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5 – Hiding something in plain sight

This gets technical

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The tamam Shud Code: what they said

Seventy two years on

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Were they supposed to meet?

The man with a piece of torn paper and the other with the book it was torn from. Were they supposed to meet?

Yes, or no.

 

A deathly silence is understood: but you’ve just asked yourself the question by reading the post.

Yes or no?

The three Tibor Kaldors

There was no other way out.

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Brothers?

How do you draw them together?

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A withered virgin emptying bedpans

An inconvenient suicide or a murder?

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If it’s not a W and not a H – What is it?

Make my day

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Rubaiyat mnemonics … some untested ground

Quatrains and languages

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Malay / English version of the Rubaiyat

Sha’ir Omar Khayyam.

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Verse 70, the Rubaiyat Code ..

and languages using a common alphabet.

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Verse 70 and its implications.

Harkness and Boxall. There is no ignoring their relationship

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Two delays in the investigation – Two explanations.

DS Leane and Prof Cleland.

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December 2020. Where are we?

Status

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Were the Keane name tags meant to confuse?

Confusion, Fortune and Misfortune. Where is Gerry Feltus leading us?

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Whose name was written on the back cover of the Rubaiyat?

Gerry Feltus knows more about this mystery than we ever will. But that doesn't mean he's about to give anything away.

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Was the suitcase found at the luggage office by DS Leane locked or unlocked?

 

Letters from Jessica

Is this the end of our grand theories that had Jessica and Alf concocting a back-up alibi to get her out of a tight spot?

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The Somerton Man’s mtDNA haplogroup ..

From Byron Deveson.

It is interesting that Clive sees a resemblance to SM in the Scots-Irish actor Stephen Boyd (AKA Millar) because SM’s mtDNA haplogroup is present at significant levels in Ireland. See:

https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/mt-dna-h4/about/background

It appears that Scots-Irish were mercenaries in Finland in the 16th Century and that could explain the high incidence of the H4 haplogroup in Finland (and Iceland where it constitutes 9%?).

I am reminded that there was a large “tartan” scarf (shawl?) in SM’s suitcase. From memory the tartan looked like a military or an Irish tartan. Or even a Norwegian tartan. But the pattern is oblong and all genuine tartans appear to be square as a consequence of the weaving method.

Tweeds are often rectangular and SM’s “tartan” scarf appears to be a tweed, not a tartan. Unfortunately tweed patterns and colour were chosen for camouflage (hunting) and this is consistent with the appearance of the scarf/shawl in the black and white press photo.

Tweeds are often dun coloured to fit in with the Scottish landscape. A dark blue and green tweed such as the one from SM’s suitcase would be an exception from my vague memory of such things and this might be an overlooked clue. Dark green and blue suggests deep forest to me and, relying on dim memory, these are not abundant in Scotland or Ireland. I note that some estates had their own tweed pattern and some estates had private forests. The possible US belongings (comb, lighter and coat and chewing gum(?) from memory) bolster the case for SM being American and Scots-Irish DNA is concordant with US East Coast heritage.

I started building a family tree commencing with Robin Thomson’s likely forbears Tarleton Pleasants (1778-1836) and Tabitha nee Crew (1788-1819) but I found so much contradictory information that I gave up.

I started by assembling all the available material, regardless of the contradictions, with the intention of straightening it all out. But, I soon found that the descendants of this couple could not agree as to whom begat whom and when, so I didn’t stand a chance.

I pushed on in the hope that one of the descendant lines would show some connection to Australia, and some do. The Merryman family comes to mind. But, nothing crystallised and I decided that there was more than a thousand hours of research required and only a relatively small chance of success. So, there the Pleasants family tree rests.

Byron Deveson.

Scots-Irish actor Stephen Boyd (AKA Millar)

The Somerton Man

I just noticed that Stephen Boyd has a SM type ear and this is fairly rare. DA’s anatomist friend at the Uni says 1% prevalence, but I have yet to see one after years of furtively gazing at ears. It is a dangerous game – try it (furtively gazing at ears I mean). Byron D

Covert recognition

.. and the dictates of espionage related paranoia.

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The South Australian Telephone Directory Nov 47

Thomson J E Sister 90a Moseley Glnlg .... X3239

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