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Stroud cold case inquest

Would you like to be involved in possibly solving Stroud’s most infamous criminal cold case?

Researchers Louise and Gerald Steding are investigating the 1878 unsolved double murder of Alan and Mary McAskell. They met with Stroud and District Historical Society members over the weekend to plan a mock inquest into the murders to be held at Stroud Courthouse in October.

Louise is a forensic archeologist and Gerald is a photographer. They are using the McAskell murders as one of eight ‘cold cases’ to feature in a series of books to be used as teaching resource for forensics, criminology and general interest.

Louise and Gerald Steding with Stroud & District Historical Society president Rodney Gorton (right). The society is working in partnership with Louise and Gerald on the infamous cold case.

Twenty of Louise’s university students are already working on the case and will travel to Stroud for further forensic investigation and to stage a mock inquest later this year.

Stroud & District Historical Society is helping Louise organise the inquest and will be recruiting community members to be part of the event, which will be filmed in the courthouse.

Louise is very keen for locals to share any information, photos or possibly even artefacts connected to the case. She has provided details, including a list of people she’s interested in researching in a letter to the community (attached to this post).

If you have any information that might help, or would like to get involved, you can contact Louise direct on 0408 649 484, or historical society president Rodney Gorton on 0427 945 420.

Stroud and District Historical Society will keep you up-to-date with plans for the investigation and inquest as we work through them with Louise and Gerald.

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3 Comments on “Stroud cold case inquest”

  1. anne frost April 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

    I am very excited about this!

  2. Pauline Ibbetson April 13, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    Just saw a typo on the photo caption – not sure if Tess or Kylie posted it but I don’t think Louise would want to be ‘Loused’, ha ha that’s funny!Pauline

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