Skip to content

The 23 doubts that surround the Somerton Man Case.

.. following on from the previous post.

(1) There is no proof Keane arrived in Adelaide by train.

(2) There is no proof Keane arrived in Adelaide on November 30th.

(3) There is doubt Keane would have lodged his suitcase at the Adelaide Station Luggage Office without locking it.

(4) There is no proof Keane lodged the suitcase.

(5) The gaps in timing of the purchases of train, bus and luggage tickets on November 30th have never been satisfactorily explained.

(6) There is no proof Keane purchased these tickets.

(7) There has been no satisfactory explanation given for the absence of a pair of spare socks in Keane’s luggage.

(8) There has been no satisfactory explanation given why the train and bus tickets were left in his pocket when his luggage ticket, suitcase key, wallet and ID were removed.

(9) There has been no satisfactory explanation given why the train ticket left on his body clearly indicated where the suitcase might be found found.

(10) There has been no satisfactory explanation given why the police didn’t follow this up.

(11) There has been no satisfactory explanation given for Keane’s bloodied right knuckle.

(12) There has been no satisfactory explanation given for Jessica Harkness’ immediate shock at seeing Keane’s bust.

(13) It is not known why she refused to answer any questions.

(14) It is not known where Jessica Harkness was on November 30th.

(15) It is not known why Prosper Thomson wasn’t interviewed.

(16) It is not known where Prosper Thomson was on November 30th.

(17) It is not known how the police were unable to recognise the tools for what they were given the preponderance of car theft.

(18) It is not known why a photograph of the Rubaiyat code prior to being marked up was not made available.

(19) It is not known why a photograph of the telephone numbers found on the back cover of the Rubiayat was not made available.

(20) It is not known why a photograph of the back cover in its entirety was not made available.

(21) It is not known why the Tamam Shud slip was hidden in Keane’s fob pocket.

(22) It is not known who hid it.

(23) .. and it is not known why.

19 Comments Post a comment
  1. Пожалуйста #

    Further to 4) and 7), is there any proof that the luggage or any of its contents are in any way connected to the deceased?

    March 10, 2020
    • “I made an examination of the clothing which was on the body of the deceased, and also the contents of the suitcase found at the Adelaide Railway Station, and many of my observations have already been expressed in evidence. In the suitcase was an orange coloured linen thread. I found a similar thread in the clothing on the body and in the clothing in the suitcase. I the suitcase was some orange coloured linen thread. This was examined microscopically and corresponded in colour and size of fibres to similar thread used to sew up a trouser pocket in the suitcase, buttons on the trousers taken off the deceased, and to repair where the coat collar of the deceased had given way. The colour was a warm sepia colour, which is an unusual colour.”

      taken from the deposition of JOHN BURTON CLELAND

      March 10, 2020
  2. Clive #

    So, the only connection was the orange coloured thread? I wonder if that same coloured thread could have been found in the pile of clothes found on Glenelg beach 28 Nov 1948, there were no socks on the beach either.

    March 11, 2020
    • Clive, mate, this thing is complicated enough … !

      March 11, 2020
  3. Пожалуйста #

    Further to 11), is the “bloodied knuckle” consistent with the possibility that the deceased was suffering from Miliary Tuberculosis? The symptoms include “cutaneous lesions”.

    Also, are peculiarities in the autopsy report also consistent with this diagnosis, although (as far as I can see) no mention of it was made? I’m thinking here of the enlarged spleen in particular (present in 15% of cases – Wikipedia).

    Finally, is another item in the suitcase a further indicator? I’m thinking here of the “soiled underwear”. Wikipedia tells us of a further symptom: “Stool may also be diarrheal in nature and appearance”.

    March 11, 2020
    • There are always two answers, Boris, the obvious and the alternatives. This place indulges both.

      March 11, 2020
      • Пожалуйста #

        Indeed. It seems that all we have is 2+2 and an infinite way of putting them together. Only one of which won’t equal 5.

