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[Per Press Association.! MELBOURNE, August 28. The body of Sherlock, a civil engineer, haa been found at Ringwood, apparently having been dead a month; and from appearance it is evidently a caße of murder. The following Melbourne cablegrams appear in the Hobart ' Mercury' of the 23rd inßt.: A discovery of what is believed to be the body of a murdered man was made yesterday in the neighborhood of Dandenong Creek, four miles from Ringwood, The body was found covered with bushes, and is that of a man aged about fifty, but in an advanced stage of decomposition, evidently having lain several months in the place where found. The body was respectably dressed in black cloth vest and tweed trousers. In the pockets were found three half-pence, a pair of kid gloves, and two letters dated 1873 and 1874, commencing " Dear Sherlock," and signed " John William Randell." Owing to decomposition it is impossible to say off-hand whether there are any marks of violence, but owing to the circumstances surronnding the finding of the body it is believed to be a case of murder. A horrible murder has been perpetrated at Pakenham, either late on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Early yesterday afternoon the body of a man, subsequently identified as that of a laborer named William Fry, was found in a hut in Pakenham horribly mutilated. One side of the face waß hacked to pieces and unrecognisable, and the body was also much hacked about, and the floor and walls of the hut were smeared with blood. It seems that John M'Namara, employed at Kiely's ballast quarries, left work on the 13 th insr., and went on the spree, living in the old hut mentioned. Fry came to look for work on Tuesday night, and went to sleep in the hut with M'Namara. Duringthenightoneoftheneighbors heard some one oall out from the hut " Look at the devils," but he paid no attention, thinking it was only M'Namara on the spree. Next morning M'Namara called at an adjoining store, when it was seen that his hands were saturated with blood, but no attention was paid to him, as it was thought he had been having a drunken row. Later in the day the body of Fry was discovered in the hut. It is believed that the murderer made use of what is known as a slasher—viz , a billhook fastened to a long handle, and used to cut scrub. The wounds inflicted were most horrible. The police at onoe suspected M'Namara, and arrested him near Dandenong. He denied the murder, and accounted for the blood on his olothes by saying he had a fight. The police wanted to get a medical examination of M'Namara to ascertain whether he was mad or only suffering from delirium tremens, but no doctor was available.

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MURDERS IN VICTORIA., Evening Star, Issue 7998, 29 August 1889

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MURDERS IN VICTORIA. Evening Star, Issue 7998, 29 August 1889