- Feb 23, 2019
- AFL Club
FYI -True, the scratches could indicate a struggle. The fact that they're not extensive enough to be considered by the coroner as cause of death, might indicate that SM was already under the influence of the substance that the coroner thought caused his death. An absence of a wallet as well, might be cause to suspect that he was robbed whilst dying, or someone manhandled him to place him at the location where his corpse was found. The location of grazes on the knuckles probably don't support a counter argument that this injury is from interaction with the seawall or stairs as in a stumble or fall.
IMO it's most likely he was manhandled to his resting place and regained enough consciousness to realise what was up when they rifled his clothes to remove identifying possessions and fought back. But that's just a suspicion. Did police have reason to not suspect foul play?
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Dr Abbott isn’t convinced that the Somerton Man was poisoned. “Pathologists of the time were trained in the Victorian era, and the tendency of the time was to suggest a poison if there was no apparent cause of death,” he said in a Reddit AMA. “Remember, no poison was detected. So we are on thin ground if we suggest it definitely was a poison.
‘I have considered the circumstances disclosed in the evidence, and I came to the opinion, taking all the circumstance