Contact: Stewart Webb.
Correspondence with Stuart Webb ..
Correspondence with Stuart Webb ..
If Carl Webb arrived in Adelaide from either Broken Hill or Melbourne to see either Prosper or Jessica Thomson he could only have learnt of their phone number prior to leaving.
And a bit of a chat with dude47 while he justifies his position .. Was Carl Webb a car thief?
Never mind the 3 inches, I think the hair-do has it.
… and it’s more likely a cheeky young bloke would flap his hand over the head of an older relative in a family shot, not an older man.
.. and how they responded to a simple question.
The Somerton Man mystery, according to Professor Abbott 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 three small things.
The argument being sustained is that the relative distances between Charlie, Roy and the camera have both diminished Charlie’s height – him being further away – and increased Roy’s – him being closer, therefore making any height comparisons arbitrary in nature. This became apparent in a recent survey I undertook where most respondents judged Roy as being the taller of the two, including a senior detective I bailed up at the local police station.
However if we were to ask Charlie to please move closer by a couple of inches and Roy to move back an inch or two until he was level with Charlie then ask him to stand up straight for the camera I think we might be in a better position to judge between them with regard to their respective heights. And it’s cautionary to note here that Charlie has his hands on the shoulders of both of the old folks so he’s not standing back any great distance to begin with.
We know Roy was noticeably less than 5’9” from his enlistment photograph (below) so if we were able to shuffle both men around as per above my view is they would both appear to be the same height, meaning ‘Charlie’ at close to Roy’s height of less than 5’9” couldn’t possibly be the Somerton Man as he was measured at 5’11” – more than two inches taller (5.08 cms), a more than noticeable difference, particularly if you use the height gauge below and see the difference between the top of Roy’s head and what would be an inch below the 6’ mark.
From blond-haired to brown-haired tinged with red - From less than 5’9” to 5’11” - Who tagged this man as ‘Charlie’?
There has been some confusion about the tagging of the older couple in the photo as Grandpa and Grandma when some think they should have been tagged as mother and father. Well, it looks like everyone's right. They are the grandparents of the fair-haired man tagged as Charlie as he may be the fair-haired Charles Richard the son of their son Russell Richard , and they are the parents of Roy, Russell's brother. The photo may have been taken from Charles Richard’s album and not his uncle Carl’s, Roy’s brother. Confusing, ain't it?
Five foot nine inches beats five foot eleven inches - in other words, never run a survey thinking you'll get the result you want.
... and is Richard the real Charlie?
What a tangled Webb we weave ..
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.
A useful hand when it came to chucking out a bad loser.
How involved was Charlie Webb with the older criminals who were part and parcel of his family?
Meet Squizzy Taylor, a thoroughly bad man.
“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.
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.
Fitting Charles Webb into all this isn’t too hard.
And was it in response to an ad placed in the Advertiser three days before he was found dead?
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.)
And we find out what pocket had the tickets and dispel all the silliness of Webb having a ‘secret’ pocket sown into his trousers.
Just get out while you’ve got your life to do so.
This is where we ascend into the universe of speculation again.
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.