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the man called francis

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The man called Francis was known to Jessica.

The Somerton Man was known to Jessica.

The man called Francis met the Somerton Man in a house in Moseley Street on 30 November 1948.

Jessica was aware of their meeting.

The man called Francis administered the poison that killed the Somerton Man.

The man called Francis tucked the Tamam Shud slip into the Somerton Man’s fob pocket.

The man called Francis was seen carrying the Somerton Man along the shoreline of Somerton Beach on the night of 30 November 1948.

The man called Francis handed the Rubaiyat to DS Leane.


There are no records of Jessica’s whereabouts on the night of November 30th.

The witness account of a well-dressed man seen carrying a man on his shoulders on the night of November 30 was not followed up.

There were no reports of a body lying by the steps before 7 pm or after 8 pm on 30 November 1948.

The man called Francis asked that his name be withheld

After 68 years could we ask whether the suppression of Francis’s name has been done to protect his identity or the identity of the organisation he was working for?

The man is dead.




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  1. John sanders #

    Chief Commissioner Errol S. Canney OBE Officer Commandant of U.N. Int. Peace Keeping Force wa also thought have known Jessica before interviewing her at her home in 1949 as a Sapol Detective prior to intervention of Dets. Leaned & Brown.

    January 2, 2017
    • Adelaide was always a tight little town.

      January 2, 2017
  2. Clive #

    Hi John, Probably Canney knew Jessica via his dealings with ‘husband’ Prosper and his numerous dealings with the police or, did Canney know Jessica for another reason?

    January 2, 2017
  3. John sanders #

    Big hello to you Clive.We seem to be on the move and back where we need to be. Errol’s boss and long time partner Det. Mark Aldridge knew everyone in Glenelg and yet we don’t see him on the SM inquiry but we’ll get a lead on him I’m sure. Tried to post on your site re my thoughts on the other matter but your fire wall defies all my efforts. I’ve picked up on David Marshall, Joe Lyons (the PM not the jeweller) which might hint at pre war doings, and of course our usual suspects. Doing some interesting stuff on Bob Wake with much more to be done along with his best mate from Duntroon/Qetta /Sandhurst? who makes the scarlet pimpernel look like frog shit. No wonder Blamey had to get them off his payroll in Oct 43. Interested to hear some thoughts from you , Pete and others on the cipher translation generally and I’d like to get a time line for its final draft. Cheers js.

    January 3, 2017
    • Which cipher, Johnno, the five visible lines of capital letters or the underlying (impressed) code that was concealed by the authorities?

      January 3, 2017
  4. John sanders #

    We’ve gotta make it easy for public consumption at this stage Pete. So what we have is a simple synoptic overview for the masses which gives a snippet of clandestine intrigue and the sort of spy-versus- spy stuff that we the said masses can’t get enough of. Because the interpretation is rather vague and at times contradictory, this hints that its authorship and the cipher composer are either one and the same entity or closely connected which is my assessment at first blush. Whilst having all the hallmarks of a catch-me-if-you-can taunt ala ‘uni-bomber’ or Kodiak etc. Its not quite because it really gives nothing away to those in pursuit. Stuff like ‘TEN PM & LYONS’ and ‘MR BAGDAD & MARSHALL’ are examples that although they look enticing enough in themselves, are pretty well useless in their worth impact. We’ll get to the more important stuff later and of course there is also the question of the hidden text which for all we know may end up being the real meat for which the five visible lines serve as an index. But we will leave all that to our indispensable multi talented technical team shall we?

    January 3, 2017
  5. Clive #

    Hi John, Do you mean Gordon Cramer’s site? as I don’t have a site! Strange about Mark Aldridge, never heard of him, I don’t think that GF mentions him in his book either. Perhaps MA knew too much and was “side tracked”? What lies beneath-may be the apt phrase for the 5 lines of letters which, over the years have been a source of frustration to one and all. Meanwhile, Gordon is striving to reveal more of the hidden micro-writing amongst everything else he discovers.

    January 3, 2017
  6. I’d much rather chat about what kind of organisation, in 1948, would be able to pull off such a stunt as is the subject of this thread. In other words, whose payroll was Francis on?

    January 3, 2017
  7. John sanders #

    Reynard the foot butcher is a man for all seasons and he works privately as a primary. He has been placed into the cell which includes Jestyn and the Two Sisters of the imaculate. The conductor is his spotter and they are trusted teamplayers for the organisation as per my last flyer. Attestation lies in the fact that he’s new in town and when the job is over both he and his pal are gone from the scene altogether and forever. I feel that proof is out there and retrievable without too much difficulty but it needs to be done through sources that I’m not privy to. The whole deal may very well have been just a plug to show potential customers the organization’s performance capabilities and I’m confident that SM’s demise was not accompanied by any personal malice on the part of Mr. Francis or the principals.

