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Charlie Webb here is supposed to be more than two inches taller than his brother, Roy Webb … But he isn’t.

... and is Richard the real Charlie?

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Derek, Nick, Gordon and a couple of real Charlies.

What a tangled Webb we weave ..

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Charlie Webb’s World

Russel Street detectives believe the unknown man whose body was found on Somerton Beach, Adelaide on December 1 was well-known in Melbourne baccarat circles.

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Carl Webb, the lookout.

A useful hand when it came to chucking out a bad loser.

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Guess who’s coming to dinner? Gangsters at the Webb’s dinner table.

How involved was Charlie Webb with the older criminals who were part and parcel of his family?

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The Criminal Connection: Roy Webb’s father-in-law was an associate of one of Australia’s most notorious criminals.

Meet Squizzy Taylor, a thoroughly bad man.

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“He didn’t have a match on him.” PC Moss

“For instance, the fingers of the dead man were heavily nicotined and yet, although there was half a packet of cigarettes in one of his pockets, he didn’t have a match on him.

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I guess it’s all over and done with now, right?

ABC’s Australia Story has just settled the mystery, everything is bedded down: Webb was the Somerton Man. We have his family, the photos, the whole story. A tragic man lost and alone, a dead stranger found on the Adelaide shore.

Everything in place. A lonely suicide far from his family and friends,

Derek Abbott finally triumphant, his wife less so, the South Australian Police in the wings and awaiting the result of their own DNA investigation, slivers of doubt weakening the strength of some of us who think the mystery has yet to be fully resolved.

Because there are questions …

Like where he died and who carried him from there to the beach, who planted a box of matches on his body to support the finding of a part-smoked cigarette wedged under his chin, what poisoned him, whether there was a relationship between Webb, the man seen lying by the steps the previous evening and the fellow Olive Neill saw looking down on him for an inordinate length of time .. add to that the fact that the police investigation appeared to be inexplicably delayed until the inquest was adjourned and most importantly, when and how did Jessica meet Charles Webb and under what circumstances.

It ain’t over until it’s over.



All you need to know about barbiturates and who used it to commit suicide.

Fitting Charles Webb into all this isn’t too hard.

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Did Carl Webb come calling at 90a Moseley Street?

And was it in response to an ad placed in the Advertiser three days before he was found dead?

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The Bloodstained Shirt .. Part 2

This bloodstain casts a new and peculiar light on the circumstances surrounding the death of Charles Webb as there was no corresponding wound found on his body.

(Plus a measured response to Gordon Cramer's explanation of the origin of the bloodstain.)

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What’s this? Bloodstains on the neck of Webb’s shirt and a MUTILATED copy of the Rubaiyat found in the back of a UTILITY TRUCK?

And we find out what pocket had the tickets and dispel all the silliness of Webb having a ‘secret’ pocket sown into his trousers.

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Charles Carl Webb – Man Of Many Faces

Just get out while you’ve got your life to do so.

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Where to now with Jessica Harkness’ involvement?

This is where we ascend into the universe of speculation again.

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Carl Webb’s ‘Beautiful Shape.’ How come?

X3239 was the Melbourne phone number for a physical culture instructress in Brighton Vic. .. and as if there aren't enough coincidences in this case, read about seeing a muscular male figure going through athletic gyrations on the beach at Glenelg on a Sunday morning.

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Carl Webb .. The Man Who Disappeared.

Where was Webb for the last two years of his life?

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Carl Webb. Football. Gordon Cramer. The Swinburne W and the Tamam Shud Code.

A union of sorts.

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The Carl Webb Anomaly Portfolio

Let me count the ways ..

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Was Carl Webb stalking Jessica Harkness?

She seemed like someone who was running away from something.

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A review of events that took place between the 22nd and 27th of July, 1949.

Jessica Harkness, who had changed her name to Thomson some years before marrying Prosper in 1950 told the police she had married him in Melbourne before arriving in Adelaide in early 1947. There is the possibility she told Carl Webb the same lie and he was able to find her name, address and phone number in the Adelaide directory when he arrived in Adelaide in 1948 and rather than commit her phone number to memory he wrote it down on the back of his copy of the Rubaiyat. Then he came visiting.

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Two egregious failures in the police investigation.

It could have been made a lot easier .....

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This Week’s Round Up ..

Lobotomy anyone? Or as Dorothy Parker famously said .. “I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.”

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The Truth About The Somerton Man.

Dorothy Webb's Affidavit makes for very ugly reading in that it describes in detail the atrocious behaviour of Carl Webb, her violent and suicidal husband who was once known as The Somerton Man.

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The Rubaiyat: “a suicide’s handbook.”

Everything in perspective …

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Sir John Burton Cleland CBE

Why did Cleland want to examine Webb’s brain? We have an answer.

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