Daughter Dead in Bed SYDNEY, March 29.
When Henry Belcher, who is a boiler foreman, employed at the Manly gas works, returned to his home from work at 1 p.m. today, he found the house locked up and a note pinned to the back door, telling him to go to the
beach, where his wife would be found. Detecting a strong smell of gas, he broke a window and entered the house. In the kitchen was his wife, lying on the floor. She was unconscious and the gas was turned on. Belcher dragged her into the fresh air and then entered the house to search for his daughter, Marjorie, aged 10. He was horrified to find her lying on a bed, which was soaked with blood. She was dead, her throat having been cut, apparently with a razor, which was lying on the bed, and her head having been battered in with a hammer, which was on the floor. Belcher ran for the police and a doctor. Resuscitation methods were applied to the woman and she regained con- sciousness while being taken to hos- pital. It is stated that Mrs Belcher had been in ill health for some time, and recently returned from an institu- tion.