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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, 23 August 2014


It is a given that when a case such as the Somerton Man becomes 'Cold' then just about every man and his dog will pursue it with abandon. Theories and concepts abound with little though given to the actual evidence.

By focusing on the evidence our theories and concepts gain some credibility and at least some basis for building a case.

Where to start? There are still numerous documents around including the Autopsy Reports as well as some Police information.

For our purposes in this post the focus is the Autopsy Report and in particular comments made by Jimmy Durham the Police photographer on the Somerton Man case:

‘I also have copies of the writing found on the deceased’ (Exhibits C.7 and C.8 returned to Mr. Durham)
Next Paragraph:
‘I took a photograph of the paper found on the deceased and I produce copies of that.’

They appear to be 2 distinct and unrelated sentences.

‘Writing’ and ‘paper found’ are quite different. Mr. Durham would well know the difference between writing and types words. As Gerry says, no photographs and no negatives in the file so we are not able to go much further than to place a double question mark after it.

I did note that the original inquest file had to be returned to SA State Library Archives.

So here we have a statement made by Jimmy Durham telling us that there was writing found on the man or is it a case of a simple mistake but Mr. Durham was not given to making such errors, he was precise in every aspect of his work and was known for it.

Food for further thought.

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