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Remains of mystery Somerton man exhumed 70 years after his death
The Guardian ^ | Wed 19 May 2021 06.21 EDT

Posted on 05/21/2021 7:13:37 AM PDT by BenLurkin

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1 posted on 05/21/2021 7:13:37 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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This story is always included in “Greatest Mysteries of All Time” roundups.

With DNA technology now, especially using genealogy, they may be able to crack this case after this mysterious stranger and his mysterious death.

2 posted on 05/21/2021 7:16:06 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Rigged Elections have Consequences)
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To: BenLurkin

There once was a dead man from Perth,
Police could not ascertain his birth,
About six feet tall,
Found slumped on a wall,
Now they search for all that he’s worth..................

3 posted on 05/21/2021 7:23:05 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven.....................)
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Yeah, not Perth. It’s as far away from Somerton as LA to Houston.

4 posted on 05/21/2021 7:25:52 AM PDT by Alas Babylon! ("You, the American people, are my only special interest." --President Donald J. Trump)
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To: BenLurkin
"Jimmy Akin's Mysterious World" did a pretty extensive podcast on "Somerton Man" a couple of years back:

Somerton Man

5 posted on 05/21/2021 7:26:00 AM PDT by fidelis (Defeatism and despair are like poison to men's souls. If you can't be positive, at least be quiet.)
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Yes, but ‘Somerton’ doesn’t have a good rhyme.................

6 posted on 05/21/2021 7:29:02 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven.....................)
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“Yes, but ‘Somerton’ doesn’t have a good rhyme.................”


7 posted on 05/21/2021 7:38:31 AM PDT by PLMerite ("They say that we were Cold Warriors. Yes, and a bloody good show, too." - Robert Conquest )
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To: Red Badger

Summer fun

8 posted on 05/21/2021 7:58:31 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer”)
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To: Red Badger

Try Adelaide—closest big city.

Last syllable Ad-e-laide: Aid, braid, clade, dade, fade, grade, laid, made, paid, raid, said, stayed, trade....

9 posted on 05/21/2021 8:01:07 AM PDT by Alas Babylon! ("You, the American people, are my only special interest." --President Donald J. Trump)
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To: BenLurkin

Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his 1859 translation from Persian to English of a selection of quatrains attributed to Omar Khayyam (1048–1131), dubbed “the Astronomer-Poet of Persia”.

10 posted on 05/21/2021 8:04:31 AM PDT by Robert DeLong
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I have now found myself really researching this heavily today. I’d never heard of this case, but love detective work like this.

11 posted on 05/21/2021 9:57:06 AM PDT by Preachin' (I stand with many voters who will never vote for a pro abortion candidate.)
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He guy was a spy, imo.

12 posted on 05/21/2021 10:03:35 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion, or satire. Or both.)
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To: Alas Babylon!; Red Badger

A dead man was found in Adelaide
Whose identity was sadly never made
He dug Rubayat
But lucky was not
And somebody poisoned his Gatorade.

13 posted on 05/21/2021 10:08:05 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion, or satire. Or both.)
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14 posted on 05/21/2021 10:16:16 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven.....................)
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Great mystery. The case reeks of espionage but not necessarily Cold War - lots of WWII debts were still being paid off in 1948.

15 posted on 05/21/2021 10:26:30 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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I wonder if maybe the mother of his baby and/or her husband killed him to erase a problem. Maybe he cut out his clothing tags because he had stolen the clothes or got them second hand and didn't want another name on them. I know that in the Air Force we used to write our names or stamp our initials and last four of our social security number on the labels. This may not be solvable, but it's still very interesting. I'm a big Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot fan.
16 posted on 05/21/2021 12:16:58 PM PDT by Preachin' (I stand with many voters who will never vote for a pro abortion candidate.)
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You’re a poet.

17 posted on 05/21/2021 1:49:49 PM PDT by Alas Babylon! ("You, the American people, are my only special interest." --President Donald J. Trump)
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To: Red Badger

Very good, RB!

18 posted on 05/21/2021 6:38:17 PM PDT by octex (word tag.)
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This topic was posted 5/21/2021, thanks BenLurkin. Tamam Shud.
When an unidentified man was found dead on an Adelaide beach in 1948, it was the start of one of Australia’s most baffling cold cases.

Simply known as the Somerton Man, he was found without documents and the labels ripped from his clothes.

With the Cold War as a backdrop, the mystery of his death inspired rumours and theories around the world.

