The Tamam Shud Do It Yourself Test
“I searched the clothing. I did not find the slip of paper with the words Taman Shud.” PC Moss.
“In a fob pocket which was rather difficult to find, just on the right of the fly, I found a piece of paper. After I found it and put the paper back, it took me a good deal of time to find it the second time, as it was a pocket which could be easily missed.” John Burton Cleland.
“The Unknown Man was wearing brown faun trousers (Stamina Brand – Crusader Cloth)” Gerry Feltus.
“This style of (fob) pocket in the unknown man’s trousers was very common. I fact, my police uniform until 1970 had such a pocket. People in the clothing trade have advised that the pocket was normal in 1948 and is still available. Professor Sir John Cleland did not infer that he could not locate the (Tamam Shud) paper on the second occasion because it was a secret pocket. He was stating that he could not find the paper on the second occasion because it was so small.” Gerry Feltus.
Cleland didn’t mention he had any difficulty finding the Tamam Shud slip on the first occasion. There is the possibility he rolled it a little tighter than when he first found it.
However we could accept that Moss wasn’t able to feel the rolled up slip when he searched the fob pocket, or perhaps he did and disregarded it, thinking it was unimportant, some pocket scrap, detritus. But Moss was an experienced police officer, trained in all aspects of his work and here he was with a dead body that needed searching. Given those circumstances, nothing was unimportant.
Take a piece of paper and cut it so it’s the same size as the TS pic above. Remember to use a thicker paper than the usual A4 .. these 1940’s Rubaiyat pocket book pages were made of a rougher paper weave.
Roll it up. Slip it into your fob pocket then play the police constable and see if you can feel it in there with your forefinger.
Then ask yourself whether it’s worth taking out for a close look..