Monday, 29 November 2021

SOMERTON MAN: IS THIS HOW HE ENTERED AUSTRALIA?

 

THE RATLINES


Ratlines were 'escape routes' for Nazis and other Fascists following the end of WW2 and those that used them mainly ended up in South America. I say mainly because not all Nazis went there, some, and not a few were delivered elsewhere.

In recent posts on Pete Bowes Toms by Two blog, Pete had published a good summation of how German specialists as in engineers and rocket scientists were recruited by the allies, and some were resettled in and around Adelaide. I wouldn't doubt the accuracy of Pete's research as far as it went. It was good material.

However there were other high-value assets of interest to the Allies, specifically, they wanted to recruit and turn German intelligence officers, and those that were working at uncovering Russian spy networks were of particular interest. At the head of the list was General Reinhard Gehlen, a target they didn't have to wait long for, he surrendered and eventually brought others with him Klaus Barbie, Alois Brunner, Emil Augsburg and others were to follow. In 1946 'Gehlen Org' moved to Germany and set about creating a super network of ex-Nazi intelligence men to carry out anti-soviet intelligence activities.

Simultaneously, the Allies took advantage of disaffection amongst the ranks of Soviet intelligence operatives and recruited them as well. Followers of this post will know that some 4 years ago we covered the early Eastern Front activities of one Soviet Agent, Pavel Fedosimov.

A rich harvest indeed.

The purpose of this post is not to dwell upon the Gehlen Org and similar groups, incredibly interesting though it is.

The intention here is to look at a particular set of events and circumstances that took place in 1948 and which may well provide us with a possible answer to the question

'How did the Somerton Man get to Australia?'

For personnel to be spirited away from Germany, and other, then, occupied territories took a great deal of planning and coordination. Timing and mode of transport were of paramount importance. Care would have to be taken not to impact other operations in the same geographical area and time window, although sometimes that would, perhaps, have been unavailable.

What follows is a summation, I have deliberately not delved too deep into details of names and precise actions on behalf of the various agencies involved although much more information is available. I have restricted this post to the essential events that took place.  

Join me now as we set out on a journey or two... well definitely two.

PART 1: THE VOYAGE OF THE POBEDA



Amidst mounting tensions between the Soviet Union and the USA, the Soviets made a decision to drastically reduce their diplomatic strength in America. Accordingly, they arranged for the SS Pobeda to transport many of their US-based,  staff and families back to Russia via Odessa. There were some amongst the Russian contingent who were decidedly unhappy about the prospect of return9ing to a very uncertain future in the motherland especially given the ongoing purges in their homeland. The Oksana Kasenkina case comes to mind, she famously leapt from a Soviet Embassy window to escape seriously injuring her legs on landing. She was rescued by two of New Yorks finest. Two other teachers and their family also opted out and despite the best efforts of Soviet intelligence they were unable to locate them prior to the departure of the Pobeda, which I understand was due to leave around July 28th 1948.

A Russian Perspective

The Russians had another perspective on the circumstances surrounding the departure of the Pobeda, in an account of the days leading up to the Pobeda setting sail for Odesa, their understanding was the wife of one Soviet diplomat refused to leave, she was taken away by US security officials. There was concern at the time as they were unable to locate her suitcase on board.

A further delay occurred when US health teams insisted on disinfecting the inside of the ship, its cabins, restaurants, n fact every space was subjected to spraying of an unpleasant smelling liquid. Apparently, this work took three days.

Some 350 plus passengers and 200 crew were aboard when the Pobeda finally departed for Odesa on August 1st 1948. Amongst those passengers was a very senior Chinese military officer, Feng Yuxiang, with his family and, according to official documents, one Pavel Ivanovich Fedosimov. Pavel was, according to records, not accompanied by his wife.  According to Alexander Vassiliev's notes, Pavel Fedosimov was recalled to Russia as he was believed to have been planning to betray the Mother country.

To all accounts, the trip, at least until they reached Gibraltar, was uneventful. It was at that pint whilst sailing through the straights, that a message was received by the Captain of the Pobeda to head for alter course and head for Alexandria where he was to pick up 200 Armenians to repatriated, they were to stay with the ship until they reached Batumi on the black sea where they were to disembark. Unsurprisingly, the Captain was not amused but alter the course he did and, make a note of this date, on August 22nd, the Pobeda duly arrived at Alexandria and loading operations commenced. It was according to witnesses, a fairly chaotic affair with some Armenians wanting to be treated like Royalty and insisting on having their cars loaded along with their household furniture.

