A horrible murder was committed on Saturday afternoon, and the man who did it afterwards poisoned himself. A farmer named Joseph Doel, living at the Eight-mile Plains, near Oxley Creek, rode up to the house of a neighbour (Thomas Freeney) ond spoke about someone having robbed him. At that moment a man named Martin Lander was seen along the road, and Doel immediately started towards him. Freeney then heard a shot fired, and saw
Lander fall off his horse, and noticed Doel making towards Brisbane at a gallop.
What transpired then is not exactly known, loud shrieks from the cottage terrified the neighbours, and Mrs. O'Donnell's little boy ran out crying, "Aunty's killing mother." The neighbours ran up, but the screams had ceased before they reached the house. The door was closed and they burst it open. On the floor Mrs. O'Donnell lay stretched, her throat cut in such a manner that it seemed as if her head had almost been severed from her body ; beside her was her sister-in-law, also with a bleeding wound in her neck, and in her hand an old thin table knife exceedingly sharp.