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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, 15 July 2017



Have to admit, I never saw this but thankfully the eagle eyed Clive most certainly did!

This was the code page as published in the Adelaide Advertiser on 29th August 1949, page 2. Apart from the apparent numbers and letter X at the end of the PANETP sequence, the edges are entirely different and there are traces of what appear to be more letters and numbers in numerous locations on the page.

Make no mistake though, this is decidedly a low-resolution image, 38 pixels per cm, but it is showing details that are just not visible on later versions of the page shown in the press.

Here's the full article:

Pete Bowes, you may be interested in the wording of the article. 'The letters appear on the back cover of a copy of the Rubaiyat....'


peterbowes said...

Newspapers, journalists, detectives, booze, chat. Who said what?

Gordon332 said...

There's only ever one truth... I think Mr. Francis has the answer :)