What would we be talking about ..
What would we be talking about if we took the facts into consideration?
How could he have lit his cigarette without matches?
Was the man seen lying in the same position the previous evening – for just a little over an hour – part of some subterfuge?
Was the man seen looking down at him also part of the subterfuge?
Was the box of Bryant and May matches deliberately placed with body after it was searched, or was it a case of evidence contamination?
The following paragraph written by Feltus in his book The Unknown Man has always confounded me. (p40)
‘It was later established that the following items were found with the stranger: a handkerchief*, a pair of underpants (jockey type)**, a singlet**, train ticket, a bus ticket, a part packet of chewing gum (Juicy Fruit), two* combs, a box of Bryant and May matches (quarter full)* and an Army Club Cigarette Packet, containing seven cigarettes of another brand (Kensitas).
* not on the list of items found on the body by PC Moss.
** possibly refers to what SM was wearing – but why no mention of his shirt socks coat cardigan and tie?
Gordon might be another who understands the double bluff that might have been played here:
(1) He had to have matches because his cigarette was half smoked.
(2) So they were planted.
(3) And the plant disguised by the addition of further items, later ‘to be found with‘ the stranger.