Implications stemming from Rachel Egan’s shared DNA and a word from Dr Carolyn Bilsborow.
Updated Jan 6, ’22
Dr Carolyn Bilsborow, who directed the documentary Missing Pieces about the case, told the ABC she believed the Somerton Man took his own life.
“I think the Somerton Man did know Jo Thomson, but when he came back to visit her, she rejected him.”
Sept 7, NCA NewsWire, Catie Mcleod
“More recently, links were also found (in Rachel’s DNA) to the grandparents of the man that Jo Thomson eventually married.” Dr Colleen Fitzpatrick, the man being Prosper Thomson.
So my head is spinning,” Dr. Abbott said. “Does that prove she’s (Rachel) not connected now to the Somerton man? Or does that prove that somehow the Somerton man is related to her assumed grandfather?’
NYT 22 May ’21.
In other words … does Colleen Fitzpatrick’s DNA finding prove the Professor is right and that SM is Robin’s father – and this is where it gets murky – he is also a member of the Thomson family?
Not a Russian spy or a Nazi weapons technician, not a black-marketeer or a nit-picker, not an American spy or a uranium fossicker, none of those. He was one of Prosper’s family and the father of her son and this was the explanation for Jessica’s reaction when confronted by his bust six months after he died and her subsequent and lifelong refusal to answer any questions about the matter.
Byron Deveson has kindly let us have access to his Thomson Ancestry file but that in itself may not hold the fuller details of the entire Thomson clan, the nephews and cousins near and far, the uncles, all of which leads to the speculation that the reason for Jessica’s secrecy was purely to protect Prosper and his family from any scandal, knowing that Robin’s father, having been confronted with her and his son’s domestic situation in Adelaide, experienced a despair so deep he could only alleviate it by taking his own life.
This may also provide an explanation for the apparent removal of his body from where he died to the place by the Children’s Home where he was found. It would be one thing to ask someone to move the body of a murdered man, another to dispose of the body of a suicide.