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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, 24 October 2015
Monday, 19 October 2015
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 www.tomsbytwo.com 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.
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Thursday, 1 October 2015
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..