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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, 29 August 2015

Somerton Man: Verse 70 Secrets, More Revealed

More Hidden in Plain Sight Examples From Verse 70

To get a clearer view of these examples, you should set up your printer to print out at best quality, the examples have all been saved at 300 dpi which should give you a clearer result when printed out.

The Focus for this post? The first 3 lines from Verse 70

 First off the rank is the word then, it is in fact the second 'then' from line 3 of Verse 70..

Here parts of the image have been highlighted to show the presence of micro written letters and numbers..
 And here the image has been rotated to provide a clearer/easier view

 But are there more examples I hear you ask?

Verse 70 was supposedly written by Jestyn and handed to Alf Boxall at a meeting in August 1948 at the Clifton Gardens Hotel in Sydney. But is that the truth? Was it written elsewhere in a classroom at Army HQ for example?
There are many more from Verse 70 to be uncovered, I will organise an online tutorial which will walk everyone through the straightforward steps needed to find these examples for yourselves. Should be ready by Wednesday this week.

Download a copy of the Courage & Friendship series of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam..

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Somerton Man: Hidden in Plain Sight 2. Verse 70 The Dash and 70 revealed

Verse 70 from the Rubaiyat. Close up images showing micro letters/numbers in the dash and also in the number 70.

Images taken in Macro lens mode, backlight, surface light and some UV. Curves adjusted and minor adjustments to contrast.
You will need to focus carefully on the highlighted areas. Bear in mind that your monitor is displaying at around 100DPI whilst the printed version is around 300DPI. Printing the image will give you a clearer view.

The significance of these two images is the timing. The verse was written and handed to Alf Boxall by Jestyn in August 1945. This means that Jestyn would have been responsible for the tiny writing that you should be able to view within the highlighted areas.

The number 70 was according to accounts, not written until after the August 1978 TV interview with Stuart Littlemore, some 33 years later yet it to shows micro numbers as highlighted. You'll find that particular segment here at the 5 minutes and 7 seconds mark in the You Tube clip. You will see that the number 70 is not showing at the time of the interview thus it must have been added at a later time.

These micro letters and numbers are of the order of .4 mm in height and finely written perhaps with a special honed mapping pen. The size is perfectly achievable and is not, as some have suggested, on the edge of perception.

When we consider the smallest item the human eye can discern, it has been recorded at .012mm. Think in terms of a spider's web although it must be said it is the reflection of light from the web strands that we see. Generally it is accepted that the real figure is closer to twice that size or .025mm. The micro letters and numbers are 16 times that size.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Somerton Man: Hidden in Plain Sight, Tradecraft in action...


(Note: See Micro Writing Recovery Examples and more here

This post is in three main parts, the first, as you can see is the TAMAM SHUD torn piece and the results of an examination of the best image I could find which actually came from the Adelaide University Wiki site. The second is the results of an examination of the Verse 70 given to Alf Boxall by Jestyn. And finally we will look once more at the Code and some new finds amongst the letters. 

The post is in progressive mode! I have the first two parts included here with the Code page scheduled for this weekend.


TAMAM SHUD, The torn piece gives up it's secret

This has been a difficult image to examine, the first major issue was getting hold of a reasonable quality image and thankfully that was resolved recently. The next issue was to work through the various techniques including forensic methods and image adjustment techniques, including curve and contrast, to find that the answer was a combination of those two approaches in that I used strong backlight and sunlight ambience in the room as well as image work to achieve what you see below.

You should be able to make out a string of numbers across the T bar at the top with more in the upright section. These are not any kind of ink pattern that I can discern and have verified that against a number of other images of the word TAMAM SHUD from other editions of the book as well as from what is believed to be the same edition of the Rubaiyat but of a different colour. There is obviously more work to do on the torn piece and any volunteers would be welcomed especially if you have some good image skills and perhaps willing to learn some new techniques.

There are more letters and numbers in the torn piece yet to be examined but I saw this as being a reasonable start. I have no explanation as to what the numbers/letters may mean at this point. Cracking a code is not my area of expertise and hope that amongst the viewers of this blog someone with the right skills will take on the task.

The torn piece of which this is an image, is still in existence.

