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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.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Somerton Man: Did he take his own life or was he murdered?

There has been a lot of discussion on numerous blogs and groups on this subject. Did the Somerton Man die by his own hand or was there someone or some other factor involved? Our main question and focus is did he take his own life.

As you will read here, whatever other factors were involved, it seems highly unlikely that the Somerton Man took his own life.

In this post we will briefly examine the options, we will be using the assumption as per the autopsy docments and evidence given that the cause of death was heart failure and that an unnamed poison directly contributed to that heart failure.

There are 3 main options here, firstly suicide, in South Australia in 1948 140 males took their own lives.

Next there is murder and there were 18 men murdered in South Australia that year none by poisoning as far as can be ascertained to this point and other statistics are hard to find. As soon as appropriate stats are found they will be published here.

The final possibility is accidental poisoning but the figures available on that possibility are also hard to find.

One way we can get some direction is to examine the statistics on suicide by males.

The information that we have and data from the Australian bureau of Statistics state that in South Australia in 1948:
  1. The Someron Man was in the age group of 45 to 54
  2. 140 males took their own lives
  3. Of the 140 males, according to ABS stats, 10% from the defined age group of 45 to 54 took their own lives
  4. Again from ABS stats, 9% of males who took their own lives did so with a poisonous substance as opposed to poisoning by gas/ exhaust fumes
We are now venturing into probability theory. The question posed is of the 140 males who died, what is the probability of them being in the age group of 45 to 54 AND taking their lives using a poisonous substance?

The answer according to standard probability equation is .009 of the total.

The statistics used covered Australia for the period 1921 to 2004. you can download a pdf from the Australian Government website here:
http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BN/2011-2012/Suicide

If these figures are correct, and I see no reason to doubt them at this stage, that means that the likelihood of the Somerton Man committing suicide in South Australia in 1948 and using poison to do that was highly improbable.

More work needs to be done on this topic, regular updates will be published as that work progresses.

Please feel free to comment, your input is appreciated.

As usual, please consider signing the petition below, in this way the Somerton Man can be given a name and be properly laid to rest.
https://www.change.org/petitions/solve-the-taman-shud-mystery-by-identifying-somerton-man

Sunday, 26 May 2013

SOMERTON MAN- Close Up Images of Code Page Micro Writing

In all there are 49 visible 'letters' of the code page that was found on the back of the copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam plus a 'crossed' out line, the two central lines and at the base of the code page is what is often referred to as a 'flourish'.

The story is that the SA Police went over what they saw under a UV light in an effort to better view the 'letters' of a code.

After examining this code page possibly hundreds of times and with more than 2000 images taken of different aspect of the page, it is puzzling why most of the Micro writing found on the page is visible to the naked eye, yet apparently not seen by the Police at the time. The reason I say that is, as you will see in the images below, that the traced marks made with a felt tip/.laundry marker exactly cover the micro writing.

Did the Police know what was there and what was the real purpose of the trace marks if they did know?

Here are some more examples of micro writing from the page and this time they are of the flourish at the base of the page.

In this first image of the approximate centre of the flourish you should be able to make out horizontal writing and numbers.

The height of these letters/numbers is in the .25 to .3mm range. Very small.
The image below is of the left end of the flourish as you look at it and there are clearly numbers to be seen.


This is an image of the right hand end of the flourish as you look at it and numbers can be made out in the upper and lower sections, the upper is highlighted.


There are many more examples on this code page and they will be added to the site over the coming weeks.

The next post will be an interesting find related to the probability that the Somerton Man took his own life, there are many followers who subscribe to that theory, in the next post there will be some valuable information on that issue.

https://www.change.org/petitions/solve-the-taman-shud-mystery-by-identifying-somerton-man

Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Code. Was it a variant of this MI9 created code for POWs?

Recently a UK Mathematician apparently 'cracked' the code contained in some personal letters sent by a British POW to his family.

What was different about this code was that it used very ordinary letters home to carry hidden codes to British Intelligence.

Above is an image of the real heart of the code, a simple number table.

MI9 was the British Intelligence unit charged with training British officers in the use of top secret codes which they could then use in the event they were captured by the enemy. Amongst the 'kit' supplied by MI9, as described in their catalogue 'Per Ardua Libertas', was the details of the code.

A copy of that has come the way of this blog and you can download it here..

