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tibor’s suicide note

Dear Sir,

I am very sorry to cause some unavoidable in – convenience. I have decided to end my life and have taken an overdose of sleeping tablets. The reasons do not matter,

The coroner might be interested in them.

but you will understand that nobody would take such a decision lightly. There was no other way out.

No other way out of what, exactly?

I suppose the formalities will be fairly simple, and I would like to ask you, as far as it rests with you, to see that the following arrangements are observed.

The statutory formalities of dealing with a suicide are not ‘fairly simple.’ The police have to investigate, interview witnesses, take possession of all the relevant material, log them, list them, store them, store the body, prepare a brief for the inquest and then sit it out. Then there is the post-mortem, and keeping the body cool in the interim.

I should like to leave my body to the University for research or teaching purposes. If this is not possible I should like to be cremated without any ceremony. I leave my belongings to the Red Cross if something is left after payment of expenses.

What University would accept the poisoned remains of a man who took his own life? 

What coroner would accede to a request to be cremated?

What policeman would offer items from his lock-up to a charity.

No notifications are necessary as I have no relatives and have informed a friend in London myself.

How? By letter, telegram, cable, transmittter?  And why London? He had been in Australia for many years, was he friendless?

I should be particularly grateful if you could prevent the incident getting in to the press as far as this is possible.

Who had the power to prevent witnesses talking to the press, or police, or the coroner?

I am enclosing one pound for my hotel expenses and 10/- sh for distribution to the chambermaid and others to whom I may cause inconvenience.

How is this unauthorised distribution of his estate legal?

Page 2.
I think this uncovers about everything.

Once more sincere apologies for the unpleasantness and best?
thanks for the trouble you are taking.

Yours Faithfully

T Kaldor

P.S. If you want to take any of my things
you are quite welcome. There is an inventory
of clothing articles in the bigger suitcase

Kaldor had been in Australia for many years, he knew the drill, and the South Australian Police weren’t the Stasi, they didn’t have a help yourself policy.


21 Comments Post a comment
  1. Clive #

    Who carries an inventory of clothing articles around in a suitcase? And, why not an inventory of his personal possessions, wristwatch, fob watch, pens, wallet etc. Perhaps “a friend in London” meant something else all together? And, I suppose the bottom line is-what was he doing in Adelaide anyway, he had no other living relatives either in Australia or Europe.

    September 1, 2017
    • He either had a job to do, or was there to meet someone he didn’t know.

      September 1, 2017
  2. Strikes me that the note needs a closer look 🙂

    September 1, 2017
    • Well, I’ll be blowed …. I never noticed that.

      September 1, 2017
    • john sanders #

      The note was dated above but not addressed which is a significant omission. A real gem, almost poetic in form and not one mistake in spelling or grammar that I can see. Errol Canney was there to take the lead, though seven months until he went knocking at the Moseley St. address and four years before he verbaled the young soldier in the Dal Pozo murder investigation.

      September 1, 2017
      • ….. in comes McGinty, eyes all a-sparkle.

        September 1, 2017
  3. Clive #

    Well done, Gordon (Eagle Eye) Cramer. You could say that the letter is almost too perfect, no emotion in the wording, just a matter of fact statement-dictated?

    September 1, 2017
    • Steady, Clive, this sort of thing is expected of GC .. and you, visiting the (Red) Cross do I hear?

      September 1, 2017
  4. Clive #

    To think I held the original letter in my hands without knowing it held secrets, it’s beginning to look quite interesting!

    September 1, 2017
    • john sanders #

      No shortage of Kaldors in Canada..Also many university campuses, medical labs, insurance houses in the city of London, near the large industrial metropolis of Windsor, then down the road aways we come to the small town of Vienna, all three sited within the province of Ontario. I wonder if Tibor, man of the world and many contradictions, was into trivial coincidental geographical fun facts.

      September 2, 2017
      • I wonder if Tibor, man of the world and many contradictions, spent time teaching at the same language institute in Melbourne Jessica was attending.

