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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, 28 September 2013

Somerton Man:Confirmation that his picture had been reconstructed?

A very interesting newspaper article from the time, December 1948, has surfaced that seems to substantiate the view that perhaps the Somerton Man's profile image had been altered.

In a post dated 24th February, the question was asked whether the profile image of the Somerton Man was real or had been 'doctored' in some way.

The first image shows the markings highlighted on the profile that appear to be the result of a superimposition of the face:

In this second image you can see what appears to be the 'superimposed' face:

In this last comparison image below, you'll see highlighted areas of the front view of SM that show signs of having been modified. It is difficult to match the profile image on the left to the full face view on the right, from my perspective they do not appear to be one and the same person.

The question came about as a result of close examination of this particular image which showed markings that appeared to prove that the image was in fact a compilation of 2 images, the face did not 'fit' with the rest of the profile of his head, it had different colouration and a different 'texture', it looked as though the face had been superimposed onto the original image of the man's profile.

This article from the Advertiser dated December 4th 1948, just a few days after the discovery of the Somerton Man's body on the beach makes specific reference to the Police having created a 'reconstructed photograph' for viewing by the public.

It is obviously an interesting choice of words. If the Police had been talking about SM having been dressed up, would they have said reconstructed? It doesn't seem likely that they would have chosen the words 'Reconstructed Photograph', it would have been more accurate to have said a 'Reconstruction of how the man looked when found' and they would have done that to prompt someone's memory perhaps. But no, the words used were quite specific.

Another aspect of the discovery of this news article is the date, just 4 days after the event. The Police were right on the job and following through, they were being efficient. This would appear to be in stark contrast to the way they later acted when on 14 different occasions they didn't take fingerprints from items associated with SM which could have helped solve the case.

Yet another question in need of an answer, why would the Police have reconstructed this image by superimposing a face into the man's profile?


renoarnon92 said...

Hi Gordon.. Im aware that this sm image is a reconstruction from a long long time ago.. But i never tought someone would think like i did.. But based on your statement that the police have reconsreucted this image by superimposing a face into the man's profile.. Does that mean we dont know how does the SM actually look? If thats the case.. U probably right that something is likely covered up in this case.. If the police went this far.. I would think that the SM's real face was actually a well known figure around that time that if his dead was gping public it might caused a fuss.. I wonder if SM man was or is an important missing person and never confirmed dead.. I think this case has a high probability to be tought as a conspiracy..

Gordon332 said...

Thanks for your comment, I think you are on the right track. We have images that cannot be confirmed as they have been altered, we have a set of fingerprints that were not certificated by the Police. We have now got two bodies of men who were found poisoned in Adelaide within 2 weeks of each other, the second man died on 14th December, there is no confirmation that he was identified although they named him as Tibor Kaldor, from Windsor a suburb of Melbourne, Tibor was once an internee from the Hay and Tatura internment camps in the WW2 times.

Thanks again for your commemnt.