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 http://tamamshud.blogspot.com.au/ 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.
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:
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:
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 www.tomsbytwo.com.au 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.