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James Stack
James Stack, the Otahuhu murderer was accused of the murder of four members of the Finnigan family. They were found missing and their bodies, with the exception of a son, were discovered buried on the property boundary where they lived. The missing body was discovered several years later.
Stack's connection to the family was by marriage to Mary (victim), one of Finnigan's daughters who had died at the time of the crime. He was a friend of the family, which he demonstrated by helping with the upkeep of the Finnegan's home and his friendship with the sons. They were James, Benjamin and John.

All four had been smashed in the head with a hammer and James had two blows to his head. Benjamin's throat had been cut. Stack had borrowed a hammer from a next door neighbour. When the neighbour asked for it's return, Stack paid two shillings to him, to get a new one. Letters given in evidence proved to be damning. Stack's letter to Mary Finnegan had read until death do us part.

Stack maintained his innocence until he was hanged at the Mt Eden Gaol on 7 April, 1866.


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James Stack, found guilty of murder and hanged at Mount Eden Gaol 7 April 1866.  

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