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The police have been steadily investigating the recent double murder of Mr and Mrs Jones ab Petone, but despite all their efforts nothing has been discovered that could be called a satisfactory clue.

A puzzling point which has eluded all solubion has been bhe sudden disappearance of a large double-edged carving knife of peculiar shape which was m the possession of tlie Joneses, aud which has mysteriously disappeared. There was only one other knife like it m Petone. The police have made diligent search to discover the whereabouts of the missing knife, even, as one of the detectives puts it, to tho extent of removing the stones of the road, but have met with no success.

Two days after the murder took place a poker was discovered m some bushes near the house. No great importance is attached to the finding of this poker m thab particular spot, as it might have been thrown there by Mrs Jones herself at any time, and m any case could hardly have been thrown from the passage where she was murdered to that spot.

A suggestion had been made that a photograph should havo been taken of tho eyes of the deceased, cases having been known m wliich tho murderer has been actually identified and convicted from the photograph of his image taken from the eye of tho murdered person. Tlie person who offered the suggestion did not stop to consider thab pepper had been thrown into the eyes of the murdered couple, and musb have destroyed all sense of sighb at once.

The theory that the murder was committed by more than one person has received very little consideration from the police, who are positive that it was committed by one cool, clear-headed individual with all his faculties aboub him The state of the room m which the old couple took their last meal seems to fully bear out that theory.

Another point has been raised that as the food discovered m their stomachs was thoroughly digested, the half-eaten eggs must have been consumed by some other person. But medical testimony, ib appears, proves that digestion can and does continue m the stomach after death. Even if that were not the case, the two

half-eaten eggs standing on separate plates at either side of the table, with

two discolored egg spoons beside them, conclusively showed thab the old couple

had been engaged at their meal when the intruder appeared. — Wellington Post.

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THE PETONE MURDER., North Otago Times, Volume XXXVI, Issue 8690, 1 October 1896

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THE PETONE MURDER. North Otago Times, Volume XXXVI, Issue 8690, 1 October 1896

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