By Anne Lovell
On February 4, 1939, Connie Sommerlad was once brutally butchered and her brother left for lifeless of their kin farmhouse in rural Tenterfield. It was once a homicide that may rock the tight-knit neighborhood; a homicide made the entire extra surprising by means of the truth that their assailant was once a neighborhood guy operating for the Sommerlads. Jack Kelly, who used to be to turn into the final individual to be hanged in New South Wales, struggled to provide an explanation for his lousy crime while he confronted the gallows. but this used to be faraway from the one secret to be uncovered by means of Connie's tragic finish. What quite occurred to Connie in these misplaced years among her circulate to Sydney as a tender girl and her fateful go back to her domestic city? And what used to be the key so shameful that, while Kelly stood trial for her homicide, the Sommerlads conspired to maintain it from the general public checklist? Vividly evoking small-town Australia within the months best as much as the outbreak of worldwide battle II, Connie's Secret brings to lifestyles the tale of a hugely good relations desperately attempting to shield their proficient yet wayward daughter's attractiveness at a time whilst faith, advantage, and holding appearances held sway over each proposal and deed. This attention-grabbing perception into one other period is written with the emotional strength of a unique, yet those occasions did happen—and their devastating impression is still felt by way of these left in the back of even this day.
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Outtridge then removed the slacks, shoes and handbag. Plastic bags were placed over the head and hands and the body was gently wrapped in a much larger plastic sheet for the short journey by windowless van to the local mortuary. There the rest of the clothing was removed and handed over to Outtridge. A fingerprint specialist examined the body for prints on the surface of the skin. m. It was a long and exacting process which took four hours. Most officers hate post-mortems. ‘It is not only the sight but the smell of the body and the disinfectants,’ recalls one senior detective who had been involved on countless murder inquiries.
There had been a false alarm only a few weeks previously at a ghastly murder scene which Hoban attended in Leeds after a ‘photographic model’ and her young child had been stabbed to death. The dead mother also turned out to be a prostitute and Hoban briefly suspected a link. However, this double homicide was almost immediately detected by a combination of good luck and alert thinking by one of Hoban’s former protégés on the No. 3 Regional Crime Squad. A mentally deranged seventeen-year-old youth called Mark Rowntree was quickly arrested by Detective Chief Inspector Dick Holland, stationed at Bradford CID.
All the normal checks had revealed nothing. The witness pointing them in the direction of the red or orange hatchback also mentioned an articulated lorry, which he said had been parked nearby. Despite inquiries at 483 haulage companies the police drew a blank. A total of twenty-nine former ‘boyfriends’ were interviewed and eliminated. They were still searching for the driver of the fastback car to come forward. From December 1975 and into the New Year Hoban resumed more of his duties as the head of Leeds CID.