Two men who had once been drinking partners in the town of Day Dawn, Western Australia, had grown to hate each other, and one of them, Harold Smith, decided to wreak revenge on the other, his former buddy William Clinton. Smith persuaded two other men to help him lure Clinton to his house, where he shot him in the back of the head from point-blank range. Then Smith threw Clinton’s body down a mineshaft.

At this, his two accomplices were apparently deeply shocked. They went straight to the police, blubbering: “We never actually expected him to kill Clinton!” They provided all the evidence needed to convict Smith, who was hanged on Monday, March 23rd, 1908, at Freemantle Prison.