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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.

VENOM or VENONA?


Image from the Code Page


Hilighted instances of micro writing between the S & A,
last line on the code page..
In a recent interview with the Advertiser down in Adelaide, I discussed various aspects of the Somerton Man Case with a particular focus on the Code page as you might expect.

We covered a lot of ground with the reporter, Lynton Grace being extremely interested so we delved a little further than would normaly have been the case.

I mentioned to him that apart from the micro writing found within the 'letters' of the code page, there were also reasonable examples to be found in the open space surrounding the letters.

One of those examples lay between the S and the A of the last line of the code and slightly beneath them.

The writing appears to spell out 2YRS  42 and then beneath that another word which is either VENOM or VENONA with the following alongside: X4561. I told Lynton that the options were Venom which was the name of a British Jet Fighter which at the time was a top secret project, still on the drawing boards in 1948 but tenders had been called to my understanding and I also understood that these tenders had a numbering system with an X prefix followed by 4 numbers.

The other option which was extremely secret at the time was that this find could relate to a project known as VENONA, what's very interesting about this project was that it also used a numbering system with an X prefix and importantly these numbers were allocated by US intelligence. That would mean that if the word was VENONA then there is only one source from which it could have come, a US intelligence officer. My words to Lynton were that I still had work to do on this option.

Of interest is the stylised nature of the letter X, it is quite unusual and I suspect it may yet be found elsewhere and associated with this case.

I have to say that the work done by the Advertiser and Channel 7 in Adelaide has added greatly to the level of public interest and awareness of the Somerton Man case, I think it a good possibility that someone may come forward with more information.

Coincidentally a keen eyed follower of this blog had asked the question as to whether it could be VENONA at around the same time as the interview.

For those interested I first noticed this almost 3 years ago and informed Adelaide University as I belonged to their Facebook group at that time.

1 comment:

  1. hi, I have only just started researching the Somerton man my self, I have a few ideas regarding the case and would like to share them with you, would you be willing to email me? if so I will provide you with my personal email address.
    thanks
    Steve Snelgrove

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