I first read about the Eliza Fenning case back around 2009, and since then the story has kind of stuck with me over the years, it’s difficult to forget the tragic stories of those wrongfully accused who die pleading their innocence- especially when those accused are very young. On a recent trip to London, with… Read More Eliza Fenning: An Unfortunate Girl and the Matter of Dumplings.
Upper Nelson Street in Auckland, these days is mostly a network of motorway off ramps, but in 1914 the area housed factories and homes. Further down Nelson Street, older buildings and factories have been replaced by modern apartment complexes and restaurants. Many people familiar with the area are probably unaware that over a century ago… Read More The Nelson Street Murder of Frances Marshall.
I first read about the Riccarton Racecourse Hotel murder of Donald Fraser in one of my favorite books about true crime in New Zealand, Shot in the Dark: Unsolved New Zealand Murders from the 1920s and ’30s by Scott Bainbridge. My interest in true crime stories from the 1930s and a liking for old buildings… Read More Murder in the Night: The Murder of Donald Fraser.
Waiting at the Picton wharf to board an early morning water taxi, on a tight two day trip schedule, as with the other cases, the victims were forefront on my mind. Ben Smart and Olivia Hope went missing on New Years 1998 after catching a water taxi from popular holiday spot Furneaux Lodge in the… Read More Mystery in the Marlborough Sounds: Ben Smart and Olivia Hope.
Driving towards Pukekawa with my father, the irony that one of the victims fathers had been a suspect in the 1970 murders of Jeannette and Harvey Crewe at their Pukekawa farmhouse, wasn’t lost on me. A police roadblock prevented us going further along Highway 22 towards the farmhouse, so we continued on to take photos… Read More The Case of the Crewes
Earlier this week I managed to drag myself out of bed at 6.40 am on a surprisingly mild winters morning as part of my plan to get to Napier before dark with a little detouring along the way. It’s still winter (sadly) as I sit here writing this with a bad head cold. An invitation… Read More Mona Blades – Lost Highway
December 31st, 1969 in New Zealand’s West Coast was by many reports an idyllic, golden summer day. It’s not hard to imagine Jennifer Beard perhaps feeling a mixture of carefree excitement and mild apprehension as she left Franz Josef township to hitchhike to Milford Sound. Scarcely populated even today in the 1960s and 70’s New… Read More Jennifer Beard – The Body Under The Bridge