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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.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

TAMAM SHUD: Images of Somerton Man Showing Major Differences

In the previous post we looked in some detail at the post embalmed image of the Somerton Man and attempted to highlight what appeared to be differences in his facial appearance.

Please note that working with digital images is a fine art and whilst I have some level of skill I am not a technical person in this regard, having said that I have made every effort to maintain the integrity of the original images and to present as accurate a picture as possible.

In this follow up post we look in greater detail at just where those differences lie.

The challenge was to ensure as far as possible that we had comparable images in terms of size on which to base the analysis. I have used a simple grid approach and as you will see there are 4 distinct areas that do not appear to match. I have used the ear as the basis of sizing the rest of the image and then plotting the additional areas from there. As you can see the ear is very close to being an exact match in shape, size and location. 

To the grid:

A. At point A we can see the forehead, you will see in the lower image that the forehead has a pronounced bump, this bump occurs at the point where I believe another facial image had been superimposed on to the Somerton Man's head, you may well see the light line that commences on that bump and continues to the hairline and then beyond. Others have written that the bump is a relic of the autopsy but in the post embalmed image there is no such bump apparent. Is that because it was never there or because of the effects of the embalming process and subsequent cold storage? My belief is that it was never there and is the result of adding and superimposing another face on the SMs head.

B.  The bridge of the nose at point B in the lower image shows a pronounced 'dip' which is not there at all in the upper image. A different shaped nose.

C.  At point C we can see that in the upper image the nose appears to be significantly larger and of a typical 'Roman' type. Again, this appears to be a different nose type and shape to the lower image.

D.  Finally at point D, the lower face appears quite different to the upper, post embalmed, image. In the top image, the area above the mouth appears to have more depth and the lips and chin are at a different angle and moved forward, some of this is no doubt due to the jaw having dropped and manipulated in the embalming process.

Elsewhere on the web the upper image, post embalmed, has been described as flattened, in this comparison, the opposite appears to be true.

Comments and input are very welcome.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Somerton Man: Why Wasn't This Image of The Somerton Man Ever Distributed?


             The Real Somerton Man

Some time ago, I posted an article about the profile image of the Somerton Man that was published in 1948 with request for people to come forward if they recognised him:

I posed the question, 'Was The Somerton Man's picture real or was it faked?' In todays post I will put forward evidence in the form of another image of SM that supports the view that the original profile image published was in fact faked.

UPDATE: Please visit for the latest images including a grid comparison that shows the major differences between the publiscised and lesser know image shown here.

First let's look at the images posted earlier. I have rotated them so that you can get a better impression of how he may have looked standing up:

This next image shows where I believe the image had been cut and another 'face' had been superimposed and blended into the original, if you look carefully you will see a distinct line commencing mid forehead and running across, down and then out to the mid point on the chin.

Now here's a side by side comparison:

I hope you're still with me because, whilst the image above was taken shortly after the autopsy and had been referred to as 'reconstructed' by the Police, the next image you will see of him was taken after he had been embalmed and in cold storage for about 6 months. Remember that the whole purpose of embalming is to preserve the appearance of a deceased person.

Post Embalming
First let's look at an image of a well known person who was embalmed, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin:

For those who may not have seen him in  life:

The choice of this example was not accidental as you are probably aware there is every reason to believe that the Somerton Man and Lenin had more in common than their both having been embalmed. The point I hope you can see is that you would immediately recognise Lenin in both embalmed and life images as being the same person.

Now here's the image of The Somerton Man after he had been embalmed, in fact this image was taken almost immediately after the plaster bust had been made and there's another intriguing story to tell about that as you will read:

    This is the unpublicised image of SM                        And here's the image that was publicised

The same person? I don't think so.
The image on the left is the last to have been taken of SM and the image on the right was prepared some 6 months earlier.How can we tell that we are dealing with an altered image on the right? The Ear, quite scarce in appearance in fact, is exactly the same, you will notice the difference in the hair colour and the facial appearance is quite different in the left hand image.

All I have done to the image on the left is to resize it to get close to the earlier image, the flattened appearance of the back of SMs head in the left image is due in part I think to there being a pillow in place. He had been dressed for his burial leaving one to wonder whether anyone called by to say their last farewell.

For me this is striking evidence that there had been a massive cover up, there will be those who will say that the facial change in SM between images was caused by the embalming and storage process, I have done some research and that is highly unlikely to have occured. Having said that, if there is anyone with sound evidence to the contrary then please let's have it.

Why The Hurry?
In the notes taken by Paul Lawson, the man who made the bust, he states that his original instruction from the Coroner, Cleland, was to take a cast of SMs skull and to have him buried with that and the real skull was to be kept by Cleland for further study. Lawson was in the process of doing that when the Police arrived at the morgue and stopped him saying that SM had to be buried immediately. In fact he was buried some 6 days later. Why would they do that?

