the francis legend
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1/ On Friday evening, 22 July.
2/ Mr Francis.
3/ A businessman.
4/ From Jetty Road.
6/ Read in the News about the police trying to locate a copy of the Rubaiyat with a section torn out of the rear page.
7/ He already knew of the body being found on Somerton beach.
8/ He recalled his brother-in-law had left a copy of the Rubaiyat in his car.
9/ A Hillman Minx.
10/ Which he normally parked in Jetty Road.
11/ He went to the car.
12/ The book was still there.
13/ In the glove box.
14/ A section had been torn out of the rear page.
15/ He rang his bother-in-law.
16/ ‘Do you recall.’ Francis asked, ‘when we all went for a drive in my car ….
17/ just after the man was found dead on the beach at Somerton ..
18/ you were sitting in the back ..
19/ with your wife …
20/ and when we all got out ..
21/ the book you were reading ..
22/ you put in the glove box of my car …
23/ and you left it there.’
24/ The bother-in-law said it wasn’t his ..
25/ ‘When I got in the back seat ..
26/ the book was on the floor …
27/ I fanned through some pages ..
28/ I thought it was yours.
29/ When I got out of the car ..
30/ I put it into the glove box.’
Legends are built on lies.
“The truth is so precious, she must be attended by a bodyguard of lies” Winston Churchill.