So, a body was seen lying down near the steps after 7.00pm and not after 8.00pm Nobody saw a man walking along the beach to the steps before 7.00pm, nobody saw anyone being carried/walking down the steps, say, from a car before 7.00pm. After 8.00pm nobody saw the man get up and either walk along the beach or, walk up the steps. The individuals, who did see the man lying near the steps, however, didn’t see his face,despite their curiosity. Is it a dumb suggestion to suggest that this man was already on the beach, lying under the steps, in a drugged condition? He woke up and moved out from under the steps, then later moved back under the steps to await the 10.00pm arrival of the individual, whose body would be found near the steps,and was assumed to be of the same man seen the previous night?
Why would he be drugged?
Good question! Could be that he was drugged for a couple of hours and, wasn’t in a state to be able to walk away? He could have been used as a “double” until the SM himself was able to have been brought to the beach, the planned drop off, of the second (SM) man, had been planned well before 10.00pm, but things didn’t work out as expected. Once the second (SM) man had been laid near the steps, the original man disappeared. The idea could have been to give the public the idea that it was the one and the same person lying near the steps?
This is a murder mystery, Clive, not an opera. Bodies don’t lie under wooden steps leading from a city beach on a summer’s day without being noticed. When in doubt go for the simplest explanation. Lyons said he was moving, Strapps said he moved. Then when Strapps and Neill left – so did the body.
There was a pub up the road. Sometimes, when a bloke has a little too much to drink he likes to lie down. Later he gets hungry, gets up and goes home for dinner. What I want to know is why the SA police didn’t think to include internment camps in their investigations.
There were beach changing rooms along that stretch at the time if I recall. Would have been handy to store a body perhaps.
What are you saying, a body was transported to a shed, locked inside and later retrieved and placed by the steps, all of this and no witnesses?
Maybe met in the shed..
Put the evening together, Gordon, from 6:00 to 10:pm – give your fictional skills a shot.
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