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paul lawson’s diary

June 1, 1949

Note 1. Lawson writes to his Director on the handling of Dromicis (latin).

Note 2: A note to research on the colour of Halieutea. Batfish

June 2

Note 1: Viewed ‘The Somerton Body’ at W Terrace morgue with detectives.

Note 2: Arranging and planning to prepare for the bust cast of ‘same.’

June 3

Note 1: Lawson preparing for police job.

Note 2: A note –  Klosters Pottery for clay.

June 6

Final preps for police job.

June 7

Lawson is at the morgue with the police, working on the bust of ‘The Somerton Mystery Man.’

June 8 (verbatim)

Police job.

Interview with detectives, Brown + one.

Ring from constable Durham* re disposal of original body.

Casting of ears + piecing together of mould.

*Patrick James Durham was the police photographer who photographed SM two days after he was found.

Immediately after his interview with the police Lawson received a phone call from the official police photographer, they talk about the disposal of a body, a subject that would appear to be outside both their job descriptions.

Once the call was done Lawson commenced casting the ears he would later attach to the plaster mould.

There is a question of procedure here.

Why didn’t Lawson make casts of  the bodys’ ears before he enveloped the head in plaster?

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Perhaps they were the wrong ones, and belonged to Tibor Kaldor.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great logic Pete!

    September 3, 2016
    • I’ve read too many project management manuals.

      September 3, 2016
  2. – and then there was Laurie Ellliot the embalmer, recently returned from England in January 1949, well after the newspapers had their day with the Somerton Man story. I doubt he was shown Durham’s pictures before he started work on a body.
    Both Tibor and SM were in the mortuary at the time.

    I feel like I’m sewing with slowly hardening spaghetti.

    September 3, 2016
  3. Robert Nowak #

    ‘…spaghetti’: good line!

    September 3, 2016
  4. Clive #

    Perhaps it’s a past-a it’s sell by date?

    September 4, 2016

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