The Gatton Murders by Stephanie Bennett

March 9, 2012 - 4:09 pm 17 Comments

Cheryl reviews ‘The Gatton Murders’ by Stephanie Bennett

17 Responses to “The Gatton Murders by Stephanie Bennett”

  1. Cheryl Fagan Says:


    I would like you to know, before Stephanie Bennett wrote her book, I had started researching this story in 1998 and have been writing it since, which she knew about. Fortunately I have 3 distinct pieces of proof which will out weigh any other theories. The proof points to Thomas Day (Clarke’s butcher) without any doubt. The explosive evidence will link this historical mosiac and paint one controversial picture.

    Kindest regards
    Cheryl Fagan

  2. Lyle F Reed Says:

    Dear Cheryl,
    I also published a short stoy on the Gatton Murders ,Titled “As Plain As Day” in 2008,i would like to hear your theory.

    Lyle F Reed.

  3. cheryl Says:

    Hello Lyle,
    Yes, I’ve read your book, “As Plain as Day” and found it fascinating. The possibilities intrigue me, however, I kind of like Stephanie Bennett’s explanation because it has an authentic resonance for me. The violence and viciousness inflicted on the victims made it seem that it was a personal vendetta and could, in fact, have been carried out by more than one perpetrator.
    I wrote a short story “‘Unsolved’ Crimes,” based on the events of the Gatton murders, but purely as a fiction, as surmise, never claiming it to be the result of research.

  4. Neil Bradford Says:

    Is it possible that Cheryl Fagan and Cheryl Jorgensen are one and the same person as both have similar profiles and both, apparently, began researching the Gatton murders about the same time?

  5. cheryl Says:

    Sorry Neil,
    You definitely have the wrong sheila. Mind you, I like the other Cheryl’s surname!

  6. Steve Behnke Says:

    Good old Thomas Day the scapegoat and presented as the sole perpetrator again.
    A cover up at any level by those in authority at the time, that may have been directly or indirectly involved with the case will always remain an embarrassment to those responsible and probably many others that may have been involved.
    This case is destined to always remain a mystery to the uninformed and as the mystery man/woman that supplied the information presented on the following pages pointed out, could be very dangerous for the people involved in the exposure if identified.
    The levels of this particular cover up may prove to be Ginormous, The Vatican, The Qld Police Department, The Qld Government and maybe even the Federal Government.
    A scapegoat was needed and in my opinion found going by the name of Thomas Day.
    Anyone even remotely interested in this most mysterious case can gain access to my thoughts and evidence at most of it for FREE.
    The truth will set us all FREE.


  7. Matt Says:

    To Steve Behnke
    I hate to burst your bubble sunshine, we checked all your new so called startling evidence and found them all to be bogus. I have placed 11 of them below proving they are rubbish. the only 2 pictures we could not find was the Fitzgerald photo and Edith Cooks newspaper clipping but no doubt they are also crap.
    Around 2010 2011 a US female subscriber to web sleuths Gatton murders forum picked up on a discretion in a Dalby police report on Fitzgerald’s suicide, It stated amonst Fitzgeralds possessions was a packet of Senior Service cigarettes. She proved this could not be correct as Senior Service cigs were not introduced until the early 1920s. I recall the doc in question originated from Brisbane Australia.
    hope this is help full.
    Stephanie Bennett is still the favorite in our minds.

    1. Original letter between Premier Denison and Holman Sun Newspaper. 1st Aug 1918.

    2. Post Mortem of Tom Day.

    3. Thomas Day’s mug shot and record.

    4. Michael Murphy’s Coroners Report.

    5. Murphy girls Post Mortems. click: Post Mortem Burton

    6. The notebook used to make Day’s suicide note.

    7. Police notebook. Statement about girls arguing with Walsh.

    8. Electric Telegraph Qld

    9. Urgent telegram. Note in your picture the word QUEENSLAND is slightly lower than the rest of the heading.

    10. Aboriginal protector

    11. Asylum office clinical card. scroll to bottom of page. Select (who came to Rydalmere psycho hosp) and scroll down.

  8. Cheryl Says:

    Steve, thanks for your contribution. It is indeed a fascinating case, made even more so by the passing of the years. Do you think solving this crime would endanger anyone from this point in time, however? It is over a hundred years since it was committed.
    It’s true Thomas Day is still the “favourite” possible perpetrator. I recall going many years ago to the military museum located in the historical barracks site in Brisbane near Petrie Terrace. There was the suggestion that Thomas Day as the fugitive perp may have stolen the identity of another, fallen, soldier, from the Second Boer War (1899-1902, or thereabouts) and returned to Australia with a new name and life to live out his days here. He was originally English, or Welsh, wasn’t he?
    Anyway, I would be extremely interested in any more you have to say on the case.
    Best wishes,

  9. Don Neumann Says:

    A quick perusal:
    Mesdames is the plural of madam (French) Mrs is the abbreviation of Missus (English)
    Hames strap: A strap used to secure the Hames which are metal frames on a horse collar. The traces are attaches to the hames
    Clarke’s slaughter house was at the edge of what is bow Freeman’s lake. The butcher shop was attached to the House,.

  10. cheryl Says:

    Thank you for that, Don.

  11. cheryl Says:

    Is your comment in relation to Cheryl Fagan’s research, Don? Has Cheryl had her book published yet? I would be very interested to read it.

  12. Steve Behnke Says:

    It is now almost 4 years since Cheryl Fagan made the statement that she has 3 distinct pieces of proof which will out weigh any other theories.
    Well Cheryl it is time to put up or shut up.
    If you indeed have such proof you would not need to write a book it would write itself.
    “Touch Not The Lord’s Annointed”


  13. Steve Behnke Says:

    I still say it is now long overdue for Cheryl Fagan to present the hard evidence she purports to possess
    Put up or shut up. The World awaits with baited breath.

  14. Steve Behnke Says:

    It is now almost 5 years since Cheryl Fagan made the statement that she has 3 distinct pieces of proof which will outweigh any other theories.
    Well Cheryl it is time to put up or shut up.
    If you indeed have such proof you would not need to write a book it would write itself.
    “Touch Not The Lord’s Annointed”


  15. Noel Edge Says:

    Hello All

    Have any of the persons researching the Gatton Murders unearthed any information from a Constable Mick Bradley. Mick was my grandfather and a policeman – he was in Gatton in 1924-26. Mick left a story with our family that he found a weapon hidden in an old tree trunk and told us his investigation into the Gatton murders was by a person he raised with the police hierarchy at the time. Mick left the police force because of the issues he had with what he claimed as a cover up and a refusal to pursue an investigation.

    Thank you

  16. cheryl Says:

    Amazing stuff, Noel. Thank you for your comments. Stephanie Bennett, the lady who wrote the book I reviewed would probably very much like this information. You could probably reach her through her publisher, though I believe she had a dental practice somewhere in Brisbane.

  17. Noel Edge Says:

    Hi All

    Can anyone help with a copy of the witness transcripts that were recorded at the Gatton Court House magisterial inquest in Jan-Mar 1924?

    My interest is not in the Gatton Murders per se, but my grandfather was a policeman at Gatton in 1924 and was involved in the investigations as part of the inquest. I am interested to see what (or if) the inquest recorded any testimonies from the policemen involved at that time.

    Thank you

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