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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, 12 March 2016



Recent Image Processing RESULT!


The image above was one of more than 600 taken over the past two weeks. As you can see their appears to be a name spelt out, DIMAIN. There's more work to be done but this is a valid surname and whilst it's an exciting find, I have to say that given this is an espionage code page, it would be unusual to have a full name spelt out apart from a code name as per the VENONA cables. I have not found that code name as yet. So, caution for now but a very interesting result. Worthy of note that this word as with all other letters in microcode on this page, is in block capitals, that was a standard used by all agencies. 

Will post more as they are processed, you can probably make out markings in the letters above but they're out of focus at the moment.


Anonymous said...

Hi Gordon, Interesting, very. Could it be three words? 'Go To .....' as it looks like there are gaps between letters-Clive

Pete Bowes said...

GF, page 172:
"Another reliable source source has stated that there was a name on the rear of the Rubaiyat. Some evidence tends to support this."
I think you have just found the evidence, GC.

Gordon332 said...

Open to that Clive, if you are viewing using an iPhone or iPad you may be getting a clearer image than I am. There are clearly letters in there.

Gordon332 said...

Could be Pete. Need to do some more work on this and other finds, very promising. Thanks for your comment :)

Anonymous said...

As a surname,"Dimain" appear to be of purely Filipino origin, according to this website:

Not sure if the Philippines factor much in this story, but who knows. Could it possibly be something else? - Lee

Gordon332 said...

Could be Dimoin? Found a few references to chemical processes, that could be a misspelling. Domian is often misspelt that way. Could be a place? A street name? Still haven 't checked the Venona code name list as yet.

Re the Philipines, it was a major focus for Australia in WW2 and after. Maybe immigration records? Found no trace in service records.

Gordon332 said...

Clive, If the spelling is DIMOIN then 'possibly' if we think of it's phonetic version it could be Des Moines in IOWA?

Anonymous said...

Hi Gordon, What's an iphone?! No, I was looking at it 'normally'. Could well turn out to be Des Moines-C live

Anonymous said...

Maybe it means "demain", French for tomorrow.....which never came for Somerton Man.

Gordon332 said...

That's a good thought, no reason not to include that. Maybe an idea to put up a list of letters as they are done along with whatever letters and numbers we find in them?

Anonymous said...

Hi Gordon, Is it possible that the word is 'Bomana'? Sounds silly, I know, but that's the name of a war cemetery in PNG-Clive