There were rumours that some had left the ship at Alexandria but nothing positive. If you were going to leave without detection, amidst the noise and confusion of the loading process would have been a good time. We'll mark that down for later reference. We do not have an exact date of departure but would estimate that it would have been around the 24th of August, this would fit with the next estimated date of 29th August in Batumi, At this port, all the additional 'guests' on board, being the Armenian contingent, disembarked, again, one would imagine, amidst a great deal of noise and confusion.

The next known date was a report of the ship signalling as it passed a check-in point en route from Batumi to Odesa. After that nothing was heard and on September 2nd/3rd the alarm was raised. A search aircraft located the ship dead in the water. A disastrous fire had occurred on board supposedly as the result of an act of negligence by a crew member setting up a film show for the passengers, the film caught fire and spread rapidly. The resultant fire claimed the lives of 19 women passengers, 15 children and 6 men passengers and two crew members. Amongst the dead was the Chinese General and his younger daughter. Two days later the stricken Pobeda arrived in Odesa.

Stalin was furious, he had planned for a high-level meeting with Yuxiang and immediately pronounced the fir as the work of Armenian agents aided by the Americans. Several members of the crew were put on trial and sentenced to lengthy periods of imprisonment.

Footnote
If someone were to have left the Pobeda in an unauthorised fashion, they were 3 possible occasions when that might have occurred. At Alexandria, at Batumi and finally at Odesa. Each occasion was accompanied by a great deal of noise and activity to provide cover for an escape attempt.

The dates to note are August 1st 1948 NY departure, August 22nd Alexandria, August 24th departs Alexandria, August 29th Batumi, September 1st radio check-in and September 5th 1948 Odesa.

Incidents. The wife of a Russian diplomat refuses to board in New York, Fedosimov not accompanied by his wife according to records.

Three occasions when a escape could have occurred.

AN ADDITIONAL Circumstance. Stationed in Cairo at this time was one Donald Maclean, a British diplomat and later known member of the Cambridge 5 Russian spy ring.

Let me stress, what we are doing here is showing that at various points in time and at various locations, there were a series of events and circumstances that, taken together, would give you cause to seriously consider the possibility that Pavel Fedosimov could have planned and executed his escape and defection. It is also possible that Maclean tipped off the Russians.

Is it possible that others may have gone with him or perhaps that someone else went and not Fedosimov? Of course, it is but the other circumstances point to him.

But, the big question remains, how would Fedosimov make his way to Australia?


PART 2: THE VOYAGE OF THE DERNA



SS DERNA MELBOURNE 6th NOVEMBER 1948

Now the cat's out of the bag! The SS Derna was a ship that could well have played an important role. The voyage of the Derna commenced in Marseille on August 28th 1948. It was a rotten, run-down wreck of a vessel that had been purchased by an entrepreneurial Greek gentleman who was taking advantage of heavy subsidies from various Governments, in this case, the Australian Government,  to provide transport or refugees and immigrants from Europe and who ere to be resettled in Australia. The only thing that the Derna had going for it was a new coat of paint, the rest was just a facade, an absolutely disgraceful episode when people were treated no better than cattle, crammed into cabins that held up to 40 people in bunk beds that were stacked 3 high. There was no privacy, a communal bathroom and little in the way of decent accommodation except for those of higher standing.

The passengers were from across Europe, some German, Italians, Estonians, Greeks, Russians and more. There was apparently a stipulation in the Government contract that not more than 25% of the passengers should be Jewish.

You can in fact read about the journey and the people who endured and survived it, the free ebook can be found here: 

https://au1lib.org/book/4767140/101cc2


For now, let's look at the relevant events. The Derna limped across the Mediterranean arriving at Port Said on the Nile on September 7th 1948. Unbeknownst to the passengers at that time, they were to be joined by hundreds more on what was an already overcrowded ship. In fact, there could have been a further 70, (Yugoslavs), had it not been for the intervention of an official who was seriously concerned about overloading the Derna. As you can imagine, once more there was a chaotic scene as hundreds of more people boarded the Derna, how difficult would it have been to monitor just who was getting on board and who was leaving. On that last point, a third officer resigned at Port Said and the Captain thought himself fortunate to find a replacement.

The Derna experienced two onboard fires during its journey. On completion of this contract, it was scrapped.

There were numerous disputes and fights, at the end of the trip, two male passengers were found to be missing. One Russian officer was later to become a prominent NSW politician, he openly bragged about helping one passenger to 'disappear' following a fight.

The Derna docked in Melbourne on 6th November 1948.

I am not going to plough through the journey in detail, suffice it to say it was horrendous for the passengers and the crew. I will say that the Greek entrepreneur's daughter was married into a particularly well known Greek shipping company family.

