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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, 9 June 2013

Somerton Man: Micro calligraphy examples


When the task is to prove that the Somerton Man was very likely involved in espionage activities of one kind or another and we have the copy of the code to work from, then one step we can take is to examine that code page in detail. As most readers are well aware, this blog has done a fair share of examintaion of the code and the 'letters' within it and in fact the micro letters that exist both on the page and within the larger letters.

It struck me that it would be a good idea to demonstrate that it is indeed possible to write extremely small letters and that they can be inserted into other letters and markings on a document.

Here are a couple of examples:

This first image is of the alphabet, the letters within it range between .25 mm and .4 mm in height.


This image is of  the Lords Prayer, again the letter size is in the same range as before and here you can see how a fair amount of information can be compressed into a small space. In this case it's the prayer but it could equally be a set of code numbers or letters for example.




Just time for this quick post, there will be more examples to come in the next few days including a classic one of a Postcard that I believe will be very interesting.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Somerton Man: The letter C from the 'code' page updated

Some time ago in another forum,  I posted an image of the letter C which is the last letter of the fourth line in the Somerton Man code.

It has an unusual appearance with pronounced 'serifs' at both ends of the letter. It is important to remind ourselves that the shape of the C including the serifs, came about as the result of the SA Police tracing over markings that they saw on this page. There's a whole discussion yet to be had on just why the did this but that's for other posts.

Importantly these markings traced by the Police were supposedly only visible under a UV light. An interesting aspect of this is the perception held by many that what the Police saw were impressions left in the paper and that was the focus of their tracing efforts. I am happy to take advice on this but tests I have carried out using a UV light do not pick up indentations or impressions left by a sharp instrument, they do pick up any colour markings as in pencil or pen etc.

This suggests that the process followed was to firstly examine the page, identify whatever patterns they were able to see, probably use a light form of marking the lines for later recognition, photograph the whole area of the page concerned. This photograph would likely have been taken under UV light conditions. It was a photograph of the code page that was then traced over. It is also fair to say that the Police at the time may not have been able to see all of the detail that we can now see.

Back to the letter C and its earlier examination.The only image I had at the time was a low resolution one that lacked in detail. I had a basic camera without macro lens and had only minimal lighting. That resulted in an image that showed considerably less detail as you will see in this post.

I have in the last few days examined the letter C yet again but this time using a High Resolution picture of the code page, a better camera with macro lens and I also used UV lighting, the latter throwing up a lot more detail of the page itself and the nature of individual letters as you will see.

This first image is the latest version from a high resolution, 400 DPI, picture of the code page. In it I have brought in an unmarked and then marked version so that we can all see the original markings/letters/numbers highlighted. What is important here is to take a note of the groupings and overall patterns that have been formed by the markings/letters/numbers within this letter. They are highly unusual but there is another example from another copy of the Rubaiyatt some of which we have already posted. I will be posting comparison examples of other handwritten and type set letters in the next few days.




This next image was taken about 15 months ago in March 2012. It was a surprise to see the information that appeared to be within the letter C as shown. I was convinced that the 'letters' that appeared in the lower half actually spelt out JESTYN with the N being hidden within the bottom serif highlighted.

The reality is that the clusters and groupings of even smaller markings/letters/numbers as shown in the image above lay within the darker shapes.

This is the result of a low resolution, 96 DPI, image, it simply does not carry the definition or detail as per the image above which was taken from a 400 DPI version of the code page.

A lesson learnt and gladly shared and for those that I had heated discussions with on this topic I hope you can now see what actually occurred.

The analsis task ahead is a challenging one, fortunately I now have some good materails and resources to work with and will be posting regularly as things progress.

Somerton Man: Was Jestyn an Australian Military Intelligence Agent?

The short answer is in my view 'Yes'.

There is evidence in the images below that prove she was an Australian Military Intelligence agent and that she was trained by Alf Boxall.

The images below are the first of many that have been taken that show the presence of extremely fine micro writing in her poem that she wrote for Alf Boxall. It is highly likely that when she met with Alf and his friend at the Hotel and handed over the book, it was part of her training. She was specifically trained in the skill of miniature or micro writing, the same kind of writing that we found on the so called Somerton Man or Omar code page.

The writing is very finely done and is disguised in two ways, firstly the book appears to have been printed on a special form of paper that interacted with a particular kind of pen. The pen wrote in such a way that it was relatively easy for a trained operative to deliberately hide or disguise micro letters and numbers. It's extraordinarily clever work.

There is a technique that I used to get the micro writing to show up, simple but very effective. What it does is to illuminate areas of the page that have lain hidden for nearly 70 years. Fitting in a way because the quatrain that Jestyn chose was verse 70 from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayamm.

For the record  it is not only micro writing within the letters she wrote that has been found, there will also be evidence of invisible ink usage on the page. in the next post.

What you will see here is the first time that this has been viewed by anyone since Alf Boxall handed this copy of the book over to the interviewer all those years ago.

This image is of the number 70 which Alf Boxall wrote around the time of a Television interview. The reporter was a well known invetsigative journalist and Barrister. If you look carefully you will see examples of fine micro writing in both numerals. Alongside and to the right I have marked what I believe to be a string of numbers done in invisible ink or fluid of some kind.

As always a reminder that you will need to look carefully at these, the writing is extremely fine and quite faint but once your eyes become accustomed to reading them they become relatively clear.



Here you can see examples of micro letters and numbers in just about every location. If you look carefully there are instances of micro notes, one is circled and there are at least another 6.



This is part of Jestyn's signature, it is almost entirely comprised of micro letters and numbers and some invisible ink/fluid markings where quite a few little notes have been made.



Here's the rest of Jestyn's signature, to the left you can see the top part of the letter J and there are numbers visible there. You can make out more numbers in the straight section that joins the J with the stylised letter E. Quite a few notes scattered around this example as well.



I really wasn't sure where to start with this image, there are numbers, letters and words in many locations, within the letters and in the free space surrounding them there are numerous notes areas and number strings.


Some very fine and clever examples of micro writing in this image, note the delicate way that numbers have been formed and how they blend into the letter and pen markings.


 To my knowledge it is the first time that there have been any images or copies of documents shown that present microwriting in letters and numbers accompanied by other letters and numbers surrounding them.

It presents evidence that Jestyn was very likely an Australian Agent and she may well have been field trained by Alf Boxall.

There are so many more images of this document and others to be released, it puts an entirely new complexion on the whole Somerton Man case.


 I invite you to sign the petition so we can give the Somerton Man a name and hopefully return him to wherever his homeland was.

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

Please sign the petition so we can give this man a name and a permanent resting place:
https://www.change.org/petitions/solve-the-taman-shud-mystery-by-identifying-somerton-man