a theory based on 29 answers
following from here:
Three government organisations:
The South Australian Police (SAPOL).
The Commonwealth Investigation Service (CIS).
… and ASIO, which commenced taking over CIS case files in the late forties.
1) ‘Surprising but explainable.’ So said Prof Cleland about the corpse’s unusual lividity, given it was found with the head propped up.
Explanation as follows: SM died supine, his corpse was carried to the steps by an ASIO agent late at night and a half-smoked cigarette placed on its collar.
(2) The cigarette that didn’t burn.
The ASIO agent tasked with dumping the body was seen observing a drunk lying at the bottom of the steps and trying to light a cigarette earlier in the afternoon (see 26). He knew a break when he saw it, agents are smart like that. Either that or ASIO planted the drunk in the first place. That one’s down to Clive. But it’s doubtful, if the ring-in got rousted the plan’s got nowhere to go.
(3) The witness who saw a man carrying a man late on the night prior to the body being found made a statement to SAPOL ten years later but was never re-interviewed.
Ten years? Forgeddaboudit.
(4) Mr Francis, his story of the finding of the Rubaiyat.
It was ASIO who found the Rubaiyat, and in the deceased’s suitcase, intact. They nabbed him and his suitcase in the station lavatory after he had shaved and changed his underwear (see 24). Someone got hit. There were abrasions between the deceased’s knuckles (see 25). It would have hurt, he had big hands.
See 28, 29
(5) The Source Code.
ASIO had the book, they deciphered the code imprinted on the back cover, photographed it, obliterated the images of the code then photographed the result. They didn’t figure on Gordon Cramer showing up sixty years later. The Rubiayat is probably sitting in a file in an ASIO basement. We should offer a reward.
(6) Professor Cleland’s lapses.
Cleland said he put the Tamam Shud slip back in the deceased’s fob pocket before finding it again, with some difficulty. We say it wasn’t there in the first place (see 16). Byron Deveson, your theory stands. Cowan the villain here: a placing under delegated orders. ASIO wanted a suicide ruling. Unlike Brown, they knew what Tamam Shud meant.
(7) The analyst who couldn’t identify the black powder shaken from the brush found in the deceased’s suitcase.
Cowan the villain, again under delegated orders. ASIO didn’t plant the tools. They should have taken them. An oversight. The tools could have been used for several purposes but the black powder was a specific indicator.
(8) The phone number written on the back of the Rubaiyat was never photographed.
The nurse’s phone number was given to Leane by ASIO, in confidence, in his office and at the same time they gave him the photo of the obliterated code.
(9) The Rubaiyat was never photographed by SAPOL: front back or interior.
SAPOL never had possession of the Rubaiyat, otherwise they would have photographed it and Brown would have had the pics splashed all over the newspapers as an aid to identification. Plus it would have saved time.
(10) The nurse’s statement was not required.
Jessica was a SAPOL no-go. She had an ASIO intelligence file. When she lived in Sydney she worked as a courier, handling messages to or from Alf Boxall. Thank you Paul Lawson.
(11) The nurse’s live-in partner’s statement not required.
He was a person of no interest. Except to the ladies.
(12) The lack of correspondence in the deceased’s suitcase.
When ASIO took possession of the deceased’s suitcase they looted it of anything that could identify him ..
(13) An absence of socks.
.. and stuffed it all into his socks.
(14) The question Boxall wasn’t asked.
Oversight. And Sydney coppers like to get other state’s business over before the six-o-clock swill.
(15) Why were the tickets left in his pocket?
My betting is that if SAPOL had done a fingerprint job on them they wouldn’t have found SM’s dabs.
(16) How did PC Moss miss finding the Tamam Shud slip when he searched the deceased’s clothing on the morning the body was found.
It wasn’t there .. see 6
(17) How is it Jessica, who was first interviewed by Detective Canney not long after 23 July, was ‘escorted’ from her home to the Museum three days later by DS Leane and at least two other Detectives.
(18) Why did Jessica remain silent when she was being asked questions at the Museum?
(19) Why did she nearly faint when Lawson unveiled the bust of the deceased?
(20) Why did DS Leane, whose duties were mainly administrative, take personal responsibility for the investigation of the contents of deceased’s suitcase and clothing?
Orders from above
(21) What has ASIO got to do with it?
Jessica’s was known to have couriered messages to or from from Alf Boxall when he worked on Sydney Harbour, and by the doing came into the notice of the Australian Security apparatus. Thank you again, Paul Lawson.
(22) Who did Jessica courier the messages to?
(23) Why were there Kensitas cigarettes in an Army Club pack?
Keep the last empty pack and buy loose in the meantime. Heavy smokers smoke whatever brand is available.
(24) Why did the deceased have a soiled set of underwear in his suitcase?
Although GF mentions the underwear was in SM’s pockets, it’s doubtful PC Moss would have missed them in his search on the morning the body was found.
(25) What caused the abrasions between the knuckles of the deceased’s right hand?
(26) Who was the man Constance Neil saw looking down at the drunk lying at the bottom of the steps?
(27) Why, despite PC Moss’s statement that the cigarette he saw on the deceased’s collar was partly smoked, were there were no burn or scorch marks on the deceased’s cheek or clothing.
(28) How did they know SM was arriving on 30th November, by train?
A conversation overheard on a tapped telephone line.
(29) The train station’s toilets were closed for maintenance on November 30th, as attested.
How hard would it be for the lads achieve the privacy needed to deal with SM and his suitcase? All they had to do was put a sign on the door and lock it.
We’ve all seen it done in the movies.