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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.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

THE SOMERTON MAN NAMED: PAVEL IVANOVICH FEDOSIMOV. UPDATED MARCH 5th 2017



PAVEL IVANOVICH FEDOSIMOV

In the absence of any proven sighting or documentation that proves otherwise, this man could well be SM.
Major Pavel Ivanovich Fedosimov, KGB.
Last seen in August 1948 boarding a ship bound for Russia.



Major Pavel Ivanovich Fedosimov, KGB.
Last seen in August 1948 boarding a ship bound for Russia. In the absence of any proven sighting or documentation that proves otherwise, this man could well be SM.

Is this just a name picked out from a book? In a way, it was because we were directed to a particular book by Senator Cavanagh in 1970. Of all the books he could have chosen and there are hundreds that had been written about the Cold War years, he chose just one, The Atom Spies. In this book, there is a page that describes the meeting of spy Harry Gold with a man that matched the description of the Somerton Man. He was tall, he walked on the balls of his feet and he was a spymaster. The same incident was described in another book, his name appeared in the second book.

Due to some urgent issues here, I am posting pretty much on the fly but here are some images that provide an answer to the issue of the ear shape on this man.



The image on the left is a close up of SM's right ear and on the right, the close up of Fedosimov's right ear. I have adjusted the angle of Fedosimov's pic to try to match that of SM.

Look carefully at SM's ear, you can see what appears to be part of his lobe which may or may not be attached. The full face image of SM shows more detail of the left ear which looks to be quite different and that, it seems that it is relatively common to have unmatched ears.

I think it is possible that we have the same man and that the ears are a close match. I want to qualify that somewhat. If we had another image of Fedosimov that showed the right profile of his face and ear then we would be in a far better position to make a final call.

I didn't have to look that far to find an example where the angle of a photograph taken of a person's face, can significantly alter the appearance of the ear. 


This is Novikov, Russian Consulate General to the US and Fedosimov's boss. The image on the left shows what looks like a joined ear but on the right it may or may not be joined.

It has also been commented that Fedosimov's nose looks different and pretty much the same argument can be applied with some minor differences. The most significant issue is the colouration that shows up on his nose. If we look at SM's full face image, he is obviously deceased and therefore there is no colour in his head. You can also see that his left lower ear appears to cut sharply in to join the side of his face and it protrudes somewhat at the top, not an apparent match to his right ear but there's nothing really unusual about that.


More to follow on this post...
















Sunday, 12 February 2017

SOMERTON MAN: EVERY LINE ON THE CODE PAGE BEGINS WITH THE LETTER 'M', EXCEPT ONE...




How many times have we looked at this page?

What do you see?

If we take a lesson from this page we see that every line begins with M except the last line... But is that correct?

We've looked at this page so many times and every time I look at it I see something more. Here's what I see now:

MRGOABABD

MLIAOI LINE THROUGH

MTBI

MPANETP


CROSSED LINES WITH X

MLIABO  AIAQC MISSING LETTER?

VTT


MTSA

MSTGAR FLOURISH BENEATH THE R


FLOURISH AT THE BASE OF THE PAGE
That I believe is the original format of what we see handwritten on the code page. The break appears to be on the line VTT. The V in Pro Sign terms indicates 'MESSAGE FROM'

I also see what appears to be a space between the O and the A  in line 5.

So why was the code page written in the way it was?  I think it's because there simply wasn't enough room to write the letters at the height they were in their original format. So, if they wrote it out as I suggest above, the page would have to be 1.5 times as long to accommodate it.

I am also convinced and have shown many times on this page how each letter contains microcode. thus they had to be of a minimum size in order for that to be done.

Look at it again, 26 letters appear before the two crossed lines and 24 after them.

BUT, the line apparently drawn through line two, was it drawn before the letters or after them? How would you know? Was it really a crossed out line or has everyone simply jumped to a conclusion? Remember that the Police overwrote the indentations they saw on the page. Why is that important, mark and note this please, it will be important when the time comes?

What about the two crossed lines and the X in the middle? They also contain microcode as do the flourishes at the base of the page.

