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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.

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.


Anonymous said...

Gordon .. I can recollect reading somewhere that a tranche of Russian OT pads went missing in Australia, in either in print format or on film. I'm sure it was in an available (Venona) PDF file ... any takers?

Gordon332 said...

Hi Pete, I think that you maybe referring to the original discovery of Russian OTPs in or around 1942 by a US Army officer when one was handed to him an intelligence officer possibly Hungarian?. If I recall correctly, the US was asked to pay the original finder and they refused as Russia was viewed as an Ally at that time. Long story short, the OTPs fell into US hands and went on to be the most significant intelligence find ever. Venona itself was initially known by other names, perhaps someone can clear this up with more detail? The bottom line is that pads were certainly found in Europe in the early 1940s but I am uncertain of any being found in Australia.