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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.

Friday, 7 October 2016

SOMERTON MAN: INTERNEE PROFILE. JUMPED SHIP AT PORT PIRIE 1928. TOOK PHOTOS OF AIRPORT AND BRITISH SUBMARINE



THE WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER & SPY?

Louis Otto Willi Reese (Reise)

Born 1903, Keil. Germany



This post will be updated over the next two days. 

This man is of interest in our research due to his involvement with a known German Intelligence operative in the time leading up to WW2. He was interned at Tatura and could have associated with many of the original Dunera internees at that location. We are still researching the man but do not believe that he was SM. We do think that he had the opportunity to meet and interact with other people of interest.

More information will be published including an unusual letter that he received from Germany and other documents.






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In this section we will be looking at Louis' association with the man on the left in this image,

Count Graf Felix Von Luckner, Gentleman, and Spy. At this time we do not have a name for the man on the right.


2 comments:

  1. Obviously loved the heat....Oodnadatta and Cloncurry have for years argued over who has recorded the highest temperature. Officially, Oodnatta's 50.7C is the hottest, however there is a record of 53.1C at Cloncurry (dismissed by the officials as being measured unreliably)...

    Maybe that's why he dressed warmly during an SA summer (tic).

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    1. I tend to agree with you to an extent. There is a fashion thing in the background, if, as I suspect, our man was an ex internee and from Europe, then the fashion was to wear a jacket and pullover regardless of the the heat. There's a video dating from October/November 1948 in Adelaide, a floral festival in Adelaide. In it you will see the various fashions of the day, worth a watch:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kku_ihWzT44

      Thanks for the comment.

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