#OnThisDay 6 April 1895, George Dean, a ferry captain, was convicted of intent to murder his wife and sentenced to death. After a public outcry and a royal commission into the case Dean was granted a free pardon. His lawyer later admitted that he was, in fact, guilty. This murder case has continued to capture the public interest. On 26 February 1983 the ABC television broadcast a dramatisation of the events in Verdict: The Dean Case.
Behind the Scenes
In this episode we show you the very popular Gaol Photo Description Books. The photos (or mugshots) of prisoners are from gaols right across NSW and date from 1870-1930.
A True Crime story about ferry captain George Dean who was found guilty of "administering poison with the intent to murder" his wife in April 1895. Despite a lack of evidence Dean was sentenced to death. A public outcry against the verdict was followed by a Royal Commission which resulted in Dean being granted a free pardon in June 1895. The story, however, was not over for George Dean and he was subsequently tried and sentenced to 9 years for "perjury with intent to procure acquittal".