Wednesday, 21 July 2021





With the exhumation if the remains of the Somerton Man now underway, (but not without its hiccups it appears), I thought it would be a good time to bring together a summary of the discoveries we have made on this blog.

Much has been written over the years about the Somerton Man, was he a spy? Was he a jilted lover? Did he end his own life or was he killed? Assassinated? Accidental overdose?

This post provides the evidence-based research and it can be broken down into sections or categories and links provided to numerous articles and posts that you will find on this blog and that clearly show the involvement of intelligence agencies. 

Acrostic codes, strange ads in newspapers, mysterious poisonings, clandestine communications exposed, the Somerton Man hidden code found, proof that his body was placed on the beach much later than previously thought. You will find it all here, the only blog that maintained the effort and the focus from the outset.


From more than 600 posts you can read here on the subject, below are the categories of those posts that to my mind will help provide a clearer picture and understanding of the Somerton Man case.

1. The Somerton Man Code cracked... photographic techniques revealed for the first time the presence of a hidden code on the so-called Somerton Man code page. On July 20th, 2020, a copy of the hidden code  posted, SEE HERE >> AND HERE  >>

2. Evidence that Alf Boxall and Jestyn were using steganography, a clandestine communication method hidden in their copy of the Rubaiyat, it has to be seen to be believed   SEE EXAMPLES HERE

3. INK H, a secret writing technique recorded as being used by British Special Operations Executive (SOE) that concealed writing within other writing, in fact it is described in an SOE manual. It lay hidden for 70 years until we found it. SEE HERE >>>

3. Evidence that strongly suggests that the Somerton Man died elsewhere and his body wasn't taken to Somerton Beach until after 4.30 a.m. on December 1st 1948. We were fortunate to have the input and advice of a renowned Tidal expert for these posts. The Shifting Sands of Somerton Beach, SEE HERE >>>

5. The DANETTA code, a mysterious acrostic code that turned up in the last letter of a man who was found poisoned in a Hindley Street hotel 2 weeks to the day after the discovery of the body on the beach. What's more that same acrostic code turns up in numerous other places and documents associated with the Somerton Man case. SEE HERE >>> and HERE >>> and more HERE >>>

6. The Tibor Kaldor story, in which the DANETTA code was found. There's much to read about the Tibor Kaldor story HERE >>> I would like to point out that in the research efforts regarding this man, Clive Turner an Adelaide follower and researcher on the case, was of extraordinary assistance and provided solid input into parts of the story, it is and always will be greatly appreciated.

7. Apparent links to the George Marshall case, another poisoning, and another Rubaiyat, that took place in Sydney in 1945. Men associated with Australian internment camps form part of this story. Our most recent posts address that particular issue: See HERE >>>


There's always some bonus information when you look for it. In this case, it's a man, a man who is thought to be a candidate for the Somerton Man.

The man on the left of this image is Pavel Ivanovich Fedosimov, or at least that is what the notation on the back of the photograph suggests. 

By way of a little background, this man or rather the description of this man, was referred to in a book, ''THE ATOM SPIES.' by Oliver Pilat, there's a kindle edition HERE >>> In the book, the man is described as being heavily built and about 6 foot two, the description was given by well known Atom Spy, Harry Gold. Harry himself was of short stature around 5 feet 3 inches in height. For Harry, anyone over 5 foot 10 was a giant. 
The Somerton Man was closer to 6 feet tall. In fact when measured in the mortuary, he was 5 feet 11 inches in height. Those of you reading this who are familiar with such things would know full well that a body lying on a slab in the mortuary and measured in this way would gain a good 1 1/2 inches if they were to stand up and stretch to full height. If you add a pair of shoes to that person then 6 foot two or more would be quite likely and from the short-statured Harry Gold, then it is not surprising that he put the man's height at well over 5 feet 11 inches.

Having said that, Harry described the man as walking on his toes, this is a factor that could contribute to highly developed calf muscles, the same kind of calf muscles possessed by the Somerton Man had. Add that and the fact that 'Fedosimov' had large hands as did the Somerton Man, we get a very close match. But is it enough? Read on.

