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15 “In 2002 I had a lengthy conversation with Jessica Harkness.”

In summary:

(1) She continually diverted the topic from the subject in question.

(2) I formed the opinion she was evasive.

(3) I formed the opinion she did not wish to talk about it.

(4) She did not have a copy of the Rubaiyat.

(5) She said it was a book of love poems.

(6) She did not know why it was significant.

(7) She did not remember Alf Boxall.

(8) I mentioned that she gave police his name and address when they first spoke to her.

(9) At a later date I had a further discussion with her that produced nothing of any significance.

Taken from page 179 – The Unknown Man. Gerry Feltus.

Then there’s this, same page:

(10) She did say that about 20 years ago at another address she had a visit from the police.

(11) She said she did not know anything then, and she did not know anything now.

If the 1982 interview was simply the police revisiting a cold case, why wasn’t Detective Sergeant O’Doherty’s witness re-interviewed as well?

I smell a rat


Note: A Final Twist.

Retired Detective Sergeant Don’ O’Doherty produced a copy of a report he had submitted to the Officer in Charge of the Adelaide CIB on 5 December 1959. The report concerned a witness’s account of sighting a man carrying a man along the Shore at Somerton Beach on November 30th 1948.

Feltus identified and located this witness in the latter part of 2003. The witness said he had not received a visit from the police since his initial contact.

17 Comments Post a comment
  1. Clive #

    So, if GF spoke to this witness, why didn’t he raise this issue again with the police? It would seem that O’Doherty’s report didn’t travel very far-was it too much effort for the police to question the witness?

    March 12, 2021
    • O’Doherty’s report landed on the desk of the Adelaide CIB Chief in 1959 … that would be a numbered manila folder with the signed statement inside. Trying to track that particular item down may not have been something GF signed up for.

      March 12, 2021
  2. Clive #

    So, Jessie was visited by the police in 1982, the same year that Ina Harvey entered the arena-a coincidence?

    May 9, 2021
    • The fellow Harvey described sounded like a well-mannered, softly spoken sober sort of fellow who ‘didn’t mangle the King’s English’ and was kind enough to leave her a gift before departing in a crestfallen state.
      Who does that remind you of?

      May 9, 2021
  3. Clive #

    TK, who was found dead in his hotel room, just a couple of mins walk from Ina’s hotel. Makes me wonder if TK had arranged to meet the SM, but it was too late?

    May 9, 2021
    • They did meet, Clive, both shared a coldroom at the morgue. What is unproved and most disturbing is the thought that TK may have viewed SM’s body beforehand.

      May 9, 2021
  4. Clive #

    I suppose you could say that they were both ‘dead on time’. Yes, I suppose that TK may have seen a photo, of the SM. in a Melbourne paper & headed to Adelaide. Viewing the body confirmed his worse fears? Strange that TK wasn’t buried until Feb 1949, when the Coroner signed off his death cert. and gave the ok for his burial.

    May 10, 2021
  5. Clive #

    Coroner signed the papers only a couple of days after TK’s death.

    May 10, 2021
  6. Two TK’s, colleagues, both in Adelaide to harvest some confidential information obtained from the ‘vast’ Salisbury weapons development project. Then put Tibor on top of the steps on November 30.

    May 10, 2021
  7. Clive #

    I wonder if that’s the reason GC raised the matter of why the photo of the SM was ‘re-constructed’ per ‘The Advertiser” and TK was the fall guy?

    May 10, 2021
  8. Clive #

    Then we have Paul Lawson, interviewed by Stuart Littlemore, trying not to be drawn on individuals who he thought, having looked at the SM, knew more than they were prepared to say. If only the police had a record of who/when they viewed the SM.

    May 12, 2021
  9. Pas une grenouille, pas du Québec. #

    Encore et encore ici avec cette merde? Ah bon? Pouvons-nous nous concentrer sur la grenouille du Québec un instant s’il vous plaît?

    May 16, 2021
  10. la merde d’un homme est un autre banquet

    May 16, 2021
  11. misca #

    Funny. Idioms for the win!

    May 17, 2021
  12. misca #

    So…While we wait…A question that I have deliberated for many years…Do we have any proof that “Jessica Ellen” was a “Harkness” by birth? I have searched everywhere for confirmation of such and have found nothing.

    May 18, 2021
    • MyName #

      Misca: NSW BDM –

      Name, Reference, Father, Mother, District….

      June 7, 2021

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