Gerry Feltus, the letter Q and DS Leane’s timing.
By relying solely on the Feltus account of the timing of the events that follow, we set the record straight for DS Leane’s examination of the back of the Rubiayat.
So here he is, the Rubaiyat in his hands, flicking through the pages, registering the hole, looking for an inscription, flipping over to the back cover and seeing one thing at a time.
(1) This is what he first recognised.
“Leane soon noticed what appeared to be a telephone number written in pencil on the rear cover of the book.”
No mention of needing a magnifying glass.
“Through a large magnifying glass he also saw capital letters written in faint pencil on the back of the book.”
Now Leane is using a glass.
A large magnifying glass .. Senior Detective issue. That’s what the cops used for close-up back then, still do. They know how to handle that particular tool.
Leane would have seen everything there was to see through those lens, but all he saw were faint capital letters written in pencil.
No tiny writing, just the letters.
It’s about time I straightened that out: anything else is a creation, artistic or otherwise.