The book itself was referred to by Senator Cavanagh in the 1970s during a session in the Australian Senate. Referring to the book, Senator Cavanagh stated that he was worried that Australia was becoming a dumping ground for dead spies. In that same speech, he also spoke about the Somerton Man. 

The Atom Spies book did not name the man as Fedosimov but CIA records and later books did, and official documents mentioned Harry Golds' meeting with Pavel Fedosimov. But was that his real name? 

The Soviets, in common with many intelligence services, were in the habit of providing their operatives with alternative identities, in fact on occasions, names would be changed when someone moved from one location to another. We may never know but what we do know is that there is only one photograph of him and that is the one above this article, he is with Nosov, the then Soviet Ambassador to the US and they are at La Guardia field, NY. It was April 1947.

By June of 1948, Pavel, the acting vice-consul at the Soviet Embassy, had been recalled to Moscow. We had this confirmed by a former KGB officer, Alexander Vassiliev. In fact, in my discussion with him Alexander went further, he said that the reason for the recall was because Pavel was suspected of being about to betray the mother country. In those days, that was as good as a death sentence in Stalin's Russia. Of note that Alexander is an author of note in the field of intelligence services and is of course the author of Vassiliev's notes within which document you will find the various references to Fedosimov.

Pavel dutifully boarded the ship in New York on 1st July 1948, he was not accompanied by his wife. The ship was the POBEDA. En route to Odessa and within hours of its destination, there was a huge fire on board the Pobeda resulting in the deaths of 40 passengers and two crew. It would be better to read through the links provided, it is a long and complex story but it has been verified. Before I supply the links to the Fedosimov story, let me reiterate, the foregoing information is what led me to seriously suspect the man in the photograph who was named as Pavel Fedosimov by Soviet sources, as a strong candidate for being the Somerton Man. He matched the description in height, build, hands, and even his teeth on the photograph appear to  not dissimilar to those of the Somerton Man, add the high calf muscles and there is yet another reason for that suspicion.

If this is the Somerton Man, how would he have entered Australia? I suggest he could have used one of several methods employed to gain entry for any 'illegal', another name and another set of documents. It would be naive in the extreme to think that he would have used the name Fedosimov in that task.

1. Comparison facial match and more, Somerton Man/ Fedosimov HERE

2. More Posts on Fedosimov HERE

3. Journey of the Pobeda, HERE

4. More on the Pobeda HERE

Please note, the posts and thoughts on Fedosimov are based on evidence and known facts about the man and that the only photograph in existence is the one shown above. Whilst a person of that name is certainly mentioned in numerous documents post 1948, for example in United Nations papers and the IAEA, there are no photographs to be found, there are no sightings of him after that photograph in April 1947. Neither the United Nations nor the International Atomic Energy Authority could provide any photographs of Fedosimov. 

Apart from Sentaor Cavanagh's speech, a well-known researcher from before my time, John Ruffels, also strongly suggested that the Somerton Man was in fact a match for the man in the Atom Spy book.

Is he the Somerton Man? it may well be that the examination of DNA will decide that he's not in which case the search will start anew. Even then a great deal has been learned and shared as a result of this discovery. The Pobeda trip alone has the makings of a great novel :)

Wednesday, 14 July 2021





Above, a prophetic line from Omar himself. This seems to be an opportune moment to point all of the various ROK gurus to Verse XV. How interesting. This is from a book acquired in recent times published by A E Gornall, Sydney, and illustrated by O'Brien, who I believe may be a Kath Obrien, I think in the 20s or possibly 30s, the book was printed by Sydney printer, Coy. Publication date in the 1920s/ 1930s. It's a pocket-sized paperback complete with yapped edges for those interested

 I wanted to thank our many followers, 17900-page visits last month, and a solid performance in this, for your ongoing support. As you would know we have always from the outset in 2013, maintained the same position that this was an espionage case and we are the only blog in this space to have done that. In the years that followed, we have steadily uncovered new evidence and substantiated each claim that we have made.

This series of posts will reveal even more. 

Friday, 9 July 2021




Those new to this blog may not have seen the range of banknotes that were designed by one of the internees, George Adam Teltscher.