More than seven decades later, DNA technology and forensic genealogy have combined to finally crack the case.

In this Australian Story, the Somerton Man’s relatives speak for the first time about how they became involved in the mystery and give the unidentified man a name.
Somerton Man body-on-the-beach mystery solved as family secrets unravel
Australian Story | ABC News In-depth
1.19M subscribers | 903,301 views | November 21, 2022
Somerton Man body-on-the-beach mystery solved as family secrets unravel | Australian Story | ABC News In-depth | 1.19M subscribers | 903,301 views | November 21, 2022

19 posted on 12/19/2022 9:18:15 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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There'a definite need for a transcript, IMHO:
0:08I had no idea about the Somerton Man case.
0:10I'd never heard of it.
0:12It hadn't entered my life in any way, I was just living my life.
0:15I had no idea that I held some kind of secret to solving this case or could aid in the effort
0:22to try and trace this back to a person.
0:28I knew that they would get the name one day, I knew that technology would catch up, but
0:32I did know that even though you've got a name, you're not going to really understand
0:38who the man was.
0:41It's fantastic to see that this man, an unknown man on a beach, now has a name, he
0:50now has a family.
0:52He now has a place.
0:53We'd love to find out, you know, what was he doing there.
0:58How did he die and why did he die?
1:02Was it natural?
1:03Was it suicide?
1:05Anything was possible, and in this case, I think that the most unexpected ending has
1:12happened and that is in itself another twist.
1:18I think there are some questions there that may never be solved, and the mystery will
1:25live on.
1:28MY NAME IS CHARLES On the first of December in 1948 the body
1:43was found by two trainee jockeys early in the morning that were out on the beach exercising
1:49We went over to see if he was alright.
1:53And we got fairly close to him and couldn't see him breathing and he was dead.
2:01A number of people did come and view the body but were unable to identify him.
2:11One of the intriguing things about the case is that all the clothes the man was wearing
2:16had the labels removed off them.
2:18So, this is what made some people think, 'Oh maybe this guy is a spy.'.
2:25We are seeing that there was a tie with the name 'T Keane' on it.
2:30It was strange that nobody came forward to identify the body, which led to suggestions
2:35that he was from overseas, possibly from Europe, possibly from America.
2:39The doctor who carried out the post-mortem examination said the stomach was deeply congested
2:43with blood and in his opinion, death had been caused by heart failure due to poisoning.
2:50The Somerton Man had a really unique body.
2:52He was very well built, he was athletic, but he had these calf muscles that were really
2:57distinct, kind of like he was a ballet dancer.
3:01I think the biggest technical problem was the fact that he was thawing out, because
3:05he was, apart from being embalmed, he was deep frozen.
3:09The police knew that they wouldn't be able to keep his body forever and that it would
3:13soon start to deteriorate.
3:15So they called in a taxidermist who made a plaster cast of his face.
3:20A group of locals paid for his headstone and his plot.
3:24And his headstone reads, "Here lies the unknown man".
3:29A couple of months later they found a tiny scrolled up piece of paper in the man's
3:34fob pocket.
3:36When they unrolled it, it said "Tamam Shud."
3:39It was a mystery as to what this actually meant.
3:43It was a newspaper reporter who was well-read, and said it came from the ending of a book
3:51called The Rubaiyat written by Omar Khayyam.
3:55And it meant :the end", or "the finish".
3:59And this brought forward the theory that perhaps he had committed suicide.
4:07A man came forward to say that he had found a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and
4:14it did have the last page torn out.
4:18He handed it into police, he said it had been thrown into the back seat of his car six months
4:25So, on the back of the book were some strange letters that the police couldn't make any
4:30sense of, and a phone number belonging to a young 27-year-old woman, who happened to
4:36live only five minutes' walk away from where the man was found dead.
4:43The police paid the young nurse a visit, but she was very reluctant to talk to them.
4:51After that incident, basically they were stumped, there were no other leads.
4:56And it basically hit a brick wall, the whole case.
5:01Everyone working on the case or had an interest in the case always thought that something
5:06would come up tomorrow, but tomorrow never came.
5:11Podcast excerpt: Hello and welcome to the Somerton Man and today I wanted to look at
5:16the Somerton man – one of the most mysterious cold cases of all time.
5:20Over the decades, interest in this case has just continued to grow and grow to the point
