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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.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Somerton Man: What the larger letters of the code mean, EUREKA?

Does a WW2 Radio Manual Hold The Answer?

The recent posts have focused once again on the presence of micro writing hidden beneath the larger letters found on the 'code' page. These posts contained numerous images that clearly show micro writing is present in each of the larger letters and in fact is also present beneath the lines across the page. For the record, this was the first time where such a use of micro writing has been discovered, to my knowledge no one has found an example before, at least publicly.

Back to the lines! One of those lines was always considered to indicate that whoever wrote the letters down had made a mistake and had simply crossed out the line. No explanation was given for the two lines with an X at one end that sits around the centre of the page although it was part of a recognised symbol used by radio operators to indicate a separation point between messages; the full symbol is two joined lines with X at each end where they crossed over.

The Clue
This provided a clue to the code page and the large letter meanings, what if all we see on the code page in terms of large letters were radio operators 'Pro Signs' short codes for a number of elements of all radio messages?

Strange M's & The Letter V
Looking at the 'code page' the first thing that may strike you is the use of the letter M on each of the first 4 lines of the code. You should notice how they are different styles, the first and third Ms are quite stylised, unusual in form whilst the second and fourth Ms are what you could call standard in form.

As you will read, it now appears possible that the first stylised M followed by an R could mean that this was a message received by the holder of the book. The second, standard shaped M, could indicate that this line was transmitted by the holder. The same theory applies to the Ms in the third and fourth lines, receiver then sender. Of course, this is a first attempt at understanding the nature of the M's and more needs to be done to either confirm it or consider alternatives.

The first letter in the last line is a letter V. Again as you will read, the V is the from line, this would indicate who sent it. That would be interesting to know, indeed it all will be.

We know that each of these letters contained micro letters and numbers and it now looks like we know at least the purpose behind each of the 5 lines. The next step is to further clean up the indiviual micro code letters and numbers within each of the larger letters, now perhaps we're getting somewhere.

A Eureka Moment..
A US radio field manual from WW2 may provide some more answers.
(View this manual here. When you read it, the first page describes how this version supersedes earlier ones, the search is on for copies of these, they could provide even more insight. Let us know if you find copies.)

Within the manual we find the following 'Pro Signs':
A means 'The originator of this message is indicated by the call sign immediately following'
AB in a sequence means 'All Before'
B means 'More to follow'
C means 'Correct' or, 'The following is the correct version'
D means 'Deferred'
G means 'Repeat back'
N means 'Not received'
O means 'Urgent'
P means 'Priority'
R means 'Received'
T means 'Transmit to..'
V means 'From'

If the last two letters of the code are not AB but AR then that would mean 'This is the end of my transmission to you and no response is required or expected'

What this may mean within the context of the 'code page' is not exactly clear at this time but it does seem possible that the larger letter may have direct relevance to the smaller micro contents of that letter. For example the letter 'C' at the end of line 4 could be saying 'the micro code contents of this letter is the correct version' and another example could be the letter 'P', which occurs twice in line 3, could mean, 'the micro code in this letter is a priority'.

Stay tuned! There's much more to follow and you read it here first!

To borrow a phrase, what we have found here is not the cure, but it does show us symptoms not seen recognised before, they were hidden in plain sight.

Coming soon, 'How the 'code' was 'Transmitted' not how you may be thinking..

Monday, 26 May 2014

Somerton Man: CODE PAGE SECRETS FINALLY REVEALED (more images added 2nd June)


The above image was captured on 1st June 2014, there are some clear letters to be seen in the lower section. The reason for this post is to display more proof that micro writing exists and is not to be confused with digital 'noise' or unwanted digital 'artefacts'. There are has been some useful discussion on that subject in recent days and I have every respect for those in the discussion. Whilst they were quite eloquent in their argument, they did not or could not offer any examples of digital noise or artefacts that bore any resemblance to what we see here, in fact they offered none at all. In their defence, they have invested significant time into an approach, attempting to crack the letters on the page as a code, that has now lost credence due to our findings here.