Note the date, 1st March 1941. Several internees worked on the notes under the supervision of George Teltscher. In other, much earlier posts, you will be able to see numerous images of the notes and the names of some of the internees involved.

The purpose behind posting this image is quite simple, within these notes you will find numerous examples of handwritten microcode. The date was 1941 and the Somerton Man case kicked off in 1948. But, the next known use of the technique was before that, it has also been found in the Boxall ROK and the handwritten inscription made by Jestyn and the date for that was 1945. 

Here are two close up examples of microcode from this banknote:

1. Number string in Shield design:

Within the outline surrounding the Shield, you can clearly see the series of letters and numbers.

2. Microcode within the cursive, handwritten signature of Richard Stahl, the manager of the internment bank.

Of the many examples, the above is the most significant one, Quite clearly within the cursive handwritten signature microcode can be seen.

Why is this significant? Because the Verse 70 inscription made by Jestyn in the book that she gave to Alf Boxall contains the exact same method of concealment of code.

Here's the thing, the technique shown in the Hay Banknotes was later, in 1943, found in a British SOE manual and described as INK H. It comes as no surprise that George Teltscher returned to the UK in 1942 and went to work for British Military.

Worthy of some note is the fact that one internee who was in the know about the banknotes was TIBOR KALDOR. he's the man who was found poisoned in a room of the Victoria Hotel in Hindley Street just 2 weeks after the discovery of the Somerton Man's body on the beach just 35 minutes away.

All the stories of car theft rings, Melbourne Baccarat players that have floated, (perhaps meandered is a better term), around the Somerton Man space, have no substance whatsoever.

I will add more images over the weekend.


Wednesday, 7 July 2021




The above image of the code page was found by Nick Pelling in 2017, I never got around to thanking him for that. So thanks, Nick.

You can download this image, quite a large file, and then magnify it but keep it in focus. I suggest that you then look at the following locations on the page:

1. Top left a small dark stain
2. Top, small stain over the letters B and D
3. Top right dark stain
4. Next look closely at the dark markings over the letters RGOABAB on the top line
5. Now look closely at the crossed lines in the centre of the page, the upper line should be viewed from the top end of the page and the lower line from the base of the page
6. The flourish at the base of the page is next to view

OK, so far we have looked at the parts of the page containing micro writing examples that are not beneath the larger letters found on the code page Next, you can magnify the letters AR at the end of the string of letters near the bottom right of the page. The flourish line leading from the base of the letter R.




This is an image of the Rubaiyat that was given to Alf Boxall by the nurse Jestyn. You can see the Inscription page to the left and the Title page to the right.

These two pages contain microcodes concealed in various places throughout the inscription itself and the title page.

The nurse, Jestyn, told ex-Detective Sergeant Gerry Feltus in an interview that she had written the inscription, more about that in the next post on this subject but please keep it in mind.

For now we will look at some of the words from the Title page:

The word THE is part of the Title page that you can see at the top of this post. Within the letters you can make out finely written very small letters and numbers, that's the microcode.

From the first two lines, more examples of microcode concealed within the larger, printed letters.

Every letter on the Title page contains similar examples as does the small bunch of grapes at the bottom of that page.

So, we now have the torn piece, the code page, and the Boxall Rubaiyat all containing microcode examples.

More to follow.


Sunday, 4 July 2021



The above is an extreme close-up of the letter T from the torn slip of paper found in a hard-to-find waist band fob pocket of the trousers that were being worn by the man found on Somerton Beach on December 1st, 1948.

When you examine it closely you will see diagonal, numbers, letters, and perhaps even a word or two handwritten in appearance but were they reduced in size and placed on a microdot? As some will be aware, microdots although often used in a dot shape to mimic a full stop in a document, could in fact be made into any shape.


UPDATE 5th July 21

Here are two more images of the same letter T, they have been rotated right then left off the perpendicular view in order to better show an alternative, possibly rectified, view of the 'diagonal' aspect shown in the first image at the head of the page.

