He was poisoned .. no?
The barest of conspiratorial bones in this ‘most profound’ of Australian mysteries are that he was seen alive an hour before dusk, possibly suffering under the influence of a disabling drug covertly administered, the Tamam Shud slip tucked into his pocket by the departed assassin and the book disposed of – his job admirably done. Suicide they’ll think, once they’ve found someone who can interpret Farsi.
.. then we run into a bit of rough weather.
“I accept the evidence (of Dr John Barkley Bennett) that the man probably died at 2 o’clock (am) at the earliest, and that he was seen to move at 7 o’clock the previous evening.” Hicks.
“There was food in his stomach, I would say that the food had been in the stomach for up to 3 or 4 hours before his death.” Dwyer.
Between seven and eight pm he was seen as almost comatose.
Three hours later his hunger revived him and he consumed a small pasty.
Three hours later he died.
What poison does that?