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56 Twenty six answers

Was the investigation compromised?

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55 Twenty six questions

.. and seventy years on

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54 First she did, then she didn’t

A woman of two minds

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53 Kensitas, Army Club and Tony Soprano

How does it play, Chicago style?

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52 The Allied Intelligence Officer

... and the quarter-full box of Bryant and May matches

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51 Two Conflicting Depositions

... and the failure to exhibit a quarter-full box of Bryant and May matches.

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Interlude 3

‘Certain persons … have a natural predilection to live in that curious world of espionage and deceit, and attach themselves with equal facility to one side or the other, so long as their craving for adventure of a rather macabre type is satisfied.’

John Masterman, The Double-Cross System.

50 George Saul Haim Joseph Marshall

Sans wine, sans song, sans singer and sans end.

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49 Q and A with Jessica

... there is a theory about this whole affair

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48 Home Free

The engineer, the intermediary and the agent. How it may have worked.

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47 Fallback, updated

..... gossamer threads

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Interlude 2

You have to be careful

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Interlude 1

You have to be watchful

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46 The Big Picture in seven sentences

 

The engineer was recruited by an allied agency and instructed to pass false information to an intermediary.

The intermediary was recruited by an allied intelligence agency to act as a communist party sympathiser and gain their trust.

The engineer’s information was passed to the intermediary using a coded Rubaiyat.

The ¬†intermediary¬†passed the engineer’s messages to a communist agent.

The agent was lured to Adelaide in November 1948. He made his way to the suburb where the intermediary lived and was murdered.

The police investigation was limited in its scope at the direction of the allied agency.

45 This is what we have learned ..

.. so far.

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44 A half-smoked cigarette

... but how did he light it?

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43 The exoneration of PC Moss

Four foreign items

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42 DS Leane’s unreliable testimony

Not all trousers are equal

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41 Evidence storage in 1948 and its limitations

An assumption driven narrative.

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40 A record of events, updated

Bodies, suitcases and fingerprints.

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39 For the code-gazers

What are you looking at?

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38 Lady Danetta

.. she can be conjured up from so many places

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37 A summary

.. in pictures

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36 Another loose end

Mr Francis, back in focus.

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35 A loose end

Suspicion

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34 Another scenario

DS Leane: the man on point.

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33 DS Leane: did he obstruct the investigation?

He had his hands all over it

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32 The evidence handlers: questions we would have liked to ask

Professor Cleland, Jimmy Durham and James Cowan are questioned

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31. The evidence gatherers: questions we would have liked to ask

Cowan and Durham are questioned.

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30 The investigation team: questions we would have liked to ask

'I have it,' said Leane.

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29 Ballet slippers, black powder and men who dance

.. you know it makes sense

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28 Moss’s seven discrepancies

Remarks by PC Moss and G Feltus

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27 A box of matches, a cigarette and the Tamam Shud slip

.. matters concerning PC Moss.

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26 Three distinct procedural failings

... and they are all about fingerprints

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25 What was he poisoned with?

Remarks by James Cowan, Professor Sir Stanton Hicks and Coroner Cleland

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24 Eight witnesses who provided statements

.. and the ninth, who didn't

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23 Where did he die?

Remarks by Coroner Cleland, Professor Cleland, Professor Sir Stanton Hicks, Detective Sergeant Don O'Doherty.

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22 The question of lividity

Remarks by Professor Cleland, PC Moss, Gerry Feltus, Dr John Dwyer and Professor Sir Stanton Hicks

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21 Remarks by Coroner Cleland

"I cannot say where he died."

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20 Were the tools for marking cargo?

.. or were they meant for another purpose?

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19 Did the prints taken from the unclaimed luggage match the prints taken from the body?

A question of procedures

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18 Why were Cleland and Cowan asked to identify the deceased through his clothing sizes and not his fingerprints?

... a question of procedures

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17 The handling of crucial evidence, updated 28 April.

... did Leane make use of the opportunity?

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16 Why were metal traces found in SM’s hair?

a simple answer to what was a complex question

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15 What happened to ballet dancer Otis Pearce?

He's a ballet dancer with big hands, heavy metal traces in his hair, wedge shaped feet, highly developed calves and suntanned to his upper thighs. His name is Otis Pierce, or Pearce and he disappeared in 1939

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14 Eleven inexplicable investigative omissions

eleven reasons not to believe what we've been told

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13 The Francis family’s generations of silence

When you wipe your blackboard clean of Francis, other aspects become clearer.

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12 Facts and conclusions drawn from contemporary evidence

reasons for doubt

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11 Contemporary evidence

some newspaper reports are unreliable

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10 Ballet dancers, suntanned to the groin

surf's up ...

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9 Ballet dancers and their peculiarly wedge-shaped feet

explicit evidence

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8 Dark rosin powder used by ballet dancers to prevent slippage

.. and the removal of same

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7 Senior government analyst Cowan’s failure to identify a dark powder

he was dumbfounded by the dark powder shaken out of the brush found in the dead man's suitcase ..

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6 Why didn’t Detective Sergeant Leane delegate? Updated 30 April.

... when his real job was sitting behind a desk

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5 Correspondence with Derek Abbott

"I hope you find this useful!"

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4 The Somerton slideshow. 2

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on the 30th of november 1948

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3 The Somerton slide show. 1.

the tamam shud slip / the indentations

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2 The Tamam Shud test

sometimes you have to do the research yourself.

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1 Gallery.

The Somerton slide-show.

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