Gatton Murders - Urquhart's Famous Points Of Similarity

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Urquhart's Famous Points Of Similarity.

After the discovery of Alfred Hill's body on 7 January, Urquhart was struck by to his mind the many similarities between the Gatton and Oxley murders, and listed the comparisons of the two crimes.

1. Both murders were committed on a holiday

2. The victim(s) in both cases were either taken, or persuaded to go, off the road

3. Each crime was committed only a short distance off the road

4. The victims were shot in the head, behind the right ear

5. Both horses were shot in the forehead

6. A 380 cartridge was found at both murder scenes

7. Only one cartridge case was found, though two shots were fired in each case

8. Robbery was of money only

9. The hammer mark on the firing cap of both weapons deviated from the centre

10. Brutality and deliberation were displayed both times

11. There was a curious disregard of the cartridge case left behind at both murder scenes, and no other clue

12. A swagman [or; at Gatton an unknown man] was seen on the road just prior to each murder

13. An individual [Burgess] has been identified as having been in the neighborhood at the time of each murder [Here, Urquhart had placed an asterisk, with, in brackets, (If not Burgess, someone like him ']

14. There was an apparent absence of motive, other than brutal lust or robbery

15. There was yet another similarity, bizarre though it was ­the feet of each of the four victims, when discovered, were pointing to the west.

Urquhart believed the bodies of the Murphy’s, at least, had been arranged in the positions in which they were found. 'Criminals often do strange things,' he acknowledged.

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