The deceased was an Aboriginal who had been tried and found guilty of the murder of James Southern Coppin, in August of 1891. He was being taken from Roebourne to the Hamersley Ranges to be hanged at the scene of the crime. The idea of having it carried out in the district in which the crime was committed was to warn other natives, more especially those of the condemned man's tribe, against crime and exemplify to them the penalties following upon a committal of heinous acts.
But Parody cheated the hangman, despite all the care taken of him. He died within 100 miles of his final destination in May of 1892.