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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.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Somerton Man: Code Page: The letter Q beyond doubt contains micro writing

It's a fairly straightforward claim one even the most experienced and infallible academics would be able to understand :)

In the images below, what do you see?



Theoretically this should show those who are uncertain about the presence of micro written letters/numbers within the outline of larger letters of the code that they are indeed present in the Q and for that matter in all of the letters on the code page. If you look carefully at the inner tip of the letter you should be able to make out grey markings beneath the overwriting done by SAPOL or whoever it was that did that work. These are where the underlying letters were partially skipped.

Given the recent release of an SOE manual in the UK that describes the insertion of pencilled letters within previously inked letters and then a top cover of ink applied, I am confident that this was the approach used and it is known as the 'INK H' technique. The fully inked letters and the paper that they were written on were developed by immersing the whole in a strong bleach solution. This removed the ink leaving only the darker pencil/carbon marks visible. It is that process that was, in my view, used in this case.

If you have any proof or argument against what is now abundantly clear, then please put it forward. It is simply not acceptable to rest on your reputation real or imagined and pass an opinion that isn't based on sound and supportable evidence.


Anonymous said...

35XCA - that's what I see.

Gordon332 said...

I see that too, that answers the question posed on your blog. The presence of micro writing within letters on the code page is not a 'stretch', as suggested, it's a fact. It's time for some people to acknowledge that and then really get down to what else is there and how to decipher it.

Anonymous said...

Gordon: Nick gave the appearance of letters such as these a technical name, and commented that he had difficulty in deciding what they were in his own work on cyphers - were they the real thing or some kind of chemical / physical reaction between the paper and the ink? Something like that. However he failed to demonstrate what he meant. Perhaps this post might clear that up.

Gordon332 said...

I am sure there will be lots of arguments against this. Somewhat amused by the comment you attribute to Nick, it suggests he is really struggling with having to alter his position when there is no need to worry about it, it's just progression and we all at one time or another get to change our views in the light of new evidence. The reality is that these micro letters/numbers appear within each 'letter' of the code page and are not just random incidents, the 'INK H' technique adds weight to the existence of micro writing on the page.

Derek's early takes on this ranged from Pareidolia to smudges to digital artefacts but he later got very close to admitting their presence last year in an interview when he said, 'Even if they are there, they would have to be relevant to the case to be of any value' Interesting comment I thought :)

I think your words about failing to demonstrate a counter argument are valid. In the absence of any argument to the contrary let's agree to move ahead on the basis that the code page contains micro written letters and numbers within the larger letters. It changes the ball game significantly.

Anonymous said...

Hi Gordon, Two trains of thought, One,since all the large Code letters contain micro writing, is it possible that the large Code letters are randomly written and, as they appear, are meaningless but, were written to give appearance of a Code? Two, If the large code letters are meaningful, perhaps this will only happen once all the micro letters are revealed and put into some kind of sequence, this, in turn, may also place the large Code letters in some kind of order. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Hi Gordon, On the post dated 24 Jan 2015, showing the Code page. On the first line, under the first letters of AB, there appears to be some writing which reads 'tom" (atom?) and figure of 35 or 3.5? following my comments on my previous e-mail (above) your post dated 3 Mar 2015, on the letter "Q" shows a figure 35-coincidence? Clive

Gordon332 said...

A good observation Clive, my thoughts are that the larger letters are quite possibly 'pro signs' that bear a similarity to the 1945 US Military Radio Operators Manual previously published here. Many though not all of the letters of the code page can be matched to that manual. It would be great to extract all of the micro letters/numbers and allocate them correctly to their host letter. I think Nick Pelling would really come into his own in that scenario. On the other hand until we can say that the letters are Pro Signs with 100% certainty then your other option of random letters is also valid.

What would be of great use would be copies of British and Australian Army Radio Operators Manuals from WW2 given the use of what increasingly looks like the SOE 'INK H' concealed writing technique.

Anonymous said...

The large letters are written reasonably swiftly. To effectively cover a pre-existing row or circle of micro letters with a single rapid penstroke would seem require an incredible amount of dexterity.

Gordon332 said...

Thanks for the comment, Yes, I agree that there would be a great deal of dexterity and skill involved.

I actually think these were covered with a brush and not a pen, I also that a person skilled in this craft would have no problem following what was a normal looking Q in the first instance. If you consider Japanese calligraphers for example, they use paint brushes like others would use pencils. I am about to post another image of the code page, this time it is, I believe, from the Police files and not via the Advertiser Newspaper copy. Very interesting.
Thanks again.