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Pulley, Edward (Ted) (1907–1937)

Edward Pulley, 30, who was admitted to St. Vincent's Hospital on Saturday suffering from a bullet wound in the body, died yesterday from the effects of his injuries.

Pulley was well known to the police. Detectives at first understood that he was shot from a car as it passed him in a street in Leichhardt, and this explanation seemed to suggest that he had been the victim of an underworld feud. Later, however, they abandoned this theory, and came to the conclusion that he had been shot in a house.

Senior detectives, who knew Pulley well, had predicted for many months that he would be shot before the end of the year.

Police had been expecting trouble amongst underworld characters, because of the activities of what are known in criminal slang as "standover men." These men prey on all kinds of victims, who they feel sure will not appeal to the police. They usually demand money with menaces. The people who suffer most are starting-price bookmakers, but anyone living in the districts where these men operate is liable to be molested.

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'Pulley, Edward (Ted) (1907–1937)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/pulley-edward-ted-13641/text24407, accessed 19 July 2019.

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