A footnote, I would recommend that you visit the website, you'll find some more intersting theories and ideas as well as hard facts related to this case. Pete Bowes is the guy that blogs there and he has an engaging and sometimes confronting style. Well worth a visit.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Somerton Man: Images Linking Jestyn, Alf Boxall and The Somerton Man

In recent months there have been revelations regarding Jestyn with her daughter stating that she thought her mother was a spy. In fact I think she suggested that she was a Russian spy and knew SM who was in the same trade.

For some time I have been wondering whether or not to publish the following images, they come from the book, a Rubaiyat of course, that Jestyn gave to Alf boxall and in which she had hand written one of the verses from the book, Verse 70.

The close up images that follow show micro writing within the letters of the handwritten verse 70, similar micro writing appears on the so called 'code page' found and associated with the Somerton Man.

So, here we have Jestyn handing over a copy of the Rubaiyat to Alf Boxall with her handwriting and possibly that of others as well and it contains micro writing. This being so then these images link Jestyn, Alf Boxall and the Somerton Man for the very first time.


For my part I think it is highly likely that Jestyn was indeed a spy but of the Australian kind.

There are more of these images and they will be posted over the coming days, in the meantime if you have any thoughts or comments that you'd like to share please go ahead and leave a comment below.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Somerton Man: Why No Fingerprints?

If there was one aspect of this case that is of greatest concern it would be the absence of fingerprinting. The suitcase and contents not fingerprinted, the book or the torn piece not fingerprinted, bus ticket not fingerprinted, shoes not fingerprinted and Jestyn not fingerprinted. I can't find any reference in the evidence or notes that states that anything or anyone was fingerprinted with the lone exception of SM himself. If anyone has found such a reference it would be greatly appreciated if it could be shared. As it stands, this may be the only suspicious death dealt with by Police in Australia where fingerprints weren't taken from evidence.

To add some further weight to the view, the statistical likelihood of a male in their 40s taking their own life using poison and choosing a beach to do it is hundreds of thousands to one. I am sure the methematicians amongst us could provide the precise numbers. The only similar  event that gets close was the Marshall case and he was found poisoned, copy of the Rubaiyat, on a headland not that far from the sea and the rest we are all very familiar with.

Whilst SM's death may not have appeared to have been suspicious when he was discovered at the beach, it would have fallen into the category of sudden, unexplained and therefore suspicious until such time as proven otherwise. In fact it was at the RAH that the examining Doctor mentioned the likelihood of poisoning. That's almost as good as it gets as far as timing is concerned and the suspicious aspect should have immediately kicked off the correct Police procedures for what could be the most serious offence in the book.

The SA Police in those days was run very much like a military organisation, to the book.

Just months earlier to the discovery of SMs body Jimmy Durham went to a great deal of trouble taking fingerprints from a book that had been stolen from a second hand shop and getting a conviction from it, why then did he not do so for the SM case? He, or someone, went to huge lengths to examine and photograph the impressions left on the inside of the book but didn't apparently look for fingerprints with the obvious ones being SMs.

It is just possible that finding the answer to the question of why fingerprints were not taken could lead to, at the very least, some very viable options as to who or which organisation had knowledge of or sanctioned this apparent killing.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Breakthrough: Code Page Images

This psot contains some of the upgraded images from the Somerton Man 'Code Page'. It has taken a long while to be able to capture imroved images of just what it is that lies behind the markings made by the SA Police.

For those who are unaware, the so called 'Code Page' is in fact an inside page of the copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam found and associated with the Somerton Man, the back page, the page on which someone had been writing, had in fact been torn off and has never been found. It was this inside page that was examined by the Police using firstly a UV light and then very possibly in an effort to get a much clearer picture of the impressions that were revealed, Iodine Vapour, a common method used by Police and Intelligence agencies at that time and possibly even today.

The following images were taken using a very simple process which I will certainly share once it has been improved a little. Effectively what it does is to remove lighter colours and leave the darker colouring beneath. For example if you were to look very closely at any of the letters of the page even with the naked eye you would see areas of darker and lighter colourings.

The police used something like a felt tip pen, a very fine one, to mark over the impressions they saw, the ink from this pen flowed on to the page and followed the impressions and where the impressions on the paper were deeper, more ink would have settled. This accounts for the areas of differing 'depth' of colour. The bottom line is the so called letters are not all black in colour, they are various shades of grey. The process I have used focuses on that fact and as stateed, we have found a way past the lighter colours and without using any digital, PhotoShop style tools to do so.

The first 2 images are of the first letter A in the 4th Line, in this image you will see strings of numbers with some letters

 On the left is the 2nd letter A in the 4th line, again strings of numbers are seen.

This is part of the letter G from the last line and here you can make out letters in the cross bar of the G.

On the left is the letter B from line 4, there are some letters with many numbers apparent.

 Below is the letter B from line 3, a comibination of letters and numbers with what appear to be symbols.

On the left is the last letter P from line 3, numbers are clearly seen in this image.

Finally we have the letter I from line 3 characterised by letters and numbers.

As the process improves we will be getting much clearer images, your feedback on these is more than welcome, you should be able to make out many of the various letters and numbers.

The purpose of displaying these is to add more credibility to the spy theory and importantly to demonstrate that there is so much more to be found on the code page and for that matter elsewhere.