You’re in the squadroom sitting on a hard chair down the back, Hec Gollan on one side; he’s got garlic breath today, on the other is Errol Canney, he’s reading the tip sheets.
DS Leane’s up front playing Colombo.
Colombo wants to know so many things he’s written them on a blackboard in shorthand.
In the middle of the board, inside a circle, he’s written the word why?
- wasn’t Jessica formally interviewed?
wasn’t her house searched?
does it still hurt to have Mr Francis revealed?
did the police obliterate the indents on the back cover of the Francis Rubaiyat?
didn’t they photograph the entire back cover of the Francis Rubaiyat?
didn’t they photograph the telephone number on the back cover of the Francis Rubaiyat ?
didn’t they photograph the other number on the back cover of the Francis Rubaiyat ?
wasn’t the book fingerprinted?
wasn’t James Cowan able to identify the black powder?
wasn’t Prosper Thomson formally interviewed?
wasn’t Det. Don O Doherty’s report followed up?
didn’t the police show Boxall a photo of the corpse?
why wasn’t the Public Baths ticket in his pocket with the others?
did they keep his corpse for six months?
Why is the case still open?
What will it take to close it?