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Why six pencils ?

First we have to deal with the dude and his insistence that T Keane’s tools were used to access and start cars he had no legal right to access and start.

For instance, the bobby pin and screwdriver could have got him access through the door lock and the cutting gear could have been used to strip the ignition wires … job done. Car gone,

But wait  .. where do the six pencils fit in?

And the particle brush  .. the one that shook out black powder.

If there is a genius out there who can put together a use for the six pencils, the particle brush and the half-a-dozen large sized envelopes found in Keane’s suitcase – accepting that the cut-down knife and scissors were stencilling gear – we would appreciate a quiet word.

Think of the rewards.


Bobby pin and screwdriver used to pick locks

Scissors used to cut silhouettes


Why are these envelopes pristine .. ?


When these pencils are so ragged .. ?

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  1. пожалуйста #

    Thing that always gets me about the pencils is how gnarly and beat up they look. Like they’re old and much used. And yet, the ones that you see on the photograph, at least, look like they’re almost full length.

    So, what use of a pencil gives it that used, distressed look without it being used ‘as a pencil’?

    He supposedly didn’t have enough teeth to chew them.

    November 25, 2020
    • What happens next … ?

      I can see the need for a brush.

      November 25, 2020
      • MyName #

        That’s how the police recovered the “code” innit?

        I think there’s a problem with the brush. Didn’t the professionals say that some sort of dark powder was among its hairs? The fact that there was nothing obvious in his suitcase that would give you this black powder suggests that this brush wasn’t something used by him in day to day nefarious activities, but was more likely used in a job at some location where they presumably had plenty of black powder. Maybe we could work out why a brush might be useful to a car thief. I can’t, but even if we did unless it involves this black powder and explains where it comes from I think we’re on a hiding to nothing.

        November 25, 2020
        • Well, looking at the work the girl is doing on the YouTube clip, I’d reckon there would be a fair amount of black graphite dust left after she’d finished covering the sheet .. a brush would come in handy there, you reckon?

          November 25, 2020
  2. Alan Hamill #

    With all due respect, the implements are far removed from being car lifting tools. If you want one single use for all the items I’d be looking at a street artist doing silhouettes or similar and pencil art similar to that done on Pakie’s pages. Brush and fingers used for smudging above, adding effect.

    November 25, 2020
    • Alan: A bobby pin and / or a screwdriver were commonly used to pick a car door lock, and I have done some research on silhouette artists only to find the scissors they used were finer and wider in the finger stalls (for manipulation) than the ones pictured as taken from Keane’s luggage. But this doesn’t mean they weren’t suitable for such a task.
      I’ve added a few pics to the post – they may help.

      So, what would you have him using the broken knife blade for?

      November 25, 2020
  3. Alan Hamill #

    His knife would be to get into difficult corners that the handles of the scissors would prevent him doing as it’s sharpened to that point. The zinc piece underneath to protect work or table. I agree that screwdrivers can open a car door if you’re aggressive enough and the bobby pin on the 1/4 vent possibly.

    November 25, 2020
    • I have an earlier post here that refers to a book of stencilling where the author describes that an ordinary table knife snapped to a point makes a perfect stencilling tool … I believe he was referring to cutting tinnned-zinc. The same material used to protect Keane’s tools.

      November 25, 2020
    • Alan Hamill #

      The knife would also do lino/lithographic cutting if required but no signs of lino debris recorded anywhere. The Pakies artist was Eric Saunders but disappeared earlier than these activities. Cheers Peter

      November 25, 2020
      • Thanks Alan, keep in touch … we are going to beat this thing if we live long enough.

        November 25, 2020
  4. пожалуйста #

    In the known “3 HB pencils” image, the pencils look ready to use (as pencils): they are maintained by sharpening. One of the pencils (reddish-brown) appears to be sharpened by knife – it has the typical squared-off pattern of cuts toward the point. One pencil, however, looks far more regular and conical toward the point, as if sharpened in a proper pencil sharpener. The tip of the third pencil (also green) is cropped out of the image.

    However, I repeat from above: at least two of the pencils look to be showing a greater degree of wear along the shaft than might be expected, given the actual length of pencil remaining. These are – in terms of use for writing, drawing, etc. – relatively “new” pencils. And yet they look beaten up through use.

    So, what has he been doing with these pencils to create that specific pattern of wear?

    Given the relationship between wear and depletion, for example, I’d be inclined to say he hasn’t been using the pencils to cover large areas (as in the ‘pencil stencil’ video above). In that case, I’d have expected the pencils to have been depleted (and therefore shorter) by the time they showed the kind of wear (pitted shaft, paint scratched away, etc.) that we see on the photo.

    November 25, 2020
    • Exactly Boris .. it makes little sense that the pencils could be so ragged when the envelopes were not (see added pics) .. so can we safely assume they, the pencils, were not damaged in transit. Yes?

      November 25, 2020
  5. пожалуйста #

    Yes, the general condition of the pencils seems to me to be broadly consistent with those of the other tools. They’re all well used, but give an impression of being maintained. Where they’ve been adapted, it’s very intentional (customised knife and scissors). That makes me think of the glass dish and/or soap dish too, for example: were they part of the kit?

    And the lighter? If he used matches for his cigs, was the lighter part of his tools-of-the-trade? He didn’t have it with him for his last smoke. Left it with his tools.

    As for the envelopes: yes, they look new. My first thought is that we’re looking at two different categories of material here: tools and consumables.

    November 25, 2020
    • It doesn’t take much to put a lighter out of commission, the lack of a flint will do it.

      November 25, 2020
      • пожалуйста #

        But we don’t know if it was out of commission, do we?

        And if it had been: the man was in Adelaide. Bright lights, big city. Flints, fuel and wicks available from any general store between the railway station and the beach at Glenelg.

        It’s not like he didn’t have time.

        November 25, 2020
    • MyName #

      Horses for courses. We take the lighter with when we want to be a bit flash, but it’s heavy and the pockets on these pants are a bit shallow. If i’m gonna be sitting down somewhere there’s a risk that suckers gonna slip out my pocket. Today calls for a nice booklet of matches instead. Couple that with Pete’s suggestion that lack of fuel or flint might make it an added inconvenience I don’t need right now.

      December 9, 2020
      • пожалуйста #

        … or the one in the suitcase was a spare. The working one was in his pocket all the way to the beach. It lit his last cigarette…

        …and was stolen from his corpse along with his wallet at some time between sunset and around 4.30am, when the spring tide reached its highest extent.

        December 9, 2020

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