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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.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

SOMERTON MAN_ CODE PAGE, UV IMAGES TOP RIGHT CORNER


UV LIGHT REVEALS MORE NUMBERS
STEP BY STEP


CODE PAGE


Step 1.


Top right-hand corner, usually referred to as a 'stain' but is, in fact, another instance of the Police marking over details. Using UV light in a dark room shows some of those details.


Step 2.


Immediately noted the presence of unusual markings within the highlighted area in particular

Step 3.


Adjusted the colour balance of the image to sharpen the shapes and numbers are visible

Step 4.


Highlighted number set, other markings are visible.


South Australian Police used UV lighting to detect fingerprints amongst other things during the 1940s.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

SOMERTON MAN: PIONEER, UPDATED 12th July


 Flxible Clipper


First imported from the USA By Reg Ansett, October 1948

 In Ansett Livery...
The history of this bus may hold a link to Jestyn and a man named Keane, more to come...

UPDATE 12th July


This Mr. Tom Keane was, in 1948, a resident of Hamilton in Victoria, a place where Jestyn was known to have friends and relatives, dates of those friendships are yet to be established. Clive and I are working together on this and you should know that we are being helped a great deal by one of Tom Keane's close relatives. The bus? Tom was a motor mechanic and worked on engines for this type of vehicle. One interesting revealed to us is the fact that whilst Tom Keane is his name, it is his middle name which had always used including in his signature.

Another update due next week.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

SOMERTON MAN: NEW, THE RUBAIYAT, A QUESTION OF ORIENTATION & ASPECT RATIO


ORIENTATION & ASPECT RATIO


1. ORIGINAL BOOK COVER AS PUBLISHED BY SAPOL
Size: 5.1 X 6.6 inches. Aspect Ratio: 17:22

2. A COLLECTORS VERSION

Size: 4.8 X 6.65 inches  Aspect Ratio 96:133


3. THE BOOK (TORN PAGE) AS PUBLISHED BY SAPOL

Size: 3.75 X 5.5 inches  Aspect Ratio: 15:22
The insert above was done by a member of the Adelaide University FB page organised by Professor Abbott

As you can see there is some variation in size and aspect ratios with items 1 and 2 being closest with item 3 being markedly different, in fact it is a full 1 inch shorter, could that be accounted for by the book cover being larger? It seems quite a difference.

THE COMPLEXITY

It gets more complex when you look at the dimensions of the book as described by the University Wiki, it says the book size was 5.5 inches X 4.5 inches which for them tied into the size of the code page. So far so good although we now have a third set of dimensions and it doesn't match the original size or Aspect ratio which is 11:9.

There's more:

CODE PAGE 

Whilst I don't believe it was his intention to provide any new information, JS on the Cipher Mysteries blog pointed out that I had previously stated that Gerry Feltus had told me that the phone numbers were positioned in the top right-hand quarter of the back of the book. That's true.

This conflicts with the more recent statement regarding Detective Brown's comment that the telephone number was in 'tiny lettering' beneath the code. This is true, that is what I quoted.

The question is, what was the orientation of the code page on the back of the book? We have separate issues here, the book dimensions the code page dimensions and the orientation of the code on the back of the book.


CODE PAGE IMAGE

If we take Adelaide Uni's view that the book was 5.5 inches wide X 4.5 inches tall, then we should be able to verify that information by looking at the size and aspect ratio of the code page image as found on the Adelaide University wiki, right?

Here they are: Image size: 4.5 inches wide X 3.6 inches tall. Aspect Ratio: 5:4.

That's a full half inch narrower than the SAPOL images and 1 inch shorter and the aspect ratio is significantly different.



CODE PAGE ORIENTATION

Let's look at the issue of just where the telephone number might be. In one statement it's in the top right-hand side of the book and in the other it's beneath the code as Detective Brown stated.

Could both statements be correct? I have not been able to find any reference to the orientation of the code on the back of the book: 


 CODEPAGE UNDERLAY COMPARISON 

 The above simply doesn't work, so let's look at it another way, the overlay:



To be correct, these are approximate placed images but the point is that you should be able to see from the above image just how the telephone number can be beneath the code and in the top right hand corner of the book.

Remember that you would be looking at the code page from the back of the book.

It's apparent if we are to believe the various dimensions supplied, that there's a big piece of the code page missing?

We could do the same exercise with the larger supposedly original sized images of the book and be left with an even bigger piece of the code page missing:





Even if we were to take the book and code page to the same aspect ratio as the code page, we would still have the strong possibility that the two statements 'Top right quarter' and 'Beneath the code' are one and the same position.

So thanks JS, I am absolutely certain that this wasn't what you had in mind, amusingly and if I am right here, it's the same style of error that Milongal made recently with Verse 70 :)

Certainly worth further exploration and another first for this blog I believe. Happy to share some of the glory with you JS!

 A Bonus Image
Here's a little bonus for you, it's been posted a number of times here, I suggest that you put on your glasses! it reads 2yrs 42 and beneath that it looks like Z1 Venom X4023? Note the unusual shaped X, curved rather like a mathematical symbol.









Wednesday, 4 July 2018

SOMERTON MAN: MORE PROOF OF MICROWRITING: CROSSED LINES REVISITED UPDATED


END OF CROSSED LINES, CODEPAGE CENTRE PLUS
FLOURISH AT BASE



102570 

The above two images are of the 'flourish' at the base of the code page, I have highlighted a 'spur' on the flourish, which as you can see has some darkened numbers written into it. The first numbers are 102570 with some smaller numbers running along to the right. There are a whole series of markings including numbers and letters beneath the spur which has been taken looking from the top of the page downwards.

The 102570 number set seems to me to be about .6 mm in height.

First published in March 2017



This is a close up of the ends of the two crossed lines found near the centre of the code page. The image itself was taken using a UV backlight with an Olympus camera set to macro and a 3X optical magnification. You can make out from this image the tightly packed micro written numbers and some letters. All are done in block caps.

The image below uses an image editor, Techsmith Snagit. This editor gives you the ability to magnify regions within an image as you can see here:



Next, the same method was used to examine the full image of the two crossed lines. First the close up:



Now with magnification, look inside the red circles, the second one in you can see the sequence 'NI608:





And above, here's another for good measure, in this pic, apart from the crossed lines.you can see some of the micro-writing that exists in the letters B and O below the lines.

For the record, these images came from the  'new scans' apparently discovered in somewhat dubious circumstances and which Nick Pelling has thus far failed to disclose. Anyway, the point is that Nick, as erudite as ever, declared that we should all use his newly discovered scans, which are in fact just scans of the original scan, and we should all test them. So, I have and above are some results with much more to come. This, of course, means that by default Nick now agrees that there is micro writing on the code page! Many thanks, Nick. Can we get down to some serious code breaking now? That's your skill area, isn't it?

Last point, Nick, if you are going to attempt, yet again, to disprove what is quite definitely there, may I suggest that you put forward the full results of your tests together with a detailed description of how you conducted them? Disclosing the precise source of the 'new scan' would be a plus of course but I wouldn't expect you to want to do that.

Have a wonderful weekend!

SOMERTON MAN: MICRO NUMBERS AND A LETTER IN CLEAR SPACE OF THE CODE PAGE






Look closely between the letters T and M on the last line, there's a highlighted box. In the close up below you will see just what was written in there:




283X