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prosper’s business

FOR SALE.

-Dodge Fluid Drive De-
Luxe Sedan, 1948 model, fitted
with radio and many extras, finished
all leather upholstery, covered very
low mileage. For immediate delivery.

Price £1,725.

Phone Thomson, X3239,
evenings, or write 90A Moseley Street,
Glenelg.

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I know of a house purchased in the Sydney suburb of Dover Heights in the fifties that cost the buyer £1,800 and was sold in 2011 for $2,500,000.

These numbers can be used as the base in revaluing the price Prosper wanted for the Dodge into current day Australian dollars. The result (I do my own sums) shows Prosper was dealing with wealthy people. And we know from experience wealthy people are able to wield influence.

Car dealers, then and now, are known to hire-out their better cars for weddings and funerals. Prosper was busy in this respect, his cars popular.

The Rubaiyat was dropped into the back passenger footwell of a car. That’s where the bride and her bridesmaids sit when they’re on their way to the wedding service in a hired Dodge Fluid Drive De-Luxe Sedan, 1948 model, fitted with radio and many extras, finished all leather upholstery.

Chauffer driven. Prosper again. Bride and groom riding in the back after the service.

Hotels host wedding receptions, they cater, and the men who attended such functions back in the day would have been well-dressed men. There were two (?) beachfront hotels in Glenelg, both north of Whyte Street.

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The Rubaiyat was dropped into the back passenger footwell of a car. That’s where the grieving family sit when they’re on their way to the funeral service in a hired Dodge Fluid Drive De-Luxe Sedan, 1948 model, fitted with radio and many extras, finished all leather upholstery.

Chauffer driven.

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Hotels host wakes, they cater, and the men who attended such functions back in the day were well-dressed men. There were two (?) beachfront hotels in Glenelg, both north of Whyte Street.

Detective Leane, to paraphrase the Honourable Feltus, would have had his arse whipped if he didn’t comply with the car owner’s request for anonymity.

Dodge Fluid Drive Delux 1948 model

SM was in town for something.

 

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. thedude #

    Its always made more sense that the number in the book was a direct contact to Prosper. If not for Jess blurting out a connection to another ROK to the cops maybe the local boys in blue may have looked a little deeper. and realised that X3292 was a very well advertised contact point for PTs various ventures.

    October 18, 2017
  2. ellen #

    Byron: Ruminating on your mention of Big Russ Hinze’s convergence of interests, I got to thinking of horseflesh and gambling as expensive interests of big money. SM strikes me as a good candidate as a jockey with his muscled calves……spies and the underworld?

    October 19, 2017
  3. The going price for big yank cars in 1948 was stupendous: a man in the business and doing it successfully would take little time to accumulate a lot of cash. More if he tried it on in another city, but that might lead to a turf war. In the criminal business you can’t come unless you’re invited.

    So here’s SM just arrived in town now lying dead on the ground, murdered, but not from a gunshot or knife wound, Adelaide always does things differently. Poisoned. Left with a note in his pocket, a message, something for someone to read about in the papers.

    Read this way ..

    This is THE END of your enterprise in this town.

    Then there are the local men who killed him, and finally the man who visited Detective Leane for a private chat, and who gave him his windfall. But all very hush-hush. Police are territorial as well, and too many crooks might spoil the broth.

    Dude, this could be written up like a James Ellroy thriller.

    October 19, 2017
  4. thedude #

    Better than LA Confidential Pete !! Prospers small adds indicate that he went was hawking himself out as a driver (note PT may have been Adelaide’s first uber) to advertising to buy a new home and “will pay cash”. Prosper, he certainly did !!

    October 20, 2017
  5. ellen #

    What did Jessie see in Prosper? Was she down on her luck and pregnant when he could bankroll a nest for her illegitimate children? He was definitely morally challenged. Did she know this and was a witting accomplice?

    October 22, 2017
  6. thedude #

    Ellen Im guessing that in 1947 when your your pregnant unmarried, no father in the picture, kicked out of nursing school, no solid family support, that you were not in a position to be fussy.

    October 22, 2017
    • You also might be in the position to have a chip on your shoulder …

      October 22, 2017
  7. ellen #

    My whole thesis about SM’s demise revolves around there being a grudge. It has been over sixty years and a whole lot of clout at keeping this murder secret. SM was left symbolically dressed too warmly with a cigarette on a beach, posed post mortem, and an ROK remnant on his person. Death by injection, a hypodermic needle close by….Whom does that remind you of?
    Could the Marshalls afford a Hillman car? They probably wouldn’t notice the price tag. The crime resonates with a dish served cold being the best revenge. I would love to know what doctor Jessie worked for….and might he be on the roster at the Children’s Home.

    October 24, 2017

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