A withered virgin emptying bedpans
….. ” but how to make life interesting when one has two demanding children who have to be fed and clothed?
It would be worse I suppose to be a withered virgin in some hospital or another emptying pans and taking temperatures.”
Taken from an undated letter written by Jessica Thomson (below).
Indeed, indeed, Repentance oft before
I swore – but was I sober when I swore?
And then and then came Spring, and Rose-in hand
My thread-bare Penitence apieces tore.
Inscription written on a Rubaiyat by a younger (and unmarried) Jessica Harkness before giving it to an older, married man.
“She had a dark side, a very strong dark side.”
Kate Thomson remembers her mother, as told on Sixty Minutes.
“Her reaction to seeing the bust (of the Somerton Man) was described as ‘completely taken aback’, to the point of giving the appearance that she was about to faint. She then stated (to the three detectives who accompanied her) that she could not identify the bust as anyone she knew.”
The Unknown Man – Feltus.
Ask yourself what else might this woman be capable of doing?
Then ask if the coded Rubaiyat may have been hers and she was the one who placed the TS slip in SM’s pocket, knowing what the words meant, then conspired with a male acquaintance to transport the body to its final resting place and to get rid of the book. This may be the reason for its apparently careless disposal, given the book had Jessica’s phone number written on the back. It might also explain the part-smoked cigarette found under the body’s chin, despite the absence of any matches on the body.