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all of what we know, suspect and don’t know

What we know.

His death was not accidental.

He ate a meal the day he died.

He was poisoned.

The suitcase was his.

He was found with a change of underwear in his pockets.

The nurse Jessica knew him.

Jessica’s home phone number was written on the back of the Rubaiyat handed to the police.

Another number was written on the back of the Rubaiyat handed to the police.

There was micro-code written on the back of the Rubaiyat handed to the police.

The Tamam Shud slip found in his fob pocket came from the Rubaiyat handed to the police.

What we don’t know

Who he was.

What he was.

Where he came from.

How he arrived in Adelaide.

Why he came to Adelaide.

Who was waiting for him.

Where he died.

Who poisoned him.

Who took his wallet.

Why he was poisoned.

How the poison was taken.

Where the Rubaiyat that was handed to the police came from.

Who was Mr Francis.

Why the police refused to reveal Mr Francis‘ real identity.

Who wrote the micro-code on the back of the Rubaiyat.

What the micro-code meant.

Who was it for.

What the other number written on the back of the Rubaiyat was.

Who put the Tamam Shud slip into his fob pocket.

Why the Tamam Shud slip was put into his pocket.

Why he had a train and a bus ticket in his pocket.

Who put them into his pocket.

Who bought them.

Who checked in his luggage.

Why there was no correspondence in his suitcase.

Why there were no spare socks in his suitcase.

Who the man lying by the steps between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm on the 30th of November was.

Who was the man seen looking down at him.

Why was the man looking down at him.

Why Jessica wasn’t formally interviewed by the police.

How Jessica knew him.

What we think we know

He arrived in Adelaide at 9:15 am on 30th November on the Melbourne to Adelaide Overnight Express.

He washed and shaved at the station or elsewhere.

He bought a ticket for the 10:50 am train to Henley Beach.

He didn’t catch the train.

His suitcase was checked in at the luggage office about 11:00 am on November 30th.

He bought a ticket and travelled to St Leonards on the 11:15 bus.

He was poisoned.

He died lying flat.

He was carried to the beach at about 10:00 pm.

The Bookmaker From Rabaul.


There is an answer to everything.

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. halloween3 #

    The three list makes it easier to keep everything simple and together.

    March 3, 2016
  2. Clive #

    A dumb question but, why were the shoes, he was wearing, so clean, no sand, scuff marks, no 5 o’clock shadow either. It would seem that a person or persons unknown went to a fair bit of trouble to make him presentable. What happened to his dental plate?

    March 3, 2016
    • Clive – he may not have had a dental plate, Cleland saw no sign of one (no rub marks on his remaining teeth), and we don’t know when was the last time he gave his shoes a buff. Remember how you used to do it on the back of your trouser leg?

      March 3, 2016
  3. Looks like Gordon Cramer is the only one who has found anything new in nearly 70 years, which means he’s waaaay better than any of us. The drinks are on me, GC, and well done, that man.

    March 3, 2016
  4. ellen #

    Why was SM wearing a pullover?

    March 3, 2016
  5. Only one answer for that … he was cold.

    March 4, 2016
  6. Now I’m embarrassed. It’s all about little things that are said by others and you don’t know just who it is that might share a thought and that thought in turn kicks off another thought. I think that’s the way this case will be solved eventually. There has been some very smart thinking from many others including yourself Pete.

    On the micro code front we are close to getting a usable amount of it visible, hopefully enough for a real code person to get to work on it, I certainly don’t count myself as a code breaker.

    Such people are few and far between and can be recognised by their capacity for understatement and their modesty. the last person you would want is a narcissist.

    March 4, 2016
  7. I can vouch for that, I’m a narcissist and I never see Gordon at the meetings.

    March 4, 2016
  8. Never attend, don’t even pay the dues 🙂

    An announcement for you, reading through SOE manuals, it appears that the method chosen to convey messages, i.e. in a book, suggests strongly that SM was a courier. So he was either going to collect or was about to deliver the code.

    March 7, 2016
  9. Who was the man looking down upon our friend. Why thats simple. He was the chappy fishing for whiting and who had accidentally snagged S.M’s right hand. Who was the other chappy seen carrying another on the beach later that evening. The very same chappy no doubt returning to the scene having given SM a bit of a warm up on the station bar heater and having provided him with a little forced sustainance in the form of a Wenzel famous pastie. Far fetched you say. Yes absolutely but sooner or later some sleuth will come up with the answers we seek and the sun will shine once more.

    May 27, 2016
  10. Clive: The shoes could have been given a good buffing up at the crippled children’s home. Some of the youngster might have jumped to it as part of their vocational training. Don’t forget that this was the olden days and the world was not such a nice place for the disadvantaged. A good example being the difficult looking stairway leading to the beach which would not have been easy to negotiate for children with walking disabilities.

    May 27, 2016

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