5:26it's actually considered one of Australia's greatest unsolved mysteries.
5:30There are blog sites that have been set up from all over the world with amateur sleuths
5:36trying to work out who the guy is, why he was on Somerton beach and exactly how he died.
5:46I teach electronic engineering at Adelaide Uni.
5:50I just happened to be sitting in a laundrette watching my washing going around, and there
5:55was a stack of magazines beside me, and I picked one up and it was an article about
5:59the top 10 unsolved mysteries in Australia.
6:03And the second one was the Somerton Man case.
6:06The great thing about the maths we do is it's not the pie-in-the-sky maths, it's the type
6:11of maths that has great practical value…
6:15And so I thought, 'Hey this would make a great project for my students'.
6:19And so I started building up a lot of history and background on the case.
6:24And I think that just sucked me in beccause I just got fascinated by it
6:29Professor Abbott has been investigating this case for so many years now and it's completely
6:34consumed his whole being.
6:35He's become known as one of the world leading experts on the case.
6:40So in trying to solve the case, it seemed to me the key was to find the young woman,
6:46Jo Thompson, that lived five minutes from where he died, with the hypothesis that she
6:54had been in a relationship with the Somerton Man.
6:57Unfortunately, she had died two years earlier, so I found out.
7:04That was a little frustrating because I was hoping that she would have some information
7:09about who this man was, and perhaps after so many years she would be prepared to say
7:15who it was, but I ended up contacting her grand-daughter, Rachel.
7:23The first time I heard about the Somerton Man was a letter that arrived, and it was
7:29sent by Professor Derek Abbott.
7:32It said, "I believe that you may have a link to someone involved in this case."
7:39I developed a hypothesis that the Somerton Man and Jo Thompson knew each other.
7:46They had a child, Robin Thompson, and if this is the case then his daughter Rachel is the
7:53granddaughter of the Somerton Man.
7:56But his hypothesis seemed to be way too crazy.
7:59Too fanciful.
8:01It was like something that could have been made up in some fictional novel.
8:14So I went to Brisbane to meet Rachel, and we went out to dinner in a French restaurant,
8:20and talked about the case.
8:23He was also after my DNA.
8:25It's probably the first request I've had for a man to do that.
8:29By then however, I was captivated by the case, and I wanted answers, so I was a willing victim.
8:39So the relationship moved pretty quickly.
8:44Yeah, there was some sort of spark there.
8:51Something just magically drew us together.
8:53By the following day we had decided we were going to get married.
8:58It all happened remarkably fast.
9:01So Derek and I got married in 2010 and we now have three beautiful children together.
9:15People would say that I had married her for her DNA, and we would laugh about it, so that
9:21is funny.
9:23Derek has essentially spent 24/7 researching the Somerton Man case.
9:30He, if it's possible, became even more passionate about the whole case.
9:36So in 2015 we started work on extracting DNA from hairs that were found in the plaster
9:45cast of the Somerton Man, hoping this would be a way to identify him, even though these
9:52hairs are 70 years old.
9:56But we were only able to extract 2 per cent of the amount of DNA that we really need to
10:04form an identification.
10:05There's an imperative to now go ahead and do an exhumation.
10:10We need it in much higher concentration levels, which we could do with the Somerton man's
10:16teeth or his ear bone, for example.
10:20Now the man's body will be exhumed by police with hopes modern DNA technology will be able
10:24to solve one of the state's most enduring cold cases.
10:28The Somerton Man is not just a curiosity or a mystery to be solved.
10:34It's somebody's father, son, perhaps grandfather, uncle, brother.
10:38So when the state government announced that the exhumation was going ahead I think for
10:42some other people, they would see that as a cue for retirement.
10:46But not Derek.
10:47I think that increased his motivation to continue at even faster pace.
10:52I'm reasonably confident there will be enough DNA come out of this that we'll get an identification.
11:00He thought initially that he would be allowed to participate, but that wasn't to be.
11:07After the exhumation, everything went silent.
11:10The police kept very tight-lipped about their processes and Derek got a little restless
11:15and he went back to his three hairs that he'd extracted in 2017 and started working again.
11:21He was driven to find out who the man was.
11:26The professor definitely wanted to be first over the finishing line of cracking the case.
11:35So I'd been communicating with Colleen Fitzpatrick, who is the world expert in forensic genealogy
11:44from America and like me, she was totally fascinated by the Somerton Man case I asked
