four (or possibly more) reasons why the suitcase belonged to the Somerton Man
Gordon Cramer was kind enough to email me the link to a site called ‘themissal.wordpress.com.‘ today.
The common belief is that the connection between that card of umber / tan thread and SM was a singular a repair made to his trousers. That and nothing else. A couple of roughly inserted stitches somewhere.
“Professor Cleland’s evidence at the inquest stated that the coat collar worn by the deceased, together with a trouser pocket and several buttons in the trousers found in the suitcase had been mended by a thread similar in colour and size to that on the thread card found in the suitcase. He stated that the warm, sepia colour of the thread was an unusual colour.”
The venerable Professor John Cleland LQMP, Emeritus Professor of Pathology at the University of Adelaide even used a microscope to verify his findings.
The coat collar, a trouser pocket and several buttons. He found at least four solid connections.
Imagine SM stooped over his bunk, repairing his going ashore clobber under the poor light of one flickering globe. A lovely girl waiting in the next port.