    January 3, 2017
    • William Lyon McKenzie King. QC – Quebec City Agreement. Maybe nothing? Maybe something? Just throwing it out there. BTW – For a while now, I have not believed in the “code” but if one wants to contribute to the mix; perhaps these are of interest? Always happy to share.

      January 4, 2017
  8. ellen #

    Do you think Francis could have been a mole in the police force? If Roger Hollis was subverting defections through his role in MI5, wouldn’t it be reasonable to assume that a spy or spies could be planted in a small town police force?
    Perhaps that is why no one identified the Somerton Man. Post war, people who wanted to defect went to USA or Canada because they smelled a rat called ELLI in the UK. If you knew who the Somerton Man was, you would get the Magnoson treatment, identified as a fellow traveler or someone who could out the Hollis connections.
    Chapman Pincher describes the GRU as being a lot better organized than MI5. There were watchers assigned to each spy and the spies went into operation as a unit.

    January 4, 2017
    • I think “Francis” was a “friend” of someone important. Most probably, Raymond Lionel Leane’s…

      January 4, 2017
  9. Hey John – Could you share…WTF is Mark Aldridge?

    January 4, 2017
  10. For what it’s worth – The Cavanagh that brought the potential solution to the “code” to the public was James Luke Cavanagh and you won’t easily find this through naa but he was investigated by ASIO as a potential communist spy. 2 cents. Who is pointing the finger at who?

    January 4, 2017
  11. Beware of John ‘Johnno’ Sanders, Misca, he is known to lead the unwary off the beaten track. Only Mordecai can lead you back.

    January 4, 2017
    • Quite frankly Pete, I’m sick of the games. Always prepared to do some serious research and quite fed up of the rabbit holes. Been there, done that. Going once again to a film I most enjoy, this is what I think of what has recently been posted…

      January 4, 2017
  12. John sanders #

    Misca: Thelma Del Pozzo 1952 murder (mystery) Det. Canney & Det. Sgt. Aldridge Adelaide CIB. I’m totally harmless truly, so if ever vou’re in need just reach for my hand and I’ll lead you safely through the unknown.

    January 4, 2017
  13. What are these games you are so sick of, Johnno, you have the ability to describe them.

    January 4, 2017
  14. John – I answered you about the “fox middleton” bit on cipher but you never responded to my post. Can we put that one on the shelf?

    January 4, 2017
  15. John – Familiar with the Thelmo del Pozzo incident. How does it relate to SM? I could send you down a thousand threads that lead to nowhere. Reading the news around people that were named/involved in the SM case is easy. Connecting something concrete has proved impossible so far. If I were to list all of the “possible” connections I could fill pages and pages. Your research skills are without question TOP KNOTCH! Hone them in and I will indulge. Spill them out like a sieve and I will take a big time out.

    I am not a writer and if you’re not, you should be…But spare the play on words here and the games; we’re 10 dogs trying to solve a mystery. That’s it. No one is really following. Just about 10 or so of us left.

    January 4, 2017
  16. Pete – I don’t think it’s Johnno who has said he’s sick of the games. It was me.

    January 4, 2017
  17. I don’t need to be led safely through the unknown.

    January 4, 2017
  18. John sanders #

    Misca: I responded twice actually on two different pages because we both happened to be posting at the same time; check for youself and I’ll happily accept your apology. Pete: Nada re games old son, we may have a problem at a higher level. This is an interesting development and caution may of the essence. NO SHIT!

    January 4, 2017
  19. Misca, what do you think happened? Why did he die?

    January 4, 2017
  20. John sanders #

    Misca: sorry but you put the question to me about Sgt Mark Aldridge and it stemmed from an earlier post relating to Det Errol Canney who interviewed Jessica Thomson. It had been inferred on an older post that he knew her and because I had known about him I advised that he rather unexpectedly went with Ray Whitrod up the ladder to the big league in Canberra. He was with Aldridge re: the De Pozzo murder and I had wondered outloud as to why he was not mentioned in the SM inquiry which I thought unusual, him being Canney’s boss and apparently the CIB’s top investigator. Have I erred in some way? I very much want to keep on the right side with all you people, especially you because as in the past, I will need your help. js

    January 4, 2017
  21. John Sanders, what do you think happened? Why did he die?

    January 4, 2017
  22. John sanders #

    Pete: for what it’s worth, and I’m apt to change my opinion so don’t hold me to it OK… He was a man with no apparent ties and his physical description not noteworthy so was unlikely to be missed. He was probably known to the conspirators from past dealings as a bit of a liabiility and therefore expendable on this one last mission which had no risks attached. Most importantly he was unmarked in any readily discernable manner, therefore unidentifiable, and in a show of humility he was dispatched in a painless, respectful manner, without apparent awareness .as to his fate. There is the likelihood also that he may have been about to enter the end phase of his life through illness involving much suffering and if so than the perpetrators should not have need for remorse, this in light of the probability that they were decent people for most part. What’s your take and don’t be shy?

    January 4, 2017
  23. He and Tilbor Kaldor were meant to meet in Adelaide. One had access to Woomera, or associated material, the other was there to take possession of it.

    January 4, 2017
  24. John sanders #

    Tibor appears be in good hands for the present and only when he starts straying into my AO, which will come about in due course no doubt, will I intervene, by invitation of course. The only person of note at Woomera according to my informant was Sister Brown from the dispensary who was apparently the allseeing all knowing eyes and ears of the establishment. Had either SM or Tibor been around on her watch, she most likely would have missed them such were their respective powers of maintaining the lowest of profiles. Its all in the training .

    January 4, 2017
  25. ellen #

    Mischa: I think a big clue to this case comes from Jessica’s remark that it was handled at a higher level. Jessica thought of herself as a James Bond sort of spy, according to accounts. Yet, she married beneath her. Prospero, though good looking, was a cheat and scoundrel. George Marshall had warned Gwen and thereby her mother about how dangerous Helmut Herndon was. Yet this was the friend of Prospero. Gwen was George’s friend first and then she wound up shacking up with Helmut. While George was dead and missing on the beach, it can be inferred that checks were being kited and they both were called into the inquest. Gwen wound up dead.
    The hierarchy of spydom clashed with the “low”archy of petty criminals. No wonder she was on the defensive when the cops came a-knocking. She hadn’t been alerted by her handler. Her past had caught up with her present.

    January 5, 2017
  26. Ellen – How do we know that Prosper and Helmut were friends?

    January 5, 2017
  27. ellen #

    I seem to remember that Helmut and his cousin came over on the same boat as Max Gluck who had Jessica as his bridesmaid and that there was a connection at Pakies. Also, Prosper’s shady car business. Prosper warns his mark not to ask for her money back because his contact in Melbourne was not the type you report to police. If not Helmut’s orbit, it sounds like Prosper was entrenched in a dark demi-monde at any rate. Oft times, spies made use of the underworld.

    January 6, 2017
  28. ellen #

    Perhaps, the Somerton Man had asked for his money back on one of Prosper’s car deals. LOL

    January 6, 2017
  29. Helmut’s cousin Wolfgang Wagner came in on the same boat as Max Gluck in 1939. (This I know is true because I found it on ancestry.) I believe someone posted that Jessica was a bridesmaid at Frances Ada’s wedding but I don’t think that this has been established as fact.

    Helmut signed Pakie’s book. DA states that Jessica may have frequented Pakie’s and released her guest book.

    I’m not sure this is an indication that Prosper and Helmut were friends although the various relationships are intriguing.

    January 6, 2017
  30. Clive #

    Wouldn’t surprise me, certain individuals doing favours for one another, no questions asked. After all it was the late 1940’s, money was short and you needed to know who you could trust.

    January 6, 2017
  31. John sanders #

    Clive: Hello to you and Gordon. Did anything more come up on SMs scarf and tie; I’m thinking perhaps Argyll Campbell or Hunter Stewart for the scarf and that a Royal Scots regimental tie might be in play. What say you. js.

    January 6, 2017
  32. Clive #

    Hi John, To be honest, the origins of the tartan scarf and tie are a mystery. Various tartans were looked at, but none seem to have matched. Looking back on the tartan scarf, found in the suitcase, why didn’t the SAPOL make a better effort to try and i.d. as to it’s origins, surely this was a ‘gift’ to the investigation team. Or, from another angle, perhaps the scarf’s significance, being found in the suitcase, told it’s own story to people in the know?

    January 7, 2017
  33. B Deveson #

    John, the red, white and blue tie in the American configuration – “sword to heart” – could be a RAF tie.Given the number of RAF men floating around in 1948 the odds are that it is a RAF tie. The other ties could be RAF Association ties.

    January 7, 2017
  34. B Deveson #

    I made a mistake. SM’s tie has red/white/blue/white stripes.

    January 8, 2017
  35. I don’t think it likely there would be a clue on the body or in GF’s Francis story that would betray a hint of the truth.

    January 8, 2017

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