41 Evidence storage in 1948 and its limitations
Pictured below are five contemporary examples of American evidence storage rooms.
This post assumes that the Adelaide police lock-up in 1948 may not have been much different and given the amount of traffic it saw ..
.. this post also assumes that evidential items may have been mislaid, mis-filed, misplaced or inadvertently substituted as coronial evidence.
The 1st body was wearing fawn trousers. The trousers in an unclaimed suitcase thought to be his were Marco Brand – Crusader Cloth.
The 2nd body, found two weeks later, may have been wearing trousers or pyjamas, this detail is not known (see comment from Clive). This post assumes he was wearing trousers and had at least one other pair in his suitcase. This detail is also not known and another assumption is necessary in order to further the narrative.
In summary: we have at least four pairs of trousers belonging to two men not dissimilar in size and weight and all stored in the same lockup at the same time. Both men had the same initials, both were unknown in Adelaide and thought to have recently arrived.
One a known suicide, the other suspected of being one.
Prior to the inquest Professor Cleland was given the two pairs of trousers said to belong to the 1st body. He said they were about the same size.
“In examining the clothes (trousers), in a fob pocket which was rather difficult to find, just on the right of the fly, I found a piece of paper ..”
In this instance, Prof Cleland is not specific as to whether he was searching the fawn trousers or the Marco Brand. The assumption here is that they were the Marco Brand.
When PC Moss searched the fawn trousers he found no slip. It follows that Prof Cleland searched the other pair. What isn’t certain is who they belonged to.