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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.

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.


peterbowes said...

GC: Boxall was a good hand at sketching - is there a rumour or a record anywhere that Jessica could draw, or paint. To be able to incorporate such small writing, within the normal flow of penmanship is an art in itself.

Gordon332 said...

Good question Pete, I don't have an answer for that at the moment but I will try to find out and get back to you on that. Whilst it is difficult at first to write at sub 1mm, after a little practice you should be able to get down to .5mm which most if this is with some just about .3mm. It's a function of the sharpness of the pencil if that was being used, the kind of ink and the type of paper. In some of the work I do for example, I use translucent paper because the ink I use doesn't run and dries very quickly. What I see here could be pencil over ink, not sure about the paper type, it seems to bear a resemblance to the torn piece, Tamam Shud.