A QUESTION ANSWERED

You should now be able to see that the dates and events surrounding the voyages of both the POBEDA and the DERNA 'could' have provided an excellent escape opportunity. It seems to me to be a good possibility that given that our man is Fedosimov, he could have left the POBEDA amidst the confusion at Alexandria, he could, with help possibly from the British and perhaps an Australian, made his way from Alexandria to Port Said, not a great distance and again amidst the confusion, he could have boarded the Derna and arrived in Melbourne in early November.

It is also possible that the Soviets were tipped off and were able to eventually catch up with him in Adelaide.

What of Pavel Fedosimov? I am still of the view that he is a good candidate for being the Somerton Man. Am I 100% positive? No, I can be wrong but I think he's the best candidate given all the circumstances. I note that no one else has put forward any other names and Fedosimov, despite all of the negative comments is still there.

Hopefully, we will find out the mans identity in due course and I can either celebrate or shrug my shoulders and say at least I gave it a good shot!











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Sunday, 21 November 2021

THE SOMERTON MAN: THE HAY BANKNOTES AND GEORGE ADAMS TELTSCHER, DESCENDANT OF US PRESIDENT JOHN ADAMS (See comments)

 

GEORGE ADAMS - TELTSCHER





....A big vote of thanks to Pete Davo for finding this photograph of George.Adams -Teltscher, the man who designed the now-famous Hay Internment Camp Banknotes. These notes contained the same micro writing technique found on the Somerton Man Code Page, The Tamam Shud 'torn slip', and within the Boxall Rubaiyat as per the previous post.

You can read Pete Davo's Geni entry here...

The information on the GENI page has a small error. The code found in Tibor Kaldor's last note was an Acrostic code that spelled out the name DANETTA.

Pete rightly raises the question, was George Teltscher in any way related to the Somerton Man? It does appear that George was related to former US Founding Father and politician, Samuel Adams

READ ABOUT SAM ADAMS HERE


HAY BANKNOTE:




THE COMPARISON








Above, comparison between Jestyn Signature and the code found in the Hay note signature..

Micro Number/Letter string within the Shield on the banknote:



As you can see, we have the evidence and we can clearly prove the relationship between the Hay notes and the Boxall Rubaiyat. The next links are between the above, the Somerton Man Code page, and the TAMAM SHUD torn slip as per the previous posts.

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Thursday, 18 November 2021

THE SOMERTON MAN REMAINS: A HYPOTHESIS PLUS... UPDATED


A HYPOTHESIS


...The image is of a body in a coffin, 50 years after being buried.
The image shown here is not of the Somerton Man, it is posted to provide you with an idea of what the remains of the Somerton Man may have looked like. In this case, the man is shown inside a relatively intact coffin, it isn't known whether these remains had been embalmed.

OVERVIEW

This is a fact and evidence-based hypothesis. 

No matter what notions and scenarios people may come up with, in the end, it's all about the evidence and, based on that evidence, what is a likely hypothesis with regards to some of the circumstances surrounding the process of the finding of the body through to its eventual burial and exhumation. The steps we will be considering are:

1. We can clearly say that there was no formal audit trail of identifying the body throughout the process.

2. The photographs of the body taken by Jimmy Durham and the fingerprints leave questions

3. Viewing of the body and a revealing moment

4. The embalming, post embalming photographs, and viewings

5. Paul Lawson, the plaster bust, and the question of the skull

6. Conclusions


1. THE AUDIT TRAIL

What does such an audit trail look like? It is a process of formal identification of the body as it moves through the whole process. Starting from the beach scene where the witness John Lyons met with Constable Moss. There is no record in the statements of either man that specifically described the identification of the body. In other words. Constable moss should have said,  'Is this the man you found earlier this morning?'. there's no record of that being said. Neither is there a record of Mr. Lyons saying, 'This is the body of the man I found here earlier this morning'. that fact was taken for granted.

There is no mention of any other police officers at the scene, the Police 'Ambulance' arrived, someone must have called for it and someone must have been driving it. Why would that be important? Because if it was Constable Moss that called for the Ambulance, did he leave the body unattended for a while? It is possible that when the call was initially placed informing the Police of the finding of the body, the despatch process would have been to automatically been to send the 'body wagon.' But there is no mention of that. The point here is that there is instantly a glaring hole in the audit trail.

The next stop was the transportation of the body to the hospital where Dr. Bennett examined the body and gave an estimated time of death. Nowhere in the evidence given to the inquest is it stated that the body shown to Dr, Bennett was confirmed as the body that was found on the beach at Somerton that morning. Pocky? Yes, but at this stage, it is not known whether this was a normal sudden death, a suicide, or a murder. Police procedures, to my knowledge, have always been to treat a sudden and unexpected death as a possible murder. Yet another hole on the audit trail.

