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Several years ago, Ms. Egan had her DNA analyzed …

Several years ago, Ms. Egan had her DNA analyzed, and links were found to people in the United States (including relatives of Thomas Jefferson). More recently, links were also found to the grandparents of the man that Jo Thomson eventually married.” (Prosper Thomson)

NYT 21 May 2021.

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We almost know these words by heart, particularly those in the Abbott family who might be wishing it all went away. Nevertheless, given the years the Professor and his wife Rachel have spent publicly declaring she and their children may be related to the Somerton Man it’s only natural that we continue his quest, though in a completely different direction now that Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick has upset the Abbott applecart.

Rachel and Derek at the gravesite.

Jessica (Jo) Harkness became pregnant in late 1946. She was also known to be in Mentone and staying at her parent’s home in October 1946, whether for a visit or something more permanent isn’t known so it’s conceivable she fell pregnant whilst there and not prior to leaving Sydney.

Prosper Thomson moved from Blacktown in NSW to Melbourne in 1936 where he lived in Mentone with his wife Queenie. Within weeks of Jessica finding she was pregnant, Thomson left his wife and accompanied her to Adelaide where they both settled as man and wife with Jessica passing herself off as a Thomson and where she gave birth to a son, Robin, future father of Rachel, the lady whose DNA links were ‘found to the grandparents of the man Jo Thomson eventually married.

A man doesn’t have to be Einstein.

 

Mrs. Ina Harvey revisited

'I won't be seeing you again.' 

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To part quote Derek Abbott ‘There’s two things that bug me.’

He was talking about socks, I'm talking about tickets.

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Why has it taken over 70 years to question why the police didn’t use the Henley Beach train ticket to trace the Somerton Man’s movements?

The first instalment of a series of posts that show the influence Detective Sergeant Leane had on all aspects of the Somerton Man Investigation. Here we look at the anomalies surrounding the initial investigation and the evidential contradictions in the testimonies of PC Moss and his superior, Detective Sergeant Leane.

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Detective Sergeant Lionel Leane –

An in depth look at his performance

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Police Constable John Moss –

An in depth look at his character.

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What we know about the Somerton Man, the Thomsons, the Egans and their DNA

“I was an accidental conception." Rachel Egan.

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The Disposition of Evidence in the Somerton Man Case.

Who had it and for how long.

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Jessica’s daughter said the Somerton Man investigation was subject to an authority higher than the police.

So who was their man on the ground?

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I AM ASTOUNDED !!!!!!!!

Said Dwyer about Cowan ..

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The Somerton Man committed suicide you say?

Mr Nobody.

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Has Rachel Egan’s DNA finally ended Derek Abbott’s involvement in the Somerton Man Mystery?

Is Derek Abbott’s belief that his wife and their children are related to the man at the centre of one of the world's most intriguing mysteries dashed?

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The Somerton Man’s suitcase and its forgotten fingerprints

The suitcase held a cornucopia of identifiable items fingerprint-wise but DS Leane preferred to adopt a different approach in his efforts to identify who owned it and instead took a few bits and pieces back to the station to be photographed and distributed to the press, hoping their publication would do the job for him.
How does that make sense?

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The Somerton Man Case .. an uncommon timeline.

The Somerton Man Case appeared to be nothing more than the unexplained death of an unknown man found on a beach near the small coastal town of Glenelg in South Australia.

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THE DNA TIES THAT BIND.

Jessica, Robin, Roma and Rachel. The Loop.

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Believing Alf Boxall

That was no sweet innocent quiet reserved young babe who wrote Verse 70.

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We add to DS Leane’s slow motion investigative record.

Sherlock Holmes he wasn’t.

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 “If the (Somerton Man’s) body had been taken to the place where it was found, the difficulties disappear.”

Coroner Cleland invites speculation as early as 1949.

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Was the state of the Somerton Man’s health a factor in his death?

Someone must have a doctor in the family.

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A closer look at the Somerton Man’s NINE medical conditions.

As a personal note, my medical qualifications only extend to the ability to Google various medical words and phrases, find what I'm looking for then cut and paste it here.
Some of TSM’s medical conditions appear (to the layman’s eye) to be interrelated, but there is little doubt he needed medical assistance.

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Was the Somerton Man seriously unwell?

The discrepancies between the effects of Glycoside poisoning and the condition Dwyer found the Somerton Man to be in may have indicated he was not only seriously unwell but in need of regular medical assistance prior to his sudden and unexpected death.

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DNA searching: a personal experience

My guess is the Somerton Man was estranged from his family as well and left few to no public records. So time is of the essence here… Matthew Kleid

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Boxall’s memories of Jessica and the meaning of Verse 70

‘She was a very quiet sort of girl ..’

Indeed, indeed, Repentance oft before

‘She was very young, she was very young, .. ‘

I swore – but was I sober when I swore?

‘..she was just a young girl.’

And then and then came Spring,

‘.. she would be a very reserved young woman.’

and Rose-in hand

‘.. very quiet sort of girl ..’

My thread-bare Penitence apieces tore.

‘.. and even today, I don’t know what the girl’s surname was.’

 

Littlemore: ‘That’s funny isn’t it, because she knew yours.’

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The meaning (of V70) is clear enough: The writer intended to mend his ways often enough, but never quite made it! The Spring and the Rose are here symbols of the attraction back to his old ways.

Bob Forrest.

Boxall’s responses lifted from Stuart Littlemore’s interview notes.

The incongruity evidenced above might lead to the conclusion that the inscription was not written by the same very young, quiet and reserved woman Alf Boxall remembered.

The vacant interior of 90A Moseley Street

Some think the Somerton Man died in this house then was transported to the beach. Perhaps the pasty he was found to have eaten was warmed over in the oven pictured in the kitchen, it looks old enough. Perhaps he walked down the hallway, sat on a couch in the living room, ate the pasty, died and was later carried out the front door.

Take the tour.

1 bedroom. 1 bathroom. 0 parking. Land size 721 m2

Images lifted from a 2011 realestate.com.au listing

Paul Lawson and I had much in common

Paul Lawson never spoke to Jessica Harkness, never met Alf Boxall and was not privy to the investigation in any way other than what he may have overheard while working on a seriously corrupt, long dead and embalmed body in the morgue, though I suspect the stink of the body’s decomposition and the accompanying stench on Lawson’s clothes and hands would have kept him a foot or two away from any of the detectives assigned to watch over the work, though I have little doubt he was included in their conversations, being a gregarious man with a robust sense of humour.

Unsurprisingly he became fascinated with the case and eventually settled on a pet theory that had Harkness and Boxall involved in an Intelligence operation while both were working in Sydney.

There is no evidence to support Lawson’s hypothesis just as there is no evidence to suggest Jessica Harkness was ever a member of the Communist Party.

After having had a few conversations with Paul shortly before he died I can only say he easily surpassed my pedestrian imaginative powers with his own and his memories of those heady days were as clear as if they had happened yesterday, though even Stuart Littlemore couldn’t fox anything of a confidential nature out of Paul when he interviewed him years later.

And as far as having something in common with Paul, he was a champion grappler and I was an almost champion surfboard rider.

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