And yet there’s part of me that thinks cause/effect…..is it because he was involved, or because he has been implicated in something he finds quite intriguing himself? Short Version: (a) Point taken on absence of labels vs labels removed, but think that needs more fleshing out. The man checked out of the Hotel on November 30th. We hear the sound of silence in the Daphne Page court case, and we hear it in Jo Thomson’s long decades of stonewalling: but I think we hear it loudest of all in the sustained lack of response to the Somerton Man. however, the same thread was found on the pocket lining of the dead KEANE John 44 Albion Rd, Box Hill Police searched him and found no ID and no obvious cause of death. But how does being sure he was connected to gangsters help us, exactly? She said it would be disrespectful to her brother. Pleaded guilty, but case was dismissed. He noticed another man laying in the sand with his feet crossed and his head resting against the sea wall. After speaking with Jessica, police believed that the Somerton man could be Alf Boxall, but they were able to locate him in Sydney in July of 1949 and his copy of the Rubaiyat was fully in tact. Another item in the suitcase that Really, the Price Commission made criminals of just about everyone: buying or selling a car almost inevitably became an exercise in white-collar crime. The nurse’s husband – Prosper (“George”) Thomson – had been tangled up with some Melbourne gangster second-hand car dealers, the name of one of whom he specifically refused to reveal in his court case against Daphne Page. provide more clues toward solving the case, the findings only created Somerton Man was discovered in South Australia in 1948. Completely out of options, they could only do two things: watch and wait. March 25, 2019 / The year is 1948. The police were really not loved: but neither were the gangsters who enabled and controlled lots of the activity on the other side of the same line. Absence of tags (which may or may not have had names) starts to become more interesting – especially if (and I don’t know this is the case) in those poorer times people were more inclined to declare ownership of any possessions they had. Why not wait for the next Henley train (and why not argue for a refund and/or different ticket – I’ll grant that we don’t know he didn’t (other than the tight timeline in this scenario makes it difficult), but it’s odd he held on to the ticket – if he’d been refused a refund, wouldn’t you throw the ticket away in anger? Learn how your comment data is processed. In any event, I’m comfortable with those folks’ explanations…. This talk will begin by quickly reviewing the mystery and then will describe how the numerous skills of an electrical engineer (eg. That said, in a pre-mobile age what makes you change your mind once your on the platform (or at least beyond the barriers)? But was everyone who knew him sworn to the same silence? On December 10th, just ten days after the discovery, authorities had the Somerton Man’s body embalmed. Clive’s cause of death could not be determined, though it was clear that it was not natural causes. Events. AFAIK, the ticket was not for a particular service -it was for travel on a particular line. Download this episode on … I (admittedly from a luckier generation) don’t have any names on any clothing I can think of. by Shore News Network. She claimed she’d lent a further $400 for him to buy a car and sell it in Melbourne; but he claimed she’d asked $900 for the car and negotiated to $850…. * https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/43775476 So that would suggest whatever forces got to him are still (potentially) threatening 60+ year later. I totally agree. For some time, I have been looking at the Somerton Man case from the point of view of tangible evidence. During this week the festival tries to include as many types of music as they can, this may be any or all of the following, and some we have forgotten to list here; The Somerton Man is believed to have died from a poisonous dose of Digitalis. If in 2010 she’s still unwilling to talk (I assume even with a promise of secrecy), that presumably means she’s still afraid of repercussion (I’d struggle to agree it’s just that she’s trained herself to be afraid because of the original fear). They concluded that the Somerton Man also had hypodontia. UPDATED 23rd June 2019. Absence of names means nothing. The brand was unusual and not available in Australia; By selecting the below, you authorize us to contact you via email: You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at [email protected] Sited on a high hill overlooking the Somerset Levels, Somerton is a prosperous market town which played a key role in Somerset’s history. Somerton Man Sentenced to Prison for Transferring Obscene Material to a Minor . Why? If you are so conscious of concealing your ID that you feel the need to remove your name, why keep articles that you can’t remove it from (especially the laundry bag, IMO). After several denied r… It really makes you wonder what could be happening all around us and what lengths people will go to to make sure we never find out. Many believe that Robin Thomson, who was 16 months old at the time the Somerton Man was found, was the Somerton Man’s son. Update: 2019-12-11 1. The Secret History of the Rosicrucians – 5. His features included: broad shoulders, a narrow waist, “pronounced high calf muscles”, big and little toes that were shaped like a wedge (i.e like someone who wore boots or shoes with high heels), and delicate hands and nails that did not show signs of manual labor. Ultimately, Kate believed that both her mother and the Somerton Man were spies. In 1948 The body of a man was found on an Australian beach close to an Atomic Testing ground, he was poisoned. From Prosper’s perspective it’s none of her business (in fact his argument seemed to be that the agreement was always for $450….). We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. What the public offered; however, wasn’t especially helpful. The park was located right next to the Clifton Gardens Hotel in Mosman, Sydney. But I guess my point was, even with a picture if there’s no obvious resemblence to