11:50her if she would assist.
11:52So here's a closeup of the bust and can you see all these little hairs?
11:59That's the Somerton Man's hair.
12:01So Colleen's expertise and she's a pioneer in this, is getting DNA, and from that DNA
12:10finding distant cousins.
12:12There are millions of people today who voluntarily put their DNA on these family tree-type DNA
12:22Ever wanted to explore your family tree, learn more about your ancestry or identify your
12:28ethnic background.
12:29First take a DNA test and download your results as a DNA data file.
12:35far as unidentified human remains, violent crimes, in other words, forensic cases, it's
12:40really been a game-changer, the first new tool really in about 30 years in human identification.
12:47It's very powerful and it's been very successful.
12:53Around this time, DNA technology began to improve significantly.
12:58Derek joined forces with Colleen, and they began to get some results.
13:02Right off the bat, it's sort of like a miracle happened, we passed the first test.
13:06We got the good data out of the 75-year-old hair.
13:10Two million DNA markers fell out.
13:13And it was at that point we knew that was more than enough to identify the Somerton
13:19It was in a good shape to upload to those genealogy data bases for the next step, the
13:26next genealogy step.
13:29So when we first uploaded the Somerton Man's DNA onto a genealogical website, the very
13:36top match we got was a gentleman in Victoria by the name of Jack Hargreaves, whose DNA
13:43was already there on the system.
13:45So, blue shows the area of significant matching, and this is huge here on chromosome 22.
13:52And so what we did is we built out Jack Hargreaves family tree.
13:56And at one stage we had as many as 4,000 people on the tree, so which one is it?
14:04It felt like I was working on a big Sudoku puzzle, moving all these relatives around
14:09until I got it.
14:10We looked for people with no date of death on that tree.
14:15There was one that stood out, because A: he was male, B: had roughly the right age range,
14:24and C was very closely connected to the Keane family, and as we know, the Somerton Man had
14:30the name Keane on his tie.
14:33When I saw the name Keane, that's when my hair caught fire.
14:36That's when I really knew we were on the offensive.
14:39We were going to get it because that wasn't a coincidence.
14:43And so this turned out to be a chap called Charles Webb, who had no date of death details.
14:50Yeah, so he was born Carl Webb but he only went by the name Charles Webb.
14:54It seemed this chap had just gone off the radar after 1947.
15:00This could be our man, but we had no evidence, it was just a guy on a tree with no date of
15:07And we set out to either prove or eliminate him as being the Somerton Man
15:15And to prove it, what we had to do was see who his mother was, then tunnel down the family
15:20tree just on the mother's side only, and find somebody alive today.
15:24And see if that DNA matches or not.
15:27And that turned out to be somebody in Victoria by the name of Antero.
15:30I got a call from Professor Abbott, who wanted to know if I could help do some research and
15:38do DNA test.
15:39I hadn't even heard of the story before.
15:42And it was like, 'Hang on a minute, is this a scam?'.
15:45It's not every day you get someone out of the blue calling you up and wanting to help
15:50with some unidentified body or wants your DNA.
15:54But did some research, made sure he was who he said he was.
15:57So I volunteered to do that and did the test, sent it away.
16:02I've always been interested in family history, but had no idea that there was a missing person
16:10So when Antero's DNA came through and it was a match to the Somerton Man, it was at
16:16this point we knew that Charles Webb was the Somerton Man and we'd finally cracked it.
16:24So there was a great feeling of elation, dampened by being totally exhausted at this stage.
16:34I was taken aback but was excited as well.
16:36There's a great, great discovery.
16:38You know, I'd played my little part in working out that great mystery, it was satisfying.
16:45There's Charles there.
16:47So, he's my first cousin, three times removed.
16:50And his mother, which is Eliza Emelia Morris, her older sister is my great-great grandmother.
16:58And there's me down the bottom.
17:00So Colleen and I decided right at that point, this was the time to make an announcement
17:09people have been hanging on for 70 years to know the answers, I didn't see any reason
17:13to delay.
17:14I just wanted to get it out there.
17:16They were determined, to quote Derek, to beat the cops.
17:20And they were a bit concerned of how the news would be received as well.
17:25The police gave no deadlines on when we could expect a result.
17:29There was just nothing, no news.
17:31Now an Adelaide researcher claims to have made a major breakthrough, uncovering the
17:35identity of the infamous Somerton Man found on a beach.
17:39Now a man who has dedicated his adult life to investigating the case thinks DNA has provided
