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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, 19 December 2015

Somerton Man: Learn about the new technique that reveals a Full Frontal 'code' page and more

New Technique Reveals A Full Frontal View 

of the 'Code' Page

I don't think that I can claim this as entirely my own invention, but it is a new way of using a very old, tried and trusted technique. More on that later,(See last paragraphs in this post), for now, I wanted to upload some of the images that I have processed using the technique. As you will see, we are now able to see far more of what really exists on the code page and by so doing we have lifted the lid 'good and proper' on what must have been kept closely guarded for all these years.

Looking at the image above and within the marked up box area you should be able to see the string of numbers with some letters. The significant point here is that because you and I see them then the Police or whoever else was involved in producing the code page must also have seen them. the knack is not to leave it in the solution for two long or the bleach will remove way too much and you won't get a decent result.

The image here is of the 3rd and 4th lines and the arrows indocate existence of micro code within the letters. In particular the A in the AQC sequence and the AMS in line 4.

In focus here are the letters AQ and again micro code is visible. Previous images of the Q are confirmed as containing micro letters and numbers. the letter A, in particular, shows a neat string of code in the foreground, I am confident that we can get a better and far more clear image than this. Then again, now that the method is known, anyone could do this.

I have done more work on the Q and will post that in the next day or two.

Every single letter and every single flourish or crossed out line covers strings of micro code if indeed that is what the tiny letters and numbers are. Given that such an effort has been and is still being made to discount these findings, you would have to think that this is indeed a massive cover up and you would also think that it must have been quite an important matter for this to be done.

I will publish more images from the code page shortly. In the meantime, I can tell you that you will be surprised at just how easy it is for anyone to use the technique so you can all see for yourselves. One last point for now, over the years much has been said about insufficient letters to be able to decipher the 'code'. Not now there aren't, there are hundreds of them and more than enough to keep Professor Abbott and his merry band of helpers busy working on the material for quite some time to come.

Nearly forgot! Here's what happens to the Tamam Shud torn piece with this technique..

A little more work and this will be improved but, for now, you should be able to just make out the string of numbers across the top bar of the T. There are many more letters and numbers in the phrase and more images will be posted.


In other words, it is common household bleach. It really has taken everyone, myself included, a long time to get around to realising this. What was needed was to look back in time and understand what 'tradecraft' tools they would have had at that time. Bear in mind we need to think in terms of everyday items that could be put to use and bleach was certainly one of them as was the stock standard pens and pencils needed to write up the codes.

The method couldn't be simpler. You simply take a photograph, in this case, a black/white one, and immerse it into a bowl or plastic container with enough bleach in it to cover the photo. The next step is to observe the process as the bleach does its work, I used my camera to get a close up and could see the changes as the bleach gradually removed the lighter colourations on the photo, first. It was important to ensure that the photo wasn't left in the solution for too long as the bleach would have removed a lot more than was wanted.

When you think about it, it's not a lot different to the 'Ink H' process posted earlier except this time we are using a B/W photo and removing shaded areas to highlight the darker places where pencil or similar had been used.

Interestingly there are references to this concealment technique in a CIA manual that was released in 2011. It spoke of hiding micro writing in borders around pages and column dividers. It didn't strike me then that they would have had to use some kind of chemical/agent to uncover the hidden codes.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Somerton Man: A Major Breakthrough? How the code page was written, Ink H Developed

This Is How The Code Page Was Written

The example above is of a line of numbers and one letter hidden behind a layer of ink having first been written onto a straight inked line, in other words, it is like a sandwich of pencilled characters between two layers of ink. I wrote the additional line above to give you an idea of the size which is around .8mm in height.

Next we have the same piece of paper and same lines of characters and numbers, this time, the piece of paper has been treated with a fairly strong solution of bleach to the extent that the paper becomes almost transparent and you can see letters on the underside of the paper. And you can also see the blue ink has now turned to a magenta colour and, importantly you can make out the letters and numbers that were hidden in the first image.

Two Break Throughs

Moving on, we are now going to see the finished item as far as the bleaching process is concerned and it does look as though we have something of a breakthrough. Here are two images of the same piece at the same stage of the process, breakthrough number 1 is that the image immediately below is 1200 dpi and is quite visible, image 2 is 400 dpi with very little discernible difference from the 1200 dpi image.

So, what is so important about the image dpi? Those who have been following the case and this blog will know that there have been a number of loud voices crying out in anguish about the fact that the dpi of the code page, 400 dpi, was insufficient to be able to make out any micro writing and, therefore there couldn't be any there. I await their apologies eagerly :)

Another breakthrough of sorts, and it does need more work, is the nature of the paper once it has been treated with bleach.Look closely and you will see a similarity between the actual code page image of the background paper and the images of the bleached paper above.

