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Mr Francis allowed the police to contrive a set of circumstances regarding his finding of the Rubaiyat that would not connect him to the case. Reasons why not known. No other witness shared the same privileges.

The victim had in his possession the means to hot-wire a car.

The victim also had two tickets in his pocket for the same day, both for the coast, one bus ticket one train ticket. Evidence he considered more than one option for getting out of Adelaide on the day he arrived.

Another option not considered until now is that Mr Francis’ car may have been stolen.

The questions that arise if this is the case are (1) whether the victim stole the car, or (2) the man he was there to meet.

The man standing above the stairs, looking down at the body.



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  1. Clive #

    Perhaps our “Mr Francis” was in a place where he wasn’t supposed to have been, hence the police cover-up. An “an upright, well known citizen” (?) he didn’t want his name/reputation to be known/printed. A donation to a police charity perhaps, to smooth out any waves.

    October 12, 2017
  2. that could be true CT, in that area I understand that the Police investigated more than one house of ill repute and in fact, one Madam told of some of her regular clients who would dress up in full Gestapo uniform and parade up and down in the yard of the premises.

    But, I have strayed off the first thought, the man had sixpence in his pocket, therefore how much did he have when he first started his short journey?

    October 12, 2017
    • A trained agent would not have left the tickets in his pocket and would have found the Tamam Shud slip … and considering it likely that he died elsewhere, given the body’s lividity, he would have had enough time to search SM thoroughly.
      So, what are we looking for?

      … and a trained agent would not leave evidence on the body or in the car.
      So, who are we looking for?

      October 13, 2017
  3. ellen #

    It seems there were different rules at that time on what or who could be protected in the press. I am thinking of George Marshall’s accounts on his death. Notable personages would have a lot of ink while nobodies would get a few lines or get thrown to the wolves. It is surprising that SM got as much notice as he did. Perhaps the papers and investigators worked in tandem so that the accounts are really a conversation to smoke out some sort of secret cabal. Could the detail of sixpence be a form of numerology that had been unearthed as a clue?

    What haunts me is the fact that the examiner said the crime could not have happened before 2:00 am and we know it was sudden…mid systole….so who was that man standing on the seawall previously?

    October 14, 2017
    • Perhaps it was the man SM was supposed to be meeting. The fellow who departed the scene after chucking the Rubaiyat into the Hillman Minx.

      October 14, 2017
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  5. Clive #

    Is it at all possible that “Mr Francis” was, in fact, Prosper, who had hired out the Minx and, on it’s return found the Rubaiyat in the car? He showed it to Jessie, who told him to hand it to the police, without Jessie realising it’s significance? A bit far fetched?

    October 15, 2017
    • Clive: Mr Francis had clout, Prosper didn’t.

      October 15, 2017
      • ellen #

        Why did Jessie have clout? Her name was kept out.

        October 16, 2017
        • The difference is that Francis’ real identity is still secret.

          October 16, 2017
  6. Byron James Deveson #

    Hmm. It is well known, or was well known at the time, that the people with the most clout with police in Australia in the 1940s and up until the time that abortion laws were relaxed, were doctors who performed quasi-legal abortions and their staff (such as nurses and receptionists). Some parts of the police forces in Australia were organised along quaint lines; Protestants handled vice (and abortions) and Catholics (mostly Irish Catholics because of the demography of Australia up to the relatively recent past) handled such things as horse racing, liquor licensing and illegal gambling – a convergence of interests you could say. As Big Russ Hinze (a one time Minister for Police in Queensland who also held other portfolios, and a noted crook) once reflected when challenged by journalists that his extensive business interests in horse racing (Hinze owned 162 race horses at one time) and hotels was a conflict of interest given that his current portfolio included racing and liquor licensing; Hinze said: “That’s not a conflict of interest, that’s a convergence of interest! And he wasn’t joking.
    For my money “Mr Francis” was a medical practitioner and Jestyn was his nurse or receptionist. Prosper could have been the motor man, picking up and returning clients.

    October 16, 2017
  7. Clive #

    Interesting stuff, Byron. Noticed an advert in “The Advertiser” 17-10-47 Page 19 ‘Semi-trained nurses required at Glenelg Private Hospital”. In the 1949 Adelaide Telephone Book, Jessie had an entry as “Sister J.E.Thomson”.in bold print.

    October 16, 2017
  8. Clive #

    Pete, it was X1367

    October 16, 2017
  9. Misca #

    Dr. Verco’s name comes up in some of the related discussions…Allison’s father.

    October 18, 2017

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