Add all the coded letters and lines up again. Prior to the VTT line there are now 28 code carrying lines/letters if we accept that the upper part 'owns' one of the two crossed lines in the centre.

If we apply the same rule to the last half we find that, including the lower crossed line and the flourish beneath the R as well as the flourish at the base of the page, it also has 28 code carrying lines/letters.

Now apply the Pro Sign information in the US Army manual to the letters and what you have is a set of instructions, it is that because the real code is within the letters and lines.

I can hear the eyebrows raising, just remember that we are dealing with real experts in their field who were masters at lateral thinking. These were not pseudo-intellectuals or would be members of the aristocracy, these people knew how to conceal and hide messages so that they didn't look like messages, it was their trade. I know this flies over the head of some but please, allow me this much.

The final post for this blog is approaching fast, very soon the Somerton Man will be named. It will still leave many questions including those surrounding Tibor Kaldor and the statements emanating from the University of Adelaide and, of course, what did the code contain? That will be a matter mostly for others.


Sunday, 5 February 2017

SOMERTON MAN: SUDDEN DEPARTURES 1948. PART 1. A BIGGER PICTURE


SUDDEN DEPARTURES


Russian Liner Pobeda

The year of 1948 was marked, amongst other things, by a series of departures. Some of these departures were of people, some were of organisations and some were of roles, some were temporary and some were more permanent in nature.

For the purpose of this post, we are focusing on those events that we think may have some bearing on the Somerton Man case.

1. July 29th. 1948, Elizabeth Bentley is named and thus she departed her role as a Russian Spy, her statements led to the fall of many communist spies who had buried themselves deep into the Manhattan and other major projects.

2. Pavel Ivanovich Fedosimov, Russian diplomat and known spy. He is believed to have first landed in the US in 1940 and records show that he was officially transferred to the US in 1943. His name appears in a number of Venona cables the first from Ottawa in 1943.  In one of those cables he makes mention of a meeting with HDW, Harry Dexter White. Ottawa is widely regarded as the place at which the Cold War commenced.

Pavel boarded the Russian ship Pobeda on 31st July 1948, there have been no sightings of him since that date.

3. A different kind of departure was that of Oksana Kasenkina, a Russian teacher employed to teach the children of Russian staff at the United Nations in New York. This lady wrote to the editor of a Russian language newspaper in NY and asked for refuge. She was taken to Reed Farm a property owned by the White Russian Tolstoy Foundation. The reason for her fleeing to the farm was to avoid being put on a boat back to Russia, that boat was the Pobeda, due to sail on 31st July with fellow passengers including Pavel Ivanovich Fedosimov.

Oksana did not catch the boat, instead, following a raid led by the the Russian Consul General, Jacob Lomakin, Oksana was taken back to the Russian Consulate from where she subsequently escaped by leaping from the 3rd storey of the building. She was rescued by two NY Police officers and hospitalised with quite severe injuries, it was from her hospital bed that she asked for asylum, she defected to the US on August 7th 1948.

4. Harry Dexter White, economist and US Director of the International Monetary Fund, left this world on August 16th 1948 just two weeks prior before he was due to answer allegations that he was a Russian Spy. There is an account that states that HDW was visited by two unknown men just hours before his death. HDW had been suffering from a heart ailment and amongst his medications was Digitalis.

5. Jacob Lomakin, Rusian Consul General to the US, following the debacle of the raid and subsequent defection of Oksana Kasenkina, was given 3 days to leave by the US President Harry S. Truman. On 28th August 1948, Lomakin set sail for Russia. He was last heard of in the early 1950s at the Russian
Embassy in Peking. He died in 1954.

6. September 3rd 1948, this time it is not a person who departs, it is a whole organisation. It was on this date that moves began to declare the Communist Party of Australia an illegal organisation. The following year saw its leader, Lance Sharey, imprisoned for sedition. Whilst the Party was not in fact banned, this date proved to be the turning point and the Party went into decline despite one last throw of the dice in the Coal strike in 1949.

A bigger picture is emerging, a global picture and there is more  to follow as we move towards the events in Adelaide in December 1948.

Check back soon...

With thanks and acknowledgement to Clive for his contribution and commitment, progress is being made with much more ahead.