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Conclusions

The Somerton Man’s body was carried to the beach on the night of November 30th.

There was no police conspiracy / cover-up.

There was, however, a lack of urgency that led to the exclusion of some facts that would possibly, if presented at the inquest, have changed the nature of the judicial enquiry and its eventual outcome.

Cleland’s delay in informing Leane of the finding of the Tamam Shud slip until the 19th of April, combined with Brown’s delay in obtaining a translation until the 8th of June meant the newspapers had only scant knowledge of the case’s development prior to the date of the inquest on the 17th of June.

Once the inquest was adjourned on the 21st of June the newspaper coverage was heavier but it wasn’t until the 22nd of July that chemist Freeman was alerted by an article and found the Rubaiyat in his car.

Had the police interviewed Harkness before the 17th of June, there is little doubt they would have had her subpoenaed to appear at the inquest.

Had Harkness declined to answer the same questions to the Coroner’s satisfaction she would have risked being charged with contempt.

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Jessica Jestyn Thompson Thomson Harkness got away with it, not by design but by good fortune.

 

Confirmation the body seen in the evening wasn’t the body found in the morning

.. which leads to two conclusions.

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This is quite a melodramatic thesis.

.. so stop me if you've heard it all before

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The order of events ..

that led to a melodramatic thesis

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Henley Beach to Bickford Terrace

A ticket bought for Henley Beach. Then a suitcase left unlocked at a baggage office and another, later ticket bought for St Leonards. Cut knuckles, pasty for lunch. Dead that night. How does it all make sense?

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There is a great divide.

Treasure is to he who finds it.

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The Occam Cup Form Guide

The latest lowdown.

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The Occam Cup.

Back your winner

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There are only two possibilities, updated

Rule 1 - the more assumptions you have to make, the more unlikely an explanation.

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Part 3: the last piece

Sol takes a long, slow toke

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Part 2: Dr Hendrickson

Sol smiles like he's enjoyed a good share of corporate serial murders.

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Part 1 : meet Sol

If only one country has the bomb,' he told her, 'it will use it. If two countries have it, neither will.'

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Cleland’s delay …

Cleland found the TS slip then put it back. He found it again later with some difficulty. Explained.

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Steganography

Gordon Cramer's Q and Detective Brown's 'tiny writing.' One and the same.

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69 The Littlemore Leane interview

DS Leane was bought onboard the investigation about December 22, 1948, when he was assigned to find out the meaning of the words Tamam Shud. (Littlemore)
Detective Brown was asked to find out the meaning of the words Tamam Shud in June 1949. (Feltus)

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63 The finding of the TS slip

Three options

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57 Debunking the hot car scenario

as gently as possible

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54 First she did, then she didn’t

A woman of two minds

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51 Two Conflicting Depositions

PC Moss swore the Tamam Shud slip was not found on the body. DS Leane swore it was.

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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

The questions asked of Alf Boxall answered by Jessica Thompson

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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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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

.. in pictures

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36 Another loose end

Mr Francis, back in focus.

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35 Picture this ..

Suspicion

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29 Ballet slippers, black powder and men who dance

.. you know it makes sense

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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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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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13 The end of a family’s generations of silence

Were they all sworn to silence?

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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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