13 The end of a family’s generations of silence
The following has been lifted from GF’s site, The Unknown Man
Details Of Rubaiyat Finder – John Freeman – 7 Oct 2018
I recently received an email from an enthusiastic overseas follower of the Unknown Man story who relayed the following information, and followed up with a question. Broadly he was told that at a recent screening of a documentary ‘Missing Pieces’ at Glenelg, Derek Abbott announced that ‘Ronald Francis’ was in fact Dr Douglas Buxton Hendrickson. “Given that Dr Hendrickson and his wife, along with their identified close relatives have now died, are you ready to discuss what you know about Dr Hendrickson’s car?”
Abbot is inclined to be over eager to be recognised as the first to produce new sensational information, so I hope he has checked the sources of the information either gained as a result of his own research or that of others. If he is responsible for putting the above information in the public domain he has ‘Jumped the gun’ because it is totally incorrect.
I have established that the person who owned the car in which the relevant copy of the Rubaiyat was located and his wife are both deceased. Their next of kin have recently given me permission to release identities and details relevant to the ‘Unknown Man’ investigation. John Freeman, in December, 1948, was a Chemist, and resided with his wife in premises attached to their Chemist shop, at 24A Jetty Road, Glenelg. Their family car, a small Hillman Minx was more often than not parked in Jetty Road, outside their shop/residence.
Although I am aware of a couple of Doubting Thomas’s I will stand by all the information I have printed in my book ‘The Unknown man’ (refer Chapter 11 – pages 104 and 105). I will assess and later supply further relevant details gained as a result of my contacts and conversations with John Freeman.
Read the ongoing story here:
Which means we’re back to this …….
Picture four people out for a drive in a Hillman Minx. A family, two in the front and two in the back. A pleasant drive to the beach at about the time a man was found dead at the bottom of a set of steps that lead to the sand.
About six months later this conversation was said to have taken place after the driver read an article in the newspaper about the search for a Rubaiyat with a hole in it’s back page.
‘Do you recall.’
Hendrickson Francis Freeman asked his brother-in-law, ‘when we all went for a drive in my car ….
you were sitting in the back ..
with your wife …
and when we all got out ..
the book you were reading ..
you put in the glove box of my car …
The story, as it goes, is that Freeman handed the book to DS Leane the next day and after a chat, asked that his name be kept out of it.
Nothing from anyone until this week, not his cousins, nephews, aunts or uncles. Nothing from mum or dad, granddad or nana, nothing from their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren.