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Could the McAskill murders finally be solved?

“One of the most repulsive tragedies in the history of Australia”

Are you Intrigued by Stroud’s most enduring mystery – the brutal and ruthless murder
of Allan and Mary McAskill at Booral in 1878? Suspicions about the murder have lingered for 138 years.

From 31 October to 03 November 30 forensics and policing students from across Australia, led by Swinburne Online criminology lecturer and forensic archaeologist Dr Louise Steding, will be in Stroud and Booral to investigate (and possibly solve) this intriguing cold case.


Ken Russell (left) – the landowner of the Old Booral Wharf site – with Kylie Gorton, Dr Louise Steding and Rodney Gorton

Many of the student sessions are open to the community including a public re-enactment of original key testimony from two inquests into the murders, held at Stroud Courthouse in 1878. PLEASE NOTE:  Stroud Courthouse is very small and there will be very limited seating available during the three-hour inquest re-enactment.

The community is also very welcome to attend a farewell BBQ at the courthouse on Thursday. Please RSVP to Kylie on 0427 945 420 by 30 October – cost is $15 per head.

For more information about the McAskill cold case investigation please contact Stroud & District Historical Society president Rodney Gorton on 0408 575 108.

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