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Dead men don’t smoke

Feltus writes that a box of Bryant and May matches was ‘later established to be with the body.’

Not on, with. The intimation being that PC Moss missed the matches in his initial search of the body prior to it being taken off the beach and placed in an ambulance, and suggesting that somebody else found the matches in one of the deceased’s pockets at a later date.

To believe this you would have to reconcile Moss’ finding of the two transport tickets, both too small and thin to be noticed in a pat-down, and a box of matches that could not possibly be missed in a perfunctory search.

The box of matches would have been the bulkiest item in his pockets next to the packet of cigarettes and it makes sense that once Moss found the cigarettes he would have looked for something the deceased used to light them.

This is not rocket science.


The well-dressed man seen carrying a body along the beach on his shoulders the night before the body was found – as reported by Detective O’Donohue’s witness – looks to have been responsible for placing a cigarette in his unresponsive mouth. Lit or unlit, it doesn’t matter.

Dead men don’t smoke.

Feltus doesn’t know when the matches were ‘later established to be with the body,’ but the placing of them with the original articles found on the body smacks of some sort of collusion, as if a party other than the police was worried that the absence of matches would lead the investigation in a direction they would rather it didn’t go.

Which inevitably leads us back to Paul Lawson’s evasions.

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