by Michael Shelford © 2019
In April 1932, Constables Brown and North were patrolling St Kilda Rd, near the Victoria Barracks, when they came across Patricia O’Brien and Constance McNamara,
On seeing the police officers, the two young women immediately began to run. They were captured, arrested, and later charged with having used insulting words.
Patricia, when questioned in court, explained that she’d told Constable North that he belonged in a lunatic asylum.
Constance McNamara then said under oath, “I only told one of the constables that he did not have the brains of a rabbit. I did not think it was insulting, because it was positively true.”
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Michael Shelford is a writer who specialises in Australian true crime. He is currently completing a book on Melbourne's crime scene c1890's to 1920's. He is also the creator and guide for the walking tour company Melbourne Historical Crime Tours.