Money is usually the best motive for murder
In order to appreciate what might tempt an individual to commit murder in 1948, the following pre-decimal inflation calculator is an essential tool.
This calculator changes the numbers in Prosper Thomson’s ad on the 27th of November 1948 for ‘Wanted bungalow, pay cash to £1,500. Can give tenancy maisonette, all mod cons, rent 22/6, Glenelg. Phone Thomson X3239’ to ‘Wanted bungalow, pay cash to $93,874.82 Can give tenancy maisonette, all mod cons, rent $70.41, Glenelg. Phone Thomson X3239
I’m not making this up.
Prosper Thomson advertised that he had over $93,000 available in cash three days before a stranger named T. Keane arrived in town and was found dead two hundred yards away from his home.
Keane had Thomson’s phone number: X3239, and found hidden on his body was what could be construed as a Bon Voyage message taken from of a copy of the Rubaiyat.
Torn out, folded up and secreted in his fob pocket.
Keane’s body was found stripped of all ID including the ticket stub for a suitcase he left at the Adelaide Railway Station’s luggage office the day he died. The case was unlocked and no key was found on Keane’s body.
Prosper Thomson’s live-in companion, Jessica Harkness, knew Mr. T Keane well enough to show a dramatic reaction when shown a bust of his head and shoulders. Harkness was also very familiar with Omar Khayyam’s Rubiayat.
T. Keane has proved to be an elusive character as no records have been found of him in Australia and no fingerprints on the FBI files in America.
There it is.
What do you make of it?