An expensive watch and an automatic rifle.
To the untrained searcher’s eye it would appear that the frequency of trade ads placed by Prosper McTaggart Thomson was reduced after the Tudor Watch ad was published under his name on December 18th 1948.
January 1949, 3 ads
February 1949, 0 ads
March 1949, 2 ads
April 1949, 0 ads
May 1949, 0 ads
Then, after an ad was published under his name for an automatic rifle on June 18th – one day after the inquest commenced – Thomson stopped his trade advertising for two years.*
John Sanders put forward the notion that the out of character ads were meant as threats against an un-named witness at the inquest.
And given the two year cessation of Thomson’s trade ads after June 18th, Sanders appears to be on the right track, but travelling in the wrong direction.
Placing newspaper ads in 1948 entailed filling out a form containing the words wished to be published, then adding a name, an address and a phone number. Payment to be made at the cashier’s window. Or by simply phoning the newspaper concerned.
No ID required.
Was Prosper being urged to forget what happened at 90A Moseley Street Glenelg on the 30th November 1948 when a man from out-of-town whose trade was stealing cars came a-calling?