Murder at the fort: A double homicide cold case and cover by Bob Marmion

By Bob Marmion

Early one chilly, wintry morning in overdue could 1942, the bulletridden
body of motive force Roy Willis used to be stumbled on at the part of the
road. He were shot a couple of occasions with an army revolver.
Despite broad enquiries through many of the Victoria Police’s most
experienced murder detectives, the assassin used to be no longer found.
Then 3 months later, the killer struck again.
In September 1942 Gunner John Hulston went lacking whilst
on shield responsibility. His gun team instantly started a seek. Two
soldiers what looked to be drag marks from the gate
down in the direction of the seashore. They observed a determine a way off and considering it was once Hulston, they referred to as out to him. rather than a friendly
reply, they have been met with a barrage of bullets. The determine ran off and disappeared in the direction of the camp.
Incredibly the garrison was once now not grew to become out to look for the lacking guy or the mysterious determine. The searchlights which could
have grew to become the evening into day alongside the seashore, weren't activated. Hulston’s rifle and bayonet have been present in the water. His torn
trousers have been additionally came across at the seashore. His physique was once ultimately recovered extra alongside the sea coast, 10 days later. Like Driver
Willis, again in might, he had additionally been shot within the chest with a .455 calibre military revolver.
As with any reliable homicide secret, this tale has extra twists and turns than the nice Ocean highway. they vary from black
market operations, confessions, suspects pointed out in later years, misplaced or lacking police records, disagreements among the police and
the military over the research, and an tried cover-up that went all of the approach to the wartime Deputy leading Minister’s office.

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