Police investigation discredited: fake evidence distributed to the Press.
Some say the only thing you can believe in a newspaper is the date on its masthead. Others are more trusting of police utterances and it’s when the two become confused grave doubts concerning the facts arise.
“On Friday evening, 22 July Ronald Francis*, a businessman from Jetty Road, Glenelg read in The (Adelaide) News about the police trying to locate a copy of The Rubaiyat ……. “
The official story is that Francis immediately recalled his brother-in-law finding a copy of the Rubaiyat on the back floor of his car eight months earlier and leaving it in the glovebox. When Francis went to look for it after reading the newspaper it was still there.
“The following morning Francis went to the Adelaide Detective Office and showed the book to Detective Sergeant Leane, who could not believe what he was seeing …. not only did the copy of The Rubaiyat have a portion torn from the last page where the words ‘Tamam Shud’ should be, but also it was located a short distance from where the body was found.”
Feltus P104 / 105
*His real name was Freeman, a secret kept for seventy years.
On July 23, the same day Freeman attended the Adelaide Detective Office with his Rubaiyat, The (Adelaide) News published a photo of a Rubaiyat’s torn last page. A photo that is widely accepted as being accurate.
The only possible explanation is that The News had a fake photo at the ready and the decision to supply it had to have been made well before Leane knew of the existence of Freeman’s Rubaiyat, given Saturday’s paper had to be ready for distribution well before mid-afternoon.
Which means somebody else knew the purpose of Freeman’s visit in advance, but the duffer at The News published the torn-page shot a day early. The other papers started running it from Sunday.
This totally undermines our understanding of the case and casts into doubt whether the police ever had the Freeman Rubaiyat in their hands, if there ever was a Freeman, which is also doubtful.
This is not fiction, not just another hypothesis. We are witnessing what might be Australia’s longest lived cover-up.
Tell your friends.
Note: according to Feltus, Freeman craved anonymity so was very unlikely to have been responsible for inviting the press to photograph his find before meeting Leane.
Note: there is no official photograph of the torn page and none of the Rubaiyat Freeman handed to Leane.