what happened on the night of the 30th?
First we have to establish the essential components into some sort of order, which shouldn’t be difficult because there aren’t many of them. We won’t concern ourselves with the contents of his pockets or the items in his suitcase.
We care little if his name is Keane or Kean, we are not distracted by the many theories that concern themselves with his method of travel, whether it be to Adelaide or to Somerton Beach.
Forget all the work that Derek Abbott and his student crew has laid out for us on the UoA’s website, valuable though it is. We wouldn’t be here without it.
Forget about inter-marriages and mysterious caches of letters, dismiss the trolls and their comical threats, wait patiently for Lucas’ lawyers and his lawsuit, hope that Jacinta gets over her tears, wish the Jackass a speedy and rewarding trip to his therapist, hope that the Cipher Moderator regains control of his site and abandons theorising. Wish GC all the best in his endeavours, hope Scotty and Forrest take a little more care with their research.
We want to talk about these.
Imagine what the coroners’ findings might have been if the witness who contacted Detective Don O’Doherty in 1959 had done so on the 1st of December 1948.
Imagine what doors the police may have knocked on over the next few days, particularly those homes near to where the body was found. Would they have taken no for an answer then?
What questions do you think they might have asked about the man seen lying by the busy Childrens’ Home steps in the early evening of the 30th. It was a balmy evening and there were many people about.
They might have wondered why wasn’t he reported as being seen before 7Pm?
… and why wasn’t he reported as being seen after 7:30pm?
Then there are the best questions:
Would the Francis Rubaiyat have been found before the inquest?
.. and would the police have been the ones who found it?
The Bookmaker from Rabaul.