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The Somerton Man Set Up.

Nitpickers, Jestyns, micro-writing, Keanes, Boxall, bookies, bookies’ clerks, jockeys, Fedosimovs, toe-walkers … enough of that, enough of them. The espionage believers and non-believers, enough of them as well. Coroner Cleland’s collection of blunders, DS Leane’s carelessness, contaminated evidence, Professor Cleland’s bad memory. Enough of all that.

Poison this or poison that. Who cares?

Ballet? So what?

The Littlemore interviews, the 60 Minute interviews, the newspaper, TV and magazine coverages over the last 70+ years. Kate Thomson, Gerry Feltus and Professor Abbott, Paul Lawson .. the Adelaide Advertiser, doctors scientists and DNA matching. Chemists and businessmen, Rubaiyats and TS slips.

Enough of being taken for their rides. All of them.

Because THIS is how it went on the night of 30 November.

It was a set-up.

The man seen lying by the steps between the hours of 7:30 and 8:30 pm was party to the set-up. He was the ring-in.

The man seen looking down at him was party to the set-up. He was the spotter.

The man seen carrying a man along the foreshore was party to the set-up. He was the transporter.

The ring-in lay by the steps long enough to be noticed by passers-by. During this time the spotter spent five minutes checking the ring-in’s positioning against the stone-wall.


The transporter placed a dead body in the same spot the ring-in had picked. But he made a mistake by leaving a partly-smoked cigarette wedged under the dead man’s cheek. A mistake that can be immediately confirmed by reading PC Moss’s list of items found on the body.

No matches or lighter amongst them.

The ring-in made a mistake as well. He may have been thinking the light was too poor for anyone to notice that he was wearing different trousers to those on the body. A mistake that can be immediately confirmed by reading Gordon Strapp’s Deposition.

You don’t have to be Raymond Chandler to figure out these three plotters were rank amateurs at the game.


Big Ray C. If you’re going to plot something, do it right.


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Clive #

    So this scenario would suggest that the ‘spotter’, having taken note of where the ‘ring-in’ lay near the steps, then walked away to give instructions to the ‘transporter’. Possibly with a rough sketch to guide him? Playing the devil’s advocate, what if the ‘mistakes’ were a deliberate attempt to muddy the waters, to create doubt in the minds of witnesses? The reason why I raise this point is, that, I can’t see how 3 men between them didn’t ensure that every little detail was checked and, checked again.

    April 8, 2019
    • They might have had to do it all on the double .. his death unplanned.

      April 8, 2019
  2. Clive #

    Possible scenario, he was injected had a reaction and suddenly collapsed and died? The $64K question is why didn’t the people dispose of his body somewhere remote, why put it on what amounted to ‘public display’? It suggests that they panicked, wanted to send a message or, they were in a situation where they could have been compromised by others/public so, they had to rid themselves of the body asap.

    April 10, 2019
  3. Fair question that, Clive. Perhaps the only reason they dumped him there was because they saw the other fellow earlier.
    It may not have been uncommon in those days for someone under the weather to sleep it off on the beach after a big day at the pub. Take a walk to Bondi on New Years Day and you can count them by the hundreds .. I might have done it once or twice myself back in the day.

    April 10, 2019

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