By Scott Bainbridge
On Saturday morning, 7 December 1963, Eric Lewis known as round to his estate in Bassett highway, Remuera, Auckland, to assemble the lease. He used to be now not ready for the scene that greeted him whilst he opened the door: his tenants, George Walker and Kevin Speight, have been violently murdered days before.
The machine-gun execution of Walker and Speight marked the start of a brand new, extra sinister period of crime in New Zealand. the 2 males convicted of the killings - Ron Jorgensen and John Gillies - grew to become loved ones names. either the sufferers and their killers have been deeply excited by Auckland's burgeoning felony scene. however the genuine tale in the back of the killings hasn't ever been told.
Sly-grogging, horse-doping, prostitution, medicines, rival gangs and hard police officers - the tale has all of the hallmarks of a vintage crime novel. in simple terms it's all real, and it occurred in Nineteen Sixties Auckland.
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But even if that theory is accepted, the bottle of blood is still baffling. Why would Kelly’s killers drain some of his blood and leave it in a bottle in a wombat hole? Was it intended to have been spread somewhere else to confuse investigators or remove the Guthries from suspicion? Was it to mock up a body-less suicide scene or to be drizzled somewhere after some time had passed to pretend Kelly was still alive? Maybe the bottle of blood had been part of a crime scene clean-up, although it’s hard to imagine a method of murder that is bloody but results in only 80 millilitres of blood leaving the body.
About a decade before the Sunnybank heist, Kelly had worked with Guthrie in a tree-lopping business. And police believed just days after the heist Ian Guthrie moved north to Queensland to hang out with Kelly. Ian described Kelly as a ‘great bloke’. There was less love for Kelly emanating from police headquarters. As far as Queensland detectives were concerned they had a prime suspect brazenly playing victim and a two-million-dollar hole in their credibility as guardians of law and order. One of the puzzles they had to solve in addition to catching the culprits was ascertaining where the millions had gone.
Guthrie jumped back into the ute’s cabin to drive away and police fired two shots of chemical reagent through the windscreen. Officers tackled Guthrie but he fought back and violently resisted arrest. The arresting police noticed him trying to grab at something inside his trousers. They were later shocked to find a magnum pistol in his waistband and bullets in his pockets. The officers took offence at Guthrie’s apparent willingness to have a shootout with police in order to escape arrest and expressed their disappointment with his attitude.