I am hoping that the detractors won't find it too hard to replicate what has been done here, effectively all that has happened is that the Ink H process has been followed using micro written letters and numbers, the results photographed and Voila!

I would like to encourage those who are avid followers to try this experiment, even our friends from Adelaide University. It is a simple but highly effective clandestine communication tool and a superb lesson in concealment of information in plain sight.

In the next post later this week, I will show the outcome of creating a photograph as above using glossy paper, then I will overwrite the micro letters and numbers with a felt tip pen and finally I will use the lighting techniques together with standard image editing to show how the whole thing comes together from the Ink H process to the recovery of hidden micro writing as per the code page.

What's really significant about this post is that for the first time to my knowledge, there is evidence to suggest that the technique used to create the code page was Ink H, a method developed and used by SOE, British Intelligence and at that time the method was secret. Further, the evidence also suggests that the code page was processed using the Ink H developing method again from SOE.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Somerton Man: Video V2, how the code page and verse 70 micro writing

Ink H In Action

The Code page and verse 70 secrets revealed

I will be uploading close up images from this video as stills. What's been demonstrated here shows you how code was hidden as it was in Verse 70 and the code page from the Somerton Man case.

What I have managed to prove thus far is that micro writing was a technique in use by numerous agencies, that Ink H was used by SOE in WW2, we have documented images obtained using proven forensic examination techniques that show micro code hidden in both verse 70 and the code page. The torn piece also shows traces of letters and numbers.

Apologies for the brevity of this post but there will be more and I will no doubt be upgrading this clip.

I would like to thank all the supporters that have kindly encouraged me and a special thanks to NW!

More images to follow. This clip illustrates just how micro-code is inserted into larger letters and lines. Please note that whilst you can grab images from this video, they will not be as clear from a video format. I will be uploading a series of still images later today that show the details.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Somerton Man: This day in 1948...

December 1st. 1948

On this day 67 years ago and at around this time in the morning, the body of the Somerton Man was found.

Regardless of the differing views that exist as to the circumstances surrounding his death, I think that all commentators would agree that the day should be marked with respect for him and for all those who have dedicated so much time and effort into trying to resolve the case.

This man was someone's child, he had a mother and father and possibly siblings. He learned to walk and say his first words, he jumped in muddy puddles and played the games we all played as children. He went to school and possibly University. He had a job, maybe a wife and children. He was just like each of us in many ways.

How would you like to be remembered? Buried as an 'Unknown' person? Or would you like to think that, if this were you, one day someone would find the answers and see that you were named and perhaps taken to your home and your final resting place.

For me, in my heart my wish is that the day when he is finally named happens soon, perhaps even in the next 12 months.

But for now, I'll raise a glass and say 'Here's to you SM!'

Monday, 23 November 2015

Somerton Man: Code page micro set '283X', an Admiralty message dated 1944.

In the image above you can see a close up of micro set numbers and the letter 283X. I posted on this set a week or two ago.

After some digging, I have found what appears to be a most interesting result. 283X is apparently an Admiralty message dated 1944 and it relates to Top Secret Naval operations during that time. However, we do not have any evidence that these messages are genuine, provenance must be established before we can be certain of this.

You can read the full message thread here:

Is this a 'coincidence' ? Or is it another piece in the puzzle that might just give us a lead worth following?

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Somerton Man: Line 3 & Last line of code, clear micro numbers and letter

I found this set of numbers, 283 X diagonal, about 4 years ago. It is on the last line of the code page and it lies between the T and the M on that line being close to the base of the upright of the M. The size of these would be around .6mm in height. I used an onscreen magnifier to get a close up image.

There are more like this and sadly when I first published them on a Facebook page it was ridiculed and dismissed without testing. Well, here it is again for those who would not believe the evidence of their own eyes plus a close up of the P in line 3

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Somerton Man: The Code Page, Ultra Violet View

UV Views of last line of Code page:

taken of the code page under UV lighting showing letters and numbers 'hidden in plain sight' within the larger letters of the code. In my view this is an example of SOE technique, Ink H.

I find it more than a little disappointing that Professor Abbott has apparently not used the UV light approach when examining the code page. Never too late to put things right so if you read this, perhaps Derek you will at least spend some time using standard forensic image examination on the page. Oh and whilst were on the subject, you could also do the same for the torn piece and for Verse 70 as it is patently obvious that each of these items contain micro code and many more examples exist on the code page waiting to be revealed.. Have a great Day!

Somerton Man: This image says it all, Alf Boxall is well and truly in the frame

Alf's Little joke

This is an image of the number 70 that was inscribed by Alf Boxall sometime after the famous interview with Stuart Littlemore.

