Detective Inspector

John J WALSH

YEAR OF DEATH

1926

JURISDICTION

Western Australia

DETAILS OF DEATH

Detective Inspector John Joseph Walsh and Detective Sargeant Pitman were members of the Gold Stealing Squad at Kalgoorlie when they surprised William Coulter and Phillip Treffene at their illicit smelter 27kms south of the town. They shot the detectives and tried to stuff their bodies into a gold furnace but, discovering it was too small, went to the Cornwall Hotel and collected a sway and a carving knife. On returning to the smelter, they cut up the bodies, incinerated them and dumped them down a mineshaft. Born in Limerick, Ireland in February 1862.

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