The body was transported to the mortuary to await the post mortem examination. At this point, Constable Moss as the reporting officer would have carried out a thorough search of the man and listed his possessions. This is not clearly stated in the inquest documents. Constable Moss should also have been in attendance at the Post Mortem and he should have stated to Dr. Dwyer who carried out the PM, that this was the body of the man found on Somerton Beach on 1st December 1948. There is no record of that identification being made. Perhaps the most significant piece of evidence from the autopsy is the dental chart:


Note that a total of 18 teeth are missing and their locations are clearly identified. The importance of this chart is not to be underestimated. It is the one piece of evidence that can confirm that the remains found in the grave are indeed those of the man on whom Dr.Dwyer performed the autopsy.

Similarly, when Jimmy Durham took the photographs and fingerprints of the body there is no record of anyone identifying that body to him as being the man found on Somerton Beach.  This is critical. If the chain of evidence isn't in place to its broken, then anything after the break is not valid. Thus when Jimmy Durham had a body pointed out to him by MC Knight, there is no evidence that shows when and who identified the body to him. The identification was therefore not valid. The chain of evidence was broken right there. Ridiculous as it sounds, for all we know the morgue cleaner might have told Knight that he thought the body on the slab was the man from Somerton.

In fact, as you work through each stage, the body was not formally identified to the undertaker/embalmer, the embalmed body was not formally identified to the Police.
The body was never identified to Cleland who, I believe, did not see it until after the embalming process had taken place. And the body was never formally identified as the body of the man found on Somerton Beach to Paul Lawson, the man who created the plaster bust of the head and shoulders of the man.

2. THE POST MORTEM PHOTOGRAPHS & FINGERPRINTS




In a newspaper article, mention is made that the Police would be releasing reconstructed photographs of the body to the press on the 4th December 1948. Why would they need three full days to do that and exactly how were the photographs, 'reconstructed? 

No evidence was submitted that provides any information on that issue. 

We first posted this article in September 2013.

VIEW THE ORIGINAL POST HERE...







The photographs of the body when examined show unusual aspects which may possibly relate to the 'reconstruction' mentioned in the press article:








When it comes to fingerprints, as you can see, the form has not been signed off by the officer taking those prints. 

We first posted on the issue of the fingerprint form in 2014. 

VIEW THE ORIGINAL POST HERE... 


The information posted at that time is detailed and reveals matters of some importance.



3. VIEWING OF THE BODY

 Yes, numerous people had viewed the body, more than 200 I think but stand to be corrected on that. Of all those who attempted to identify the body, just two were decidedly unusual.

In one instance a family from Kangaroo Island were all but positive that the body they viewed was a man who had worked on their property. In fact, they were so certain that they came back for a second viewing and they seemed convinced that this was the man. This identification was brought up when Stuart Littlemore interviewed Paul Lawson, the famous 'Tender Ground' comment came at that point.

But, the big problem here is that the Kangaroo Island identification was made AFTER the embalming process. Why is that important?

Read this post through and you will see evidence that will surprise many.

Yet another unusual aspect is that apparently, more than one viewer of the body thought that the body looked quite different to the original post autopsy photographs now that is most interesting as you will read and see further down in this post.


4. THE EMBALMING, PHOTOGRAPHS & POST EMBALMING VIEWINGS


On Friday 10th December 1948, the body of the Somerton Man was embalmed at the morgue. The fact that the process took place at the morgue may prove to be significant as you will read in the Paul Lawson section which follows this piece.



The press article above came from the Adelaide Advertiser dated 11th December 1948.

The photographs to the right, two of which were taken after the embalming process and before the bust being made by Paul Lawson, show the significant difference in the appearance of the man's face.

This being so, then any identification attempt after the embalming would have been doubtful, to say the least. I am referring specifically to the Kangaroo Island ID.

You can read more about these photographs here...










5. PAUL LAWSON, THE PLASTER BUST & THE QUESTION OF THE SKULL


As those who follow this blog will know I and the real Clive Turner spent many hours talking with Paul Lawson, the man who was engaged by the Police to create a plaster bust of the head and shoulders of the body. The question may be which body? As you can see in the images in the previous section, the pre-bust images bear little to no resemblance to the post autopsy images, to all appearances they could be of a different person although I believe that there is another explanation.




In the discussions with Paul, amongst many things, he stressed in particular that the face he created for the bust was done using the original post mortem photographs, he was unable to work with the face of the embalmed man, the face was different and difficult to work with. When you look at the earlier photographs shown in this post, you can see what he meant.

