Monday, 20 September 2021

Saturday, 18 September 2021



This is a Police photograph of the scene, it was taken within 7 days of the finding of the body of the man which occurred un the morning of December 1st 1948.

What follows shows that the fact that the case was a crime would have been known by Police on Day 1.

The Timeline

December 1t 1948

1. 4.30 am. High tide, the highest tide of the year, occurred at Somerton Beach

2. 6.30 am the body was found on the beach, X marks the spot. (Professor Abbott in the most recent ABC TV offering, stated that the body was found some 15 to 20 paces from the foot of the steps, we do not know the source of the Professor's information but as you can see, the photo indicates that distance was significantly less). The officer who was first on the scene, Constable Moss, in his statement made it clear that the body was cold and damp and that it had not been in the water. He also stated that the sand around the body was undisturbed.

3. 9.30 am the time of death was put by Dr John Bennett as being no earlier than 2 am.

It is within this timeframe and the associated events that the evidence suggests that there had been a crime.

The evidence strongly suggests that the High Tide would have reached the wall where the man's body was found. That being the case, then the body would have been in the water and thus would have been very wet had he been there when the tide was at its peak.

And there it is, the man's time of death was 2 am, his body was found at 6.30 am., high tide was at 4.30 am and yet his body wasn't wet. That can only mean that his body was put there after the high tide had occurred.

There are only three options, Accidental Death, Suicide, or Murder, and, most importantly, others were most definitely involved because his body was moved to the beach hours after his death. It was a crime.

The investigations and research carried out by this blog in conjunction with a world-renowned tidal expert, Dr John Luick.

In April of this year we published the full story here:

Of note is that no mention is made of the tide in any of the Police or court documents...


Thursday, 16 September 2021




As the title above the image suggests, this is the actual working copy, the one which I have been using to examine in detail what is to be found on the two pages of the Alf and Jestyn copy of the Rubaiyat.

As you look through the images below you will see that there is an astounding amount of information contained on both pages plus on the outer book cover edges and the apparent vertical lines. One of those lines lies close to the left-hand edge ear the cover and the other lies down the centre of the two pages.

This work is in progress and the first images are of elements of the Title page:

I have highlighted the grapes and very clearly you can see the presence of micro written characters, beneath the first image I added the pre-marked version for comparison:

Next, let's look at the two words THE RUBAIYAT:

In both the above images, the microcode is clearly present.



Thursday, 9 September 2021



The video is of course a clip from the 60 minutes 2013 programme about the Somerton Man. Gerry Feltus the well-respected ex Detective Sergeant from the SA Police Service provides us with a very short and sharp description of the environment at the time of the Somerton Man.

This was Gerry's view and I absolutely agree with him, the Somerton Man case is an Espionage case.

It was also in the era when James Jesus Angleton an ex OSS agent who joined the CIA in June of 1948, later to become head of counterintelligence was to use the term, 'A Wilderness of Mirrors' to describe another aspect of the Cold War environment,:

“...myriad of stratagems, deceptions, artifices, and all the other devices of disinformation which the Soviet bloc and its coordinated intelligence services use to confuse and split the West … an ever-fluid landscape where fact and illusion merge.”

Angleton's description sums it up beautifully, deception, artifices, disinformation all blended together as a counter-intelligence policy.

An aside note is that Angleton claimed authorship of the term but in reality, it was from a 1932 TS Elliot Poem, 'GERONTION'.

A great deal has been written about Angleton and indeed, the phrase A Wilderness of Mirrors was the title of a book of that name by David C Martin which details some of the events. If you subscribe to SCRIBD, it's available to read for free, fascinating.

You can also read more about Angleton here....

You can view the full  60 Minutes programme here:


Monday, 6 September 2021




Having just watched the latest Australian Story about the Somerton Man, I felt it was important to repost the truths that have been uncovered about the case. 

But first, the programme.

Very honestly, there was nothing new in the programme, in many ways it seemed to me to be a repeat of a similar programme first broadcast some years ago. Worthy of some mention are the new photographs of Robin, deserving of a close look. 

The programme itself was notable as much for what wasn't mentioned as for what was.

It seems to me that some words from Mark Twain wouldn't go amiss for serious followers of the Somerton Man case:

'Truth is stranger than fiction, but that's because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities, Truth isn't...'

Original Post:

What you will read on this page and it's links are relatively newly discovered and true facts.


Above you can see a hi-resolution, close-up image of the torn TAMAM SHUD slip of paper that was found in the Somerton Man's fob pocket. Very small letters and numbers, microcode can be made out in each of the printed letters. 

You should be able to see how the path of the number/letter strings, follows the shape of each letter.


With the exhumation, of 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 some 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 :)

For Pete Bowes: I echo those sentiments Pete. After all if we met and both agreed on everything there would be no point in the meeting :)

Friday, 3 September 2021



The pic was taken from a promotional piece from ABC TVs Australian Story due to broadcast this coming Monday evening, 6th. September. 2021.

It is not made clear in the video whether the jaw bone shown came from the body they exhumed from the grave of the Somerton Man in May this year. Note that Det Supt Bray's comment at the time of the exhumation was that the remains were in excellent condition.

If the jaw is in fact from the exhumed remains, then there are some further questions to be asked because, as you can see in the dental chart below,  the arrangement of the teeth in the jaw bone image above does not match that in the dental chart made by Dr. Dwyer at the autopsy. If the jaw in the picture is not from the remains then hopefully we will see the actual jaw in the programme when it airs.

Note that the numbered teeth in the chart below are the missing teeth. In the jaw image above, there are molar teeth where they shouldn't  be and front teeth are missing when they shouldn't be.

Here's the promotional clip, you will see what appears to be first an upper left arm bone and then a lower jaw showing a number of teeth missing.

Warch this space....



JUNE 1ST 2021:

Below is a video, it isn't about the Somerton Man as such but it is about the exhumation of a number of sets of remains and it shows the process used to categorise and optimise the information gleaned from those remains.

The subject goes back to the 1500s and relates to the discovery of the remains of 100 individuals in York. If you have an interest in this kind of forensic examination then you really should watch this documentary.

After you've viewed this clip, and there are more in the same vein, you will see just how critically important it is to examine every minute detail. In the Somerton Man case, there is one such critical piece of information, and that is the chart of the Somerton Man's teeth made by Dr. Dwyer at the autopsy of the man:

The chart for the teeth found with the exhumed remains must match the chart above. If it does then that's all good but if it doesn't then we have an entirely different outcome. The fact that the chart must be created and matched if we are to get a believable result from the examination of the exhumed remains.

Saturday, 28 August 2021



As you can see this is a close-up of the stain that appears to the top right-hand side of the code page. The stain was 'peeled' back using citric acid, what that does is to remove the lighter coloration leaving the darker markings visible. At the moment this is the best resolution image I can get. I rotated it to show what appears to be sets of numbers reading from left to right.

Here's the cropped version: 


I have another image to show, apparently it is a code captured by the Soviets and was photographed showing some of their efforts to decode the strings. Notice how in one number set they made use of a + sign:

Whilst I have seen numerous examples of codes and one-time pads, this is the first one I have seen where you can see the technique used to crack a code.