Carl Webb .. The Man Who Disappeared.
Carl Webb …
In 1946 Webb was described by his wife as a man who would be in bed at 7pm night after night, a man who rarely wished to go anywhere, someone with no particular friends of his own, a bad-tempered suicidal and violent wife-beater.
According to Jo at Cipher Mysteries, and she knows her chops, the last archival sighting of Webb was 26 November 1946 when he signed as the informant of his mother’s death by stroke at the Keane’s house in East Brunswick.
At this stage Webb was still living at 63 Bromby Street.
During the next two weeks there were a number of small ads in the newspapers, advertising the entire contents of what I (Jo) assume was his apartment (number 1, Bromby Street, even though number 2 was listed for the sale of the roadster in 1942). This is consistent with the landlord’s report to the young law clerk that Webb sold the contents of his flat and left.
Left for where?
In 1948 Webb was found dead on Somerton Beach. He was dressed as a successful businessman down to his highly polished shoes and trimmed fingernails. He had the body of an athlete/ weightlifter despite appearing to be a heavy smoker. Physiques such as the one Webb had take years of effort to acquire and require a constant discipline of diet and exercise to maintain. Webb’s whole body was sculptured according to taxidermist Paul Lawson, himself a amateur wrestler: his shoulders, arms, chest, abs, thighs and calves. He had a pre-season suntan on his lower torso and sand and barley grass seeds were found in the cuffs of the trousers he had packed in his suitcase.
Webb was found to have no watch, no false teeth to replace the eighteen missing, no hat, no overcoat, his suitcase was found lodged and unlocked, no identity was found on his body, no wallet, no left luggage stub, no small change, no blood on or around him, no signs of trauma and a part-smoked cigarette under his chin.
Where was Webb for the last two years of his life?