B during his stay in prison leading up to his trial.  He assessed the teenager as having mild retardation and year 2 intellectual function. He stated that B was unable to compute alternative solutions to problems, and that if he had something he wanted to achieve, he could not discern the consequences of his actions.
B’s aggressive nature began to manifest distinctly after his Father moved to Kanmantoo in the Adelaide Hills when his mother moved interstate. 

An incident occurred at the new house where some local boys knocked over the bin outside of B ‘s house, B’s reaction was to grab a meat cleaver and wave
it at the youths.
This caused friction with his Father’s partner, who chastised the boy, his reply “I should have capped their motherfucking asses.”

His Father’s relationship broke down, and eventually the family moved to Callington, where B became the subject of bullying.
Ms Pirjo Kempannein’s house in Callington where her brutal murder occured.
THE MURDER (WARNING “GRAPHIC CONTENT” )
With no guilt in his voice, and not an iota of remorse, B recounted the events of Ms Kemppainen’s death, as he remembered it, to the court.
“I walked up to the victim’s house alone, walked up to the sliding door and the victim came out through the wooden door, she asked why I had thrown the rock (through her sliding door window). I said I was drunk and I put the knife in her stomach.” B then paused to mime the action.
“I tried to stab her twice in the stomach and then I repeatedly stabbed her in the head, she tried to hold her arms up to keep me from stabbing her, she was screaming. She was about to shut the door on me, so I threw the rock at her door,” B recalled calmly.
“It was a big chunk of rock, about 30cm across. I ran through the door and continued to stab her until she was on the floor making no sound. The last thing I did was throw the slab of concrete at her head,” 
“I felt like God” he said.
According to forensic reports, B had inflicted 58 stab wounds in total on Ms Kemppainen, and struck her 69 times with the concrete rocks. Strikes had been so ferocious, they had left gouge marks in the victim’s skull.
B was arrested 3 days after the brutal crime. More evidence of the youths troubled mind came to the surface during the court case with evidence of put forward of talks to guards and his psychological assessors, where B had stated

“If I had my phone I could’ve gotten away with it, I could’ve gone in (to the house) and said `oh, there’s a dead body’. I would have gotten $100 or $500 for finding a dead body.

THE COURTCASE
A, B’s co-accused was eventually acquitted by a jury, as the evidence against him, most of which was supplied by B, was unreliable, or did not make sense
B was sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 15 years, which means he can be released from gaol in September 2025, at the age of 29.
 A teenage murderer will have the rest of his life ahead of him, but for the 62 year old pensioner death, and her family having to live with the brutality of the murder, and the eventual release of their relatives murderer, a life sentence is imposed – maybe, just maybe, Australia’s justice systems is a little too lenient when it comes to murder.
B was transferred from youth detention in 2015 to Yatala Gaol to serve the rest of his term. He was charged with an assault in youth detention and is said to have exhausted his options in regards to rehabilitation. 
 researched and written by Allen Tiller © 2017

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