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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.

Friday, 16 June 2017



The image to the left is an Artists impression of the Somerton Man which was commissioned some 6 or more years ago by Professor Abbott.

I thought that it would be an interesting exercise to see how this image would compare with the image that we have of Pavel Fedosimov.

Given that only pic we have of Pavel has him wearing a hat, I 'borrowed' Pavel's hat and imposed that over the Artisits impression which you can see just below.

The next step is to take a look at Pavel with hat but this time in colour, to do that I used an online resource which other researchers may be interested in and you will find the link at the end of this post:

The next thing I did was to organise the two faces side by side, first in colour:

For the purists, I wasn't able to get the angles quite right, it would probably need a skilled digital artist to do that work so my apologies, the budget doesn't quite run to that just now! 

I followed up the coloured image with a standard black and white version:

In the artists image the man is not smiling whilst in Pavel's pic, he is making an effort to do that so his mouth is open slightly and the eyes lifted. In addition, his head is at an angle. Apart from that, the nose is very similar, as I have pointed out before, in the original photograph I have Pavel's nose has a shadow on it making it appear that his nose is slightly bulbous but that is not the case. the distance between the nose and the upper lip is very similar and the set of the eyes is almost identical. We must remember of course that the image on the left is an artist's impression of the deceased Somerton Man and that he or she
had provided us with the impression they had of the man when he was alive.

There are a few more things we could do such as copying Pavel's mouth across to the impression and altering the impression's eyes such that they were across to the right.

A quick update on the Fedosimov search, both Clive and I have made extensive searches for the Fedosimov who attended the IAEA conferences commencing 11 years after SM was found on the beach at Somerton. There are no photographs or descriptions of that Fedosimov to be found. We did find some old film archives but none contain images of the Russian delegation to the conference.

As promised, here's the link to the online colorizer:

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