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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Monday, 19 February 2018



I did this work on the Somerton Man profile image perhaps 5 years ago. For those interested, I firstly rotated the post-mortem profile image through around 90 degrees clockwise so that we would see his face as it would appear if he were in a 'near enough' standing position.

The modifications I made were to first erase the 'bump on the forehead and then to tidy up the hair so that it would hopefully look as close as possible to how it would have appeared when he was alive. The slight overbite is apparent and I did little to change that.

Comments welcome.

Thursday, 15 February 2018




Well, some of it at least....

I have put this page on first for you Byron! The mention of Acetate of Lead would surely stir the blood!

On a serious note, it was common for cornered spies to dispose of any incriminating evidence by swallowing it, so with that in mind, in this post we will examine 3 documents each of which describe in good detail the hows, wheres and whys of hidden messages.

These documents date back to 1911 at their earliest and they were formally released back in 2011, you will note that some of these techniques were in use through the 1970s. By default that means these tools were in use at the time of the Somerton Man.

Byron, this next image is much more your street than mine, it deals with German secret ink formulas.

And the image that follows talks of how secret messages could be recovered using photography. Those familiar with this blog will know that I have successfully used very similar techniques to uncover micro written code on the code page. Essentially, it requires that you use a combination of powerful lighting and numerous photographs taken at various angles.

In fact, that was the same technique used by the US Library of Congress to recover an altered word found in the Declaration of Independence. In that instance, they used a 33-megapixel digital camera with an array of LED lighting.


Some very old documents describe some actual cases, I'll post those next time.

Saturday, 27 January 2018



This post contains a link to a download location where a number of documents with images in some cases, can be found, at the time of writing this post in all there are 57 documents in this location, I do have others and will post them gradually..

Some of you may already have seen some and possibly all of these but hopefully, it will fill a gap for everyone.

In the light of posts and comments elsewhere on the web, I judged that these items may be useful to the serious researchers of the Somerton Man case.

Amongst the documents are Police files, newspaper reports, an interesting discussion by CJ Philips, Criminal Law Journal on the likely cause of death for the Somerton Man (it seems it was a speedy death), a detailed historical document on Stamina trouser manufacturing including an image of 2 fob pockets, two PDFs that discuss 'Questioned Documents' including the recovery of indented writing, Len Brownes notes.

Managed to track down a copy of the elusive Sydney Sunday Mirror dated November 1959 and the pdf is at this location.

The list of businesses in Jetty Road is most interesting, look up number 166.

One item from the Police files states that the T.Keane on the tie found in the suitcase could be a J. Keane.

On poisons, it is I believe an established fact that the Somerton Man was poisoned using a fast-acting substance or liquid, two documents discuss poisonings, the Soviet 'KAMERA' organisation which was active in the time frame plus German Poisoning methods in WW2.

I hope that this store of information will be of interest and perhaps fill in a few gaps.

The Store

Especially for you Misca, a long-promised link to a deluxe version of a W&T Rubaiyat, published 1942 I think. The Williamson inscription may be interesting.

Thursday, 4 January 2018



Lots of snaps of our friend on the web and a quite an amount of information, the problem is no one seems to know exactly when and if he died. Some say it was May 1945 and others suggest, with supportive evidence, that he was taken to the USA where he was interrogated at length and to some accounts, he spilt the beans on many of the German's top-secret weapons development programme. Including this example:

So, did he actually survive a supposed poisoning in 1945 or was he spirited away to the US and then down to sunnier climes in South Australia to meet his maker on Somerton Beach on December 1st 1948?

There is a wealth of conflicting information out there, the stuff that good healthy and, just maybe, valuable discussion can be made from.

Cue Clive :)

Sunday, 10 December 2017


Given all of the past work that has been done on comparing the various images and the creation of numerous impressions, it struck me that we hadn't really taken a close look at the 3D render video, produced by Professor Abbot's team at Adelaide University, and the still shots taken from it.

So, here is the result of the work an artist, based in Europe, who put her talent to the test and produced what I believe to be the best artists impression I have seen.

There will be more to follow on this post, there are a number of questions to be answered as followers of this blog will know, there's one comparison that comes to mind.

1. Here's the video of the laser scan process of the bust that was taken by Adelaide University in 2012 and published in 2015 according to the notation on the video YouTube page:

2. This is the end result of the reconstruction of the head of the plaster bust:

The artist's impression is based on this second video. There appears to be no resemblance between the Somerton Man postmortem images and the appearance of this man.

The question is, just who was this man? The comments made by Mr. Lawson in his diary come to mind, '...disposal of the original body'. Is this then the second body inferred by that comment?