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tibor kaldor’s suicide note

The following has been lifted from Gordon Cramer’s site.

Dear Sir,

I am very sorry to cause some unavoidable in –
convenience. I have decided to end my life and have
taken an overdose of sleeping tablets. The reasons
do not matter, but you will understand that nobody
would take such a decision lightly. There was no
other way out.

I suppose the formalities will be fairly simple, and
I would like to ask you, as far as it rests with you, to see
that the following arrangements are observed.

I should like to leave my body to the University
for research or teaching purposes. If this is not possible
I should like to be cremated without any ceremony.
I leave my belongings to the Red Cross if something is
left after payment of expenses.

No notifications are necessary as I have no relatives
and have informed a friend in London myself. I
should be particularly grateful if you could prevent the
incident getting in to the press as far as this is possible.

I am enclosing one pound for my hotel expenses
and 10/- sh for distribution to the chambermaid and
others to whom I may cause inconvenience.

Page 2.
I think this covers about everything. Once more
sincere apologies for the unpleasantness and best?
thanks for the trouble you are taking.

Yours Faithfully

T Kaldor

P.S. If you want to take any of my things
you are quite welcome. There is an inventory
of clothing articles in the bigger suitcase


Dear Sir,

There was no other way out.

No notifications are necessary as I have no relatives
and have informed a friend in London myself.

I should be particularly grateful if you could prevent the
incident getting in to the press as far as this is possible.

T Kaldor

Tibor Kaldor

If Kaldor didn’t know anyone in Adelaide why would he make such a request?

Jessica and son, Robin

Kaldor and Harkness taught languages, and in 1946 / 1947 both lived in Melbourne.


22 Comments Post a comment
  1. Clive #

    Did Jessie turn him down? “prevent the incident getting into the press”, seems he was trying to spare her any embarrassment? just a thought.

    August 27, 2016
    • She left Melbourne for Adelaide and he followed within a year and after gaining citizenship … not much to go on but when did we have anything more than not much?

      August 27, 2016
  2. Clive #

    And he gained citizenship in October 1948, yet less than 2 months later he was dead. Why 2 suitcases for a short stay in Adelaide? As you state, Pete, not much to go on (as usual).

    August 27, 2016
    • A man with two suitcases has left one home for another.

      August 27, 2016
  3. ellen #

    “No other way out” and he seems to be a man who considers the details. I think he was protecting his nest and was taking his secrets to the grave. So romantic……..ah, love.

    August 28, 2016
  4. And the next day after the discovery of Tibor’s body, Prosper puts an ad in the press for s lost Gold Tudor watch. The Tudor watch was in the same class as a Rolex, in fact, the Tudor watch company was later bought by Rolex. What was Prosper doing with such an expensive watch? The type of ad was almost guaranteed not to get an answer. It wasn’t an ad about a a fair conclusion. It may well have been an ad/message about Tibor.

    August 28, 2016
  5. Clive #

    And on the 17 Dec 1948, a Charles Stanley advised the police his watch had been stolen from his bedroom at the Victoria Hotel. (Police Gazette 1948).

    August 28, 2016
  6. Ellen, we don’t do love here, we’re just a bunch of cold-hearted, ruthless researchers of the dark secrets of a mysterious cold case. Clive’s the investigator with sunglasses, Gordon wears a wide-brimmed black hat and everytime I go outside I have to wear a balaclava back to front.

    August 28, 2016
  7. B Deveson #

    Gordon, I think it is worth expanding on the spycraft SOP of using newspaper ads to communicate and how common it was.

    August 28, 2016
  8. On the money Byron, SOE manual dated 1943 I think:

    specifically describes the technique of sending out apparently useless ads or ads that wouldn’t have a chance of getting a response. Same manual describes the Ink H Technique of clandestine communication and lots more. It’s an ebook.

    August 28, 2016
  9. lewiansto #

    I wondered a while back about the possibility of hidden messages in newspaper ads. Specifically, what got me thinking was the ad Prosper placed about wanting to buy a rifle. I remember seeing a post somewhere listing a whole bunch of ads placed by Prosper. Might have to see if I can find it and have a look at all those ads with a different perspective

    August 28, 2016
    • The timing of them might be interesting, given the known events.

      August 29, 2016
  10. ellen #

    The letter doesn’t pass the smell test. It is too lacking in emotion. There should be some erasures, cross outs etc. Perhaps it was written for the first TK.

    August 29, 2016
  11. Clive #

    Lewiansto, Prosper’s ads in “The Advertiser” can easily be accessed. Just go onto the TROVE site, type in Prosper McTaggart Thomson’s name.

    August 29, 2016
  12. ellen #

    If Tibor died on Dec. 13, 1948, why did it take until June for Lawson to make the plaster cast for the Somerton Man bust? It certainly looks like him. Why no pictures of Tibor’s corpse if that were the police’s usual identification procedure as with the first corpse.
    Where did he get the sleeping pills? I believe that B. Deveson stated that Jessica’s uncle was a chemist. I would assume no autopsy, merely the suicide note as proof.

    September 1, 2016
  13. ellen #

    A newspaper account from Trove says that there was another note taken by Detective Canney. What happened to that?
    “Detective Canney took pos
    session of another note left by
    the dead man. Cause of death
    is not known, but a post
    mortem examination is expec
    ted to reveal it tomorrow.”

    September 2, 2016
  14. Ellen – one note told the police where the suicide note could be fund.

    September 2, 2016
  15. ellen #

    One note to find another note….That’s ridiculous! Guess he wanted the chambermaid to really earn her ten shillings.

    September 3, 2016
  16. During embalming Constable Sutherland found three small scars near one wrist, a scar near the left elbow, and another on the upper left forearm.
    Earlier suicide attempts? On SM?
    How does that make sense?

    September 3, 2016
  17. ellen #

    Two notes to the manager? If I am to be dead in a few hours what do I care if the chambermaid gets my shillings?

    September 4, 2016
    • I think the letter, in all its control is demonstrating something other than resignation and despair.

      September 4, 2016
  18. Clive #

    So why wasn’t his body donated to a University or cremated, as per his wishes?

    September 4, 2016

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