Daniel Vorshart’s work has unfortunate consequences
Daniel Voshart is described as a cinematographer and he has achieved a quick notoriety for his work (pictured) on the Somerton Man, where we now have him looking like a very personable chap with a reassuring smile and warm eyes. You could imagine him as a good hearted second-hand car dealer with only your interests in mind.
Voshart’s admirable work has re-ignited quite a lot of interest in the Somerton Man case, which is pleasing in some ways but not so in others.
The Daily Mail Australia published an article by Isabelle Stackpool on October 11th.
Isabelle, like so many mainstream journalists doesn’t have a lot of time to waste on research for her articles, being saddled with strict reporting deadlines and editors with only a fleeting interest in her work.
Unfortunately, these constrictions usually result in a published article doing more harm than good.
Isabelle’s piece falls into this category. Which is a shame because she looks like the kind of person who enjoys her work.
But she got it very wrong in this case.
According to Isabelle Stackpool.
(1) The Somerton Man was found fully dressed in a business suit. (Wrong: he was wearing brown faun trousers and a double breasted coat)
(2) The labels were cut off his suit. (Wrong:Tags were cut off from the clothing in the suitcase)
(3) The police found the Rubiayat nearby. (Wrong: Chemist Freeman found the Rubaiyat in his car parked nearby.)
(4) The code was was found on the inside back cover. (Wrong: the code was found written on the back of the book)
(5) There was an unlit cigarette on his chest. (Wrong: it was tucked under his chin)
(6) Matches were found on his body. (Wrong: no matches were found on the body, refer PC Moss’ newspaper interview posted here)
(7) The suitcase was found by railway staff. (Wrong: DS Leane made the enquiries that resulted in finding the suitcase)
(8) Scissors, shoe polish, a tie, an ashtray, spoon and toothbrush amongst other things were found by railway staff. (Wrong: SAPOL found the above)
(9) There was a deliberate absence of identifying material.(Wrong: two articles of clothing and a laundry bag found in the suitcase were marked as belonging to a T Keane(e)
(10) The Somerton Man was found with a coded message in his jacket.(Wrong: the coded message was found written on the back of the Rubaiyat found by Chemist Freeman)
See what I mean?