Ringwood murder mystery
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About the Ringwood murder mystery
Featuring a victim called Sherlock and an autopsy surgeon named Dr Showman, the Ringwood murder mystery had all the ingredients of a salacious thriller. Intensive investigation by detectives reversed the initial return of suicide, and the net closed in on the culprit, Sherlock's former landlord, Robert Landells of East Melbourne.
Historic newspaper reports document the developments in the case, as Indigenous trackers were brought in to locate Sherlock's discarded clothing. Landells admitted accidentally shooting the victim, but petitions raised to commute the death sentence failed and he was executed in October 1889.
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