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A Strange Career.

A prisoner was released from Pentridge whose strange career has evoked great interest amongst those to whom the facts of the case have been known. The name of the prisoner in question was Edward M. Elton, who was sentenced to death in 1870 for the murder of his stepson, a mere child, at North Sandridge. He was pronounced insane, and was ordered to be confined in a lunatic asylum during the pleasure of His Excellency the Governor. After spending some two years at Yarra Bend he was discharged as being sane, and was transferred to Pentridge, where he remained until this week ; so that his incarceration covered a total period of about nineteen years. Elton is of good family, and is even said to be heir to a baronetcy, and many years ago his reformation was brought about by Dr Singleton. Since then Elton has taken a foremost part in the evangelical work that has been carried on from time to time at the Stockade, He formed a numerous Bible class from among the other prisoners, and for many years acted aB the prison librarian, whilst among the gaol officials he was often spoken of as the best behaved prisoner who has ever been confined at Pentridge. On several occasions endeavors were made to obtain his release, but the medical evidence indicated that Elton needed a certain amount of restraint. A few weeks ago, however, another examination was made, and two medical men certified that Elton might safely be released. This has now been done subject to a bond entered into by Dr Singleton for the man's good behaviour during the twelve months, at the end of which period his full sentence of twenty years will have expired.

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A Strange Career., Evening Star, Issue 7964, 20 July 1889, Supplement

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A Strange Career. Evening Star, Issue 7964, 20 July 1889, Supplement