Three Inches – and an update from the office of Dr. Fitzpatrick.
Dec 15 2022
I’ve just had a Facebook messaging chat with somebody on Dr Colleen Fitzpatrick’s Identifiers International site in order to alert them to the possibility that things might get awkward knowing now that the ‘Charlie’ in the photo cannot possibly be the Somerton Man for reasons we already know. It took them two minutes to get back to me saying the Dr. Fitzpatrick had NOTHING TO DO with choosing the picture of ‘Charlie’, Roy and the grandparents. Meaning it could only have been Professor Abbott.
My next message was .. You may pass on to Dr. Fitzpatrick that the man Abbott identified as ‘Charlie’ Webb appeared to be the same height as his brother in the same photo and his brother’s war records show him as being only 5’8″ – 3″ shorter than the Somerton Man.
Their response was .. “That’s great information. I will pass it on, thank you!”
Then they said said they will also forward this information to DA immediately …
For too many years we have been trying to prove the Somerton Man was either this or that, mostly without any solid evidence and we can blame John Ruffles for that as far back as 1977, nevertheless interest has always remained high with the assistance of Gordon Cramer and Nick Pelling, neither of whom have hesitated to titillate their long-term readers with real or imagined items of interest. Between them they have kept the mystery alive for as long as I’ve been dogging their footsteps.
Now, with the Somerton Man officially identified as Carl (Charles) ‘Charlie’ Webb and the release of a couple of photographs we are no doubt expected to retire both ourselves and the subject from public view. We are all done. The horse has bolted. The stable door has been shut. Our goose has been cooked. Our cupboard is bare. Our (my) meagre audience dispersed to be better entertained elsewhere.
Professor Derek Abbott once again has had his day and his golden aura has cast us, that’s Pelling and Cramer with me trudging along in the distance, into the darker, colder shadows of a world he has left far behind. He is now beyond questioning, his word is absolute, his victory matchless. His rewards unimaginable. Who wouldn’t be smug?
The Somerton Man mystery, according to the Professor is a mystery no more, a little tidying up here and there, a few more headlines and life should return to normal.
Except for just one small thing.
Professor Abbott’s blond haired Charlie is not the Somerton Man. Cannot be the Somerton Man.
He needs about another three inches ..