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Was the Somerton Man a Car Thief?

The following is a little rough on the technical edges, but is as told by an old friend holed up in a Port Macquarie motel until the southerly front moves through later tonight. Wild weather down there on the island at the moment, roofs torn off. Every surfer in town ready for what the dawn might bring.

Dave. Disaster Dave.

Been into cars since he was a boy has Dave. Has a 1948 model (something) in his garage. He also rebuilt a Stutz from a pile of wood and metal parts into a $125,000 US result.

Probably bought by a Texan.

Sweat on it …


This is how Dave reads the tools:

The square of metal foil. 

This could be used as a conductor between the ignition and the starter button in the absence of a connection made by the ignition key.

The scissors.

These could be used to strip ignition wires of their sheathing prior to the above, depending on the vehicle make and model.

The pointed table-knife.

This could be used in place of an ignition key, and used in a similar, exploratory fashion as a lock-pick. It could also be used to gain entry to a locked car by picking the door-lock.

The brush.

Used to apply a lubricant to the innards of the ignition or door lock prior to inserting the knife point.

The pencils.

A source of graphite, which could be used as the lubricant.

The black powder shaken from the brush.



and lastly, the screwdriver.

But who doesn’t need one of them from time to time?


Down to dude47, who had this sorted ten years ago.


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. thedude747 #

    No Prize for guessing where Im at on this one Pete. Disaster Dave is right.

    February 4, 2020
    • That’s what I’m thinking … was hoping you’d show up.

      February 4, 2020
  2. thedude 747 #

    The dudes list of overrated leads in the Tamam should mystery.

    1. Alf Boxal. (red herring) hes a dead end.
    2. The Henley Beach ticket (SM bought it by accident not understanding precisely where he needed to go)

    The most underrated leads

    1. Prosper Mctaggart Thomson (small time shark with form for shady car deals, shafting his partners and known to have shadowy friends in Melbourne) The type of people you “dont go to the police about. Had the Mosley st phone number all over the small adds attracting all types of desperadoes. Known to panic when cornered.

    2 The tool kit. In it lies the answer to SMs visit.

    3. The Daphne Page case. Tells the whole story of how PT operated. He was able to dud old Daphne without any dangerous consequences but wasn’t so lucky with SM.

    February 4, 2020
  3. thedude747 #

    One clue and one clue only leads to Mosley st. The phone number which was PTs front of shop.

    Had the thousands of hours spent piecing together Alf Boxals war records and general life story not to mention the hours constructing Jessicas life story been devoted to Prosper and his oh so murky dealings, travels and shady friends we would have already uncovered our mans identity.

    February 4, 2020

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