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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.

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Welcome to the Tamam Shud blog where the aim is to work hard at uncovering new information and reviewing old materials that have in some cases been misinterpreted or aspects of them have been overlooked.

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Anonymous said...

Is there a mail address you could be reached at?

Gordon332 said...

Thanks for your question, if you can message me with your details and the reason why you would like a mailing address I will happily respond. My reason for asking for your information relates to some earlier unpleasant experiences, I'm sue you will understand.

Mary Atkinson said...

Hi Gordon,
I am researching Roger Casement's 1916 landing at Banna Strand and would love to speak to you about it further. My email address is - please get in touch when you have a moment and I will be happy to explain further.

cpe1704tks said...

Saw the article in newspaper over the weekend. His ballet legs and bad
liver point to a Russian for sure. Lots of vodka no doubt. The fact he
had an American comb means he had an American contact in Aust. or
overseas. Cold war spies often swapped items when they met as mementos.
Some USSR spooks would even try and get things for their wives like
jewellery etc. Things like cigarette lighters, combs - even
chocolates. They were desired items in the USSR. Lots of spy work going
down in Aust. during this time with many moles and spies in the Labor
party (DLP). Many USSR spies had trouble accessing US direct, so they'd
work in getting to Aust. parties/high public servant positions to access
US info and people via proxy.

I know sometimes people would purposely put a body in warm clothes and sit in warm place to speed up decomposition but surely leaving a body in a public place like a beach would be discovered quickly so that rules it out. I understand he had two public transport tickets. Not uncommon practice to throw people off and keep them guessing as to which place he might go next. Can be hard to one tail to go to a couple of places at once.

It was probably Joe Vialls and he just reincarnated into another decade

Gordon332 said...

Interesting historical background. If you can quote some specific cases/examples it would be most useful and appreciated.

Thanks for your comment..

Anonymous said...

When one is ill . . .you get cold easier. especially if you are very ill.