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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Somerton Man: Code Page: The letter Q beyond doubt contains micro writing

It's a fairly straightforward claim one even the most experienced and infallible academics would be able to understand :)

In the images below, what do you see?



Theoretically this should show those who are uncertain about the presence of micro written letters/numbers within the outline of larger letters of the code that they are indeed present in the Q and for that matter in all of the letters on the code page. If you look carefully at the inner tip of the letter you should be able to make out grey markings beneath the overwriting done by SAPOL or whoever it was that did that work. These are where the underlying letters were partially skipped.

Given the recent release of an SOE manual in the UK that describes the insertion of pencilled letters within previously inked letters and then a top cover of ink applied, I am confident that this was the approach used and it is known as the 'INK H' technique. The fully inked letters and the paper that they were written on were developed by immersing the whole in a strong bleach solution. This removed the ink leaving only the darker pencil/carbon marks visible. It is that process that was, in my view, used in this case.

If you have any proof or argument against what is now abundantly clear, then please put it forward. It is simply not acceptable to rest on your reputation real or imagined and pass an opinion that isn't based on sound and supportable evidence.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Somerton Man: Torn Piece High Resolution Images

Just time for a very quick post this morning, Below you will see some very high resolution, close-up images of the torn piece and also an image that was titled 'book', not sure which 'book' that might be but it certainly bears a strong resemblance to the fibre make-up of the torn piece itself.

In the image above, pay particular attention to the apparent wear marks to the left of each stroke on each letter. The last letter M is very interesting under examination. With regards to the wear marks, it does seem unusual that they appear to be restricted to the left side strokes, still examining this and other images.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Somerton Man: The Code Is a WW2 Technique Used By SOE

Thanks to a great piece of work by Barry T. we now have supporting information that the Somerton Man Code was a technique used by British Inteligence during WW2. To be more precise this method of hiding pencil letters behind inked letters was used by the Special Operations Executive and is described in an SOE Manual released in 2014.

The method known as the 'INK H' technique is quite simple. First you select the letters you intend to use as the carriers and write them down in ink, next insert your code letters into the inked letters in pencil and then write over the lot once more in ink. The pencil letters are not visible to the naked eye.

The next step is 'develop' the hidden code and this is done by soaking the paper containing the inked and hidden pencil letters in a strong bleach. The result is that the bleach removes the ink leaving the revealed pencilled code.

The method can be used for hiding micro letters and larger letters. Readers of this blog would know that the SM code was recovered using UV light which revealed indentations whch turned out to be the code letters. These indentations showed up as the darker markings behind the overwriting in the image above as done by the SA Police. I was able to identify numerous micro letters written within the larger letters because of the indentations, sadly we do not have the original document and this post tells us that it is highly unlikely that we will ever recover that.

Now that we know this, what exactly does it do for us? Quite simply it gives us a lead that says whoever wrote the above code had knowledge of the SOE method. Personally I am not certain that SM wrote the code, however it is possible that his role may have been to recover it. It is possible that the same or similar technique was used by other agencies but at this time we have no information to support that.

This is an exciting development and one that provides us with another extremely strong indication that this is an Espionage case.

More to follow.