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Watercolour map depicting the scene of the murder of Cecilia Miller, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane, 1928 | by Queensland State Archives
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Watercolour map depicting the scene of the murder of Cecilia Miller, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane, 1928

 

 

"A tale of lust, love, and murder, perfectly depicted in this incredibly colourful item from our collection."

 

Truth, 28 February 1928

 

Pretty Girl Shot Dead - Man in Living Tomb

 

"It was a veritable sylvan glade in which the girl's murdered body was found, in surroundings dedicated to the elves, fairies and the spirits of the trees, with a rippling brook tricking past a sward of rich green fringed and touched with colour by flowering lantana bushes.

 

It was here that Reginald Vaughan chose to end the life of the girl he loved - into this peaceful have he drove her in a motor car, his brain unbalanced. As the rays of the headlights shot across the sylvan landscape a cloud was descending upon his mind, which soon was to travel down the lanes of darkness.

 

The car sped on. Presently it stopped and the two lovers sat on the running board. Then Vaughan shot Cecilia - shot her dead.

 

What they talked of on that fatal journey no one but Vaughan knows. The mouth of one is sealved for ever; that of the other gibbers meaningless things in a ward where are kept in confinement those who are certified as insane."

 

To discover more about this crime visit our blog post: Murder on Mount Coot-Tha

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Taken in November 1928