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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.

Monday, 1 May 2017


We have put a lot of work into this research thus far especially from the perspective of the FEDOSIMOV finding and the image match.

Thanks to Clive beavering away, he has found a direct reference to Fedimosov in the FBI files that cover the Fuchs case. We have a PDF of the Fuchs file from the FBI vault and you can download it via the link below if you have an interest. You will find a large selection of names which we are working through in the pages of this PDF, the reference to Fedosimov is to be found on page 95 of the document, it does say that there were two images on file one which we presume is one that was shown to Harry Gold at the time.

Main Fedosimov Image

A note for Milongal, the date for the Fedosimov photograph was in fact April 1947, 19 months before the discovery of SM's body on the beach at Somerton so there isn't a 5 year difference. The image comparison tool that you have used is not at all accurate, given that this is a free online tool, it does a fair job but it is based on fairly straightforward algorithms and is not up to the standard needed for the level of detail we are pursuing. I had looked at it and others and the only way we can achieve a reasonable degree of accuracy is to use the merge tools that were used in the earlier posts. the differences between the images, eyes and mouth closed versus the same being oopen, plus the various angles are things that the comparison tools don't cope with that well. An example would be that you could put two images of SM side by side with one having an altered viewing angle and it drops the rate down from 100% to 63%. I hope this helps, let me know if there is anything more I can help you with.


An Omnibus said...

Does the Fedosimov photo look doctored to you? The shape of the nose doesn't make sense to me. It's as if a second image has been overlayed about half way down the length of the nose. There seems to be a fairly radical change of shape of the nose at that point, which comes across as a crude "join". If you follow that break left and right, to the cheekbone areas, is there also some weird lighting anomaly in those areas?

Gordon332 said...

I haven't examined Pavel's image that closely separately. Nothing 'jumped out' for me so I haven't pursued it, but now that you raise it I will take a look this week.The lighting should have been normal daylight on a cool spring day, doesn't seem to be bright sunlight so there will probably have been some random shadows being cast. The main pic doesn't appear to have been staged so no reflectors? I would say that in comparison to Novikov's face alongside him in the main image, Pavel does seem to have quite a tan.