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Shark Arm Case, Murder of Jim Smith, Sydney, 1935

On 25 April 1935, a shark living in a tank at the Coogee Aquarium Baths in Sydney regurgitated a human arm bearing a distinctive tattoo. The shark had been caught three kilometres off Coogee Beach a few weeks earlier, and police believed the arm had been swallowed shortly before this time. Fingerprints lifted from the hand identified the arm as that of former boxer and police informant, Jim Smith, who had been missing since 7 April.

Witness accounts led police to Smith’s former employer, Reginald Holmes, and another associate, Patrick Brady. Holmes attempted suicide and was later found murdered in his care. Brady was charged with both murders but was acquitted due to lack of evidence.
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