“The Ardath Murders” – “The Wash Up”

After adjourning the Court for half an hour, the Coroner returned the following verdict:

“William F. Halbert came to his death by being strangled by a rope by Victor James McCaskill; that Mrs Trena McCaskill’s death and also that of the baby, resulted from shock due to wounds inflicted by Victor James McCaskill; and that McCaskill died from a gelignite explosion self caused; the crimes having been committed whilst he was of unsound mind.”

William Fredrick Francis Halbert 7 Sep 1912, Kundip, W. A., Aust. – 30 Dec 1930, Ardath, W. A., Aust.

(Photo courtesy Rik Revett, enhanced and colourized courtesy of My Heritage. )

CLICK HERE to read about the court proceedings, the evidence, the verdict, the aftermath and strangely, a copycat murder a few days later.

“The Ardath Murders!” – “A Few Mad Days”

Part 3 of my book “The Halberts’ Yours, Mine and Ours” covers the few mad days of a triple murder/suicide which took place in Ardath, Western Australia in 1930. The plan, incubated earlier, manifested itself on the 30th Dec 1930 and by New Years Eve four lives were cruelly taken.

One of those four was my Great Uncle William (Billy).

Was he the perpertrator or the victim?

To read this 10 page report CLICK HERE and find it in your downloads.

A condensed version of this story can be found at http://www.wanowandthen.com under the heading “Murder Most Foul” or through Outback Family History. https://www.outbackfamilyhistoryblog.com/murder-most-foul

(PB 8/3/’21))