By Susan McNicoll
In July 1924, Scottish nursemaid Janet Smith was once murdered in Vancouver's filthy rich Shaughnessy Heights. Her killer used to be by no means apprehended, however the research had surprising outcomes. two decades later, Molly Justice was once stabbed to loss of life in a Saanich park. Her assassin hasn't ever been charged, although police have been almost definite of his id for over 50 years. Susan McNicoll's dramatic debts of six of British Columbia's such a lot fascinating murders span a century of crime, from a 1904 Victoria Chinatown homicide to a contemporary chilly case from Vernon solved via DNA research of an strange variety.
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It only took 10 minutes for them to decide the latter. Rene Castellani was sentenced to hang February 21, 1967. However, Rene had not lost his ability to wiggle out of jams. The defence immediately launched an appeal, taking exception to the judge’s charge to the jury. While the appeal was considered, Rene was given a stay of execution to March 28, 1967. On March 10, he was granted a new trial by the five appeal court judges. The hanging was off. With the success of the appeal, a second trial began on September 25, 1967.
She also said she did once make the jelly for her sister, but that was at least a month before Esther went into hospital. In summing up for the jury, defence attorney Maclean said he agreed that Esther Castellani had died of arsenic poisoning and that her husband committed adultery. However, he went on, this did not make Rene a murderer. ” Crown prosecutor Toy summed up his arguments by saying there were only two questions to answer: How did Mrs. Castellani die? And, who killed her? ” to determine.
Rene was granted bail of $25,000, and his preliminary hearing, though initially set for May 9, was later postponed until July because of delays in assembling some of the Crown witnesses. Because of this holdup, Rene’s bail was reduced to $15,000. Because he was unable to raise this amount, however, he remained in jail. The preliminary hearing would bring certain facts to light and also lay the groundwork to show the relationship that existed between Rene and Lolly. The city prosecutor, Stewart McMorran, sought to prove that Esther died from arsenic poisoning and that the most likely perpetrator of her murder was her husband.