The man wearing striped trousers
As per Gerry’s book, John Lyons and his wife had a daily evening stroll along the beach, north from Whyte St towards Broadway, Glenelg when they would retrace their footprints – says Clive.
If John and his wife walked to the beach end of Whyte St and, started their walk north at that point, they would have passed by the steps where the body was laying at Bickford Terrace – says Clive.
Curious that it’s only when John and his wife were returning along the same route that they noticed a body near the steps, and that was about 7.00pm. So, in the time it took John and his wife to pass the steps, reach Broadway and return, did a body appear?
Asks Clive ….
And there’s more.
Nobody reported seeing a body by the steps before 7:00 pm.
Nobody reported seeing a body by the steps after 8:00 pm.
PC Moss said in his deposition: Anybody lying there (by the steps) might expect that they would be easily seen by anyone going up the steps to the esplanade to the beach. Those steps are used a lot, particularly on a summer evening.
Now we have the Lyons on their summer’s evening stroll north to Broadway and back. They didn’t see a body on the way up about 7:00 pm, but they did see one coming back. He was moving.
Then we have the witness account of a well-dressed man carrying the body of a man along the foreshore at about 10:00 pm the same night.
Not forgetting the lividity pattern on the dead man’s upper body was in contradiction to the position he was found.
.. and not forgetting that the Bryant and May matches listed with the dead man’s belongings weren’t listed by PC Moss as being on the body or the list of items taken from the suitcase.
He had nothing to light the part-smoked cigarette found tucked under his chin. The cigarette that left no burn marks either on his skin or on his collar.
Whoever he was – the man seen in striped trousers the evening before – got up and walked away.
Whoever he was – the dead man found wearing brown trousers the next morning – is yet to be determined.