Paul also stressed that he was asked by Cleland to remove the skull of the man and to replace it with a dummy version. When Paul attempted to remove the skull, he found that it had been previously worked on, someone had taken the skull and completely removed any biological matter from it. To use his words it was pristine, as clean as can be. It was whilst Paul was looking at the skull that the Police arrived and told him to stop what he was doing as the body was going to be immediately buried. As it turns out it was some days later that the body was buried.
.

6. THE CONCLUSIONS

I'll keep this brief, the lack of an identification audit trail means that there is precious little left that can be totally relied upon.

What we can say for sure is that a body was found, no one was able to identify it which could be due in no small part to the apparent vastly different appearance of the man's face.

We can also suggest that the skull might well have been removed for specialist cleaning but it is also very possible that a different skull was put in its place, (as in fact had been suggested to Mr. Lawson by Cleland), not that of the man found on the beach. This would go a long way to explaining why several people thought that the man looked different from the Police photographs. A replacement skull would not have been a good fit beneath the skin of the original head and that is the reason why the pre-bust/post embalming face appears to have too much skin.

One final comment which I have raised before and which relates to the Dental Chart. The chart is the vital link between the man on whom the autopsy was carried out by Dr. Dwyer and the remains that were exhumed. If, as seems possible, the original skull had been removed and replaced, then the dental chart of the exhumed remains is unlikely to match. It would be one thing for the remains to have fewer teeth than the Dwyer chart shows but quite another to have teeth in a place where there shouldn't be any at all.

Time will tell.

I think that what we can expect from the examination of the bones is the origin of the body, it can not solve the mystery for us as to just what he was doing in Adelaide but what it can do is point us to a place from which the man came and then hopefully to a name. It may just be able to tell us how he died.

In the end, we will be left with more and different questions.







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Wednesday, 10 November 2021

SOMERTON MAN ESPIONAGE CASE:TRADECRAFT, THE EVIDENCE & THE RED FLAGS, 16 INSTANCES

 

TRADECRAFT EVIDENCE


TRADECRAFT is the term used by those in the field of spying and espionage as the use of common everyday items,  techniques, or occurrences in an uncommon way.

Tradecraft used by those actually in the field varies decidedly from that used by those in, shall we say, more comfortable positions. Such operatives are at the sharp end and may well be risking life or limb should they be caught. It is absolutely essential then that any Trdaecraft methods used cannot result in being identified as spies.

In the image at the head of this post, you see a pair of spoons that have been wired and held together to perform a particular function, that function is that they were meant to act as a morse code key.  In this case, it is recorded that the spoon arrangement you see here was used by GRU officer Richard Sorge's radio operator, Max Christian-Klausen. Sorge, code name 'RAMSAY', under the cover of being a journalist operated in Japan from 1940 to 1941 and it is said that it was he that tipped off Stalin about the timing of Operation Barbarossa. Stalin subsequently refused to intervene on Sorge's behalf when he was caught and later executed for spying against the Japanese.

The point I make in this post is that agents as a matter of course used some extraordinarily clever yet simple techniques to avoid detection and or capture. They simply could not afford to have anything in their possession that might identify them as spies. Those looking for 'science' behind the methods used have very little idea of how things were and possibly still are done in the field of Espionage.  

You can read more about Sorge here > >>



COVER STORIES


The YouTube videos, whilst sometimes slow, contain numerous instances of how tradecraft techniques were applied by the Russians during WW2. An in relation to the spoon morse code key it's worthy of note that the radio set used was able to be quickly dismantled into much smaller parts which could be easily hidden or seen as common household items. The radio operator Klausen was a Red Army officer and, with his wife Anna, they had a small 'Blue Print' reproduction service in Tokyo, a very handy cover story, very normal in every respect.

Espionage files often include stories of couples who carry on very normal occupations, booksellers, printers, hospital attendants and the list goes on.

In the Somerton Man case, it is not beyond the realm of possibilities that there was such a couple similarly engaged.

SOMERTON MAN TRADECRAFT EXAMPLES
& RED FLAGS

I have posted about this topic before but it is well worth revisiting. Here's a list of what very probably were Tradecraft methods in the Somerton Man case

1. A concealed code that used a known technique INK H found on the code page, the torn slip and the Boxall Rubaiyat.

2. The torn slip rolled up tightly and pushed firmly down into a hard-to-find fob pocket such that anyone performing a pat-down search could well think that it was part of the seam in the pocket.

3. Pocket litter, numerous items none of which had an identifiable trail, for example, no one was, recalled,  recognized, or could be described by Transport staff as having purchased those tickets. Other pocket items led nowhere,

4. Suitcase litter. The now-famed suitcase contained no items that would help identify the supposed owner of the case. Items that tied the man to the suitcase were dubious. Whilst there was a date, no time stamp was found on the left-luggage ticket.

