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The six witnesses nobody has ever heard from

This particular murder has sold newspapers, TV spots and international coverage year in and year out for seventy-one years. This is what Australia’s ‘most profound’ mystery does for the news business. Annually times 71. They probably budget for it.

Everyone earns a dollar  … So why not someone who knows something but has never been asked?

Chemist Freeman was riding with three others when they came across the Rubaiyat. One a brother-in-law.

‘You were sitting in the back with your wife .. ” Chemist Freeman told the world. And who piles the relatives into the back seat and leaves the passenger seat empty? So Mrs Freeman looks like she might have been aboard at the time, or someone.

Mrs Freeman. Freeman the sister and her husband. Witnesses to a facet of the murder that has enthralled Adelaide for decades.

Silent. All of them and their families for generations. Nothing.


Detective O’Doherty’s witness – he had company as well. One other man and two sisters.

Silent. All of them and their families for generations. Nothing.


Nothing induced any of the six to weaken and earn a dollar with an interview, a magazine article or an exclusive. And if they told their children, uncles, aunts, golfing acquaintances, fellow-club members, lawyers, lovers, grandparents or grandchildren anything about it when it popped up on the news year after year, they swore them to a silence everlasting.

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  1. John Smith #

    The Somerton man’s story looks like drama act played by scenario of secret service. All information we have – documents, books, interviews – may have “light corrections”… As a result we can only see this story through “smoke cloud”. And silence of people may have simple reason – they were oficially “adviced” to keep silence. Or worse – these people are disclosed only as dead end for curious ones. As sample I may show to popular USSR story about Diatlov tourist group in Ural mountains. Story is old (1959), in Soviet times talkings about deaths of tourists were rare and only in private environment, naration was to military secrets. In XXI age there are many more information, but… at least 80% it is faked. Source of faked facts seems the same – secret service. With fake facts our detective activity becomes meaningless. IMHO.

    December 10, 2019
    • Our detective activity is not meaningless when it exposes grave flaws in the acceptance of sworn evidence.

      January 4, 2020
  2. Byron Deveson #

    Ivan Kuznets,
    I mostly agree. Certainly the existing documentary evidence is suspect. Like you I believe the evidence has been interfered with.
    But, the DNA won’t lie. Once we know who SM was then we have a chance of working out why and how he ended up on Somerton beach 71 years ago.

    January 3, 2020
  3. Misca #

    Happy to see you all safe and sound!

    January 5, 2020
    • Byron Deveson #

      Hi Misca, I have lost your email address. I have some news.

      January 7, 2020
      • Misca #

        Byron – I emailed you.

        January 7, 2020
  4. Thanks,Misca, much appreciated.

    January 5, 2020

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