Whilst a little blurred there's no doubting what is seen here, a set of numbers inscribed into the 7 of the number 70.

This was a 10X close up using a UV light, the image has not been altered in any way.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Somerton Man: The Final Proof, Alf Boxall & Jestyn worked together

In this post of there are 10 images from Verse 70:

I don't intend to make too many comments on these pics, they really do speak for themselves. I have had these particular images for more than 12 months but I feel that now is the most appropriate time to post them so that people can clearly see that there is micro writing within the letters shown from Jestyn's verse 70 for Alf Boxall. That book and the verse still exists. 

You should note that none of these pics have been enhanced in any way, purely backlit and taken with a standard digital camera in close up mode.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Somerton Man: More to it than meets the eye.. plus download link for Rubaiyat

The Letter T from the torn Tamam Shud piece:

To me the image above appears to show a series of numbers, I can make out 4525325 with some uncertainty about the number 3 in the sequence. These numbers appear to have been stamped rather than written. I have spoken with an expert in the use of  letterpress which is the type of printing used to create the phrase TAMAM SHUD on the torn piece. He informed me that the type font itself was made of lead. I asked whether it was possible that each piece of type would carry a stamped serial number and he was quite adamant that there would never be a case where numbers would be stamped onto the typeface. Could it be that the printers ink somehow randomly formed such neat and equal sized numbers? I think that is highly improbable, the conclusion, therefore, is that these are very real numbers that have been deliberately put in place.

So, what's the explanation for these numbers? In my view, they were stamped in place as a way of identifying the carrier of the torn piece as being the genuine article. In other words, the shape of the torn out piece did not have to match the torn area of the book from which it came, but the number would certainly have to be correct. The next question would be how would you be able to view it? Here and now it's a matter of using some smart imaging/editing technology but in those days these tools were not available. My thoughts are that, in those days, you would have to use some form of chemical to make the numbers visible. Either that or a particular kind of UV light. Taking this to its logical conclusion, the carrier of the torn piece not only had to have the right numbers but also the right phrase taken from the right book which also would have been carrying that same number somewhere within its pages.

This particular image was sourced from the earlier set from Adelaide University. The good news is that the original torn piece is still in existence, the question is more about if it is available to hand over to a forensic examiner to clarify what is seen here and what else may appear on that piece of paper.

This blog focuses on hard evidence and not on theories, I firmly believe that what's needed is that any theory must take into account the hard evidence to be able to support it.

I can recommend the blog written by Pete Bowes, he is a man with an open mind and a great deal of life experience.

As an aside note, this blog was recently visited by it's 100,000th visitor. We regularly get between 150 and 300 visits a day so there can be little doubt that the case still attracts a lot of interest.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Somerton Man: The Fez Lady's Secret

A Very Quick Post..

There's far more to this image than meets the eye..

The above pic was taken with oblique lighting from an 18 Watt LED. Needs a little tidy up but good enough to show some interesting aspects in the three highlighted areas, these do not show up in two other copies of the same book, same edition and with the same image.

A must see video on Spying techniques from WW1 which are still appropriate today, one of the characters featured is Louise De Betignies

More to follow..

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Somerton Man: The Somerton Man, Alf Boxall and Jestyn Linked. Hidden in Plain Sight 3..

The Intro Page for Jestyn's Verse 70 contains this image
and this image from that same page contains a mass of hidden in plain sight code...

The Somerton Man, Alf Boxall and Jestyn Linked...

Below you can see the close up image of the left hand of the lady with the fez. The two areas highlighted clearly show micro written numbers and that is beyond any doubt.

In this next close up we are looking at the line that joins the left arm to the midrif:

What you are seeing is a classic concealment method used by agents since WW1, hiding code inside an image. It was relatively common practice to select a newspaper ad that conatined an image and to write in the micrro-code using special inks or even pencil. You can clearly see the string of numbers and some letters in each of the 3 highlighted areas in this pic. Add this to the images of code concealed within the letters of Verse 70 supposedly written by Jestyn and the picture is complete. 

The clandestine communication method used including Ink H, are very similar to those used by the British Intelligence unit, the SOE.

Those familiar with the code page will recall the crossed out line, the two lines across the centre and the so called flourish beneath the final letter 'R' on the last line of the code. They also contain micro-written code.

I will shortly be adding a scanned image of a copy that I own of the same edition of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam as the one from which the above images were taken. I have already compared them and there is absolutely no doubt that the Boxall book carries the hidden in plain sight code, my copy shows no such or in any way similar markings.

