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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.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017



OCTOBER 17th 2017

Two days ago, Clive had another meeting with Paul Lawson. As usual, Clive was prepared with a series of questions that we had brought together with each seeking clarification on previous matters raised or hopefully, adding more in the way of new information. Clive was successful on both counts as you will read.


Clive asked Paul what he recalled about the SM body and the response was:

1. There were no marks of a ring or a watch left on the body. In case there was any doubt, we can mark those issues as being dealt with.

2. There were no signs of vaccination or other scars on the arms. This conflicts with the records of the autopsy where a scar was described inside the elbow area of the left arm and something akin to a vaccination mark on the upper left arm. Paul made no mention of the scratches between the fingers.

3. There was no 'mole' near to the right of the mouth. It has been suggested by Professor Abbott that there was a mole above the right corner of the mouth, this looks now to be more likely to have been blood spattering from the autopsy.

4. Whilst Paul did not measure the body he believed that when he saw it, the man's height was about 6 feet. Sadly we can't be more specific than this, does it mean 6' 1" or 5' 11" ? It is therefore still open to question.


Paul made some interesting comments regarding Professor Cleland, specifically, he spoke about the requests that he, Paul, had received just a day or so prior to the burial of SM. Paul confirmed that he had been asked to take a cast of both the skull and the hands. There was insufficient time to do the additional work as the Police had intervened saying that the man was to be buried the next day; as it happens, it was a further 6 days before the burial took place.

The above confirms the account already published by the Adelaide University.

Paul emphasised that the man did not just have large hands, they were extremely large.


In an earlier interview, Paul had confirmed that he had used the photographs to complete the bust as the face of the body was dissimilar to that shown on those Police photographs.

In this latest interview, he went further and was emphatic that there were quite a number of photographs including some taken immediately after the man's death was discovered and before the autopsy. This could mean that photographs were taken at the beach or at the mortuary, we will seek further clarification on that point. As it stands, there is a likelihood that more photographs of SM could still be in existence. It would also explain the difference between the facial appearance of the bust and both the post-autopsy and pre-burial images. We first pointed this out some  3 years ago with comparisons being shown.

With this information, it seems only natural to post the comparison image between the Bust and Fedosimov with apologies for the colouring of the bust:

The image to the left is a colourised version of the photograph of the bust...

We have one more post to come in relation to this latest interview, it promises to add a significant and hitherto unknown fact and a name to the case.

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