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Journalists Theory

25/04/1899

It seemed beyond all the bounds of belief that one man could have induced three strong, healthy, young persons to have accompanied him into a secluded part of the bush, and there have murdered them without their making any struggle for their lives, but a closer acquaintance with the facts shows that this is not only possible, but is the only probable theory of the crime.

The theory most generally accepted now is that the murderer, whose motive was undoubtedly lust, stopped the dogcart as the old horse was toiling up a stony rise a few hundred yards from the slip panel; that he stood on the axle, and with the revolver pointed at Michael's head ordered him to drive through the sliprails in the direction he indicated.

On arrival at the spot selected, it is surmised that the murderer ordered the three to dismount, and instructed Murphy to unharness the horse and tie it to the tree, and after that to tie his sisterís hands behind their backs.

All these commands were, of course, enforced at the point of the revolver.

Then the spreading of the rug shows with what deliberation the murderer pursued his plans.

In the struggle with Norah, whose body was found on the rug, it is supposed that the murderer's disguise was disarranged, and that when he knew his identity had been discovered, and that his neck was in jeopardy, he resorted to the desperate remedy of murdering the three persons, robbing Michael, and bruising and scratching the body of the younger girl to divert suspicion from the one man theory and make the crime appear the work of a gang.

In still further support of this theory is the evidence given by Dr. Wray, the Government Medical Officer.

His statement is that each of the three skulls were fractured by a similar blow administered by the same person, who must have been able to use his right and left hand equally well.

All the blows were inflicted while the victims were lying down, and there were no traces of struggle. Had there been a gang, it is unlikely that only one of their number would be selected to commit the murders, and though the actual culprit seems to have disappeared in almost a miraculous way, two or three men could scarcely have vanished so successfully.

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