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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.

Thursday, 3 November 2016



UPDATED Saturday 5th November 2016

See bottom of this post, image of dark marking centre top, close up

The Police did not only cover the individual letters of the code page, they also covered the top right corner and a small section close to the top centre of that page.

Important Note: Ever detail shown here is in plain sight, all it needed was close up images, strong lighting and oblique angles.

Detective Brown's Revelation

According to Professor Abbott, Detective Brown clearly said that Jestyn's telephone number was on the right side of the code page and had been written in 'TINY WRITING'.
When you examine the top right even in this close-up image above, you can just make out letters and numbers running in from the left and into the darkened area.

The extreme close up below gives us a better view of what appears to be Jestyn's phone number. It is dark grey against a slightly lighter grey background. You will need to let your eyes focus on this image for a few seconds and bear in mind that these characters are around .6 mm in height.

This image was taken with an Olympus Digital camera with macro lens, I used an oblique angle and it was taken in slightly filtered bright sunlight, no artificial lighting was used.

There are more images of other areas of the code page that reveal, even more information and they will be posted here in the next day or so.


Centre top of the code page, detailed writing shows up

Still working on this image, fine detailed micro-writing, numbers and letters shown..

Second image from just below the dark mark centre top

Numbers 282186 can be seen in this close-up view

It is quite amazing that with all the technology available, the code page has, apparently, never been properly examined. Putting it under a microscope would never show this detail as, indeed, it would never show the detail of the torn, TAMAM SHUD, piece. If that were the case, the whole range of secret writing techniques based on chemicals and micro written codes would have been simply solved and the discovery of indented writing would not need anything more than a microscope and a learned academic or 10. That of course, was never the case, a wide range of forensic recovery techniques needed to be used, they were not used by those who should have known better. This image and the ones that follow used some very simple but proven forensic examination of photography techniques. SO basic, that anyone armed with a reasonable digital camera could do this.

Thanks to Clive, the next post will contain some quite incredible new information regarding the plaster bust and Jestyn's reaction when she first saw it plus a revelation on the real role of one of the main people involved in this investigation.

My personal view is that we are getting much closer to finding the name of the Somerton Man. Other research has provided Clive and I with a direction that has honed us in on a small group of people amongst whom we believe it highly likely will be the Somerton Man. All being well, we should be in a position to at least publish a list within the next 5 to 6 weeks.


peterbowes said...

Gordon, how do we know it was the police who obscured the code with ink? Feltus makes no such admission

Gordon332 said...

When speaking with Gerry, what he said was, '..they went over the letters' Who 'they' were I can only guess. There is a post shortly that may shed some light on that.

If you recall, Detective Brown also referred to 'They..' bit on a different matter I think.

Gordon332 said...

This is for 'annonymous', an infrequent visitor these days. I thought that I would respond to his/her thoughts in this one comment from myself.

'Maybe I missed the point....So we're simultaneously saying that the Police didn't find the microwriting because they didn't have the experience but found and hid Jestyn's number (which was also in microwriting)?'

Well, where to start, no where have I said or suggested that the Police didn't find the micro code and nowhere have I said they didn't have the experience, not sure where you got that from. The SA Police would have had an enormous amount of experience having just come out of a war and being in the State often regarded as the arsenal and development centre for all weapons used by not onlu Australia, but many other countries as well. Last thought Who's 'We'? Have a great day :)

Ncox01000 said...

I've always wondered where did TSM get Jestyn's unlisted phone number and how did he know where she lived. As far as we know since they last met she'd moved twice and changed her name, any thoughts?

Ncox01000 said...

I've always wondered, where did the TSM get Jestyn's unlisted phone number and how did he know where she lived. As we know she'd moved twice and changed her name since they supposedly last met, any thoughts?!!

Gordon332 said...

It's hard to discuss the code page without relating it to the torn piece found in SM's fob pocket. It was that which lead to the identification of the book in the first instance, it was found to be made of the same type of paper as the torn piece. It was thought that the paper shape matched exactly the hole left in the page by it's removal and in fact Detective Brown asserted in a later interview that it was a perfect match in shape. The image often shown of the last two pages shows that quite a different shape was removed. Was it the same book or a different one?

I think that if we agree that the paper type was the same then it's reasonable, (though not a certain fact), to assume that the torn piece came from the book.

The only aspect that can be proved is that SM had the torn piece, there is no proof that he had the book nor wrote in it. Bear in mind it was common practice amongst some organisations to use matching piece of a document for confirmation of another party as in if one had the torn piece and the other had the book. However, the pieces should have matched perfectly and apparently they did not, also of interest is the fact that the torn piece was still in SM's fob pocket suggesting it had not been tested for a match to the page in the book.

In turn that would mean that SM may have seen the book and the shape torn from it, knew immediately that there was not a match and it was then that things started to get out of control. In this scenario, the person who had the book would have written in Jestyn's telephone number, ( in 'tiny handwriting' according to an interview of Detective Brown by Professor Abbott) although you could equally say it was Prosper's number as they both lived together and Prosper was known to have used that number for the various ads he placed in the local papers. To muddy the waters even further, that same number turns up in classified ads in the Melbourne papers.

So, my thoughts are as follows:

1. The book was never in SM's possession.
2. Another person was involved and it was they who had the book and therefore had written the number down.
3. The question is begged, why did the Police question Jestyn and not Prosper given that it was also his telephone number? I think it highly likely that the Police had another reason for questioning Jestyn.
4. There is no proof that SM and Jestyn ever met, if you are thinking of the ear theory then please read the post here:

The other option often discussed is that it was SM's book and that he had torn the piece from it and then thrown it away therefore it must have been SM who wrote the number and other things into the book. But why would he have done that? There seems no logical explanation for it but it keeps some amused.

If someone quotes Occam's Razor to you, suggest that they read up on the term and what it really means as well as when it was written and for which purpose. It seems to me that when some run out of ideas, they wrongly quote 'Occam's Razor' in an act of desperation perhaps. It is rather grand sounding but has little to do with fact gathering and accuracy. Occam's razor is about choosing from competing theories one that has fewer assumptions and is the most logical.

I hope this helps.