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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.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Somerton Man: Unbelievable! Just When You Think You Had It All...

W 904 8

And what dark secrets does the number hold?

Back Cover of 'The Unkown Man' by GM Feltus

During a very interesting exchange and follow up discussion with Pete Bowes of the Tomsbytwo blog, an amazing secret was uncovered.

In all fairness, it was Pete's request for a pic of the back of Gerry Feltus's book that kicked off a chain of thought and then some images that uncovered probably the biggest secret so far discovered.

On taking the picture of the back of the book, I recalled the excerpt from an old CIA manual.." ...and the best place to hide secret miniature writing is in the shaded areas of an image or a book..'

And yes, it is.. And it made me smile!

This first image is of the W 904, and if you look carefully you can see microcode written within each of the characters but more pronounced in the O and the 4, the specific areas have a thin black outline

The image below is a BW close-up and cropped version which I think gives a clearer picture. This will be improved on but it does take some hours. You should be able to make out the various strokes and some of the numbers within the highlighted area and in the vertical and diagonal slopes

Below is the full set of letter W and numbers, for a few reasons I found it necessary to turn the image to black/white and this time the marked up areas are the 4 and the number 8.

What does this mean? Well, I think we first need to hand the laurels to Gerry Feltus, he has said that he wrote these the letter W and the numbers himself so it would stand to reason that he would have been well aware what was in them. And that is the bit that made me smile from ear to ear :) You have to hand it to him, he deserves all respect for having shown everyone a classic of example of 


There's much more to this book than meets the eye. What else is hidden on the back and maybe the front cover page? Where would you start to look? Any shaded area, who knows maybe in a tree or beneath the eaves of a house or even in the salt bush perhaps? Does X really mark the spot? 

For those interested to take these images was very simple. I used an Olympus Digital camera, 16 megapixels and set to 'macro' lens. The pics were taken in sunlight and with an angle. This showed up the detail fairly well and I then adjusted contrast and levels to sharpen what was already there. 

I have to now withdraw any claim I have made of being the first to find microcode, that honour clearly belongs to Gerry Feltus and I couldn't be happier to say that! 

I Doffs Me Cap and I Dips Me Lid!

I'll close this post off with Gerry's words to me some years ago when I told him what I had found:

"I see what you see but I have no explanation for thee.."


  1. GF is saying something to us, GC. There's a secret in there somewhere, I know it.

  2. Very possibly Pete. Where to start? The cover of the book but maybe elsewhere?

  3. Hi Gordon, Who would have thought it? Well done and, as you say, hats off to GF. Perhaps the large "X" on the back of the book cover is too obvious? Perhaps micro writing replaces the brown pullover the SM was supposed to be wearing-not according to GF's book cover!-Clive

    1. The X doesn't have any content at all. In some ways that underlines the difference between the X and the W904 8 sequence.
      It crossed my mind that Gerry may not have known about the the microcode within the sequence. If the image was from a document or taken from the ROK and then edited to render the background transparent before it was added to the book cover graphic, then it wouldn't have been noticed. But, further examination if the back of the book showed up what appears to be more code. If you look to the left of the cover just above the bar code ISBN, you will see a small outbuilding. Beneath the eave of that building is a short string of apparent code. Do you have a copy of the book?
      If you do, you would need to get some strong light, daylight for preference, and then use a digital camera with macro lens at an oblique angle to take some pics. Need to avoid reflections. There are a couple more locations that need to be looked at more closely. Thanks for the comment Clive.

  4. Hi Gordon, Yes, I have a copy of the book and I can just about make out some letter? I was also looking at the steps and the shadow on the wall, another possibility?-Clive

  5. On the money Clive. If you can take some close ups that would be great. Happy to publish your results.

  6. That's when I buy a camera! My last camera "died" last year in the UK!!-Clive