5. Labels removed from clothing

6.  No other items that would have identified the man was found

7. Although poison was suspected, there was nothing to show what kind of poison was definitely used to cause the man's death, just guesswork.

8. Fingerprint form was not certificated nor signed.

9. Subsequent investigation by this blog showed that it was very likely that the man's body was placed on the beach after the high tide at 4.30 a.m. on December 1st. No mention or record of Tides was made in the Inquest documents or Police files

10. The Normal notes recorded by a court stenographer have not been found despite having been requested.

11. The man's facial features seem to have been altered and that alteration could have occurred at the time of his embalming. Photographic evidence and Paul Lawson's commentary clearly state that he had used the original post autopsy photographs to make and detail the plaster bust.

12. When Paul Lawson attempted to 'skin' the skull according to Cleland's instructions, he found that not only had that already been done but the skull itself was absolutely clean, 'pristine' was how he described that to me not once but on a number of occasions.

13. The poisoning death of another man found in Adelaide, Tibor Kaldor, just two weeks after the finding of the Somerton Man's body, was most unusual if for nothing else the Acrostic code found in Tibor's last letter is a definite red flag.

14. Examples of what appears to be the INK H method of concealing micro writing beneath other letters, were found in the HAY BANKNOTES made by Internees at the Hay Internment Camp in 1941. The designer of those notes is known to have taken up a position with the British Military on his return to the UK in 1942.

15. British Intelligence is on record as having sent various codes, ciphers, and techniques to Australian Military Intelligence in 1943.

16. Military Intelligence files record the known presence of  4 known Soviet Spies in South Australia between 1947 and 1949. As per earlier posts on this blog, two of these men were deployed to Salisbury, home of the Long Range Weapons Establishment that supported the operations at Woomera. where another two agents were said to be operating.


There's more to it than this as may well be revealed in the not too distant future.

I will make this point, this blog has consistently stayed the course and focused on the fact that the Somerton Man case is an espionage case. Others have attacked, maligned, and abused me and others for taking this stance, but it is the only one that has survived because it is the truth. the others are, apart from playing catch up, are well and truly out of their depth. They are not even on the radar., they are trolls and that will always be the case.


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Friday, 5 November 2021

TAMAM SHUD: VERSE 70, THE TORN SLIP & THE CODE PAGE, MICROCODE LATEST IMAGES


SET OF MOST RECENT 

VERSE 70 &TORN SLIP IMAGES.

VERSE 70:

THE BOXALL RUBAIYAT TITLE PAGE


Title page letters containing microcode. This method was first described in a 1911 US Intelligence file which was released for public information.


The exact same method is also to be found in the design of the 1941 Hay Internment Camp banknotes designed by internee George A Teltscher. Mr. Teltscher returned to the UK via ship in 1942. On his return, Mr. Teltscher was known to have worked for British Military.

Tibor Kaldor was an internee at the same internment camps as George Teltscher. Mr. Kaldor was found dead, poisoned, in the Victoria Hotel in Hindley Street Adelaide just two weeks after the discovery of the body of the man on Somerton Beach. He had left a note and in it was discovered an acrostic code name, DANETTA. That same code name is to be found in the verse 70 inscription of the Boxall Rubaiyat and other documents.

Here is a close-up image of a Hay Banknote, specifically, it shows a cursively written signature of the internee-appointed bank manager. Mr. Stahl. You can clearly see the presence of very small letters and numbers within the signature. Historical notes were taken by Numismatician, Mick Vort Ronald, in his notes he describes the fact that each note was individually signed by the manager and a witness.

In the image to the left, you can see a close-up of the illustration of the grapes, also from the Title page of the Boxall copy of the Rubaiyat.

Each of the grapes contains written letters and/or numbers, it is a microcode example. You will note that the outlines of the vine leafs also contain letters and numbers. This method is to be found on the adjoining page to the title page which is known as the 'inscription' page. It is so-called because it is the page on which the nurse Jestyn, had handwritten in a cursive style, the words of Verse 70 from the Boxall copy of the Rubaiyat


On the right, we see part of the head of the person wearing a fez. Highlighted you can see the presence again of very small letters and numbers concealed in the features of the face and the Fez. To my knowledge, this is the first blog to have published such an example showing this kind of concealment, steganography, from the 1940s. It is not known who it was that did this work but it is fair to assume that it was either Alf Boxall or the nurse Jestyn.



