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