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DUPED BY A CON.WOMAN : Gladys Hardgrave (1935)

On the 24th of February 1935 The Truth Newspaper reported that Gladys Hardgrave was found guilty of astute confidence tricks, after a dramatic legal fight. This short, slim woman with tear brimmed sparkling blue eyes stood weeping as she was sentenced to 37 weeks imprisonment. As she was led to the watch house cells she […]

REOPEN A MYSTERY: MARJORIE NORVAL (1938)

Brisbane True Crimes author Ken Blanch, will call on Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie to reopen the case of the 1938 mysterious disappearance of a Brisbane social identity when he launches his latest book nest Sunday November 5 at Boggo Road Gaol. In Marjorie Norval: The Girl a railway Station Swallowed, Ken Blanch recalls the sensation and the […]

WATERHOLE DROWNING : REVEREND JOHN GREGOR (1848)

WATERHOLE DROWNING: REVEREND JOHN GREGOR (1848) Early newspapers in Brisbane frequently carried reports of tragic deaths by drowning in the surrounding waterholes. Many sank to the depths by accident, unable to swim. Others stumbled in to the water drunk or committed suicide. A sad story was posted in a local Newspaper in 1848. Reverend John […]

ON THE RUN IN JAIL : WILLIAM STOKES (1974)

This week the people of Queensland have been amazed with the arrest of two men in relation to the disappearance of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters in 1974. This 40 year old cold case suddenly appears close to having a solution.  One line of inquiry pursued by Police to explain why Mrs McCulkin and […]

LOWOOD HORROR: BOOTS HOBSON (1961)

West of Brisbane sits the tiny suburb of Tarampa near Lowood. This quiet rural setting was turned into a 5 mile long crime scene on Boxing Day, December 1961. The afternoon of celebration and time with family was cut short when the killer went on a rifle rampage through neighboring farms and streets killing a couple […]

THE END OF “THE ROAD”: Boggo Road Gaol (1989)

NOTORIOUS No2 DIVISION – CLOSED – 25 YEARS AGO As prisoners sat on the tin roof of F Wing Cellblock in Number Two Division for a fifth day in March 1988 Corrective Services Minister Mr Cooper announced Brisbane businessman Jim Kennedy would chair an inquiry into the chaos that was Queensland’s prison system. Boggo Road […]

“WHO KILLED HER?”: BETTY SHANKS (1952)

This year marks 62 years since Betty Thomson Shanks – a kind, thoughtful young woman, was brutally murdered in the Brisbane suburb of Wilston, only a few hundred meters away from her home. It is still Queensland’s longest running cold case. This was the crime said to have stolen Brisbane’s innocence. The Brisbane of the 1950s […]

THE HAUNTED HOBO PART 2: HARRY BROWN (1937)

This week we conclude our chilling story of the Haunted Hobo. We take up our tale in the Brisbane City Morgue as the government pathologist examines the body of the victim Harry Brown, who’s life was brutally ended in Victoria Park by a man he thought to be his friend. A violent maniac on the […]

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