Below is an image of part of the inscription that was written by the nurse, Jestyn, into the page of the Boxall copy of the Rubaiyat. You can clearly see the micro written letters and numbers within the words as highlighted:



The image above brings together the microcode written in a cursive style by the nurse Jestyn and the number 70 with its microcode which was written by Alf Boxall.

Below is another image from the Jestyn inscription. It shows words and a 'dash' each of which are seen to contain very small letters and numbers.




We have shown that the technique of concealing very small writing in this way was found to be present in the Hay Banknote created by the internees and designed by George A Teltscher, a man who was later to work for the British Military. There are records that prove that many codes were sent by British MI6 to Australian Military Intelligence in 1943

Further, we have shown that an internee from the same camp, Tibor Kaldor who was found poisoned in the Victoria Hotel in Hindley Street Adelaide two weeks after the discovery of the body of the Somerton Man, had left the last note that contained an acrostically concealed code name, DANETTA.

Finally, an MI6 manual that describes the method of concealing codes within writing was produced in 1943. The method was known as INK H. I have a copy of that manual and would be happy to share it.


THE TAMAM SHUD TORN PIECE

To this point then, we have looked at the evidence that links Jestyn and Alf to the presence of micro-written code within the same book and on adjacent pages. We have also shown a probable link between the microcode in the Boxall Rubaiyat and that found in the example of the Hay internment camp banknote. We also have shown that the designer of the Hay banknotes returned to the UK to employment with the British Military in 1942  and that MI6 had forwarded copies of numerous codes and techniques and the method of concealment was known as INK H.

The image above was taken by Adelaide University, it was loaned to them by Ex-Detective Sergeant Gerry Feltus, author of the Unknown Man book. That book is regarded as the 'Bible for all genuine researchers into the Somerton Man case. It was this torn slip of paper that was found tightly rolled up in a hard-to-find fob pocket of the trousers worn by the Somerton Man when he was found on the beach at Somerton on 1st December 1948.


In the above image, you can see that each letter contains a microcode. The same style of code and concealment technique as used by Alf Boxall and the nurse Jestyn in the Boxall copy of the Rubaiyat as shown earlier.

By virtue of the discovery of the concealed code within the letters of the torn piece, we have now linked Alf and Jestyn directly to the body of the Somerton Man.

THE SOMERTON MAN CODE PAGE

As many would know, I first discovered the presence of microcode on the code page some ten years ago. It was last year, 2020, when I was finally able to show conclusively the presence of the concealed code.

The image you see below is very high resolution, you should be able to zoom in and see the finer details and examples of micro code.



The method I used to recover what you see in the torn slip, the Boxall Rubaiyat and as you can see above, the Code page was to use a decent inkjet printer set to the best quality and printed out on bleed-proof paper. Backlighting and the occasional use of the flash on my Lumix camera completed the task with a little contrast/curve adjustment to follow.


You do need to allow your eyes to focus as any normal person might expect. If you find yourself continually squinting, perhaps you might benefit from using a pair of spectacles.

WHAT DOES THIS PROVE?

A good question, the answer is quite simple. By clearly demonstrating the presence of micro writing across the Boxall Rubaiyat, the Code page, the torn slip, and the Hay Internment camp banknote and because the method was at the time a secret clandestine communication method, we can say with confidence that there most definitely is an espionage link to the case.

Has the code been broken? Some of it has been, it is a big task but it will be done. Sadly there is no one in the Somerton Man blog space with the necessary knowledge or experience who is capable of working on the micro letters and numbers thus far discovered.














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Tuesday, 2 November 2021

AN UNEXPECTED RESULT: A MASSIVE BREAKTHROUGH & DISCOVERY, UPDATED 2nd November 2021


A NEVER BEFORE SEEN DETAILED VIEW
OF THE CODE PAGE...

THE FIRST T IN LINE 3 MAY NOT BE THE LETTER T BUT THE LETTER ' I '...

This marks another significant breakthrough in our investigation of the Code page. The code page has been examined numerous times by many people but this is the first time anyone has found what has been found here.

These images are the result of soaking the code page image in bleach for an extended period. You can see markings, numbers and some letters that have never been seen let alone shown before.


There is more to follow but for now, this top left sector of the code page already tells us far more about the nature of the code page

More images have been added to this page as of 2.45 pm, 1st November.

Image to the right shows in colour, 24 bit.

When you look closely that the T in line 3, ( MTB sequence) may to in fact be a letter T at all, there seems to be a longer string of numbers starting prior to the letter M and crossing the top of the T. Thus the second letter may be an ' I '





Colour Image Marked:

Areas marked up to show various letters and number sequences.

If you look carefully you will see pale markings but barely visible. 











Rotated Counter Clockwise:


The image above is quite revealing, it has been written from the left-hand side of the book and you can see what appears to be lists of letters and numbers within the marked-up area.


