Who was the ‘real’ Jessica Harkness?
Most know what it feels like when they see this in their rear-view mirror, even if there’s no booze or dope in your system a man gets a little jumpy.
Police are trained you see, and there’s a dozen things that can go wrong even before he exits his vehicle and slowly approaches you, not to mention all the nerves on show when he leans into your window and fixes his world-weary eyes upon yours. Because now you remember all the wrong stuff you’ve done in your life and got away with .. until now. Because he’s a cop, and cops know just by looking at you.
Because it shows.
Gerald Preston walked into a Lonsdale auto repair business back in 1996, shot two men dead and wounded another. Just like that. He was commercially obliged to do so as he had been hired by a Terrence Tognolini, a Hells Angel, and had been paid $10,000 for the job. In advance.
Then, in 1999 Preston was questioned after the execution of his former partner, Vicki Jacobs, who was shot six times as slept next to their son, Ben, 6. She had been a key prosecution witness in Preston’s murder trial in 1998 and had refused the offer of police protection.
Where this becomes relevant to the Somerton Man case is that Gerry Feltus led the investigation into the Lonsdale executions and said he remembered Preston as one of the “most calculating killers” he had ever encountered during his three decades of homicide investigations. Feltus said he was remorseless, meticulous, and was prepared to kill everyone in the workshop just to make sure his target, Les Knowles, was dead.
Four years later Feltus interviewed Jessica Harkness and she lied to him.
Lied to his face, a detective with thirty homicide years on the clock, the cop who got to Gerald Preston.
But he couldn’t get to Jessica Harkness.