Case 150

The Murchison Murders

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Case 150

The Murchison Murders

Although the Australian outback was isolated and sparsely populated, work was available in the small towns and stations along the fence for men who were willing to tough it out in the harsh conditions. Due to the lack of communications systems at the time and the transient nature of these communities, it wasn’t unusual for people to leave, without ever being heard from again…

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched by Holly Boyd

Written by Elsha McGill

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

The Murchison Murders – by Arthur W. Upfield, (2015, Kindle Edition). ETT Imprint

The Sands of Windee (Inspector Bonaparte Mysteries Book 2) – by Arthur W. Upfield, (2014, Kindle Edition). ETT Imprint

Up and down the real Australia – by Arthur W. Upfield, (2016, Kindle Edition). ETT Imprint. 

Murder on the Rabit Proof Fence. The strange case of Arthur Upfield and Snowy Rowles – by Terry Walker, (1993). Hesperian Press

 

ARTICLES:

Unless otherwise indicated, articles were sourced through The National Library of Australia’s digital archive

Missing Canadian – The West Australia (6 February 1931)

Disappearance of three men – The Daily News (17 March 1931)

Rowles guarded closely, alleged attempts at suicide – Western Argus (16 February 1932)

Self possessed Snowy Rowles puts up a great fight – Mirror (19 March 1932)

Reprieve urged – Queensland Times (8 June 1932)

Mother sees Rowles – The Daily News (8 June 1932)

The Rowles Petition: slur on Outback Men claimed – The Daily News (8 June 1932)

Rowles Fate – Western Mail (9 June 1932)

Was Snowy Rowles guity? Juryman tells why verdict was reached – Daily News (14 June 1932)

Murchison Tragedy, the final scene – the Geraldton Guardian and Express (14 June 1932)

Snowy Rowles executed – denies crime on scaffold – Singleton Argus (15 June 1932)

Man’s death presumed – Barrier Miner (26 May 1934)

Great Wall of Rabbit Repulsion – National Library of Australia News, September 2007 edition, page 15

Heritage nod for site of grisly outback murders – The West Australian (6 March 2018)

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

Smith v R, Supreme Court of Western Australia, WA Law Reports, 27 April 1932

 

ARCHIVES:

Transcribed notebooks of Henry John Manning – 1925 -1963, National Archives of Australia

 

WEBSITES:

Arthurupfield.com.au

Arthurupfield.com

 

 

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Although the Australian outback was isolated and sparsely populated, work was available in the small towns and stations along the fence for men who were willing to tough it out in the harsh conditions. Due to the lack of communications systems at the time and the transient nature of these communities, it wasn’t unusual for people to leave, without ever being heard from again…

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched by Holly Boyd

Written by Elsha McGill

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

The Murchison Murders – by Arthur W. Upfield, (2015, Kindle Edition). ETT Imprint

The Sands of Windee (Inspector Bonaparte Mysteries Book 2) – by Arthur W. Upfield, (2014, Kindle Edition). ETT Imprint

Up and down the real Australia – by Arthur W. Upfield, (2016, Kindle Edition). ETT Imprint. 

Murder on the Rabit Proof Fence. The strange case of Arthur Upfield and Snowy Rowles – by Terry Walker, (1993). Hesperian Press

 

ARTICLES:

Unless otherwise indicated, articles were sourced through The National Library of Australia’s digital archive

Missing Canadian – The West Australia (6 February 1931)

Disappearance of three men – The Daily News (17 March 1931)

Rowles guarded closely, alleged attempts at suicide – Western Argus (16 February 1932)

Self possessed Snowy Rowles puts up a great fight – Mirror (19 March 1932)

Reprieve urged – Queensland Times (8 June 1932)

Mother sees Rowles – The Daily News (8 June 1932)

The Rowles Petition: slur on Outback Men claimed – The Daily News (8 June 1932)

Rowles Fate – Western Mail (9 June 1932)

Was Snowy Rowles guity? Juryman tells why verdict was reached – Daily News (14 June 1932)

Murchison Tragedy, the final scene – the Geraldton Guardian and Express (14 June 1932)

Snowy Rowles executed – denies crime on scaffold – Singleton Argus (15 June 1932)

Man’s death presumed – Barrier Miner (26 May 1934)

Great Wall of Rabbit Repulsion – National Library of Australia News, September 2007 edition, page 15

Heritage nod for site of grisly outback murders – The West Australian (6 March 2018)

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

Smith v R, Supreme Court of Western Australia, WA Law Reports, 27 April 1932

 

ARCHIVES:

Transcribed notebooks of Henry John Manning – 1925 -1963, National Archives of Australia

 

WEBSITES:

Arthurupfield.com.au

Arthurupfield.com

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Article – Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more

SimpliSafe – Protect your home and your family today. Free shipping, free returns and 60 days risk-free trial

The Alienist: Angel of Darkness  Watch new season’s premiere on Sunday, July 19th on TNT 

Raycon – Get 15% off your order of Raycon wireless earbuds with promo code ‘CASEFILE15’

Best Fiends – Download Best Fiends for free

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