17:45the answer.
17:46It's been a marathon working on this, over the last year particularly.
17:50It was mind-blowing.
17:52It was, 'Wow, we've actually got a name.'
17:54And it was a surreal moment.
17:56It took a long while to sink in that it's not the Somerton Man's story now, but the
18:01Charles Webb story.
18:02I'm not sure we'll ever be absolutely certain, because what we would do in a forensic context
18:08normally is take a deceased DNA and compare that directly with something we know belong
18:13to them a toothbrush, a hairbrush, etcetera, DNA from that item.
18:17We haven't got that here.
18:19As a secondary measure, we could compare the deceased DNA to a very close family member,
18:23you know, parents, children.
18:25Again, we don't have that.
18:26So my concern is that we may never be able to categorically say that we know this person's
18:33I'm not going to say I believe it until such time as the police results and the forensic
18:40results that were done at the autopsy come back and actually confirm it, which I think
18:49they possibly will.
18:51Police who exhumed the Somerton Man's remains last year are cautiously optimistic the finding
18:56is in fact a breakthrough.
18:58I am 100 per cent convinced that we have the right guy.
19:03Charles Webb is the Somerton Man.
19:05PROFESSOR DEREK ABBOTT, ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY: It turns out he wasn't a spy, he wasn't
19:10a ballet dancer.
19:13And all those crazy theories on the internet all came to nothing.
19:19So this is Rachel's DNA compared with the Somerton Man.
19:24Down at the bottom it says 'no shared DNA segments found.'
19:27So, that was a flop.
19:35So we're totally able to eliminate that hypothesis that Rachel is the granddaughter
19:42of the Somerton Man.
19:44The hypothesis turned out to be wrong.
19:49So, when Derek said that Mr Somerton wasn't my grandfather, as a joke I said to him, 'How
19:56long before you serve the divorce papers on me?'
19:58Because the media had made a comment some years back Derek only married me for my DNA.
20:04So it's probably somewhere around here.
20:09We told the children that Mr S as I've always called the Somerton Man was called Charles
20:15Webb and that he's not related to us.
20:18But the Somerton Man will always form part of our family and our narrative.
20:23It's the reason that we met, Derek and I. It brought us together.
20:28It's been like a journey for us, together, I guess.
20:31Derek: George, I guess the mystery's not over is it?
20:34We don't know much abut Charles Webb, why he was here.
20:35And then not wanting to just rest there, we also then were able to find other living descendants.
20:43So one of the people I contacted was Stuart Webb.
20:47I'd never heard of the Somerton Man case I think Derek Abbott found me because I'd
20:53done some family tree research of my own, because my grandmother was very into the family
20:58tree or genealogy.
21:03It certainly seemed very strange to be part of this larger mystery.
21:07I'm kind of a regular guy, I go to work.
21:11When Derek Abbott asked me to do a DNA test, I wasn't really crazy about the idea.
21:16I wanted to think about it a little bit further, so I put it out to my family.
21:19If anybody else would be prepared to do the DNA test?
21:22And I put my hand up straight away and said, 'yeah, I'll have a crack'…
21:29And everything from that point just seems to have steamrolled and rolled on and on and
21:34it's getting bigger and bigger as we keep going.
21:37So I've got a result for you.
21:40Are you ready for this?
21:44Drumroll…So you are a great, great niece of Charles Webb
21:51So I got my DNA results and…it was happiness, it was joy.
21:57But there was also some sadness about this forgotten family member
22:03You are 396 centimorgans, so you're right in the middle of the range, right?
22:12This was a person, he wasn't just a media hit for a little while and unsolved mystery.
22:19He was our family He was born in 1905 in Footscray, Victoria
22:28but it seems that he grew up in Springvale, in the family bakery and became an electrical
22:36instrument maker.
22:37He was one of six siblings.
22:40It's reported in the newspapers at the time that he played community football and so this
22:45could explain his good calves and good physique generally.
22:49And there's so much more we don't know.
22:52Here's a family photo album from pa with all the mystery inside.
22:57Check it out…
22:58I started to look back through the family history and that particular wing I've been
23:03able to find the first photo of Charles when he was alive, to my knowledge.
23:09Nana's actually written on this photo and named all the people.
23:13So you've got grandma, grandpa, Charlie who's the Somerton Man, and Roy.
23:18So you can actually see them quite distinctly.
23:20It's amazing.
23:24What a find.
23:27There's also a larger family gathering with all of the Webb family as it was back then.
23:33A fantastic family day, they're all smiling, Charles in particular is playing some kind