1. Minus 50 view:

2. Plus 50 View:

Viewing these two aspects, it occurs to me that it is possible that what we are seeing is a microdot image of sorts.

Here's the current possibility based on what we see here:

1. The 'microdot' image actually covers far more than that visible within the letters of the words TAMAM SHUD. What if the 'microdot' contained information that covered the entire page on which the words appear? Is it an 'overlay' image of some kind?

2. Whoever tore the piece out of the book could have done so in order to render the remaining part of the original 'microdot' quite useless.

3. Perhaps we should rethink the statement of Len Brown when he said that the torn piece was an exact fit for the space found in the book? He was quite adamant about it.

(Some 10 years ago, in fact, it was on the Adelaide University FB page, I had posted an image that I had been working on that actually showed the whole page from which the slip was torn and it was covered with very small markings. Time to revisit that work.)


I've had more than a few thoughts about this and one was that perhaps it was following the weave of the paper. However, when you examine the paper on which the words TAMAM SHUD were printed, there is no detectable weave as such, it was made from  'paper pulp' as far as I'm aware.


I will publish both words in the coming week, in the meantime, here's the word TAMAM and as you will see the writing appears to follow the shape of the individual letters and seems to 'bridge' between some at their base. 

A stand out feature is the second letter A, note how the writing follows the slope almost precisely.

There are a number of questions raised by these images, the first one is, as mentioned, are these micro dots or was it all handwritten? I can provide an answer to the handwritten question:
  • The horizontal dimension for the first two letters is 5mm. 
  • The second A is just under 2.5mm wide
  • The width of the down slope of the second A is 1.2 mm
We can say that the height of the letters in the downward slope of the second letter A is .35mm. That is certainly achievable by hand.

There's a lot more analysis to be done but I thought that it was such an important discovery that it needing posting quickly.


One of the test I always do is to compare the background photo paper that I use to print the final images. I use the same kind of 'bleed proof' paper for all the images I process in the SM case. Here's a close up image of line 2 from the SM code page as a comparison:

Whilst you can clearly see the microcode within the marked over letters/line, there is no trace of any kind of background weave in the paper. We can conclude that the diagonal writing in the Tamam Shud torn piece was not the result of a pattern in the background paper.



Monday, 28 June 2021




Earlier today I spoke with Paul Lawson, it was the third discussion we had had in this latest series. He wanted to make clear some facts about the man of whom he had made the bust and his own involvement with the case.

He made some statements that will upset a few I am sure.


He went back to our earlier conversation regarding the state of the man's skull, he wanted to make it very clear that the skull had been completely removed from the man's body. 

He went further, when the skull had been replaced it was put into a different position, it seemed to have been tilted back a little. That could have resulted in the significantly different appearance of the man as we see in the centre of the 3 images above. '

It does raise another question though. How can we be sure that the skull was that of the Somerton Man? The current examination of the remains should help clarify that issue. All the more reason for the dental chart taken by Doctor Dwyer to be examined.


When Paul told Cleland that the skull had been completely removed and as per the earlier discussion, e was very annoyed, that 'they' had got to it first. Cleland believed that something about the skull would have proven something about just where the man had been. 

But that's only a part of what Cleland had to say, he told Paul that he believed that the man had recently been in Russia and he had gone there from Australia.


I asked Paul if he had thought that anything was unusual about how the police handled the case. He went immediately to the subject of the suitcase and said that 'they' had messed around with the contents to deliberately mislead us, the slippers were an example, they were brand new and were a good size too small for the man, he also commented on the man's feet, in his view the wedge shape was down to the man being a 'toe walker', someone who walked on the balls of his feet. A ballet man or horse rider was also possible, but the 'toe walker' was the most likely.

Still talking on the subject of the Police, at the time he was concerned that the officer responsible for Woomera and for that part of it used as a rocket range from 47, that part was Maralinga before its A-Bomb testing use. He had the feeling that the officer was somehow deliberately impeding progress in the case. According to Paul, that officer was Detective Sergeant Leane.


There are some obvious implications in what Paul has revealed. In some ways, he is confirming some of the suspicions held by various people over the years. But much of what he had to say was new to me.