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“Police should not betray a confidence and if people request their identity not be revealed they must respect their wish.

Potential witnesses are not obliged to give their name and address (unless specified by law) or make and sign statements.

If a witness specifically requests confidentiality it would be an idiot of a police officer who did not respect that wish. A police officer could also subject himself to possible external litigation, internal investigation or both as a result of his/her actions.”

That was the answer to a question I made to a gent in South Australia who rounded off the email by saying ‘ no more questions, just get the book out!’

Mr Francis, the pseudonym, was first published in ‘The Unknown Man’.

Two pseudonyms you could argue in this case: title and name.

Mister and Francis.


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  1. Clive #

    Hi Pete, There is a Francis Street in North Brighton, about 2 km away from the SM location, I wonder if, in a roundabout way, there is a possible link to this street

    May 26, 2016
  2. .. in other words, is GF having a bit of a lend? Because I think GC is proving someone had a bit of a frolic going with the books’ graphics. And I’m forbidden to contact GF other than to send him a brown paper package sometime this year.
    Mr Francis of 15 Francis Street.

    May 26, 2016
  3. Clive #

    So it’s possible that GF, in his own way, has found a way to signpost the way forward?

    May 26, 2016
  4. Clive, look at his record.

    (1) Teresa (Tess) Powell = Jessica (Jess) Harkness.

    (2) Prestige Johnson = Prosper Thomson.

    May 26, 2016
  5. Clive #

    I suppose that “Shalom To The Nurse” in Gerry’s book is another pointer?

    June 21, 2016
  6. Remember the Menorah behind Kate Thomson in her 60 minutes interview, Clive ? The placing looked deliberate.

    June 21, 2016
  7. Clive #

    Hi Pete, A message perhaps, somewhere? We know Jessie converted to Judaism-why and when she did this would make, I suspect, interesting reading. If it was in 1948, and she was involved in spying, then I don’t think Russia would be the only country she was involved with.

    June 22, 2016
    • If I was a fiction writer, Clive, I’d put it down to a seismic shift of faith. I suspect DA knows the date of her conversion, and I’ll bet a Mintie it was after she saw the body.

      June 22, 2016
  8. Ellen #

    Perhaps she was the spy! She didn’t convert. Russian is not an easy language to pick up.

    June 22, 2016
  9. Clive #

    The front cover of Gerry’s book shows the SM. What happened to his pullover he was supposed to have been wearing, Is Gerry is hinting at something?

    July 19, 2016
  10. Blame his cover designer.

    July 19, 2016
  11. Ellen.
    1. I think if you look at the area Jess lived in as a child, there was a Russian Orthodox Church close by, there were 1400 Russsian immigrants in Victoria just before WW2 and their families had been there since the early 30s.

    2. People who worked for Government agencies were taught a number of languages including Russian especially if their work involved radio and communications traffic analysis.Venona had started around the time of Jess being in Sydney and intercepts were being done there and elsewhere in Australia with 2000 people employed in SIGINT.

    3. Russia was considered a potential enemy for Australia from the early 1930s and again from 1944 onwards, it would be no big surprise if Jess was amongst the WW2 language trainees.Nursing was a cover story for UK intelligence services in WW2 and Australia almost always followed suit, like Jess, the ladies of the Nursing Yeomanry in the UK never completed their courses.

    July 19, 2016
  12. ellen #

    Gordon, Pete mentioned something about difficulty in getting a birth record for Jessica. Could she have been an immigrant from Russia? Some comments indicate a fluency that goes back to her youth. Could she have been placed with the Harkness family as a foster child? As she got older, she might have looked for her roots and identified with Judaism.
    The A bomb was a Pandora’s box. After the war, the major powers were scrambling to contain which powers would have control of these secrets. We know today of the existence of Dimona. That didn’t just happen by accident.
    Look how Oliphant was treated. If it weren’t for him, there wouldn’t have been a Manhattan project, yet after the war he was treated like a liability. I think this is one of the reasons that the Somerton Man continues to be a mystery and researchers like DA keep throwing monkey wrenches into the investigation.

    July 19, 2016
  13. Ellen, you can only tell someone has taken something when you find it’s missing. Capiche?

    July 20, 2016
  14. ellen #

    Gordon, there is a certain difference between learning Russian as a child and learning it as a government worker. Children before the age of 12 have a certain plasticity due to Broca’s area storage. Jessica talked (I remember reading) of it all coming back to her….this implies native fluency.
    Pete, actually most of the time I don’t understand you….you Broca my brain, capiche?

    July 21, 2016
  15. B Deveson #

    I think that the most critical age is five. That is the time that the speach learning centres close off, as shown by the cochlear implant research.

    July 21, 2016
  16. ellen #

    Gordon, Russian Orthodox isn’t Hebrew. What attracted Jessica to what seems a Soviet leaning spy craft? Was she threatened or sheep dipped?

    July 23, 2016

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