23:39of prank on who we think is Gerald Keane.
23:41I wonder where that was?
23:43I don't know.
23:44It looks to be somewhere rural; it looks like they're having fun.
23:48So when I first saw that, I thought, wow, this is fantastic.
23:52This is a real breakthrough.
23:54And this photo is basically taken 20 years before he died.
24:00So we're seeing him considerably younger than the autopsy photo we're used to looking
24:07It's quite incredible when you look at these photos and this guy obviously went missing,
24:13and nobody really came forward.
24:16The fact that Charles Webb wasn't reported missing, I find that sad in itself.
24:23And for no-one to reach out and find out where he was or what had happened, it's quite
24:31heartbreaking So Uncle Harry, growing up, was there any
24:36Did you hear anything about one of the relatives going missing?
24:39No, no, no.
24:41There's no recollection of that.
24:43Why didn't any of the siblings try and find out where he went?
24:46Did they know that he'd gone to Adelaide and never came back?
24:50Or did he just go off and no-one knew where, where he was?
24:54In the end when we look at the whole situation of the Somerton Man, it does appear to be
25:02a sad story.
25:05In the period leading up to his death, his father died, his mum died.
25:08His brother Roy, who he seems to be close with, died.
25:12He split up with his wife as well.
25:15Charles was married to Dorothy Robertson in, I think, 1941.
25:20They didn't have a very easy marriage…
25:24Our information comes from Dorothy's divorce decree filed several years later.
25:31Dorothy described Charles as violent, threatening, moody.
25:34Not at all a happy person.
25:36He didn't have any friends and he would be in bed by 7pm.
25:40Turns out that Charles loved to write poetry and his favourite subject that he would write
25:45about was death.
25:48This is interesting, because we know that just before Charles died, he'd discarded
25:53a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, which is poetry about death.
25:59It all fits together.
26:02One day she came home and the whole house smelled like ether.
26:07She found him soaking wet in bed, and he said he had swallowed 50 phenobarbital tablets.
26:13This very much sounds like Charles was attempting suicide.
26:17This story turns out that it's not some wild spy drama.
26:21It's really a sad, tragic domestic situation.
26:28Eventually he moved out in April of 1947, and we don't know what happened after that.
26:37And we find him dead on a beach in 1948 in Adelaide.
26:43So what has he been doing in that intervening year?
26:46Who knows.
26:47And why Adelaide, why did he pick Adelaide?
26:52I think Charles Webb was very broken mentally.
26:55Something had happened in his life, and he wanted just to anaesthetise himself.
27:02It does seem to me that some form of suicide does seem to be likely, which is what the
27:08police always suspected all along, right from the beginning
27:12I think there's no doubt that he committed suicide.
27:14If he planned it all, he certainly planned it in a way that it would leave a great, confusing
27:22issue behind, which would bamboozle people for years.
27:28Imagine, this guy has been sitting there for 70 odd years, no-one knew who he was.
27:33You're related to one of the great mysteries of Australia and indeed the world.
27:40I was a bit excited to find out all I could about the Somerton Man, now that I knew who
27:45it was and my small piece in the puzzle.
27:47I'm sure that they'll find a few more answers to those missing questions.
27:50But maybe eventually down the track, probably be a few unanswered questions that we just
27:56have to live with.
27:58The person that could supply all these answers that we all would like to know is dead.
28:03He's taking it to the grave.
28:05In the end, there was no fairytale ending, but it's been really heart-warming to learn
28:13that the family that may not have missed him when he went missing and when he died, are
28:19now reclaiming him.
28:20It's really the start of the mystery, not the end.
28:27He died alone.
28:28He'd been buried for a long time in a cemetery without a name.
28:33Whether he's buried again at Somerton or whether the family has other ideas, it's
28:41just really nice that he's got a name.
28:59So, in the playroom, we have two portraits.
29:02One is my grandmother, Jo Thomson and the other one is what Charles Webb may have looked
29:12I do find them quite disturbing.
29:14And now that I know that I'm not related, I would very much like to move those paintings
29:18on and rehome them.
29:20I would quite like to donate them to a charity.
29:25I would like to get rid of those paintings.
29:26South Australia police says further DNA work is required to positively identify the Somerton
29:27Man and that the matter "will ultimately be determined by the Coroner".

20 posted on 12/19/2022 9:39:57 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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