A review of events that took place between the 22nd and 27th of July, 1949.
22 July Friday … Freeman finds the Rubaiyat in his glovebox.
23 July Saturday… Freeman hands book to Leane.
24 July Sunday … SAPOL Golf Day.
25 July Monday … Detective Canney interviewed Jessica Harkness at Moseley St.
26 July … Harkness visits the Adelaide Museum to view the bust in the company of DS Leane, two other detectives and the taxidermist responsible for the bust, Paul Lawson.
27 July … Newspaper reports that detectives investigating the Somerton Body mystery interviewed a woman ‘yesterday’ and noted “The words Tamam Shud had been torn from the last page of the book.” The newspaper also reported that tests had been made ‘yesterday’ and had revealed that the TS slip and book matched in texture and colour.
“The woman told the police after leaving Sydney she went to live in Melbourne where she subsequently married. The woman told police a man had come to some flats next door the previous year (1948) and enquired for a nurse. She could not remember the month.** “ The newspaper reported that ” It was after this incident that the body was found on the beach at Somerton, not far from the woman’s home.”
The newspaper also reported that “After seeing a plaster cast of the head and shoulders of the dead man, the woman said she could not remember whether the dead man was the lieutenant she had known.”*
In addition, the article noted “It was pointed out yesterday that the features of the dead man had altered materially before*** the cast was made.”
Newspapers report that the phone number of a woman living near to where the body was found was written on the cover of the book. The paper also mentions the woman told the police she had given a copy of a similar book to an Army Lieutenant in Sydney.
SA police send a radio message to NSW police asking if Alf Boxall was missing.
27 July Wednesday … NSW police find Boxall at work at the Randwick Bus Depot.
*According to the late Paul Lawson, Harkness answered every question with the word ‘No.’
** November 1948 ?
*** This could be put down to the physical effects of the autopsy and temporary removal of the body’s skull cap and brain before both were replaced and the skin resown just under the hairline.