The question of lividity (and a final twist).
“I do not remember if there was any post-mortem evidence of lividity of the neck and shoulders.”
“The post mortem rigidity was intense, and there was deep lividity particularly above the ears and neck.”
“The lividity around the ears and neck was perhaps surprising in view of his position, but it was explainable. It would depend on how much the head was supported, it may have been slight, perhaps no more than one’s head supported on a pillow.”
” I proceeded to the beach at Somerton, where I saw lying near a sea wall opposite the Somerton Crippled Children’s Home the body of the deceased which was fully clothed, lying on its back with feet towards the west, with the head resting against the sea wall, slightly inclined to the right.”
“The question of ‘lividity’ was an issue with the experts, in particular the observations of blood that had gravitated behind the ears of the deceased. This observation in some way suggested the possibility that the deceased had died lying on his back,”
” …. If it (the poison) had not been self-administered, and the body brought there (Somerton Beach), that would remove any doubts as to the time at which death took place, as well as any other difficulties.”
Remarks by both Clelands, Feltus, Moss and Hicks. Reproductions of pages from The Unknown Man by Gerry Feltus done without his permission, though in good faith. Header pic is not TSM.