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Be like Alf Boxall following Blacktracker Mordecai through the mud and thicket of foreign ground as he searched for signs of someone passing by, his head down, eyes quartering the ground. One faint sign was enough for the old one, two confirmation for the white man who followed his steps. Four might be enough for you.

Deposition on Oath by PC John Moss.

‘I searched the clothing, found a railway ticket to Henley Beach, also a bus ticket, a tramway bus ticket. There were cigarettes on the body …. The packet produced (at the inquest) looks like the cigarettes I found. The comb produced (at the inquest) was on the body, also the chewing gum and the metal comb ….. I did not find the slip of paper with the words “Tamam Shud.”‘

Page 40. The Unknown Man.

‘It was later established that the following items were with the stranger: a handerkerchief, a pair of underpants (jockey type), a singlet, a train ticket, a bus ticket, a part packet of chewing gum (Juicy Fruit), two combs, a box of Bryant and Mays matches (quarter full) and an Army Club Cigarette packet, containing seven cigarettes of another brand (Kensitas)

Page 64. The Unknown Man.

‘At some stage Leane gave the property to Professor John Cleland.’

‘I made an examination of the clothing which was on the body of the deceased, and also the contents of the suitcase …. The trousers in the suitcase and those worn by the deceased seem to be of equal length.

Page 79. The Unknown Man.

‘ In examining the clothes, (trousers worn by the deceased)* in a fob pocket …… I found a piece of paper.’


Clothing and contents of SM’s suitcase were taken from the evidence room and given to Professor Cleland. Taken where he could test and experiment with this and that, as was his nature. We have no list of what he wanted.

Moss’s inventory of items found in SM’s pockets differed from those later confirmed by Gerry Feltus.

The items added to Moss’s inventory by GF (underpants and singlet) may have been mixed in with other evidence in the evidence room, other clothes.

The trousers Cleland examined – those worn by the deceased – may also have been mixed up in the evidence room, and belonged to Tibor Kaldor.

GF’s parenthesis

Tibor Kaldor

Was the Tamam Shud slip hidden in Tibor Kaldor’s fob pocket?


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  1. So… if the slip of paper bone was connected to the Rubaiyat bone, and the Rubaiyat bone wsa connected to the nurse’s phone number bone, and the nurse bone (according to her daughter) was connected to the Somerton Man (but chose not to say)… then which bone was Tibor Kaldor connected to, exactly?

    February 2, 2017
    • Now you are asking me to explain something away …

      February 2, 2017
      • Let’s not make this a bone of contention, eh?

        February 2, 2017
        • Ok with me, we’ve both been chasing the same dragon for a lot of years, besides, you appear to be getting enough heat back on the home front.

          February 2, 2017
  2. John sanders #

    The Tibor bone, as any good orthopod. would explain, is without doubt connected to the Fibor bone, but alas the poor old Kaldor bone is a bone of some contention especially amongst our lesser known economic theorists, which is also without doubt.

    February 2, 2017
  3. John sanders #

    …and as for SM’s grundies’ which are admittedly connected to the ‘signs’ post, they are also somewhat contentious as we cannot be sure whether these were of the simple original bone support variety or the modern full tackle brief design. No matter we can be assured that had the man have been of military background ie ‘Soldier Field Combat Expendable Government Issue’ type, than he would not have sported such superfluous unsoldierly garments and any good digger worth his salt would not have been seen dead in either variety. The fighting man would have been most severely encumbered by sporting such undignified equipment, as not only were they deemed to be unhygenic and prone to infestation by all sorts of beasties (RTA bugs in particular) but there was no allowance for breathing in tropical conditions which would have given the Krauts, the Eyeties or Nips a clear advantage in combat conditions. Had he been a ‘jack-tar’, ‘blue orchid’ or ‘civvy’, God forbid, then he had what he got coming to him and there can certainly be no bones about that. PS. Most old grunts still feel the same way about under garments and the ridiculous use thereof.

    February 2, 2017
    • I used to drink in the Newcastle RSL on Saturday nights regular, and there used to be an old fellow sitting under the WW1 remembrance board who’d only drink a drink when one was brought to him by the bloke who bought it for him.
      He muttered a lot when left alone over in the corner, looking up at the names, running them over in his mind, talking to them. Sometimes he stopped his muted chatter and smiled but he was a thirsty old veteran and everybody looked after him until he fell down the stairs that lead to the street one night and opened his fragile skull to the bitter night airs.
      He was Bill Sanders by name, Havachat by nature. Fucker never shut up.

      February 3, 2017
  4. Clive #

    That’s an interesting possibility, Pete. We don’t know what happened to Tibor’s suitcases or, even what the contents were, but if his suitcases and the SM’s suitcase were both in the same room and trousers got mixed up…..

    February 2, 2017
  5. It’s almost impossible to imagine the state of the evidence room and its contents, Clive, particularly when Cleland’s request for certain items was made long after both men’s possessions were lodged. We don’t even know if the clothes the men were wearing when they died were put in their respective suitcases or stored separately.

    February 2, 2017
  6. You don’t mean ‘It’s the wrong trousers Gromit!’ Who knows? Maybe someone does 🙂

    February 2, 2017
    • Procedures, GC: what might have been the labelling and storing procedures the SA police used when storing evidence for the same case but retrieved from two locations? In SM’s case: the clothes he was wearing on the beach and his suitcase plus contents. Same with Tibor .
      We want some focus here …

      February 2, 2017
  7. In Adelaide there was a single ‘Property’ room divided into two sections being found property and evidence. A simple register controlled the contents of each. To the best of my contacts knowledge, evidence was stored in sequence as in date order with a separate area for larger items. Sudden/suspicious death cases may have been separate to burglaries and assault evidence.

    SM’s clothes would have been in place prior to Tibor’s suitcases which in turn were in the store before Tibor’s clothes from the autopsy, the suitcase from the station joined them later but not by much. Not unreasonable to assume they were all in close proximity to each other.

    In that sequence, there is an opportunity for the suitcases to be placed in the wrong evidence pile.

    If you look at the images of the SM’s suitcase you will see the Station Tag I think, not sure about the evidence tag though. The station tag is shown in GFs book, it shows only a date but not the time of deposit.

    The archives show that there were only two other sudden deaths in the SM/TK time frame.

    February 3, 2017
    • Thanks GC .. Here’s a random thought: might the evidence tags on the suitcases have included the deceased’s initials … TK (etc) for Tibor Kaldor and TK (etc) for T Keane?

      February 3, 2017
  8. I don’t honestly know for sure but I guess it would be possible.

    February 3, 2017

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