Two egregious failures in the police investigation.
It could have been made a lot easier …..
If DS Leane hadn’t waited nearly two months to alert the newspapers of the connection between the body found on a Glenelg beach, the slip of paper found in its pocket and Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat then the Glenelg pharmacist Freeman might have seen the article earlier and arrived at the station with the book it was torn from well before the inquest,
Leane would have sent Detective Canney to interview Glenelg resident Harkness well before the inquest,
Sir Cedric Stanton Hicks may have made a connection between what he suspected was the poison that killed the man found on a Glenelg beach and its easy availability at Glenelg pharmacies well before the inquest. “Such a substance would be quite easily procurable by the ordinary individual. I do not think even special circumstances would be required.” Hicks.
Knowing this, Detective Sergeant Leane may have deduced that there was a possibility that the Glenelg pharmacist who found the book inside his car which he had parked near his Glenelg pharmacy may have been the one who sold Webb the poison Hicks thought killed him before he was found dead on a Glenelg beach.
Detective Sergeant Leane may have had both Harkness and Freeman subpoenaed to appear before the inquest,
I wouldn’t be doing this.
If Detective Brown had investigated the other phone number written on the back of the Rubaiyat – rather than dismiss it as irrelevant – we might know who else Webb knew in Adelaide.
All those burrowers over at Cipher Mysteries might find the going a little easier.