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John McIntyre (?–1830)

The mysterious murder of the late Mr. John McIntyre of Hunter's-river, seems at length likely to be brought to light. James, one of the witnesses on the late trial, took the Mounted Police to a spot near the farm of Mr. McIntyre, and after digging, the bones of a human being were discovered. The watch was found in another place described by James in a state of good preservation. James was then taken to Maitland, and the next morning before the Bench, and there voluntarily made confession to the following circumstances; namely, that finding from the evidence of Doolan, that two innocent men were sentenced to death, he resolved to die himself, rather than permit them to suffer. He declared himself, McGrath, and three others, to be the murderers. That the murder was committed in the night when Mr McIntyre was in bed. That he made the first blow, but it being dark, the bludgeon fell on the pillow; that Mr. McIntyre rose and seized one of them, and that McGrath thrust him through the body with a sword. The sword has been found; it has stains upon it like those of blood. A large sum of money found in Mr. McIntyre's desk, was taken away by McGrath, wrapped in a duck frock, and by him buried in the bush; but he would never reveal to James in what spot the deposit was covered up.

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6 September, 1830
New South Wales, Australia

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