A new twist in the case occurred on 14 January 1949 when staff at Adelaide Railway Station discovered a brown suitcase with its label removed that had been checked into the station cloak room after 11.00am on 30 November 1948. In the case there was a red checked dressing gown, a pair of size seven red felt slippers, four pairs of underpants, pyjamas, shaving gear, a pair of light brown trousers with sand in the cuffs, an electrician’s screwdriver, a stencilling brush, a table knife cut down into a short, sharp instrument and a pair of scissors as used on merchant ships for stencilling cargo.

Also in the suitcase was a thread card of Barbour brand orange waxed thread, “an unusual type”, that was the same as that used to repair lining in a pocket of the trousers the dead man was wearing. All identification marks on the clothes had been removed but police found the name “T. Keane” on a tie, “Keane” on a laundry bag and “Kean” (without the last e) on a singlet, along with three drycleaning marks; 1171/7, 4393/7 and 3053/7.  Police believed that whoever removed the clothing tags purposefully left the Keane tags on the clothes, knowing Keane was not the dead man’s name.

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via Taman Shud Case – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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