|Also known as||Brougham Terrace||Source: On the top of the building|
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Patricia Angela Bickett, school teacher, of 37 Brougham Street, North Melbourne.
source: Australian Electoral Roll 1914
Funeral of Miss Bickett.
source: The Bendigo Indipendent 18 Sept 1914
The liar becomes a murderer
“…. Having suffered a very public and embarrassing blow to his reputation, Antonio Soro moved on from Ballarat, but soon found himself in trouble again.
In 1914, Soro rented a room in North Melbourne and became infatuated with a young teacher, Patricia Bickett, who also lived at the property.
Ms Bickett was engaged to marry another man and had no interest in Soro, but he had convinced himself otherwise.
On September 14, Soro approached the young woman in Royal Park and shot her dead.
Police later found him hiding in coiled ropes in a cargo ship moored in the Yarra River.
At his trial, he insisted he was temporarily insane at the time of the shooting, but it emerged that Soro had bought a revolver two days before he shot Ms Bickett.
He wrote letters to his mother falsely claiming that Ms Bickett had begged him to shoot her and that the whole thing was her idea.
His insanity plea was dismissed, with prosecutors telling the court Soro was a “frightful liar who could tell lies glibly and easily”.
It took the jury an hour to find him guilty, and he was sentenced to be hanged.”
by Tim Callanan, ABC News. March 28th 2021.
source: ABC News
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