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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, 25 February 2017



In the absence of any proven sighting or documentation that proves otherwise, this man could well be SM.
Major Pavel Ivanovich Fedosimov, KGB.
Last seen in August 1948 boarding a ship bound for Russia.

Major Pavel Ivanovich Fedosimov, KGB.
Last seen in August 1948 boarding a ship bound for Russia. In the absence of any proven sighting or documentation that proves otherwise, this man could well be SM.

Is this just a name picked out from a book? In a way, it was because we were directed to a particular book by Senator Cavanagh in 1970. Of all the books he could have chosen and there are hundreds that had been written about the Cold War years, he chose just one, The Atom Spies. In this book, there is a page that describes the meeting of spy Harry Gold with a man that matched the description of the Somerton Man. He was tall, he walked on the balls of his feet and he was a spymaster. The same incident was described in another book, his name appeared in the second book.

Due to some urgent issues here, I am posting pretty much on the fly but here are some images that provide an answer to the issue of the ear shape on this man.

The image on the left is a close up of SM's right ear and on the right, the close up of Fedosimov's right ear. I have adjusted the angle of Fedosimov's pic to try to match that of SM.

Look carefully at SM's ear, you can see what appears to be part of his lobe which may or may not be attached. The full face image of SM shows more detail of the left ear which looks to be quite different and that, it seems that it is relatively common to have unmatched ears.

I think it is possible that we have the same man and that the ears are a close match. I want to qualify that somewhat. If we had another image of Fedosimov that showed the right profile of his face and ear then we would be in a far better position to make a final call.

I didn't have to look that far to find an example where the angle of a photograph taken of a person's face, can significantly alter the appearance of the ear. 

This is Novikov, Russian Consulate General to the US and Fedosimov's boss. The image on the left shows what looks like a joined ear but on the right it may or may not be joined.

It has also been commented that Fedosimov's nose looks different and pretty much the same argument can be applied with some minor differences. The most significant issue is the colouration that shows up on his nose. If we look at SM's full face image, he is obviously deceased and therefore there is no colour in his head. You can also see that his left lower ear appears to cut sharply in to join the side of his face and it protrudes somewhat at the top, not an apparent match to his right ear but there's nothing really unusual about that.

More to follow on this post...


Anonymous said...

Maybe relatives but not the same guy.

Gordon332 said...

Relatives would be interesting, but that does depend on just who was the person of whom the plaster bust was made. If it was SM and we can trace relatives of fedosimov then the DNA issue could confirm or otherwise our candidate. Could yu let us know the details of your find?

Anonymous said...

Wow...Those ears look identical, and they are unique! But how can this match be confirmed without DNA from SM to compare to any relatives of Fedosimov that can be tracked down?

Anonymous said...

What about the ear lobes? One has attached the other non-attached.

Gordon332 said...

Hello, I have been a little tied up for the past few weeks so my apologies for the slowness in response. As you will see in the images above which I have only just added, the issue of the ears is important but not quite as straightforward as it first appeared. I hope they go some way to answering the question you raised.

GraceGirl said...

The ears look very different from the lobe to the inside of the ear. SM open ear interior dips far lower into the ear lobe area. Also the SM has ample natural hair and doesn't have the male baldness that the other guy has. Obviously they are not the same man.

Gordon332 said...

Thanks for the comment, I have just put a new post on that updates this one. It shows the effects of lighting and camera angles on images of faces and in particular the ears. I hope you find it interesting.