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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.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016



The post from 23rd September detailed the outcome of an acrostic decoding exercise on Tibor Kaldor's last letter. It brought up a name, a Jewish girls name, 'Danetta'.

What follows is the output from the decoder as it was presented:

And see observed
Left Leave Like Teaching Leave    
Incident be informed necessary
I and others
Kaldor yours trouble unpleasantness everything
Things inventory suitcase

I have considered this output for some time and have had a number of interesting thoughts sent in to me. Some were well considered and some less so. 

One particular idea was unusual, not that it was left field so much, more that it was based around the way that codes in early days and perhaps even now, were often double encoded so why wouldn't that be the case for Tibor's last note?

I took the output from the first pass of the decoder that was presented in that earlier post and submitted it to the acrostic decoder exactly as it appeared but formatted as a single sentence as follows:

'Danetta And see observed Left Leave Like Teaching Leave Incident be informed necessary I and others Kaldor yours trouble unpleasantness everything Things inventory suitcase'

Here's a screen grab from that exercise showing the results. I draw your attention to the last 7 results at the bottom left of this image:

The question, of course, is would this have been done deliberately by Tibor? Would he have written his last letter in such a way that it would decode in the way it apparently has and have to be double decoded to see the message?

It is almost a sentence:

It can be argued that the decode simply followed the rules of the algorithm that you would use to reveal an acrostic message and the result could be random.

But given that the letter was written by a man whose culture and religion made full use of acrostic codes and that we in the first instance, saw a Hebrew girl's name  in the first pass of the decoding exercise, then it is quite possible that what we see here is Tibor's last message.

That being so, who was Danetta?


Tibor Kaldor and the Code page. A link has been found. Next post.: Friday 14th October a.m. Australian Eastern.


renoarnon said...

Any detail about the suitcase ? Or maybe a hint about his friend in London? Arnon

peterbowes said...

I'd like to know what was in the suitcase.

Gordon332 said...

Me to. Not a sign nor a mention of it in the Police reports or files.

Gordon332 said...

We have a name and a mention of two suitcases, according to Tibor's letter, the larger suitcase contained an inventory which I suggest is a list of the contents. We have nothing more than that.

We do know that DANETTA was a Hebrew girl's name and it may have been either a normal given first name or it may have been a Hebrew ceremonial name. There is another option, there was a Canadian Publisher called 'Danetta Press'. That could be an interesting lead to follow up on. I saw a reference to 1 book which was a response to a ban on Communism. Whether they published works in Australia I simply do not know. I am sure it's possible that some of their books were available here and I wonder whether one of them was in the suitcase. Conjecture only.

Gordon332 said...

A NOTE FOR ANONYMOUS. I have read your comments and I think you have a good writing style and I also think you are a very capable person. I do however, think that with the views that you hold, it may be the best thing for you to open up a blog of your own and I mean that sincerely. I am not a sceptic as you may well know, I always think in terms of what is possible and hopefully find the evidence to move possible to probable. If that's not there then I will generally say so or leave room for doubt. I tend to pursue leads and information with a very open mind, I would find it impossible to continually think in terms of 'What if I'm wrong'.

This is close to 4 years old and has in excess of 10000 visits a month, I am keenly attuned to the audience that support and follow the blog and their expectations. They expect me to say what I think and to present a different perspective on the case and they expect the truth. They also expect me to research and uncover new aspects and I do everything I can not to let them down.

So, I hope you do decide to create your own blog and I sincerely wish you all the very best with it.

renoarnon said...

Actually i have another question that disturbs me ablut this.. In his letter Kaldor said that he wants to leave his body for teaching purposes anf if thats not posibble he wants to be cremated without ceremony. But in the end he is buried.. Why ? Arnon

peterbowes said...

The only time you'd need to do an inventory of the contents of your suitcase would be when you needed them insured. Tibor's inventory may have been of something else entirely.
Gordon, was inventory the term the police used?

Gordon332 said...

The term 'Inventory' was used by Tibor in his letter. I agree it seems an odd word to use but there are a number of very odd things about the circumstances of his death.

On practice, we would use a "Property' form, some forces may have used specific forms for sudden death situations whilst others would use the same form and tick the appropriate box. In Tibor's case there is no mention of suitcases or property anywhere in his file.

Gordon332 said...

Sadly, Tibor left little in the way of funds and so he was buried in a paupers grave. There is no record of the University being contacted by the Police. Cremation would have been an expensive option. Although the records show him being buried on February 23rd 1949, there are some doubts about just where Tibor was buried and when.

peterbowes said...

What's the betting that if the inventory was published we'd have a whole new place to go ..

Anonymous said...

Like his 'bigger' suitcase ending up in Adelaide Railway Station with the wrong date tag attached? Clive

Gordon332 said...

No arguments on that possibility Clive. I always wonder about that tag, the attendant was able to give a time but the tag had no time stamp on it, just a date and that isn't the hardest thing to replicate.