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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.

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. 

Monday, 30 January 2017

SOMERTON MAN: THE 4 TIBOR KALDORS


AUSTRIAN RESEARCHER TURNS UP ANOTHER
THREE MEN CALLED TIBOR KALDOR


Clive has been in touch with an Austrian Researcher who tells us that she has found another 3 males called Tibor Kaldor all of whom are buried in the same cemetery in Wels Austria not far from Linz.

Our researcher has kindly forwarded 2 of the Death Certificates, whilst there appear to be no formal records for the 3rd man apart from a headstone which bore no date of death.

The forms below are being translated as I write this but what we can see is that both were signed by the same man a Dr. Dreseler. You can also see that the reference numbers at the head of each form are different:

3631/34.856  and 3635/34.890

The dates of death are:

22nd May 1945 and 27th May 1945 respectively



TK 1

TK 2

Perhas you could say this is posted a little prematurely but it does add more to the mystery surrounding Tibor Kaldor. If you recall we recently found that the University of Vienna had no record of his having attended there which conflicts with his claim of having a PhD from Viennna. A commenter suggested that he may have simply fudged the name of the University to impress, and that is being chased down now.

Could it be that these two men of the same name died within days of each other in the same location? Yes, that's possible of course, the sad passing of a father and son perhaps, although it does sound unlikely. But for now we have yet another question about Tibor Kaldor. More to follow once the forms have been translated.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

SOMERTON MAN: TIBOR KALDOR, VIENNA UNIVERSITY UPDATED





If you recall, Clive had spent some time investigating Tibor Kaldor and his apparent time at The University of Vienna which also apparently resulted in his obtaining a Doctorate in Languages,

When first approached, regarding 'Tibor Kaldor', the University responded in the negative, there was no record of Tibor Kaldor or his having obtained a degree. Misca suggested that we look instead at Tibor Schoen, this was Tibor's original surname, Kaldor being that of his stepfather.

Yesterday Clive received an email from the University once again stating that they had no record of either Tibor Kaldor or Tibor Schoen. Thy thought it possible that Tibor was in the mistaken belief that the Universities records would have been destroyed during the numerous bombing raids but in fact they survived.

What now for TK? We have not sighted any birth documents and thus it is even possible that Tibor Kaldor is not his real name in any case. That being so, who was he?

We will update again.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

SOMERTON MAN: THE BUST, THE SCAN IN COLOUR


THE DIFFERENCE THAT COLOURS MAKE:



This is the more familiar view of the image of the 3D scan of the plaster bust. When examining this it seemed to me that there were a few things that were odd. Firstly the difference between the actual plaster bust image and this view and secondly, the hairline seemed quite unusual. 

So, I had the images coloured in by an artist:



Looking closely at the profile image to the left you'll see that the main part of the hair on his head appears to be a hair piece. I must stress that this was done by an artist and he assured me that he had stayed faithful to the detail. The hair at the sides was close cropped but the centre was quite bulky, in fact, it was higher to the right of centre than it was to the left.

It seemed to me that it would be an idea to remove the 'hair piece' at least that's what it seems to be, and here are the results.

Profile image comparison, bald:



Full face comparison, bald:



Finally, here is the full face and profile image with the piece removed:


Does this mean that the man in the bust is not the man found at Somerton Beach? If you recall a few months ago we suggested that may be the case and that the man of whom the bust was made might well hav been Tibor Kaldor, the other occupant of the Adelaide City Morgue where SM also lay.

It left me with quite a question, why does the scan image when coloured bear no great resemblance to the coloured version of the plaster bust?



















The mouth is wider in the bust image above and the nose is quite different as is the hair.


I believe that the reason for this is that Mr. Lawson may well have used the photographs of SM that the Police took just after the autopsy. It appears to me that the facial features of the plaster bust were modelled using those images rather than faithfully following the actual facial features of the man.

What difference does that make? The 3D scan I understand was done using IR, it would have detected the inner detail of the bust, you may have seen similar effects on Antique painting recovery and identification. They use IR and sometimes Xrays to get to the hidden detail.