        If you look at it from a police “5WH” approach to investigation, you literally have nothing – even after (what we know about) Adelaide Five-Oh’s investigation and a coronial inquest.

        What? Uncertain: murder or suicide.
        When? Certain only that a body was found in the morning and that death occurred in the preceding evening.
        Where? Again, place of death uncertain.
        Who? The million dollar question. A Soviet defector? A man overboard? A TB-riddled escapee from hospital on a last visit to Nurse J? A hood buying/selling/TWOC’ing motors for Prosperity? And now… the victim of a Gladio-style hit by Aussie fascists OR their oppos (pace GC)?
        How? Unknown, but either by means of some top-drawer Soviet assassination device (“thish musht be the work of Shmersh”) or some back-of-the-meds-cabinet over the counter remedy for severe dyspepsia.

        In terms of a gap analysis, it’s a tough one.

        March 11, 2020
  4. dude47 #

    For mine the matching thread is compelling on two levels and leads me to believe the suitcase belonged to our man.
    Clelands notes indicate a repair to the pocket of the trousers. Personally I have never had to make a repair to the pocket of a pair of trousers in my entire life. Not sure if anyone here has but I doubt it. I would say its very unusual.

    The only way I can imagine damaging a trouser pocket would be by carrying a sharp object or objects in ones pockets.

    Im well on record in my belief that the tool kit was customised by Keane to be carried/concealed in his pockets.
    The hand made sheaths may have been fashioned as a result of this wardrobe malfunction.

    Also anyone who’s worked on cars knows its an easy way to scrape the knuckles. Especially fiddling around in the dark.

    March 11, 2020
    • Пожалуйста #

      Some references to the deceased’s fob pocket (in which the TS slip was found) suggest that its presence and/or construction was “unusual”. Does this imply that it was tailor-made, added later – specifically as a method of concealment?

      If so, it’d be interesting to understand more clearly what the “repair”, using orange thread, was. It wasn’t “the addition” of a secret fob pocket, was it?

      I recall a reference (in the inquest?) to the repair looking like it’d been done by a bloke. I suppose John Doe/Keane did have big, clumsy hands.

      (BTW: does that square with his supposed talent for lock-picking and hot-wiring?)

      March 11, 2020
      • Apparently fob pockets were tailored to be accessed on the outside of the waistband or inside the trouser waist itself, so a man would have to insert his fingers between the inside of his trousers and his skivvy to ferret out whatever was in there. Makes sense?
        There was no mention made of any repair to or addition of a fob pocket … it seems the duds were as bought and as far as I know both types of fob were generally available.
        Some early mention was made that the Barbour thread was of the heavier type, which could mean any repair reflected the difficulty of making the thread ends meet ..

        March 11, 2020
  5. Пожалуйста #

    Further to 21) ff., why do pictures of the Tamam Shud slip and the back page of the found Rubaiyat not match up in terms of shape?

    March 12, 2020
    • I can only refer to Feltus where he writes that the picture of a Rubaiyat with a hole in its back page was one created by the newspaper that published it … the same applies to the images of the book itself.

      March 12, 2020
      • Пожалуйста #

        More smoke. More mirrors.

        March 12, 2020
  6. dude47 #

    Do his poor sewing skills square with his excellent lock picking skills?

    I could start just about any pre 1980 car with the tool kit found in Keanes suitcase , no problem.

    I cannot thread a needle or sow a button to save my life.

    I leave that to Mrs dude.

    March 12, 2020
  7. dude47 #

    Oh cool were back!! Understand you being pissed Pete , good reason But as we know the best response to trolls is no response.

    March 15, 2020
    • Flying mate, rip and bloody tear from now on ..

      March 15, 2020
  8. dude47 #

    THATS WHAT IM TALKIN ABOUT !!!!

    March 15, 2020
  9. misca #

    Here in solidarity.

    March 15, 2020

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s