The case of the human arm

@JudyEv (327605)
Rockingham, Australia
April 6, 2024 1:09am CST
The Supreme Court of New South Wales in Australia is celebrating its bicentenary. A recent article highlighted some of the more unusual cases that judges there have presided over in the past 200 years. One of the most bizarre occurred in 1935. A fisherman snagged a small shark which was snatched by a larger tiger shark as it was being reeled in. The tiger shark survived and was put on display at the aquarium which then existed to Coogee Beach. After about a week in captivity, the shark seemed ill and, in front of visitors, it vomited up a human arm. A tattoo on the arm of two boxing men led to the arm being identified as belonging to a Jimmy Smith. Smith’s close friend, Patrick Brady, was arrested and charged with the murder. A Reginal Holmes, smuggler and fraudster, was to be a key witness but was murdered before the trial and Brady was eventually acquitted. What is interesting that Holmes was taken by police after a failed suicide (of himself, I gather) and a four-hour boat chase. Brady maintained his innocence until his death so who knows what really happened. The photo is of the cliffs off the Great Australian Bight. Edit: I forgot to say the authorities were able to establish that the arm had been removed before the shark ate it.
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6 Apr
And this is why tiger sharks should only eat tigers and not people, people make them sick. In fact, people make me sick. I've been sick of most people for a long time. Except my Hoomin. He opens the food. And the door.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Apr
You are lucky to have such an obliging human. Do you eat tuna? I hope you never find a finger in your tuna.
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@LadyDuck (461385)
• Switzerland
6 Apr
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@marguicha (216759)
• Chile
6 Apr
Anything could have happened.
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@marguicha (216759)
• Chile
6 Apr
@JudyEv You´d have to ask the shark. The men aren´t talking.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Apr
That's true but it seems there was some funny business.
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@Orson_Kart (6165)
• United Kingdom
6 Apr
It’s a great real-life story, Judy! So Brady was only charged after finding the arm? I wonder what happened to the rest of the body?
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• United Kingdom
7 Apr
@JudyEv They just found the torso of a man in a wood in Salford, Manchester, on Thursday. I don’t think it can be the same person, but where’s the rest of HIS body?
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Apr
@Orson_Kart Have you checked out any local sharks?
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
Maybe other sharks got the rest of him. The truth can often be stranger than fiction, can't it?
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@Juliaacv (48912)
• Canada
6 Apr
What a very creepy story. It is quite a mystery.
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@Juliaacv (48912)
• Canada
6 Apr
@JudyEv Sharks creep me out.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Apr
Can you imagine being in the crowd watching a shark barf up a human arm? It would be enough to give you nightmares.
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@Fleura (29284)
• United Kingdom
6 Apr
What a story! I wonder why the arm disagreed with the shark? And what a shock for the aquarium visitors! Those cliffs are awe-inspiring. Just imagine being shipwrecked there though!
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@Fleura (29284)
• United Kingdom
7 Apr
@JudyEv Cool!
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Apr
We stopped at an area along the cliffs and watched migrating whales swimming along the coast.
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@Ronrybs (17951)
• London, England
7 Apr
I read about the shark arm case a long while ago. Didn't realise it was so convoluted!
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Apr
I hadn't heard of it before so you were ahead of me.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
9 Apr
@Ronrybs And just occasionally they manage to solve one of these. DNA has helped in that regard.
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@Ronrybs (17951)
• London, England
8 Apr
@JudyEv When I was younger I went through a phase of reading unsolved mysteries
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@GardenGerty (158055)
• United States
6 Apr
That is a bit grisly.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
It is indeed. Not pleasant at all.
@AmbiePam (86227)
• United States
6 Apr
I read about this story when I went down an internet rabbit hole of each country’s weirdest crimes. This was a good one!
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@AmbiePam (86227)
• United States
7 Apr
@JudyEv I bookmarked them on my Kindle; I just have to find my Kindle! I remember one from the United States was just recently solved.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
How cool that you already knew about it! Perhaps you could share some of the others.
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@Shavkat (137321)
• Philippines
7 Apr
Things happen for a reason. I just hope not the bad ones.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
At least Smith's family would have known he'd passed away.
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@just4him (309595)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Apr
It really is bizarre. It makes you wonder who killed the man. I wonder what today's technology would reveal about who killed Jimmy Smith.
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@just4him (309595)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Apr
@JudyEv It's good the arm had a tattoo.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Apr
If he hadn't had a tattoo they might never have found out his name.
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@aninditasen (15838)
• Raurkela, India
6 Apr
That's really a bizarre story. The people who teased the tiger shark escaped without punishment. Hope the big shark survived.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
I think it was the big shark that survived. He ate the smaller one.
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@LindaOHio (159659)
• United States
7 Apr
Great photo. The thought of a shark vomiting up an arm made me a little sick to my stomach. Have a good weekend.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
Imagine what it did to the people watching on!
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@dgobucks226 (34563)
13 Apr
A mystery for Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) of Murder She Wrote. That's a whole new take on getting rid of the evidence by feeding it to a shark.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
That should work unless it coughs up an arm or whatever. lol
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• Nairobi, Kenya
6 Apr
Maybe the shark was the one that killed jimmy smith.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Apr
They established that the arm had been taken off by other means, not be a shark bite.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
6 Apr
@JudyEv alright I guess it will remain a mystery.
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@snowy22315 (171738)
• United States
6 Apr
That is quite the tale!
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
It's a bit different, isn't it?
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@RebeccasFarm (87022)
• United States
6 Apr
Oh cripes that is a mystery.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Apr
They will never solve it now as everyone involved has passed on.
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@wolfgirl569 (96990)
• Marion, Ohio
6 Apr
That would be a shocking thing to see
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Apr
It would be enough to give you nightmares.
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@TheHorse (208046)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Apr
Cool story! Has Vanny seen it?
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
If she hasn't, I'm sure she will before too long.
@paigea (35847)
• Canada
6 Apr
What an amazing story.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Apr
I guess they had a few strange cases go through the courts.
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@Beestring (13526)
• Hong Kong
6 Apr
What a creepy story.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Apr
It is indeed. What an awful sight for any children that were there.
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