86 years ago, a man was wrongly executed for murder, and he was almost certainly not guilty of the crime, and his remains could be returned to his family so that he could eventually actAttorney-
General Rob Hull officially announced yesterday that Colin Campbell Rose was pardoned for rape and murder of 12 peopleyear-
Old alma in December 1921.
Ross has been insisting on his innocence and was hanged in an old prison in Melbourne in April 1922.
Colin Rose's niece, Betty Everett, attended the Parliament yesterday and listened to the announcement of a memorial pardon, saying that her most heartfelt wish was to return the remains to his relatives.
"We want the coroner to be able to identify the remains he has as Colin so that the completion of the story will be the laying of the ashes of Colin and his family," she said: "Now his innocence has been proven, he may rest in peace. ".
Mr Hull submitted a letter of pardon to MS Everett and to Betty Arthur, the niece of Alma tisk.
The two women spoke about their relief from the victory over justice and how the public's hysteria condemned an innocent man.
Mr. Ross was executed just 115 days after the body was found.
The request for mercy from the two families was based on evidence discovered by historian Kevin Morgan, who wrote a book on the case, gun Grove: Murder, Lies and judicial failure.
Morgan thinks a "shadow" male relative of Alma tisk may be responsible for the murder, but Mrs. Arthur says she wants the matter to settle down.
"It was always quiet when I was a child --
Because of the slander that has been there over the years, keep quiet at home, "she said.
Victorian archaeologists have discovered a series of graves of executed prisoners at the retired Pentridge Prison in Coburg.
Records show that the remains of 32 executed prisoners were excavated from the old Melbourne prison when they were closed on 1929.
But four other remains, including those believed to be Colin Rose, were found buried in the former police hospital next to the old Melbourne prison on 1937.
They were also excavated and buried in Pentridge.
The cemetery was discovered during an archaeological excavation in February.
A spokeswoman for Victoria Heritage said: "We have reason to believe that we have found the remains of Colin Rose.
"Many of the coffins dug out were accompanied by nameplates, but the four coffins removed from the old police Hospital were unknown.
They have been sent to the Victoria Institute of Forensic Medicine for identification.
A spokesman for Mr. Hulls said that once Rose's body was confirmed, the government had promised to return it to his family.
Yesterday morning, Prime Minister John bloomby condemned the death penalty on radio ferfax.
"It may just be a 1% mistake, but in 1% of the cases, the damage you do to the individual is obviously irreparable --
"You took their lives," said Mr. bloomby . ".