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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.

Thursday, 19 January 2017



The photograph above came from this blog:


We searched and found another photograph, (I have ordered a hard copy of this image):

This seems to confirm that we had a picture of Fedosimov!

But, being the fastidious types that we are, we looked at the image and thought, hmmm., That guy next to Fedosimov must be really tall. The next step was to look for another photograph this time of Novikov, and here it is below:

The photograph above is actually not Fedosimov, it is Nikolai Novikov, Soviet Ambassador to the US. Interesting looking bloke in the background?

And the big man to the left of the earlier airport image is the real PAVEL I FEDOSIMOV.

SO now you have the truth, we assumed that the first image was correctly titled as Fedosimov, that was reinforced by the image at the airport or so it seemed.

This is the tall man with the huge hands who walked on the balls of his feet, the set of the eyes is quite close to SM, the chin is about right,

This could be very significant, he also had an interesting set of teeth from what we see above. looks like some teeth are missing in the right locations, we have to wait for the hard copy print to arrive from the US which can take a couple of weeks, in the meantime here's a close up added 22/01/17

Not sure about the nose, the angle of the camera may be the problem.

The above is a comparison of SM's right ear and Fedosimov's right ear. Given that we have two very different camera angles and one was taken at a distance, I suggest that we have a very close match between the two. Some detail is simply not visible due to the angle.

The ears are not as clear as we would like but we will soon have the original hard copy image to examine more closely.

I apologise most profoundly for the initial wrong ID, but as you can see, this was a good example of how assuming that everything we find on the web is correct can lead you into deep water very quickly!

Sorry Byron! Misca! But this one is worth more following up!


  1. My apologies too to Misca, Byron et al. I too, thought that Fedosimov was the man on the RHS of the second (above) photograph, now we know differently. When I looked at the third (above) photograph shows Nikolai Novikov, I thought the man on his LHS was Johnny Depp, no it must have been a relative Jozef Deppovich? Clive

  2. Here is the back of the picture (I think) which describes Nikolai on the right:

    I actually saw this in my searches last week, but didn't notice the discrepancy

  3. I'm not inclined to believe that the real Fedosimov is our guy SM either. It would be a real stretch particularly with the nose. Also, no disrespect, but one (ours) is more handsome than the other. 2 cents.

    1. Hi Misca, Done some further research on Fedosimov and feeling that this could be our man. Will publish again at the weekend with more details. Right now his physical description stacks up quite well. I take the point about his nose but the image at the airport shows some shadow as well as as being affected by camera angles. I may try to get the face coloured such that the shade is removed, that should give us a clearer picture. The teeth do seem to be very close to SMs and the ear is very similar if you make allowance for camera angle and distance etc. I do wish we had more pics but I suspect they reside within the FBI files somewhere.

      I followed up on Jacob, what an interesting story! Do you have any more pics, especially profile images? I found a couple and the profile view ears do not seem to match SM? More images may help if you have them. If you could write some descriptive about him I would include that on the page we discussed. DO you have any info on his height etc? Thanks for the input, much appreciated.

  4. He's a toohpick chewer (reminds me of an Italian film "Johnny Stecchino").

    No toothpicks found on his person. No toothpicks found in his luggage? Where are the toothpicks, man.....or had he given up the habit by then?