Jacob Kowalsky was in the grips of the green-eyed monster in July 1908. An Austrian immigrant carpenter, Jacob was upset with John Smith, a young man who boarded in his Bayside home awhile back who had since moved out. When John lived with the Kowalskys, he made the mistake of flirting with Jacob’s wife.
Clara Randall worked as a travelling saleswoman for a jewellery company. She reported to police that her Bondi flat had been broken into and a quantity of jewellery stolen. It was later discovered she had pawned the jewellery for cash. A career criminal, Randall was sentenced to 18 months with light labour.