A WARNING: Those site visitors of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Culture should be aware that there are photographs and images of the deceased.

The author of this blog is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and as such the views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not represent the views and opinions of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, its staff or Directors.

Learn more about the Association including membership requirements at

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.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Somerton Man: Close Up Code Page Images


Another XCA?

On the left above is a close up image of the crossed lines near the X. This was taken after treating the original BW image in a strong bleach solution for approximately 18 hours. The image on the right has been enhanced by adjusting contrast and curve.

In the upper line and a little ahead of the number 3, there appears to be a number 7, it is overlaid on the stroke of the X. The lower line also has what appears to be numbers overlaid, I say that because the number, possibly a 5, is set perpendicular to the X stroke. Fairly safe to assume that the X and its microcode was put in place first.  Whether that has significance, I don't honestly know but maybe sometime in the future, when all of the markings have been uncovered and decoded, we will have the answer to that.

This image below is another one of a number of images I have of the crossed lines, to get to the detail for this image, In this case I used bleaching for 36 hours which removed quantities of lighter ink leaving what we see here. The whole development process is by its very nature dynamic and you need to monitor regularly as inks are stripped gradually away by bleaching. 

You should be able to see the microcode written inside each of the lines. Near the centre of the lower line you can see a there are two sets of microcode one on top of the other.

LINE 1 M and R Close up

The image above is the result of 36 hours immersion in bleach, the bleach takes away the lighter shades and ;leaves the darker 'hidden' letters and numbers. I am 100% confident that with time and effort we should be able to recover around 80% of the hidden letters and numbers on the page.

The Letter P & The Dark Area

The above image is of the darkened area that you can see to the top right of the code page. I originally thought that this area was just a stain of some kind but on closer examination it appears that it may have been part of the marking over exercise. In one interview Detective Brown had said that the phone numbers were to the right of the code page, in fact I am almost sure he said the upper right. It would be a good place to hide phone numbers.

This is the first letter P in the third line, You should be able to make out the letters and numbers that follow the curve of the upper poart of the P and some markings in the upright. There are numerous indications of markings in the other letters and the line through.

Please note that I have taken numerous images of these letters and markings from various angles and still get the same result


Anonymous said...

Hi Gordon, Looks like a figure '4'on the first line on the dark area. The letter 'P' with it's curious inside curving line, I wonder if both the curve endings point to some micro writing which is somehow connected?-Clive

Gordon332 said...

The inner curved line contains something but not clear as yet. Those letters are around .25mm in height whilst the outer curve is more like .6mm. A puzzle!