The question is was the so called 'Omar Code' a variant or derivative of the MI9 code? Is this what the numbers found on the code page and within various letters relate to?



Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Micro Calligraphy, extraordinary examples

Very often in these posts we talk of 'Micro Writing' and 'Micrography' as it relates to the Somerton Man case. One of the issues has been proving the likelihood of miniature writing being in use by Intelligence services and by default that also has meant following up on the history of this technology.

The Hebrew religion and others have made use of tiny and sometimes hidden writings in their artwork and, as in the case of the WW2 camps, 'ksivy' or small stones with tiny pieces of valuable paper with even tinier handwriting were thrown over fences between compounds and used by camp inmates to communicate with each other. Finding examples of 'ksivy' is difficult and in that regards the search goes on.

There other fine examples of Artwork and it is my belief that it is this skill that was noticed by the various intelligence services, picked up and used for their purposes.

In this post I would like to share some very fine examples of what is better known as 'Micro Calligraphy' it is based on Art works but it is not difficult to see how it could be used for other purposes. In this first image you should be able to to see how each and every detail is composed with micro writing, from the buildings, to the pathways to the timber structures, the sky and even the surrounds of the image, each is made up of the written word. It is a particularly fine example especially when you consider that the writing is in cursive style.

The owner of this and other similar images has informed me that they are in fact written on a Papier Mache base and, whilst at first he thought they were an engraving, he now believes that may not be the case and that they are in fact hand drawn.

From the perspective of the intelligence services you can see quite clearly how letters, numbers and codes could be written and cleverly hidden using the techniques of the artist. Notice the use of shade and how some writing is paler than others, see how the timber structure is used such that the wording looks like no more than natural shading and perhaps wood grain effects.Even the surrounding edge from a point approximately 1/3rd of the way up the left side of the image around to a point about 1/3rd of the way down the its right side is in fact micro writing. The question is, if this artist could do this in the 19th Century, where did they get the techniques from and how would it have progressed into the 20th Century? For the record this image is just 60mm in height, that makes the individual letters no more than .5mm and very probably less in height. In fact in the case of the writings within the sky area that writing is closer to .2mm.in height.

In the example below is a close up of some of the writing from this art work. It is so extraordinarily well executed, tightly packed and, again, perfectly executed. It does give you cause to wonder whether the artist was engaged in a profession that made use of the technique and if being an Artists was their full time occupation then where are other examples of their work?



https://www.change.org/petitions/solve-the-taman-shud-mystery-by-identifying-somerton-man


Friday, 3 May 2013

New Image & Video of the Somerton Man

This video is an updated version of a similar one that I worked on a about 18 months ago the major difference being I used the latest profile image that was posted here: http://tamamshud.blogspot.com.au/2013_02_01_archive.html

The 3D image was created from 2 X 2D images being the profile and a reconstruction of the mans full face picture taken just after the autopsy.

The hope is that everyone who sees this clip will promote and distribute it amongst their friends and eventually who knows someone may recognise him.

Here's the clip and after you have watched it would you please consider signing the petition so that the Somerton Man can be identified by his DNA.



https://www.change.org/petitions/solve-the-taman-shud-mystery-by-identifying-somerton-man

Thursday, 2 May 2013

More Somerton Man Code Micro Writing Revealed



There has been quite a break in blogging activities due to a number of projects piling up and that really had to be completed. The desk is now almost clear and so here's a post and some images of the Somerton Man Code.

The images were taken over a period of time and show number sets and that had been written directly onto the code page itself. They have been particularly difficult to reveal being extremely small and in what appears to be a light grey colour, possibly a very fine sharpened pencil.

it is important to note that these images have not been modified or altered in any way, they are simply close up images using a macro lens and either directed lighting or daylight.

This first image shows the top of the letter 'B' in the 4th line of the code, if you look carefully you should be able to see a set of numbers written in miniature. Numbers and letters appear in every larger  'letter' of the code.

 

In this image below from the second, so called 'crossed out' line, numbers and letters have been highlighted. If you look carefully at these images you will other instances of micro writings.



The following images are of line 4 and 5 of the code, alongside the letter A there are some numbers and a letter which appear to be in negative. Beneath it and to the leftyou will see the top of the letter T you may make out some micro letters.




There are many more of these images found throughout the code page and within the letters of the code. In the next post we will look at examples of micro writing in the .3 to 5mm height range as per the images above.