Age: 45. Occupation: Billiard Marker.
A former boxer, Jim Smith was a small-time crook whose main line of business was illegal SP betting. He was involved in several of Reginald Holmes' scams and frauds, including the scuttling of the Pathfiner. He was blackmailing Holmes over its loss.
Age: 42. Occupation: Forger.
Brady was an incorrigible cheque forger who had been jailed for a total of seven years due to his illegal activities prior to 1935. He was a friend of Jim Smith and also well connected in Sydney's underworld. He always protested he was innocent of murder. Died in 1965.
Age: 42. Occupation: Boatbuilder.
George Measures was adamant that he heard Ronald Light addressing Bella by name, suggesting a familiarity between them. He did not like 'the look' of Light and urged Bella to hurry home. He picked out Light from a line-up.
Occupation: Launch Operator.
While hearding cattle along the Via Devana, Cowell discovered Bella's body lying in the middle of the road. She was still warm. Her body was lying slantwise in the road, with her feet and lower legs resting on the grass verge. Although close by, Cowell never heard a gunshot.
PC Hall did not believe that Bella could have died from a haemorrhage, as suggested by Dr Williams. His diligent examination at the scene led to the discovery of a spent bullet in the road near to Bella's body, and bloodied crow tracks on a nearby gate. Died in 1966.
Occupation: Wharf Labourer.
One of the most famous lawyers of his day, Hall had a good knowledge of medicine and firearms, which frequently helped his clients escape the noose. His successful defence of Light is remarkable in that he only disputed a few points of evidence. Died in 1927.
Rank: Detective Sergeant.
Frank Matthews was the SIO in every enquiry linked to the murder of Jim Smith, including the loss of the Pathfinder, yet he was never called to give evidence. He was described as "sneery" by Brady. He would eventually become chief of Sydney CIB.
As depicted in Truth (5 May 1935).
The tattoo of two sparring boxers, one outlined in red, the other in blue, was key in identifying Jim Smith. The Labor Daily described the tattoo on 26 April and Truth two days later, when it was read by Smith's brother, who contacted the police.