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26 Three distinct procedural failings

We have three instances of the police failing in their case procedures, on the face of it.

(1) They failed to lift fingerprints from the items in the suitcase – if you can believe it – but that’s what the record doesn’t show.

(2) Ditto the ‘Francis’ Rubaiyat – which should be referred to as the Phantom Rubaiyat. No fingerprints taken there either.

(3) Then there is the fingerprint card, the incomplete one.

Check what’s missing down there, and say it’s not important ..

Quote GC: ‘They could belong to anyone!’

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

... did Cowan 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?

... 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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