Black/White Image:



Black/White Image Marked:





Black/White Image Inverted:




BLACK/WHITE IMAGE TURNED NEGATIVE:



The image above is a little challenging, you can see how by turning the image negative, we can see a number of characters but very faint and shadowy at this time.

Right now we are limiting this post to the top right segment, the other segments will be similarly examined and published in the coming days.






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Thursday, 28 October 2021

SOMERTON MAN CODE PAGE: MICRO WRITING REVEALED VIDEO, UPDATED 30 October 2021

 MICRO WRITING/CODE DEMONSTRATION VIDEO

(SEE UPDATE AT BASE, 400 DPI IMAGES EX ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY IMAGE FILE)

The video clip shows how the hidden micro code beneath the markings on the code page, is revealed. The video is for everyone but perhaps one person, in particular, should watch it carefully.

In this instance, I used a copy of the code that  Nick Pelling of the Cipher Mysteries blog insisted should be used. He had been given it by Marcel Varallo, who had spent some time in Adelaide and had acquired his copy from a lady called Trish.  Nick's assertions regarding the microcode have long been debunked. t seems that Nick is having difficulty understanding how the process works and in order to help him  I took this video earlier this morning that demonstrates the methodology used, it couldn't be simpler. Read the notes below the video for more details.



The steps in the microcode recovery process are straightforward, but in order to make it as easy as possible, I have put them in big print:

1. PRINT OUT A COPY OF THE SOMERTON MAN CODE PAGE (VARALLO VERSION)

2. IT SHOULD BE PRINTED ON A REASONABLE QUALITY INKJET PRINTER AND AT THE BEST QUALITY SETTING. A LASER PRINTER LEAVES HEAT PAD IMPRESSIONS AND DISTORTS THE OUTPUT.

3. THE PAPER USED SHOULD BE BLEED PROOF, THIS KEEPS ANY INK SPREAD TO A MINIMUM AND GIVES A SHARPER/FINER END RESULT

4. AFTER PRINTING, ALLOW THE PIECE TO DRY 10 MINUTES SHOULD BE AMPLE. EVEN AT THIS STAGE, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE OUTLINE OF LETTERS AND NUMBERS BENEATH THE MARKED OVER AREAS

5. IN THE VIDEO I USED AN EASEL AND BACKBOARD PLACING THE FRESHLY PRINTED CODE PAGE AGAINST THE BOARD ADDING A KITCHEN PAPER TOWEL BENEATH THE PRINTED PIECE TO SOAK UP ANY EXCESS FLUID THAT DRAINS FROM THE PROCESS.

6. USING A SMALL EYEDROPPER, DRIZZLE SOME CITRIC ACID, (LEMON JUICE)  ONTO THE PAPER IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE CROSSED LINES IN THIS CASE BUT YOU CAN CHOOSE ANY OF THE LETTERS, LINES, OR STAINED AREAS YOU PLEASE.

If this process is properly tested by following the steps on the process described here, then you will achieve the exact same result If you don't achieve the result then you can't have followed the process. and I suggest you read it through again.

An interesting aside note. Conventional wisdom has it that the use of infrared, luminescence or reflected, can at best only reveal 50% of obscured writing. The method used here seems to be closer to 80% but you should check it out for yourselves.  If you start with a reasonably high-resolution image and use the process described here there seems no logical reason why it won't work for you.

Update

Following a comment from Jason, I decided to revisit the original Somerton Man Code Page image file as available from the Adelaide University Wiki:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamam_Shud_case#/media/File:SomertonManCode.jpg

This file is a 400 DPI and is the original from which all others were taken. 

There have in the past been numerous instances of claims made to deliberately mislead people that some NEW SCANS had been found. That of course is quite an erroneous statement. 

I used some of the techniques that I have either developed myself or had found examples of work of others.

The images below are from that 400 DPI Wiki image file and they show the presence of micro written letters and numbers even in the 400 DPI image from Adelaide University/ Adelaide Advertiser, I have treated them with Sodium Hypochlorite, a strong bleach solution.:

1. Crossed lines A:



2. Crossed Lines B



3. Side Markings:



Apart from the apparent letters/numbers within the letter R, the side markings at the edge of the page show up quite well/

PLEASE NOTE, NO OTHER PROCESSING WAS REQUIRED TO SHOW THE OUTLINES AND OME DETAIL OF THE MICRO WRITING. THE PHOTOGRAPHS HERE WERE TAKEN WITH MY MOBILE PHONE ONLY. THE IMAGES WERE TAKEN THROUGH PAINT .NET AND HAD CONTRAST ADJUSTMENT.

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