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Why did Gerry Feltus muddy the waters ?

 

 

It is hard to understand why Gerry Feltus muddied the water with his two differing accounts of PC Moss’ findings.

 

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Quote taken from The Unknown Man (P41)

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).

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PC Moss’ Deposition on Oath.

7 items.

“I searched the clothing, found a (1) railway ticket to Henley Beach, also (2) a bus ticket, a tramway bus ticket..
(3) There were cigarettes on the body, which were in a (4) packet. I did not compare them with (5) the one that was partly smoked. The packet produced looks like the cigarettes I found.. (6) the comb produced was on the body, also (7) the chewing gum and the metal comb. The bus ticket produced and the railway ticket produced are similar to the tickets I found on the body.

I did not find the slip of paper with the words Taman shad.”

Packet containing 6* articles put in, marked Exhibit C.1.

*The partly smoked cigarette was not retained as evidence.

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This is how Feltus should have written it.

It was first established that the following items were found with the stranger:  (1) train ticket, (2) a bus ticket, (3) one comb, (4) a part packet of chewing gum (Juicy Fruit), (5) an Army Club Cigarette Packet, (6) containing seven cigarettes of another brand (Kensitas).

then ..

‘It was later established that the following items were found with the stranger: (7) a handkerchief, (8) a pair of underpants (jockey type), (9) a singlet, (10) two combs*, (11) a box of Bryant and May matches (quarter full).

You could argue the singlet and underpants were those being worn on the body and the second comb a misinterpretation of the number of combs stated in Moss’ Deposition – *ask Gordon Cramer about this ambiguity – which leaves the Bryant and May matches to be accounted for. The handkerchief anybody’s guess.

Professor Abbott, in his all-encompassing vision, states that “Moss must have missed them” 

Matches are usually carried in either a coat or trouser pocket, rarely in a shirt pocket and never in a trouser back pocket where the box will be crushed when sitting down.

And matches aren’t carried in a fob pocket because they don’t fit.

Moss didn’t miss the matches because they were not there.

But there was a half-smoked cigarette found on the body, which could only mean somebody else lit it, drew it down, put it out and tucked it under the dead man’s chin.

Then slipped away, with the matches.

Which turned into a problem.

Which was solved by Detective Sergeant Lionel Leane.

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