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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Murder of H. H. F. Ramsden

The murder of Horatio Heywood Fechervill Ramsden on Mt. Eden, Auckland, on 22 January 1916 was committed within the hearing of residents of Hillside Crescent, one of the less-populated streets of the suburb. Screams and cries for help were heard and there was a following commotion in bushes lining the crescent. Death was by stabbing, and although a man was seen hurrying away from the locality of the crime within a few minutes of the cries for help, the police were unable to locate him even for questioning. There was evidence of a woman in the case who was alleged to have been in the vicinity, but after interviewing a large number of people and exhausting every possibility, the police were compelled to admit defeat.