November 30th 1948. 11am.
A suitcase is lodged at Adelaide Central Station.
An unidentified man is found dead on Somerton Beach. His body is transferred to the city morgue. His clothing and the items found in his pockets are taken into police custody.
Prior to December 11
Tibor Kaldor leaves Melbourne with two suitcases.
Tibor Kaldor checks into the Victoria Hotel, Adelaide.
December 15 1948.
Tibor Kaldor discovered dead in his Adelaide hotel bedroom. His body is transferred to the city morgue. His clothing and two suitcases are taken into police custody.
January 10 1949
The unidentified body is embalmed.
The suitcase lodged on November 1 was examined by the police at the railway station, certain items (a stencilling kit and tie labelled T Keane) were removed by DS Leane for photographs. The suitcase was put back into the rack.
DS Leane takes the suitcase from the luggage office to the police station and lists its contents for the first time, including the card of Barbour thread, the only link to the unidentified man.
Kaldor is buried.
Professor Cleland informs DS Leane he has found a Tamam Shud slip in clothing taken from the body found on December 1st. It is not known where the clothing had been taken to for Cleland’s examination or the precise date he found the slip.
Paul Lawson, taxidermist, is taken to the city morgue to view the embalmed body. He is asked to make a cast of its head and shoulders.
The unidentified body is buried.
The Inquest is adjourned.
Mr Francis hands the police a copy of the Rubaiyat with the Tamam Shud ripped out. Jessica Harkness’s Moseley Street phone number is written on the back.
Jessica views Lawson’s cast, she almost faints and answers no questions.
Smiley looked up.
‘You ready, Peter?’
‘Fire away, George, never readier.’
‘Your task is to make a Tamam Shud slip torn from a Rubaiyat find its way into the fob pocket of a man found dead on Somerton Beach two weeks before the book and its owner arrived in Adelaide.
Use what men you can.’