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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.

Monday, 14 July 2014

SOMERTON MAN: Jestyn Verse 70. The Dash Held A Secret...

Verse 70, The Verse Given to Alf Boxall By Jestyn at the Clifton Gardens Hotel

An apparently innocent meet up of 2 young nurses and 2 Army officers, but one of the officers as in Intelligence, a trainer maybe?

The Dash and other letters in this verse as well as the Verse Number placed there by Alf Boxall some 30 years later,  all kept a secret...

It's a matter of connecting up the dots, initially we had the code page and its microwriting and now here we have the Verse 70 written into a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam just a few short years earlier. What do you see? I think it's on the edge in terms of size, possibly below .4mm in height. Bear in mind that the writing in the book was more than 50 years old when this image was taken.|

Now just take a moment if you will, imagine that you were an analyst looking at this image for the first time. What s it that stands out to you? Is it the way that the markings are so clearly defined in terms of where the 'pale' area starts and finishes and where the darker area begin? Is that normal? Now look again, how about the consistency of the grey colouring that seems to form letters in the 'paler' section and the darker markings in the darker shaded areas? How about the almost ramrod straight line that appears to run from left to right along the base line of the dash?

The answer is it's all of the above. You see an analyst looks for more than one 'unusual' instance and oin this case there are at least 5 things that would make an analyst think twice. 

More images from the verse will be added to this post.


Anonymous said...

I see the same characteristics in the next letter, what can be seen if it.

Gordon332 said...

the same can be found in a number of the letters in the verse but not all. I ahve some clearer images which I will publish over the weekend. My belief is that Jestyn and the other two attendees could have been at the hotel as part of a training exercise. For the record, I have examined more than 20 samples of handwritten ink letters and none contain the same sort of markings. The next images will show numbers that are legible.