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The Somerton Man Virus.

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  1. Cop that, young Harry.

    March 20, 2020
  2. Baccarat nitkeepers weren’t fighters, their superpower was knowing the smell of plod, and not letting them go up to the school. It’s probably a reasonable guess that they needed some kind of physical presence, sure, but don’t confuse them with standover men, they were quite different.

    Sure, there were fights at baccarat schools, but they tended to happen inside schools (there are a number of cases documented in Trove, I can dig them out if you’re desperate to know), not outside.

    March 21, 2020
  3. dude47 #

    One last word before they euthnaise me. Whist I Think the “nitkeeper” connection is interesting personally Ive never hung my hat on Keane being the nitkeeper as mutually exclusive to his being a car thief.

    March 21, 2020
    • Lifted from Cipher M .. Trove article 26 Jan ’49.

      “Melbourne.- Two prominent Melbourne baccarat players who desire to remain anonymous, believe they knew the unknown man in the “Somerton beach body mystery.”

      They saw the man’s picture in a Melbourne newspaper and said they thought they recognised him as a “nitkeeper” who worked at a Lonsdale street baccarat school about four years ago. They could not recall his name.

      They said the man talked to few people. He was employed at the baccarat school for about 10 weeks, then left without saying why or where he was going.”

      Four years … that’s plenty of time to learn new skills.

      March 21, 2020
  4. dude47 #

    I think he WAS a car thief and I find it interesting that he was identified as the nitkeeper

    March 21, 2020
    • Пожалуйста #

      A good thought. In terms of “notation” it might be important to look at not just the letters and symbols, but also their arrangement.

      Assuming that they were pencilled on a sheet lying on top of the Ruby, we also should assume that that sheet may have had other content on it, e.g. printed words, graphics, etc.

      Is the code “filling in” a form or grid? “Marking up” a document? Does it (the format) fit any known “games” if the day , e.g. in newspapers ?

      Another question is: why lay the original sheet on top of the Ruby? Because there was no other flat surface available? The lettering looks rough, rushed. Was it done in the field? On a train? On a bus?

      Apologies if this is old hat.

      March 21, 2020
      • Пожалуйста #

        Just out of interest – and to illustrate what I meant by this – I looked (briefly!) at dance and acrobatics notation methods, since John Doe and his (putative) immediate family have an apparent connection to this domain.

        Needless to say, I drew a blank. There are a number of formal dance (ie choreography) notation systems, at least one of which is also (nowadays) used in the context of acrobatics and circus skills. But none of these appear to use the letters and symbols shown on the code page.

        Of course, this is exactly the kind of domain that lends itself to personal, informal and possibly mnemonic-based notation. So you couldn’t rule it out.

        Other domains, such as games (however frivolous or serious and high-stakes) may prove more fruitful.

        March 22, 2020
        • Years back I interpreted the entire code into ballet movements, like A for arabesque etc, then joined a ballet forum to put it to them as being feasible as a structured dance .. one of them said he was always up for a ‘sneaky’ ballet scenario but went on to say as a series of movements it made no sense. So that was that.

          March 22, 2020
  5. john sanders #

    The Flinders Street D’s dismissed the baccarat nit keepers ID along with 25 others in about ten days from memory, along with the duds and their dry cleaning marks. Not sure why NP persisted..

    March 22, 2020
    • Doesn’t mean it wasn’t a lead. But being four years old and the bloke not having a name wouldn’t have helped.

      March 22, 2020

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