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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, 8 June 2014

Somerton Man: EUREKA Part 2 - Code Page Unlocked

Morse Code Pro Signs Identified

In a very recent post we discussed the possibility that the 'Code' page letters were in fact morse code Pro signs as found in a US Military Radio Operators manual. Further we suggested that each larger 'letter' acted as a carrier for the smaller, micro written, letters and numbers found in every 'letter' on the page. Above is an image of the full code page marked up showing the first letters in each line and the last letters with, where found, an interpretation of the Prosign meaning.

Last Letters AB or AR?
Before we get into the discussion on this image, we need first to clarify the nature of the last two 'letters' in the last line on the page, are they AB or are they AR?

In the image below, I have brought together for comparison each of the 4 letters B found on the page:

If you look closely, you'll see that the four 'B's above are fairly similar in shape with reasonably rounded upper and lower parts and importantly with the base of each being 'closed',
In contrast the base of the letter beneath is left open and the curves are quite pronounced.

Now compare these four with the image on the left, it's the last letter on the last line. It comprises of a letter and a 'flourish' beneath that leads off down and under the preceding letter, the letter A.  My view is that the shape of this last letter on the last line is noticeably different to the other 4 examples of the letter B. I have circled where I think the 'flourish' actually starts and raise the question is that a flourish or is it meant to be an underscore? That being the case then the last 2 letters on the last line are in fact AR and NOT AB.
View the Radio Operators Manual here. This manual, FM 24-6, is an official US War Department Publications dated 1945.
Why is that important? Because when we look to our Radio Operators manual and the Pro Sign meaning of AR, it means 'This is the end of my message to you and no reply is required or expected' It is a matter of conjecture as to whether there is anything to be inferred by way of similarity between this meaning and the meaning of the two words 'TAMAM SHUD'

The Main Code Page Image
Returning to the main image at the top of the page and taking this theory further, we can apply the Pro Sign meanings to each of the final letters on each of the lines with the exception of line 2. That could be because the letter I has no Prosign meaning or it could be that it does have one that we have yet to discover.

The other 4 lines do contain final letters that have Prosign meanings:

Line 1, D = Deferred and AB meaning All before
Line 3, P = Priority and T meaning Transmit
Line 4, C = Correct Version
Line 5, V meaning from with call sign to follow, the prosign 'T' meaning Transmit, appears 4 times on the last line, AR = This is the end of my message to you and no reply is reqired or expected,

Other Prosigns from the manual can be applied to the letters as shown in the earlier post on this topic and they can be used to show how the micro written content of each of the larger letters should be treated by the recipient. For example, the letter T indicates that the content of this letter should be transmitted to another recipient. The letter P means that the micro content is a Priority item and so on. I hope you take the time to examine the Prosigns and then apply them to the 'letters' in each line.

You will also notice that I have highlighted each of the first letters in each line on the page. I wanted to show how there is a pattern of use as in the 2 styles of the letter M. A stylised version and then a more plain version which appear alternatively. Lastly the letter V which has a Prosign meaning of 'From'.

I interpret the first 4 introduction letters as being the identifier of the source or type of message, the stylised M lines are from or to one source and the plain M lines are from or to another source.

The last line commencing with the letter V has the meaning of 'From', it is difficult to be precise here but I suggest that the whole page could be about an intercepted set of coded messages that have been copied and converted to micro writing which are then discussed in the last line by the actual sender.

The last line then Starts with a V or 'FROM' and ends with AR which means:

'This is the end of my message to you and no reply is required or expected

Why use Micro writing? Simply because it would be the most effective way of reducing a fairly lengthy message including Prosigns, Call signs and message content into a very small space for ease of concealment and eventual distribution to others.

Next steps are to work through the micro writing, which is the real code, and then get on to the huge task of deciphering the more than 1000 characters that exist.

Your thoughts and ideas are very welcome. I would like to thank those who have emailed me with their input, I very much appreciate their support and recognition that it is difficult to present this new information and facts that others have spent so long on attempting to solve. I would like to think that we all have the same goal in mind, to find out who SM really was, what he was doing and why he died, then we should send him home wherever that may be.


  1. Eureka indeed GC. Connection. Bloody enthralling,

  2. Making progress Pete. Some fascinating things yet to come.

  3. To put it up here, in public, is a grand and exciting gift GC, my personal thanks. Please carry on at your own pace ... I do not want it to end.