A TRAM RIDE TO DEATH: THE BETTY SHANKS MURDER
It was a ride that ended in death...
In 1952, the year of the crime, most Brisbanites did not own their own cars, instead travelling to and from the city on these beloved vehicles.
On the night of the murder, passengers on board Tram 434, on route to the Grange Terminus, recalled seeing a young woman board at a tram stop at Windsor. This stop, now used by passengers waiting for Brisbane City Council buses, still exists in its original state, sixty years later.
A example of the type of tram taken by the victim survives at the Brisbane Tramways Museum at Samford. The Museum preserves, displays and conducts tours to tell the story of the River City's once extensive tram network.
Take the Tram as part of The Wilston Murder Crime Tour...
Join Jack Sim and Ken Blanch in October 2012 as they host a special crime tour based on this perplexing cold case. Visit 5 historic sites associated with this dreadful crime. Details to be announced soon
Join Jack's VIP Mailing List on the home page of this website for details. Seats are limited. Stay tuned.
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