Reporting the Daniel Cooper baby farmer case

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For much of the first six months of 1923, the New Zealand Truth featured dramatic reports of the trial and execution of Newlands baby famer Daniel Cooper.

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Posted: 15 Dec 2011

Hi Stephen
Here is a biography of the Coopers from the DNZB. As you can see there is no evidence that Martha Cooper had any children of her own.
Regards, Jamie Mackay

Stephen Gerald Cooper

Posted: 15 Dec 2011

What do I know? I know my dad was born north of Wellington, to an Ellsie Cooper (so the birthcert says!) in 1924 (a good/ bad guess?) His name is Gearld Cooper. I know he ended up in a workhouse at a very young age (what happened to the parents) and he believes his mother left for Australia.
Never knew who my grandparents were, and looking at this leaves me thinking I might not want too! If he was with them they wouldn't be his parents anyway. I have a photo of a couple he believes are his parents. She looks like Martha, he doesn't?
Who is the best person I could talk to about this case?
Sincerely Stephen