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Was Coroner Cleland being clever?

Legal precepts

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Analyst James Cowan’s narrow brief ..

“I tested for common poisons.”

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Why is he called the 'Unknown' man ..

.. when he had a name.

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The tools were used for stealing cars


The square of metal foil. 

Used as a conductor, linking the ignition and starter button wiring, enabling the car to be started without a key.

The scissors.

Used to strip ignition wires of their sheathing prior to connecting them and starting the ignition sequence, enabling the car to be started without a key.

The table-knife snapped to a point.

Used in place of an ignition key, and used in a similar, exploratory fashion as a lock-pick. It could also be used to gain entry to a locked car by picking the door-lock.

The brush.

Used to apply graphite (a lubricant) to the innards of the ignition or door lock prior to inserting the knife point. 

The pencils.

A source of graphite. He had six of them.

The black powder shaken from the brush.



And his name was Keane

An expensive watch and an automatic rifle.

Was Prosper Thomson threatened ?

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Fiction and Foxglove

Digitalin could be easily obtained ..

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Dogging Prosper’s footsteps

X3239 was Prosper's phone number ... not Jessica's

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Was the Somerton Man just another a car thief?

Something Derek Abbott may not wish to consider ..

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All we have are the tools

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A single uncancelled railway ticket to Henley Beach..

An explanation

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Was the Somerton Man a Prospector .. ?

Codes and place names. Motive.

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Investigative lapses in the Somerton Man Case

The litany

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Was the Somerton Man a dancer?

A road map

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The six witnesses nobody has ever heard from

Why is that?

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The indignities of an exhumation – updated

.. with a comment from Derek Abbott

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Tommy Keane. Merchant seaman. Black-marketeer

A man of the times

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What do a Policeman, a Lawyer and an Interviewer have in common ?

The Jestyn who never was

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