The Alf Boxall book is still in existence and I believe that Professor Abbott has it in his possession or has access to it. Using a microscope as has been done in the past, to examine this page will mean nothing. Getting clear images is a matter of proper focus and lighting. It is the easiest thing in the world to take a microscope image that completely misses the focus point for an image.

Over on the blog, Pete Bowes has some interesting threads that weave in to this and similar posts. The role played by the Musgraves is a case in point. 
Make no mistake this is new and very relevant evidence in what is still an open case. 

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Somerton Man: Another Breakthrough! The Lady in the Fez..


You can download this 300dpi image file from here..

This image is of the Verse 70 Inscription, looks innocent enough doesn't it? Let's take a look in particular at the sketch:

Still looks innocent doesn't it?

Well it does until you dig a little deeper and take some close-up images of various aspects of the pic. these were taken in sunlight with an Olympus Stylus camera set to macro lens.

Here we go, as you will soon deduct, the crossed out lines on the code page as well as the 'flourishes' also hide a wealth of information.

If you look carefully you will be able to view the micro writing within the highlighted areas, there are more images that have been taken but for now I think this should give everyone a valuable glimpse of what the book that Jestyn supposedly handed to Alf at the Clifton Gardens hotel actually contained. The most interesting thing is here yet again, we can tie Alf and Jestyn together with more clandestine communications.

In this image we may just have a key, if you recall we had the letter Q, on right above, clearly showing the letters and numbers XCA 35. What do we make of this marked up section.. Could it be a scrunched up XCA? Be mindful that the image of the lady in the fez was taken relatively recently and thus it would have faded a little over the time.

One Time Pads and Cipher Machines.

In response to a request, here are some examples of One Time pads that were in use at the time including the SOE 'Silk' OTP shown to the left.

And the great man himself, Leo Marks of SEO fame:

Next is a typical micro OTP:
And finally here's an encoing device, cpould almost fit into a flute bag? This one is an early US device called an M 94

And here's how the process works:

This book supposedly given to Alf still exists and the image you see at the top was sent to me by Professor Abbott. The truth will always come out.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Somerton Man: Massive Breakthrough, Verse 70 coded writing revealed in detail...

Massive Breakthrough..

This has been a long time in arriving but if you keep chipping away and learning about forensic techniques and the methods used by various intelligence agencies, something has to give and here it is.

These are just some of the images from the verse 70 poem supposedly written by Jestyn to Alf Boxall, I am astonished at the level of skill shown by the person/s who wrote this.

Let's be clear about it, this poem now proves beyond doubt that Boxall and Jestyn were involved in Intelligence work and that this poem may well have been a training exercise for Jestyn.

All I have done to reveal these examples is to take a macro lens close up of the various parts of the page showing the verse and without any form of additional lighting, just daylight. When you download these images, save them as a png file before processing them and for the main verse image set the size to 11.63 cms by 5.4 cms and the printer should be set at Best quality in greyscale.

I will be posting more but in the meantime, I will leave you with these images that tell the real story. They were taken using a macro lens and I have attached the original image at 300 dpi as supplied by Professor Abbott 2 years ago in 2013.

This is a significant breakthrough and it will totally change the SM story from this point onwards. Note that this image clearly shows the weave of the paper and note how the letters sometimes work with the weave and sometimes across it. It makes me think that this may have been a purpose issue of the book specifically for Intelligence purposes.

Here's the base image, you can download this from this page, right-click and 'save image as':

First image, the number 70 inscribed by Alf Boxall sometime after the 1978 interview with Stuart Littlemore,

In the image on the right, you should be able to clearly see the numbers and letters in the number 7 and the adjacent 0. Click on the image to view enlarged version
In this next image every single letter shown contains micro letters and numbers with traces shown within the dash from line 2 of the inscription. Click on the image to view enlarged version

On to close up image number 3 with more examples of micro-coded writing. Click on the image to view enlarged version

Image 4 with yet more examples of micro-coded characters: The cross bar of the T contains is worth close examination, click on the image to view enlarged version.
And the fifth and final image yet again contains micro-coded letters and numbers: Look closely in particular at the uprights of the various larger letters of the verse. It is now completely undeniable that micro code is to be found throughout  the documents in the case including the code page, the torn piece and now Verse 70 without doubt shows the strongest proof yet. Click on the image to view enlarged version.

Again, if you are having difficulty viewing the fine detail in these images then first set your printer to Best quality and set the image size to 11.63 cm width X 5.4 cm height. Use a camera preferably with a macro lens setting to take close up images of any of these images including the full verse

In closing off this post, it must now be abundantly clear to all that the SM case is one that involves espionage and that the techniques and methods used suggest that SOE may well have been involved certainly in the early days.