How and where did the Somerton Man die – and who was he with at the time?
Why would somebody go to the trouble of moving a suicide’s body from one place to another when the normal course of action would have been to call the police and or the ambulance and let them deal with it?
What would have been their motive?
If he was poisoned, as appears the case according to the Coroner, and the poison was deliberately taken with the pasty he was found to have consumed not long before his estimated time of death, then where would have been the most likely place his death occurred, 90A Moseley Street?
Putting that scenario together would mean whoever was in the house with him not only watched him die, possibly unable to be of any assistance; they laid him out, cleaned him up, took any ID he had then organised some form of transport to move his body out of the house and down the road to the beach where he was found.
Lividity doesn’t lie and Coroner Cleland remarked that SM may have died with his head slightly elevated, perhaps only by a pillow and not as he was found. Cleland also remarked that if the Somerton Man had been taken to the place where he was found the difficulties disappear.
Not only that, it is thought that whoever who was with SM when he died removed the Tamam Shud slip, tucked it into his fob pocket then dumped the book it was torn from in Freeman’s car after disposing of the body.
This was not a murder disguised as suicide, it was a suicide underlined!
And all of this within 24 hours of the Somerton Man’s arrival in Adelaide.
What is unknown in this scenario is whether the Somerton Man arrived in Adelaide prepared to take his own life or whether he endured such a distressing scene with Jessica he left the house only to return later with the means to do so.
What is also unknown is whether Jessica presented the Somerton Man with the Freeman Rubaiyat earlier in their relationship as a memento of sorts – as she did with Alf Boxall – In his interview with Stuart Littlemore, Alf Boxall mentioned Jessica may have been in the habit of doing so, saying, ” because of her essentially friendly behaviour she could have given a little present of some sort to anybody and not have it misjudged, or her act misjudged.”