the living person, then little wonder noone recognised it – I’d be interested to know what some of these people looked like (eg EC Johnson) – We’ve got pictures of Walsh, obviously, and don’t forget Boxall was considered to have a resemblence (I know that wasn’t the reason for the police interest, but they were certainly surprised to find him alive). man. Further, if he was such a big underworld identity that people would be so scared, wouldn’t the Fuzz likely already know him? The detective’s reports; however, indicated that Jessica looked startled to see the face in the cast and she looked like she might faint. The story surrounding the unidentified man reads like something out of a thriller novel. He had no wallet and carried no identification. You’ll also get blog posts, author updates and exclusive discounts sent directly to your inbox. This led the police to believe the unknown man committed suicide. Looking at 1944/45: Posted October 15, 2019 06:07:35 The mystery of the "Somerton Man" has baffled experts, detectives and amateur sleuths for seven decades. ... Was The Somerton Man an Artisan ? But there must be hundreds of other people vaguely familiar with – who wouldn’t consider reporting his identity to police posing them any threat. Opposition by the Mayor of Glenelg (Mr. Frank Smith) to a grant of £100 being made by the council to the Glenelg Institute became more pronounced at a meeting of the council last night, when Mr. Smith refused to sign the cheaue which the corporation had -decided, by a majority of aa€. Here’s what I found: If there’s a way of stitching all, some or even a few of these strands together, I for one certainly can’t see it yet. Inside the suitcase were: a red The witness’s identity was protected from the public and details as to how the witness made the discovery were not shared with the media. Home; About us. So in this particular instance, the only Melbourne connexion is in Page’s story….not seeing a gangster, or a bounced cheque, or too Prosper being too cagey – so it feels like I’m not reading the same things you are?? When it came to the man’s ears, Henneberg realized that his cymba (upper ear hollow) was larger than his cavum (lower ear hollow). The main reason for the comment was NP asserted the absence of tags != tags were removed. Somerton Man: 70 Years On, Somerton Park. Six decades on we don't know who he was, how he got there or how he died. Believed to have died from a poisonous dose of a rare substance, digitalis or strophanthin, (either as a suicide or murder), the Somerton man’s body was found resting against a wall along the beach. This was an interesting discovery, as Jessica lived in Glenelg, approximately 1,300 ft (400 meters) from where the Somerton man’s body was found. KEAN Jno E 30 Fenwick St Thornbury So… What Was The Point Of It All? I’m glad you enjoyed the article and I agree with you, but at the same time I have to wonder why she would be so bold as to agree to be interviewed by 60 minutes. Remember: Bless Gerry Feltus’ heart, but he only allowed himself to draw inferences from what people did say: where they remained silent, he was blocked. In this project, we were given the extracted DNA of the ‘Somerton man’ to help figure out who he actually was. While he didn’t mention who he was getting the car for, my reading is he wasn’t asked for that informtaion – so I don’t entirely see where he “specifically refused” to name one of them. Extrapolating a fraction, let’s agree with Omerta in 1948. “…Because the train ticket had been punched, police surmise the man passed through the platform barrier, just missed a Henley Beach train, walked across North terrace, and caught the St. Leonards bus…”. The man in the sand was dressed too nicely to be sleeping on the beach. This was to protect her family’s name from being tied to such an unsavory case. Her reasoning? Between February 11, 2019 and March 28, 2019, Coyote used his Facebook account to transfer obscene material to the minor victim. For a start, the much-repeated belief that he was unidentified simply doesn’t hold true: the suitcase that he (without any real doubt) left at the railway station contained three items with the name “KEANE” on them. On December 1st an unknown man was found found dead on Somerton Beach. The Geelong ledger is dated 24th November 1944, but the stamp on the page related to Keane’s being found (along with 25 others) in a common gaming house on 25th September 1944, with a summons dated 11th October 1944. (2) The unusual, muscular development of his calves. The chances of this being a total coincidence are 20 million to 1. proximity to Adelaide. When Jessica had answered (or not answered) all of the detective’s questions, she requested that police remove her name from any permanent records. All of the labels on the man’s clothing had been removed. stating that the labels on his clothes had indeed been removed, but not recently. This was common in such cases where identifying soldiers of war would bring closure to the families. Revised Somerton Man id claim – Thomas Lawrence Keane…, The search for the Somerton Man’s Rubaiyat…, https://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=sabmd&id=I56181, https://de.findagrave.com/memorial/159722882/john-joseph-keane, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/43775476, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/43775666, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/43775803, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/129909334, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/43779281, https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=AAWEB_MRE170_a_FBK&dest=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.adelaidenow.com.au%2Ftruecrimeaustralia%2Fattorneygeneral-vickie-chapman-wants-to-solve-somerton-man-cold-case-conditional-funding-approved%2Fnews-story%2F6531247eee73fa0e227fe5fd518dc751&memtype=anonymous&mode=premium&offerset=aa_truecrime_premium&v21suffix=56-b, https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/australias-biggest-unsolved-mystery-reopened-20585926, https://www.news.com.au/national/south-australia/approval-granted-to-exhume-the-somerton-man-possibly-ending-70yearold-mystery/news-story/bbcd5ffe4ff65750d2327ff04034cec4. Somerton