Steganography or Semagram?
What you see here is a set of 'code page' images that prove once and for all that the 'letters' in the code are actually made up of micro written letters and numbers. In the image to the left, you can see the larger letter M and within each stroke that makes up the letter you can see micro numbers and letters have been written. Bear in mind that each of the letters in the code measure no more than 7mm in height. The micro letters vary in size between .3mm and .5mm in height. You can see traces of further micro writing in the larger letters that surround the letter M.

In the image to the right look at the letter I in particular and you will see the outlines of 3 distinct groups of letters/numbers.

Using micro writing in the intelligence/espionage field was a known technique, it was used across postage stamps as well as sometimes hidden behind them. It was used by German intelligence in WW2. The CIA make mention of it in a 2011 release manual. What's different here is that to my knowledge this is the first time that an example of micro writing shaped into the form of letters to disguise what is actually there, has been found.

Make no mistake as you can see in the images these are real and very small letters and numbers. This exercise has taken some 3 years to finally get to discover how to reveal just what lies beneath the trace marks made by SA Police.

Did the SA Police know about the micro writing?
I don't believe they did, remember that they saw only impressions on the page which they highlighted using UV lamps. They may not have seen the detail although there is evidence that they did see individual impressions as per the letters M and R in the first line of the 'code'. What we see is the direct result of having the felt tip ink applied and a residue has been left on the page that makes the micro letters appear. There are other reasons why we see them including the fact tthat it is very possible Iodine vapour was used by the Police which may have also reacted with the ink from the felt tip pen making the micro letters a shade or two darker than the surrounding inked areas.

Are there more images?
There are a number of images to review in this post, but nit all by any means are posted, EVERY letter and line contains micro written code, some are packed very tightly and some, as you will see in some of the images, there are spaces between sets of numbers/letters.

Of note is that in some instances parts the individual letters/ numbers fall outside the Police markings and some fall totally within them leaving a small space whilst others touch the edges. The importance of that relates to the suggestion that perhaps the characters are just smudge marks left by ink flow, they decidedly are not, for ink to flow and consistently produce what are now clear letters and numbers would be impossible.

Steganography Or Semagram?  
Steganography is said to be one of  2 types, Technical or Linguistic. Technical Steganography applies scientific methods to hide messages such as invisible ink or size reduction as you would find with microdots. Linguistic Steganography hides the message or code within another carrier. I think we have that in this case, Lingusitic Steganography which is also known as a Semagram and in this case it is not an open cipher but covered one.


Sunday, 25 May 2014

Somerton Man: Code letters reveal massive information

As followers would be aware much has been published about the 'code page' and the letters found on it.

In recent weeks I have spent a good deal of time researching ways to imrpove the visibility of the individual letters and to more precise, what lies beneath them. There is more work to be done but I thought that these images would be a good starting point to share.

The good news is that I have found a way in which the letter images can be filtered and the image above shows the result of one of the first efforts made to 'clean' the images so that we can see what the Police traced over. the main focus here is the letter Q and in this image you should be able to the outlines of a some numbers and letters, you can also make out impressions within the A and the C as well as more outlines that appear to be in the two lines above these letters.

In the image above you will see the letters AMS from the last line of the code page. You will be able to see many outlines in each of the letters but in particular the letter S, here you should be able to decipher some of what you see.

I will be posting more images over the next few days along with a description of how this was done and why together with some further filter improved images..

Somerton Man: KGB search techniques could reveal a clue

This video clip is most interesting, it is an actual film of KGB officers searching Dmitri Polyakov, a Russian GRU General but also in the pay of the CIA for many years.

What caught my attention was the amount of time that seemed to spent on the hands. Those who are familiar with the Somerton Man case would know that when examined he had no marks except for some scratches found between his knuckles, could they have been caused by this type of search?

