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a general agreement.

What was he?

The Dude says SM was involved in a car thieving ring, possibly assisted by PT. Dude has a case because his car thief’s item count looks high.

Byron is convinced the man was a prospector, or was involved in a prospecting enterprise. BD’s man has an item count of 9. This is the highest score so far.

General consensus say the man was a seaman. Item count outstanding.

Gordon Cramer is convinced the man was the representative of an intelligence agency. His man will also have a high item count.

Others think he may have been a jilted lover. Jessica the source of his heartbreak. Item count outstanding.


This looks like it will be a series of five posts, starting with The Dude’s man. How many points will he get?

Will BD be beaten?

Can Gordon romp home by a length?

It’s all in the numbers, and numbers don’t lie.




10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Clive #

    Possibly a prospector working near Broken Hill, who, met Prosper in a bar and, being down on his luck, was “introduced” by Prosper into the world of dodgy car dealing. Prosper did a dodgy deal too often and the SM decided to pay Prosper a visit for his share. The visitor knew of Jessie, through previous conversations with Prosper and found the Moseley St address without too much effort. And we all know that Jessie’s father was a chemist, so getting hold of poisons etc would not be a problem……

    July 17, 2016
  2. You want a slot in this, Clive? What do we call your man?

    July 17, 2016
  3. B Deveson #

    jesie’s father was an electrician. Her uncle was a pharmacist, pharmacologist, expert court witness concerning drug analyses, and a pharmaceutical manufacturer.
    Jessie had a life long interest in pharmacology (ie. the actions of pharmaceutical drugs). The screw driver in the suitcase was an electrician’s screwdriver.

    July 17, 2016
  4. Clive #

    Hi Pete, Somewhere in the 5 posts is our man, I’m sure of it. Perhaps, if he was involved with Prosper, he was turning out to be a challenge for Prosper, at work, and had an eye for Jessie.

    July 19, 2016
  5. thedude747 #

    PT’s involvement is in my humble opinion the single most underrated aspect of this case.

    (For the record I rate Alfy B as the most over rated ) Hardly knew Jess years and if they were part of a spy ring I cant see her giving him up so easily to the local cops.

    The Daphne Page civil case (within months of SM s death) is rarely mentioned yet spells out PTs MO in his car scams precisely. In civil court and around the very time SM dies it is established that PT

    1. Was involved in the interstate car re birthing racket
    2. Dealt with characters interstate that you “don’t report to the police”.
    3. Had a bad habit of shafting his partners in crime when it came time to divvy up the spoils.
    4 Prone to making threats and using intimidation when cornered.

    The WA false car ownership papers also show PTs propensity to panic (he threatened suicide when the cops shoed up)

    All this gives me no other choice other than to declare that Tommy K was in town on a brief business trip to collect the spoils of a recent car deal and possible do a little more of the same PT had a a big powerfully built sharp dressed dude on the way to town. The type you dont report to the cops and he was coming to collect. Maybe PT was liked a punt and put all of Tommys share on a sure thing at the ponies the day before only to see it pull up lame. PANIC!!
    Sorry romantics… sorry Jason Bourne fans …sorry conspiracy theorists.

    July 21, 2016
  6. ellen #

    Dude, a sharp dressed thug who cuts out all his clothing labels and reads coded poetry?

    July 23, 2016
  7. thedude747 #

    Absolutely Ellen !!! Wise guys loooove to dress flash, its the one thing they all have in common . Al Capone, Squizzy Taylor, the Kray brothers even Aussie thug/ killer for hire Christopher Dale Flannery used to get about town in 3 piece suits. Secret codes are common place in the underworld and yes you would always cut the labels of your clothes given you would be likely to use numerous aliases. You wouldn’t want to get searched by the local plod only to be caught out in a lie by the initials on your undies. Why would he have two different spellings on Keane on different items of clothing? forgot how to spell his own name? he must have had multiple aliases.

    July 25, 2016
  8. VarlaV #

    I’ve recently fallen down this particular rabbit hole, all the way down to the opposite side of the planet, and back in time 70 years. As a fan of True Crime a’ la mode — the ice cream being an unsolved mystery — I couldn’t help but be intrigued. This story has so many inroads and outroads and possibilities that it makes a Los Angeles freeway interchange seem simplistic in design and nature. I heart this blog, hard. I’ve listened to podcasts (and turned off TWO Australian podcasters for not getting the facts right in this case, i.e. there’s no numbers in the secret code, Jessica was not married at the time of SM’s death, etc.) and that’s what initially got me interested in the case, a podcast that was done by American’s with American actors, that made me stabbeh because the accents weren’t Australian — details, people! I love that there’s so many people still interested and intrigued in this case! The theories. The scratching away of layer after layer and still not seeing the thing that’s hidden. . .the “aha moment!” that comes when the SM man is identified, as all other pieces will surely fall into place. Jilted lover? Russian or American Spy? Car thief? Who IS he? Dear Australia, I beg you, dig him up!

    I thank you for this amazing blog, and very much look forward to reading your book!

    June 25, 2017
  9. Thanks VarlaV, I’ve got one bloke who’s read it three times and still hasn’t picked up everything, but he’s still talking to me.

    June 25, 2017

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