VERSE 70, Jestyn's Verse for Alf Boxall 

To view and examine the images on this page, you will need to download them, save them as .png or TIFF files and then view them in Irfan View or similar image management tools. It's recommended that you print out the images on the best possible printer setting and then take close up or macro lens photographs using a combination of backligh, surface oblique light and/or UV lighting. This follows Forensic document examination techniques which includes examining photographs. Thiese images are in the range of 300 dpi which is a recommended setting with 400 dpi being marginally better. It is a fallacy to believe that 1200 dpi will give you a sharper image. Watch for upcoming post on this issue. Many thanks to Professor Abbott for sending the better quality image to me, much appreciated.

Hiding messages and items in plain sight was and still is a common practice in the Intelligence Community. The Somerton Man case has some prime examples of the use of that approach. The idea is to hide code or other messages in amongst an apparently everyday item. Generally it's an everyday thing, something we all take for granted as being no more than what it appears to be, in this case a simple verse given by a lady to an Army officer.

It's only when you start to question what you're looking at and pay attention to the fine detail that it becomes apparent that there's more going on than first meets the eye.

Look closely at the image above and you'll note that some of the letters have been written over a second time. That's the tell-tale sign of the possible use of British Intelligence's INK H technique where an inked letter is first written down followed by micro written words/letters/numbers inserted in pencil into the inked letter and then a final; layer of ink. Under normal circumstances, the recipient of such a message would immerse it into a bleach type solution which would remove the ink and leave the pencilled message.

In this case and thanks to some standard forensic document examination techniques and the magic of modern image technologies, we don't need bleach. We rely on good lighting and a decent camera with a macro lens.

Below are some of the many examples of the technique found in Jestyn's verse 70. You'll need to look closely at the marked up/highlighted areas, but you should be able to see micro written letters and many numbers. They occur throughout the verse and I will add more to a special page I'll put together for these and other examples from the case.


A final note here, these are definitely not 'digital artefacts', nor are you seeing things. What you see here is a part of another  very significant document from the case and it contains micro-writing.

Here is a document that both Jestyn and Alf  knew about. The next document was found on the Somerton Man and the final one, of course, is the code page itself. This post will link all these documents, people and events together.

This book is still in existence.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Somerton Man: Amazing New Image, Last Line Revealed

Trying out a different camera/lighting technique on the code page. If you look closely at the image which is of the dark space adjacent to the end of the last line on the code page, there are some fairly clear letters and numbers that read from left to right.

All I have done here is to use oblique angles taken in daylight and the camera is in macro mode which means I can take close up images like the one above. I have more of this same area of the page which are equally as interesting.

I have taken quite a few of this type of image and will post more on Thursday.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Somerton Man: UV Light on photographs. How it works.. & Nick Pelling's Plagiarism


In the recent exchange with Nick Pelling regarding the use of UV lighting to show up details not readily viewable with the naked eye. I made it clear to him that UV can and is used on photographs or even scans and his statement was:

'There is no point at all in using IR lighting, UV light, backlighting or glancing illumination on a high quality photograph, because the specific point of those techniques is to make physical aspects of the original object visible *that would not be visible in a straightforward RGB scan*.'

The above is another example of Nick's uninformed and misleading information.

The reality is that many of today's papers/photo papers make full use of OBA's or Optical Brightening Agents and sometimes known as UV reactive papers to add brightness to an image. The two images at the top of this post are an example of a genuine image and a forged image, on the left you see the genuine article a collectable card, it looks dull because it was printed on very plain paper, the right-hand image shows up much brighter as you can see which also makes it a forgery because the paper on which it is printed is OBA treated paper which wasn't around when the original image was made.

What has this to do with the Somerton Man Code page? If you go back through the posts on micro writing, you'll see that I always talk about printing out the image of the page or the individual letters, they are printed onto good quality OBA treated paper so that they react to UV light and consequently they provide more contrast and show additional detail.

On another matter Nick, your latest post includes another example where you mislead people. Here we are:

'Line #5 seems (to my eye) to end with an underlined ‘R': if this is indeed an acrostic letter (and not, say, the second half of the ‘AR’ Morse Prosign for “All Received”), then I do wonder if it is short for ‘Repent’, a fairly decent (and Rubaiyat-themed) rhyme for ‘Content’.'

