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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, 29 June 2015

Somerton Man: Verse 70 Excerpts Like You've Never Seen Before..


Here are 5 images of Verse 70, Jestyn's Gift to Alf Boxall. Many will have seen the words before but not like they are seen in these images. I have had the main image for some time and have decided to take and release these now as it seems an appropriate time given my own schedule and the direction of the investigations thus far. More after the images..



This first one focuses on the right lower side of the poem, you will be able to see some strange looking markings within the letters, some will even see what those markings are. I'll leave you to browse through, there are 5 pics in this post.
    
Lots to see in this last one.What do we make of this? All showing markings and many of those markings are letters and numbers.

What will this mean to researchers? Well for one I think what's been demonstrated again is the presence of micro writing in this poem which coincidentally also appears on the code page. The common denominator being of course Jestyn and by default Alf Boxall.

Imagine for a moment that everyone now agrees that micro writing is present. What is the impact?

1. To start with we would all have to agree that the meeting at the Clifton Gardens Hotel between Alf. Jestyn and others was not an ordinary meeting. 

2. These images give credence to the belief that Jestyn was indeed being trained by Alf and very probably Alf was working for Military Intelligence as he himself has inferred. The number 70 was done by Alf, it contains micro numbers. Alf's joke :)

3. It also links Jestyn to the code page and a book she denied all knowledge of. By the way, I am not judging Jestyn in any way. If anything she may well be the heroine in the story.

4. The Spy theory is very likely on the money.

5. It leaves a question mark about just who developed and overwrote the code page; it would stand to reason that if I have been able to uncover what was hidden behind the overwritten page then whoever took the pic saw what we see now.

I see the method used as being Ink H as per British Intelligence SOE manual. That was simply to write the words first in ink and then using the outline of each inked letter as a guide, insert the pencilled micro letters and numbers into each of the inked letters. The last step is to overwrite the initial letters again with ink and that's job done. Where it falls down is that over time the top/last layer of ink in this instance wears thin and we are able to recover what lay beneath. It is not for me to question why the simple technique used to recover and show the above images was not used before, it could simply be an oversight.

For the record, I used a strong backlight at varying oblique angles, it was a 33 Watt LED and I also had an additional white filter. The pics were taken with an Olympus S-H1 and the source image was the older version at 300 dpi. If anyone would like a copy you can find one and many more images here, when you view this page you will see many images that don't reveal that much but some are relatively clear. Notice how these in particular show strings of letters/numbers and all aligned within the larger carrier letters.

To view this post properly, please make sure that you have your PC or laptop/tablet screen set to high resolution. If you are going to print out any of the images again check your Printer resolution and set up the printer to produce high-quality photo images.

No doubt some will want enlarged copies and I may do that but quite honestly obtaining these images is quite straight forward, a digital camera, some decent backlighting and the time needed to test out various angles and strengths of light and you will be able to see for yourselves. The last image shows micro writing in the G in Spring and in the P in Pieces, the other images show tantalising glimpses which I hope you will take as an introduction to finding out just how you can recover 'hidden' information. It really is clandestine communications and as far as I know this case is the first time that the use of Ink H has been uncovered.

Now the question is which direction will the research and investigation take from here?

4 comments:

  1. Hi Gordon, Great close-ups of the letters-is there a way that the letters could be "distorted" i.e. stretching a part of a letter, like a camera lens focusing very close up, then slowly pulling away to, possibly, reveal more information. Yes, I know it's a stupid question and I should know better, but I thought I would ask!

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    1. Well intentioned questions are always valuable for both sides. I have taken many images of the Verse and have quite a number not yet published, it could be that the approach you're referring to is amongst them. My first thoughts in response would be that we are dealing with objects around the .4mm range and they will quickly go out of focus using a macro lens. Maybe the best bet is for me to set up a page called Verse 70 and simply upload everything I have on to it.
      No such thing as a silly question, always welcome.

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    2. I have placed a link to a Verse 70 Page in the post above, many images there for download if you wish. Some are good and many not so but that's the nature of the task :)

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  2. Jestyn's Final Exam. A question doing the rounds regarding Jestyn and her final exams. Did she actually do her finals? She certainly hadn't done her finals in the 40's and that comes from Professor Abbott. He also says that she took her final exam in the 60's someone should look through the Sydney Morning Herald records in the 60's to confirm.

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