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Monday, 28 October 2013

Ghostly murder

A new local non-fiction book has just hit the stands, and is being snapped up (over 300 copies were sold in the first month).
The book is ‘The true story of the Maryvale Murders and the Langley family ghost’ written by Rupanyup’s John Henry Ellen.
John was approached by Langley descendant Neil Langley to write the history of his aunt Maria Langley and her daughter Louisa Jane Sugers, who were murdered near the Sheepwash Reserve on what was then Maryvale Station in 1874.
The remains were not found till 10 years later in 1884, and prompted a nation-wide hunt for the murderer, supposed to be Maria's husband Robert Cook.
In the meantime the remains were housed in the stables of the Edenhope police station, here they languished until their presence was raised in the Victorian Parliament in 1917.
The political pressure saw the skeletons conveyed to the cemetery and buried in an unmarked grave.
Now years on the full story from the Langley family's point of view is recorded, including the story that maybe Maria's ghost has appeared to wayfarers.
The story employed family papers, newspaper articles, and provides a historic perspective to describe the times and the environment of the story.


  1. Is this book still available, and can I get a copy in the UK.
    I am a distant relative..

  2. John the author died a couple of years ago, the book was only avaiulable locally. The Edenhope Visitor Information Centre did have some print copies for sale. The Centre is operated by volunteers and has no website or email. Phone: 03 55851509 Address: E.V.I.C. 96 Elizabeth St, Edenhope VIC 3318. An ebook version was created by 'Bookbaby' in the United States in 2014, it is available from a library vendor in Australia via Baker & Taylor's 'Axis 360' a digital media service, don't know if there is a equivalent in the U.K., but you do have 'Baker & Taylor United Kingdom' in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Good luck.

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