Who shut Jessica Harkness down?
Mrs. Thomson,” asked Detective Canney, “I wonder whether you would mind answering a few questions with regard to your association with the serviceman you mentioned and the Rubaiyat you said you gave him about four years ago.”
This is how that went according to the details in Feltus’ book.
“His name was Alfred Boxall and we met through friends. He lived in Parer St. Maroubra and was attached to the Water Transport Company, Australian Army Service Corp. He used used to drink regularly at the Clifton Gardens Hotel after work, even when it was supposed to be closed. We had lunch one day before he was to be posted to the South West Pacific and that was when I gave him a personally inscribed Rubaiyat.”
Harkness didn’t divert from the topic. She wasn’t evasive and she didn’t mind talking about it.
The next day Jessica was questioned by the police once more but answered every question with a no.
“Mrs. Thomson,” asked Detective Gerry Feltus, “I wonder whether you would mind answering a few questions with regard to your association with Alfred Boxall and the Rubaiyat you said you gave him in 1945.”
(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.