18["The Broome Murder", The West Australian, Saturday 02 September 1905, page 7]



Broome September 1.

The body of Mark Liebglid was buried in the local cemetery this morning, Mr. Maurice M. Shauner reading the Jewish service. The funeral was largely attended.

The four Malays who were arrested have not been retained under arrest. The police are doing their utmost to secure a clue. A new theory has been advanced to account for the premises having been left open and the jewellery strewn about. This theory is that Liebglid surprised a burglar in his house, and gave chase, overtaking him at the water's edge, when the burglar struck him more heavily than perhaps was at first intended. This theory is, however, discounted by the fact that the boxes and doors were unlocked, and the keys in the possession of the deceased, that the jewellery was spread on the bed, and the handiag containing 60 was discovered in a little outhouse at the back, and further that the money in the packets addressed to Falk and Freedman is all intact. If the theory is correct, then Liebglid must have chased the burglar right through the most densely populated portion of the town, and before most people had retired for the night, without calling for assistance. It has been further ascertained that Liebglid walked half a mile along the beach at midnight the preceding Monday with some coloured men to purehase a stolen pearl, but upon reaching the rendezvous had been disappointed. He mentioned the incident to several friends, and said he knew the man was dangerous, but he was not afraid. His friends expressly cautioned him, but be replied that if he got the pearl described to him his fortune was made. The supposition is that the murder and robbery were intended on the first occasion, and were deliberately carried out by the same person on the second occasion.

The medical examination shows the skull to have been smashed by violent blows with a blunt instrument, and the lungs to he half full of seawater. The poor fellow's piteous cries were heard half a mile away by numerous people. In fact the murder was committed almost in the heart of Japtown.


Mr. S. Freedman, of Perth, received the following telegram yesterday from Mr. F. Morris, of Broome:--"Would appear Liebglid slightly under influence liquor Wednesday: flashed roll notes--450 odd--since found on him, in view of coloured men, who evidently decoyed him boat at night view having pearls, and killed him there. Screams which were heard alarmed them. decamped without robbing. Had drink with him 9 p.m., perfectly sober; 10.30 p.m., tragedy occurred.