Notice how easy it would be for the casual and unsuspecting viewer of the Cipher Mysteries blog to assume that this was actually Nick's work when it is clearly not. Nick, it's considered polite when using other peoples 'finds' or content to acknowledge the source. The AR and Prosign find was made by me and published on this blog in June 2014 and in the  Adelaide Advertiser here. Your post is reliant on your plagiarism of my work, tacky stuff Nick.

You have lifted your information from this blog and or the Advertiser but neglected, overlooked or more probably, deliberately not declared your source. I think that Nick is badly afflicted by 'Terminological Inexactitude', as Churchill puts it.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Somerton Man: Micro Writing Recovery Method Validated

Example of Indented writing recovery using oblique lighting. This image is a negative
as was the Somerton Man Code page.  Micro writing is not present in this particular image.

Micro Writing Recovery Method Validated

In a recent exchange on this blog, Nick Pelling made a series of unsubstantiated claims regarding the discovery of micro writing on the Somerton man code page. Amongst his misleading statements was this one:

"Gordon: (1) I did not use your methods to analyze the letter Q. This is simply because your methods - printing out images, shining UV lights on the images, etc - are so far outside the standard image processing canon that I cannot accept them as valid. My position, though, is that if there was any microwriting there, the standard image processing toolkit should be able to reveal them reliably and repeatably"

The fact is that the method I used and still use is a standard process used successfully over many years by Forensic examiners of documents and images.  The methodology is described in numerous texts including a book by Katherine Koppenhaver, 'Attorney's Guide to Document Examination' in which she clearly describes the use of documents or quality photographs in the examination process which includes the use of lightbox/backlighting, oblique lighting, infrared and UV, (ultraviolet lighting). 

All you had to do Nick was to search for the appropriate term and you would have found the information that puts the lie to your statement. Heaven knows I mentioned indented writing enough times that even you should have woken up to it. You should have listened to Einstien's words.
"Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance"

You wrongly condemned my work without investigating my methods.

Nick repeated his stance over the last few days on Pete Bowes Blog and whilst Pete stood his ground on the images I have posted I think he incorrectly pronounced a verdict of 'stalemate' over the issue. Pete you should perhaps reconsider that position. Nick went on to state that this was pareidolia, in other words seeing things that aren't there. This has been said before and disproven. The reality I believe is that Nick may be suffering from a thing called 'Reverse Hallucination', not seeing things that are there and the cause for that would be his almost manic focus on trying to prove me wrong which could have led to that condition. His mind simply will not allow him to see what's there.

Lets be very clear on the basic issue.

1. The 'code page' was in fact a high-quality photograph taken of indentations found on the back of the copy Rubaiyatt of Omar Khayam which in turn was associated with the Somerton Man by virtue of the matching torn piece from a page taken from that same copy.

2. The original high-quality Police photograph was first marked up over the indentations purpportedly to show what appeared to be letters, it was then photographed by an independent professional photographer working for the Advertiser Newspaper at the time.

The above is a prime example of a photograph being taken of a photograph. Both high-quality images. I have done no more than that and used standard techniques to do it.

Nick you have once again been proven wrong. You didn't take the time to learn from your previous mistakes in relation to Police photography methods and indented writing recovery. As a result I believe that you are clearly not a credible/reliable person to be making comments on the work I post on this blog nor elsewhere for that matter. All of the prancing, cavorting and in my view, slithering, that you may do with your snow storm of fine sounding but unsubstantiated technical words and phrases will not make you right. You are just as wrong now as you have ever been on this topic. Only now the difference is that my approach and, by default, the image analysis method I use have been validated and your statements have been thoroughly discredited.

You had the opportunity to test the methods I used, I described them for you. Now I would not have any faith at all in your ability to produce anything like an independent result

Nick, you owe an apology but I don't think you have the right stuff to make it.

For serious researchers and blog visitors, I have some more examples being posted this week and I trust that you will drop by to view them.A few surprises amongst them.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Somerton Man: Never Before Seen, A Most Revealing View of the Code Page

 A Code Page Image Never Previously Seen 

This is a most interesting view of the code page and it's the first in a series of new images that will be posted here over the coming days.

Look at the individual letters carefully and you will see the many outlines of letters and numbers within each of the larger letters and even the supposed crossed out lines and flourishes. You may even make out what appear to be words. For example take a close look at the first letter M in the last line.

Back over the next few days with more...