“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.