What might be the truth about the Somerton Body Case investigation?
Catchy title that … they usually take about as long to create as it does to write the post. Like a headline, it’s supposed to grab a reader’s attention. Yours, the few of you left alive who persist in following this mystery, not that there are many others chasing the same Will-‘o-the-wisp. Pelling seems to have gone into a deep hibernation and Cramer is chasing so many rabbits we should be laying traps to get rid of some of them.
Whatever. Good luck to them. But we’re here to lay out the facts then stick them together with a little speculative glue.
Previous posts have covered the instances where SAPOL appeared to have gone to sleep on the job: the striped trousers, the Bryant & May matches and the delay in translating and subsequent publicising the finding of the Tamam Shud slip. Now we can move onto a couple more.
If both SAPOL and Coroner Cleland had taken note of Gordon Strapp’s deposition they may have suspected the man seen alive by him in the evening was not the man found dead in the morning.
If Coroner Cleland had taken notice of Moss’ deposition with regard to the Bryant and May matches, he may have suspected the dead man’s body had been interfered with and the cigarette placed under his chin was intended to connect him with the man Lyons saw the previous evening, whom he thought may have been trying to get at a cigarette when he saw him raise an arm then let it drop.
He may also have questioned Leane as to why his deposition included matches when Moss’ did not.
If SAPOL and Coroner Cleland had taken notice of Olive Neill’s deposition they may have suspected that the man she saw on top of the road observing the man on the beach may have had something to do with the finding of a dead man in the same position the following morning.
If SAPOL had not delayed in publicising the Tamam Shud slip’s connection to the Rubaiyat, Chemist Freeman’s recollection of finding one in his car may have been prompted earlier.
If SAPOL had taken possession of the Rubaiyat from Freeman earlier they would have traced the phone number to Jessica Harkness earlier.
If SAPOL had taken Harkness to view the bust earlier they may have determined by her reaction that she was a person of interest then taken steps to include her in the number of deposed witnesses.
Given all the above, was the objective for the inexplicable delay in reporting the finding of the Tamam Shud slip – together with the investigative and coronial lapses as outlined – purely to avoid Harkness being formally interviewed then deposed as a witness at the inquest?