The bare bones of the Somerton Man Mystery.
November 30th, 10:50 am. A ticket was purchased for a train from the Adelaide Railway Station to Henley Beach.
November 30th, just after 11:00 am. A suitcase was lodged at the Adelaide Railway Station cloak room.
November 30th, 11:15 am. A ticket was purchased for a bus to the Glenelg turn-around.
December 1st, about 9:00 am. An unidentified male body was searched at Somerton Beach and found to have both tickets in his pocket.
Some time after January 12th. Thread found on a spool in an unclaimed suitcase lodged at Adelaide Station on November 30th was found to match repairs to the dead man’s clothing.
April 19th. A slip of paper bearing the words ‘Tamam Shud’ was found hidden in the dead man’s fob pocket.
June 21st. The Coroner stated “Although he died during the night of the 30th November – 1st December, I cannot say where he died.”
July 22nd. A Rubaiyat with a torn page matching in size and paper type to the Tamam Shud slip was handed in to the police. A local telephone number was found written on the back cover.
July 26th. Police escorted the telephone number’s subscriber, a woman, to view the body’s death mask. She reacted strongly but remained non-communicative.