Ned Kelly was a famous Irish convict in Australia and, if you’re an Aussie you’ve often heard the expression, “As game as Ned Kelly”. In this context the word “game” means willing to face danger.
Kelly was considered to be a “Robin Hood” type folk hero by some for his defiance against the British authorities and a cold-blooded killer by others and led a band of bushrangers active in Victoria and New South Wales in the late 19th century.
According to an article on Discovery News online, the headless remains of the infamous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, have at last been identified, solving a mystery dating back more than 130 years.
Shortly after he murdered three policemen, he was captured in the state of Victoria in 1880 and hanged at a jail in Old Melbourne The body went missing after it was thrown into a mass grave. The bodies were transferred in 1929 and then exhumed on 2009.
The Kelly investigation began when a skull, which was stolen in 1978, was rediscovered and DNA experts at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine identified his body, which was found in a wooden axe box. A DNA sample was supplied by a Melbourne teacher who was Kelly’s sister Ellen’s great-grandson.
To read more details of this amazing story click on Discovery News.