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DRAMATIC PHONE CALL

SHOT ENDS CONVERSATION

O.C.

SYDNEY, July 11

Police believe that the finding of a letter from a visiting naval man to his wife caused Henry Hearn, 52-year-old station manager, to kill his wife Thelma, aged 42, and their ten-year-old daughter, and then himself.

Hearn' was manager of Glen Rock station, 40 miles from the township of Nundle, in the Tamworth district He had been the popular manager of the 64,000-acre property for six years, and had raced several horses.

On Sunday night the telephone at Nundle police station rang, and a man, who said he was Henry Hearn, of Glen Rock, told the constable on duty that he had murdered his wife and daughter, and intended to kill himself.

The constable pleaded with the man, but the conversation was abruptly ended when the man hung up the receiver.

The country between Tamworth and the station is so rugged that it took the Tamworth police five hours in a powerful car to cover the 80 miles.

When they got there they found the bodies of Mrs. Hearn and her daughter in the house. They appeared to have been shot while lying on a bed.

Hearn was lying in a room in a pool of blood. He tried to crawl towards a door, but police wrapped him in a blanket and rushed him to Scone Hospital. He died at • 11.15 a.m. on Monday. In the house, police found two notes, one addressed to Hearn's son; aged 22, now on service in the Pacific .with the A.1.F., and the second addressed to the Scone police.

P.A.

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DRAMATIC PHONE CALL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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DRAMATIC PHONE CALL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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