Handyman Garden and Home Mantainence 07779074466. The main beneficiary of all this was organized crime groups, which clawed their way into dockside unions, off-track gambling, baccarat schools, betting on two-up, and dodgy car sales (particularly interstate, and particularly with imported American cars). By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. The cause of death? There might have been some editorial resistance in over publicising the face of a dead man as well. Still unable to learn the man’s identity, a plaster cast was made of the man’s head and shoulders. If the man had been walking around town (or a beach) all day, his should should have showed more wear. In this case; however, Kate Thomson outright opposed the action. milongal: I suspect the notion started with labels not being present (or having been removed) on the suitcase, and then spreading to other parts of his clothing by a kind of evidential quasi-osmosis. There seems to be no records of the court’s response (most of the other defendants on that occasion were represented by a Mr Sullivan, and pled that they had not been present). The location is Adelaide, Australia. October 14, 2019 - 8:07AM. modified table knife that had been cut down to be short and sharp The man who died on Somerton Beach in 1948 went to great lengths to disguise his identity. If you miss the train, why do you catch the bus to somewhere else? [101] Similar or … New Somerton Man identification claim – Thomas Torance Keane…? On December 1st an unknown man was found found dead on Somerton Beach. We will re-visit her in a bit. Radium Hill uranium mine and the Woomera Test Range (an I (sort of) accept that the ones that were left are things that were written on possessions (as opposed to on tags), but the absence of tags means there was a reason for their removal (for which our best bet is because they had id on them – which I think is supported by a tag being present on a new shirt with no identification). This week’s episode we will be discussing the curious murder of the Somerton Man. Coroner Cleland didn’t think so and he was very clear about it. In other words, it was a ticket for the Henley line, not a ticket for the 10:50 Henley service…. . Somerton Handyman Garden and Home Mantainence 07779074466. The case was “Dismissed”. one more thing: He carried no wallet, money or identification either on him or in his suitcase, … hotteacoldcasespodcast True Crime June 26, 2019 November 8, 2019 1 Minute In the second episode of Hot Tea & Cold Cases, the girls will jump head first into a pool of mysteries, codes, and espionage. The pathologist determined that the Somerton Man could not have died from natural causes. Our Books; Podcast; Blog; Contact; Elle Croft February 4, 2019. What a very suspenseful and interesting story. to pay to the library. Records indicated that the suitcase had been checked into the station’s cloakroom on November 30th some time after 11 am. In the season finale and 100th episode of BuzzFeed Unsolved, Ryan and Shane revisit the show’s first ever mystery. One couple reported to have seen the man at 7:00 pm, and advised that they saw him moved his arm. I think it should have been obvious because, as I’ve blogged before, this specific behaviour has a name: omertà, the Mafia / gangster code of silence. The way that Jo Thomson talked about it to her daughter (and the way she didn’t talk about it to Gerry Feltus) makes omerta the #1 explanation: and that was 50+ years later, sorry. Without getting too conspiratorial (and reaching into the “they were deliberately planted” territory), I can think of 4 reasons (there’s likely more): (a) The stuff with Kean/e on it wasn’t yours (and for whatever reason you either couldn’t avoid having it, or you didn’t think you’d be found with it, or you didn’t think a link to Kean/e was problematic (b) The clothes had been sourced from a 2nd hand store (the laundry bag is problematic here, I think) (c) The removed tags were for your old identity, and Kean/e was your new identity (this one’s hard to believe, because why not then add Keane to some otherclothes – like the new shirt) (d) You deliberately want people to link to Kean/e (but I think this assumes too much foresight into what happened). We know she avoided Feltus – and I trust his word on that. Plenty of policemen were taking money from gangsters and betting principals back then. SOURCES: On the Trail of the Somerton Man Curious Aspects of Unsolved Beach My Somerton Man Sentenced to Prison for Transferring Obscene Material to a Minor. * https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/129909334 Police waited 61 years for a breakthrough. Can you produce the cheque? In particular, there’s one from QLD that appears to either have been taken from the other side or reversed (that has always interested me). We introduce ‘The Somerton Man’ case, or the ‘Tamam Shud’ case: the mystery of a man found on a beach in Adelaide in 1948. Somerton Man I’ve also just listened Ep 1.... and I thought exactly the same as the other listener... sounds a bit like the Somerton Man in Adelaide, Australia... except his cause of death remains unknown, but possibly poisoned. Boxall showed signs of it .. you have probably played his interview as many times as I have, but only recently I’ve observed how easily he turns Littlemore’s questions into a personal narrative, and in doing so avoids lying .. My late point being Harkness stayed silent for the same reason; in order not to lie to the police. So let’s hear what Gerry has to say about “Handel” (p.59): At 11 a.m. on 7 January [1949] Detective Sergeant A Evans had a … another post seems to have dropped (I might try to post it from elsewhere and see how I go). The paper was not discovered until months after his death. All information we have – documents, books, interviews – may have “light corrections”… As a result we can only see this story through “smoke cloud”. One year after his death the Australian Security Intelligence Organization formed and initiated a crackdown on Soviet espionage. December 1st, 1948 was a warm summer day in Southern Australia. 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