Monday, April 13, 2009

Jack was waiting to drive me back to the station. Once there Jack started telling me about the case PaddleValley is a country district not very far from James in Thunder.

The largest landed proprietor in that part is Mr. John Tallyman who made his money in Australia. Mr. James McKenna who was also an ex-Australian. Knew Tallyman. Apparently a very close friend. So McKenna became his tenant. McKenna had one brother, a lad of eighteen, and Tallyman had an only daughter of the same age. Don't know if Mckenna was ever married. But Tallyman wife died at a early age. That is as much as I have been able to gather about the families. Now for the facts.

James McKenna early Monday morning he had been out with a ranch hand and looked at his watch. He told the ranch hand that he must hurry as he had an appointment of importance to keep at three. From that appointment he never came back alive.

From the ranch house to Logan Pool is a quarter of a mile. Conner Blake a ranch hand saw him walking towards Logan Pool alone. He also added that a few minute later . He saw Rusty McKenna. James brother going the same way with a gun under his arm. He though his brother was following him. He thought no more of the matter until he heard in the evening of the tragedy that had occurred.

Logan Pool is thickly wooded round with just a fringe of grass and reeds round the edge. A young boy was catching butterflies. While he was there he saw , at the border of the wood and close by the pool. James and his brother, and that they appeared to be having a violent quarrel. Rusty raise up his hand as if to strike his brother. At that point the boy was so frightened by their violence that he ran back to the bunk house for help.

He had hardly got two words out. When Rusty came running up to the bunk house to say that he had found his brother dead in the woods, and ask for help. He was excited and without either his gun or his hat, and his right hand and sleeve were stained with fresh blood. They followed him back to where his dead brothers body laid stretched out upon the grass beside the pool. His head had been beaten in by repeated blows of some heavy and blunt weapon.
The injuries very well have been inflicted by the butt-end of his brothers gun, which was found lying on the grass within a few feet of the body. Under these circumstances Rusty was instantly arrested and a verdict of wilful murder having been returned at the inquest. These are the mains facts of the case as they came out before CSI had a chance investigate.

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