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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, 2 June 2013

Somerton Man: The Code finally busted?

After a great deal of time and effort and a fair share of 'abysmal' successes in opening up the Somerton Man code, the time has at last arrived when I can announce that it has been opened up a lot more and there is masses of information to be had.

Here's the thing, as posted previously, the letters of the code do contain micro letters. Letters and numbers in fact and many of them. So many that sometimes the author stacked numbers on top of each other.

The appearance as you will see suggests that this stacking was part of a technique that involved the use of coloured lenses to be able to differentiate between perhaps one message and another.

Another amazing find is the existence of what at first appeared to be straight lines running down and sometimes across the page. It turns out that these in fact also contain writing and this time it looks at least at the moment as though they may be sentences. Along with these two breakthroughs comes another, there are more writings that are seen as being white against the background of the page and a lot of them. Some may be scratch marks of one form or another whilst others are definitely letters and numbers.

Here are some examples and an important note, you need to examine these closely, the writng is sub .5mm and sometimes less than .3mm in height. That plus the grey on lighter grey for the letters makes it essential that you closely examine and perhaps adjust your screen abgle to get a decent view:

This is the first letter A in line 4. You can see how the micro writing has been 'curved' around the tipof the cross stroke.

Below is another view this time showing the upright section, here you can see some 'stacking' of numbers.

This iamge os of the second A in line 4 and here you can see an overview of how many numbers and letters were crammed into the confines of this letter, you can see the individual numbers and stacking.

You can download a pdf of the full 23 images from line 4 from here

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  1. Hi Gordon - I can see some letters and numbers, but not as many as you'd like me to! It’s all thought-provoking stuff, but I think the title of the post is a bit premature. Before you can really call it “busted” you either need to decode part of the message into plaintext, or else identify the code and technique used as being that of a known organization that was active in the 1940s. But I don’t blame you for using an attention-grabbing headline!

    There’s another thing that's been bothering me about your theory. If you look at the pigeon code -- well, I’m sceptical about that being microwriting as well, but if it is then it’s understandable why the large letters are also in code. Anyone intercepting that slip of paper would expect to see a coded message, so that’s the obvious way to “camouflage” the existence of the microwriting. But that’s not the case with the Tamam Shud code, if it was written on the back page of a book. Anyone seeing a coded message there would be surprised, and driven look at it more carefully. On the other hand, if it was a shopping list, or the itinerary of a journey, or scores from a card game -- those are the sort of things people do scribble in the back of a book, so no-one would give it a second glance.

    The only explanation I can think of is if the large-scale "visible" code contains instructions to the intended recipient for viewing the microwriting (e.g. filters and magnification to use, if it was intended to be read with a special machine).


  2. All good and fair comment Andrew and accepted. A couple of things that I should really post, one is the fact that outside of the confines of the individual 'letters' of the code there are examples of micro letters and numbers that stand in 'free space' on the code page. If they hadn't been there then there would be good reason to doubt their existence within the letters. When it comes to the 'letters' themselves, when the police discovered the book and examined it they put it under UV light and then traced over what they saw. Much was missed and I will post on that separately. There is an example of the use of micro writing and I will post on that as well. Many thanks for the comment Andrew, much appreciated!