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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, 29 April 2017



In the previous post, we showed the overlay and comparison of the appearance of Pavel Fedosimov and the plaster bust image of the Somerton Man. If you recall, I did say that my belief was that the bust was created using the post autopsy images as a guide. and it occurred to me that by comparing the post autopsy image to the Fedosimov image we may get a more accurate outcome.

The short video clip above does just that, it compares the two main images as an overlay This was a little tricky to achieve given that we had two quite different camera angles and the subjects head was also inclined to the left in the post autopsy image with a different incline for the image of Fedosimov. I was able to rotate the Fedosimov image and also made a minor adjustment to the angle of the Somerton Man's image and the result is as you see in the clip.

You will notice that the image of SM has the eyes mostly closed whilst Pavel's image has the eyes quite well open. The set of the eyes, the length and shape of the nose and the mouth are all very close to a 98% match, small differences are down to lighting and shade plus a variation in the photo angles. from this we can conclude that the facial 'metrics' are very close to each other.

I am still of the opinion that Fedosimov is the Somerton Man with a 98% certainty. It is impossible to be 100% certain, whilst Clive has contacted the FBI and the Atomic Energy organisation in Switzerland, we have had no response from the latter and the former was unable to offer any real assistance in tracking down further information or photographs that included Pavel. This is despite Pavel having been identified by Harry Gold from a photograph provided by the FBI according to FBI public records. There is always room for error and there is always a possibility that we may still get a response from the FBI about Pavel and his eventual fate.

Next post will describe the link between Pavel Fedosimov and Australia, it is an extraordinary set of circumstances and I hope you will find it as fascinating as we have.


Anonymous said...

The overlays look positively evil as they transition.

Is there maybe open source face matching software that you could try? Maybe create an FB account with one of the pictures, then post the other picture and see if it suggests a possible tag (that's half serious if there's no software to do the same easily available).
Might even be worth doing a reverse image search on google using the picutre of Fedosimov (although I think that specifically looks for pictures not identity matches).

Gordon332 said...

Yes, he doesn't look that pleasant as the other image is added. The effect is, as I am sure you know, due to the change in opacity and you see two face images at one time with different levels of shade/shadow. I use a range of open source and editing tools and whilst there are image comparison packages around they do things that show up missing objects and not subtle variations, at least the ones I have tried do that. I think the end result is good, the facial structure is almost identical and given that we can't exactly match the photo angles, that is a positive outcome. The search for more photos of Fedosimov continues, in one FBI released document, Harry Gold is said to have identified Fedosimov via a photograph, that could be the one I have used or maybe another.

In the end, we have a good match. If I find a better tool I don't think it will much change the outcome. Thanks for your comment.