‘He was sullen, rude, wrote his own poetry and may have had mental issues.’
The Keane Connection.
John Keane, died in the World War II in 1943, which was the same year Mr Carl Webb’s brother Roy died in battle.
John Keane’s possessions included items such as a map of Chicago and some American coins, which implies he resided in the US at some point.
‘Therefore, the hand-me-downs that (Carl) Charles Webb received from his brother-in-law might likely have included clothing of his nephew, explaining why a number of items in the Somerton Man’s possessions appeared to be of US origin,’ Professor Abbott added.
It also gave a further clue as to why Mr Webb had the word ‘Keane’ labelled on his tie when his body was found.
A Tragic Chain of Events.
Documents revealed Webb suffered unspeakable tragedy in the years leading up to his death in 1948, with four of his close relatives dying in a seven-year stretch.
His father Richard died in 1939, his brother Roy and brother-in-law John Keane died in the war in 1943 and his mother died in 1946.
There was also the breakdown of his marriage to Dorothy Jean, which led to the couple’s split in April, 1947.
He Would Be Sullen and Rude.
‘If he (Carl) lost he would be sullen and rude to me, or anyone else, if he lost at cards, he would become unpleasant to everyone,’ Mrs Webb said in documents.
She described him as living a quiet life and being in bed by 7pm each night and that he sometimes ‘refused’ to speak to her.
Dr Colleen Fitzpatrick suspected Mr Webb had mental health issues and would ‘spiral down’.
Speaking to the Guardian Abbot said: “The most important thing is that the DNA taken from the hair caught in the plaster cast of Somerton man matches with distant cousins of Carl “Charles” Webb on both maternal and paternal sides of the family.”
Details about Webb were provided when the couple filed for divorce. “One of the interesting details is that [Webb] was into writing his own poetry,” Abbott says, which connects to the evidence of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.