Comments very welcome!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Somerton Man: Service Number Found on Vest?

Whilst we are busy working on the 3D render of the Somerton Man, I thought it would be a good idea to post on this item that I have had in the backgroubd for a while.

Those in the know would be aware of the clothing found in the suitcase, amongst the items found was a vest which had its ID tag removed so there was no way to identify who may have made it and who may have owned it. Just maybe now we have found something that could lead us to the owner of the vest.

If you look carefully you will see what appears to be a serial number of some sort at the top of the yellow shaded area. There are other markings below this but the focus is on the larger characters that seem to have been written near the top.

Could this be a service number? It is hard to make out and in order to 'lift' the detail I had to spend some time with software tools. To be fair, this could also be an example of digital artefacts which can and do appear on old images, I am not sure that such artefacts appear on both postive and negative views of an image. What caught my attention was the size and location and orientation of the markings.

Please look carefully at the original image on the left, you may just be able to make out some markings and when I viewed this in negative the same markings were there. It is possible that what we see are the impressions left by someone marking the original label.

Please feel free to make any comments and share any thoughts you may have, email me if you would rather do that.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

SOMERTON MAN: Progressive 3D Image Post 3.

This is step 3 in the series with more to go:

Making progress, we've applied an 'undercoat' and have started on the skin texture, you can see it is taking shape now but there is still work to be done on detail including wrinkles/crease marks as well as the ear, mouth and of course the eyes.

The next steps are a little more complex but we will be adding more images over the coming days.

It is important that we get feedback and many thanks to those who have emailed me with their thoughts. Again thanks to Professor Derek Abbott at Adelaide University and of course Pete Bowes at

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

SOMERTON MAN: Progressive 3D Image, Post 2.

Post 2: Full Face Stage 2.

The work done on this 3D image development is painstaking, whilst we are using all of the known images of  SM, some of the detail is hard to define. For example the exact shape of the chin when he was alive, in death all of the muscles relax and fluid can gather but we are making every effort to ensure his facial features are as true to life as we can make them.

The next few days will focus on sculpting this image to ensure the details such as chin angles, lip shape, eye, brow and forehead are correct. After that we will start to add texture and light colouring before moving on to adding eyes and hair.

If you have some comments to make please do so, all input is valued.

Previous Image from Post 1.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

SOMERTON MAN: Progressive 3D Image, Post 1.

This is the first part of a progressive post that shows the construction of a 3D Photo Realistic image of how we believe the Somerton Man may have looked in real life. 

One of the ongoing items of interest on this blog has been that of the appearance of the Somerton Man. Over time many have made attempts, myself included, to bring together an image that would clearly show his features in as realistic a light as possible.

The work has been hindered somewhat by a few factors including the apparent modifications that were made to the original profile post autopsy photograph and the fact that the full face image of the man was taken from above but at an angle. The angle would have the effect of 'shortening' the mans facial features and distorting his appearance in other ways.

It seems that now though, with the help of some smart programmers and artists plus of course the great work already done by others including Professor Derek Abbott at the University of Adelaide, our own efforts with good input from Pete Bowes at ,we are close to getting a much improved version of how he may have looked in real life.

In the lead in image you can see the beginning of this project, it's the first cut image that we are using to build on. In the image below you can see how the tools we use help us shape and manipulate the various contours of his face:

As I write this post, the next step of the construction process is happening and that is the sculpting of the base image you see on the left above to more closely match his appearance. The work is quite complex in that we have to make allowance for the fact that all of his facial muscles in the original photographs were in a completely relaxed state and that there would be points at which fluids may have gathered. There are a number of other quite small adjustments to be made to the more prominent features such as the nose, eyes
and ears. Once that is done we can look at adding texture but that's for the next post on this subject.

We'll be adding more to this post in the coming days so keep calling back or you can join the site to get updates whenever new posts are loaded.