The void that was Jessica Harkness
Jessica Harkness is the void sitting squarely in the middle of the Tamam Shud Mystery.
The lady lived in the wind until the night somebody deposited a dead man on the beach close to her home.
Deposited the corpse in the most public of places .. at the bottom of a well lit set of steps leading down to the beach from a busy road.
In situations where a corpse has been found without any identification, the police’s usual task is to first canvass the local neighbourhood seeking information – knock on doors – then they might ask the local shopkeepers to pin a picture of the man inside their shop, or in the front window, together with the local station’s phone number.
Jessica Harkness lived within a close perimeter of the crime scene. Only a few blocks away. But there is no record of the police finding her at home when they knocked on her door.
And if the police did post pictures of the dead man in the local butcher baker and candlemakers’ shops, she walked right past them.
But the dead man was found to have her telephone number … so he knew of her, but Jessica, whoever she was, never admitted knowing him. Even under close and sustained interrogation. Only her body betrayed her.
Whoever planned that the dead man be left in a place so close to a woman proved to be involved in the case could only be said to be deliberately implicating her.