        September 2, 2017
      • Misca #

        Haha John. Check out how many there are in North Dakota! ; )

        September 2, 2017
  5. Tibor also has the ability to write very small, the close-up pics of the pages show some fine detail. Makes me wonder who owned the ROK, also wonder where Tibor spent his time between early 1943 and 1945, Sydney?

    September 2, 2017
  6. Misca #

    John – What friend do you think your X-suspect was avenging?

    September 3, 2017
    • john sanders #

      Misca: X meaning special or X meaning Ex?; Let me hear from you on that, you’re certainly at least the equal of anyone out there when the question arises as to who would be the most likely category of person(s) to warrant self perceived retribution of a mad man. His many associates of varying persuasions and diverse backgrounds, who suffered indignity, hardship, property disposession etc. through the war years at the hands of hardline people in authority would be included. I think mainly however, that his own alter ego was the one friend he was really out to avenge most of all. Although I place Wolf as a possible target, I’d put him further down the list, than certain detested middle ranking military or police thugees known to him from previous run-ins. I’m confident there were multiple potential targets and he had help at hand that he could call upon if needed, well people like Bob Wake and Alf Boxall come to mind perhaps.

      September 3, 2017
  7. Misca #

    I do not have your level of sophistication. I meant X as in Xavier. A few things. Probably not much of any relevance but best to share.

    In Wake’s naa files, there is mention of the fact that his Mosmon house (purchase -1949/50) was chosen because of it providing the ability to survey Clayton. So, Walter was somewhere near there. Interestingly, while Wake was looking for his Enfield home, he was living at 4 Wylde Street. (No joke.). Also, in 1949, Wake put in expenses for his surveillance of Shirley Howard’s relatives. Very strange that. Shirley Howard died in 1946. I have lots more information on her…

    One of Xavier’s best friends was a certain Arthur Sibley. Was he a dentist? Do you know anything about him? Also – Do you know anything at all about Wolf? Was he a tailor? A jeweller?

    Last but not least…I found another reference to “first class” Constable George Marshall. In someone else’s file who is related to this case. Do you have any more info on him?

    The more you provide…the better my searches will be.

    ; )

    September 4, 2017
  8. Misca #

    Walter Seddon Clayton picked up Shirley Howard/Hallett’s ashes after she was cremated.

    September 4, 2017
    • john sanders #

      Misca: Arthur Dibley was an aboriginal rights supporter from the disgustingly wealthy Stephenson/Palings group of musical instrument and recording families. He was also associated with writing publishing and was of use to Xavier in this regard. Being a constant companion of the great man during his persuit of copy, he may well have gone with him to the Parafield Air Pagent in ’48 as both men were keen on aviation… Bob Wake had his own mainly disinterested agenda with connection to the likes of Kiwi Klod and Co., knowing full-well that it was all a load of red baiting codswallop. You’ll also have seen his ficticious account of dog-watch on a house at Helensburgh in ’49 which could only have been Inky Stepenson’s holiday hut. I seem to recall Bob’s son talking about going to an air pagent with his dad and uncle Augo when he was twelve (Val Wake bn.1935)… All I know about Wolf is that he was a gambler and a wastrell but whether he was an Aussie, Brit or Euro, I have no idea, though he could well have been in ww1(Sadie bn. 1899)…I have nothing more to offer on George or Shirley but they won’t fet past if they show themselves again.

      September 4, 2017
  9. Misca #

    Penelope Hanley – Creative Lives: Personal Papers…She refers to an Arthur Sibley (with an “S”). Did she get it completely wrong? I ask only because I remember an “Arthur Sibley” from files WalterSC files I read a while back and I’m loathe to go and look for him unless he relates to all of this. He was a dentist I think.

    September 5, 2017
    • john sanders #

      Misca: The only dentist I could come up with was a Bruce Dunstan who worked out on the rocket range from Woomera in the fifties. He had met up with Len Beadell, the rocket range road maker and taught him the art of tooth extraction. Not much Joy there I guess.

      September 5, 2017

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