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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.

Saturday, 21 January 2017



This is the more familiar view of the image of the 3D scan of the plaster bust. When examining this it seemed to me that there were a few things that were odd. Firstly the difference between the actual plaster bust image and this view and secondly, the hairline seemed quite unusual. 

So, I had the images coloured in by an artist:

Looking closely at the profile image to the left you'll see that the main part of the hair on his head appears to be a hair piece. I must stress that this was done by an artist and he assured me that he had stayed faithful to the detail. The hair at the sides was close cropped but the centre was quite bulky, in fact, it was higher to the right of centre than it was to the left.

It seemed to me that it would be an idea to remove the 'hair piece' at least that's what it seems to be, and here are the results.

Profile image comparison, bald:

Full face comparison, bald:

Finally, here is the full face and profile image with the piece removed:

Does this mean that the man in the bust is not the man found at Somerton Beach? If you recall a few months ago we suggested that may be the case and that the man of whom the bust was made might well hav been Tibor Kaldor, the other occupant of the Adelaide City Morgue where SM also lay.

It left me with quite a question, why does the scan image when coloured bear no great resemblance to the coloured version of the plaster bust?

The mouth is wider in the bust image above and the nose is quite different as is the hair.

I believe that the reason for this is that Mr. Lawson may well have used the photographs of SM that the Police took just after the autopsy. It appears to me that the facial features of the plaster bust were modelled using those images rather than faithfully following the actual facial features of the man.

What difference does that make? The 3D scan I understand was done using IR, it would have detected the inner detail of the bust, you may have seen similar effects on Antique painting recovery and identification. They use IR and sometimes Xrays to get to the hidden detail.

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