Solving the Gatton Murders mystery
ONE of the Valley's grittiest moments in history has come to the surface once again, with the publication of 14 booklets on the Gatton Murders mystery.
Brisbane-based author Steve Behnke decided he needed to do his own research on the case after reading several books about the brutal murders of Michael, Ellen and Norah Murphy in 1898.
"I could see a few holes in the story and I decided to do a bit of research and started a website," Mr Behnke said.
"I read every book I could get my hands on to do with the case and then I went to Google to find out a bit more.
"To date I have compiled over 500,000 words to do with the case and I have read these words several times over looking for the answer.
"I have now come to the stage where I have my own decided opinion of 'who-dunnit' with no real hard evidence, so I decided to put the facts only with no personal input of ideas into a set of booklets."
Mr Behnke said he spent thousands of hours gathering the material for the booklets.
"This is a part of Australia's history that I feel will be of interest to anyone in the world and of special interest to the people of Gatton," he said.
"It relates to a period in Queensland's history that we lost our innocence.
"I plan to donate a full set of booklets - presently 14 - to the historical society if they are interested."
The first booklet of the publication is available free of charge at www.gattonmurders.com