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55 Twenty six questions

(1) Why did Detective Sergeant Leane take it upon himself to personally investigate almost every aspect of the case despite having assigned a team of investigative officers to assist him?

(2) Why wasn’t a  picture of the Francis Rubaiyat released?

(3) Why wasn’t a picture of the torn page released?

(4) Why wasn’t a picture of the pencilled code released?

(5) Why wasn’t a picture of the ultra-violet enhanced code released?

(6) Why wasn’t a picture of the telephone number on the back cover released?

(7) Why wasn’t a picture of the name on the back cover released?

(8) Did the police overwrite the code to make it more legible?

(9) Was the apparent acrostic* code an example of steganography?**

(10) Why weren’t the items in the suitcase fingerprinted?

(11) Why wasn’t the Francis Rubaiyat fingerprinted?

(12) Why was SM’s fingerprint card incomplete?

(13) Why were Cleland and Cowan asked to identify SM through his clothing sizes and not his fingerprints?

(14) Who added a handkerchief, a pair of Jockey underpants, a singlet and a box of Bryant and May matches to SM’s possessions?

(15) Why did Detective Sergeant Leane swear the Tamam Shud slip was found on the body?

(16) Did PC Moss miss the items as noted in 14 and 15 when he searched SM’s clothing at the City Morgue?

(17) Was the evidence tampered with? (see 14)

(18) Where did he die?

(19) How did he die?

(20) Who carried him to the steps and placed a partly smoked cigarette under his chin?

(21) What were the tools used for?

(22) Was he a ballet dancer?

(23) Was Robin Thomson his son?

(24) Was the investigation mis-handled?


(25) Was the investigation compromised?

.. and if so

(26) By whom?

*a poem, word puzzle, or other composition in which certain letters in each line form a word or words.

** the practice of concealing messages or information within other non-secret text or data.

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  1. A good summation of the unanswered questions PB. Did you consider the lack of a watch strap mark on either wrist? That could mean that he didn’t own a watch or that he may have had a fob watch. Another missing aspect is that there was no sign of a ring being worn, it is possible he was married but maybe that he lost his wife or he had to pawn the ring, either that or he simply never wore one because he wasn’t married or wearing of rings wasn’t the custom for his culture or beliefs?

    On another matter, for Milongal if I may Pete. That was a nice piece that you wrote, good quality and well thought through although I have to say that the approach of channelling Sherlock Holmes did make me smile 🙂

    August 13, 2018
    • I’ve got another couple but don’t want to scare the punters …. and Pelling does what he does his way, what’s good is that there are three blogs on the message today.

      August 13, 2018
  2. Clive #

    Hi Pete, “News” (Adelaide) 23 Jul 1949 Page 1 photo.

    August 13, 2018

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