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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.

Sunday, 10 December 2017


Given all of the past work that has been done on comparing the various images and the creation of numerous impressions, it struck me that we hadn't really taken a close look at the 3D render video, produced by Professor Abbot's team at Adelaide University, and the still shots taken from it.

So, here is the result of the work an artist, based in Europe, who put her talent to the test and produced what I believe to be the best artists impression I have seen.

There will be more to follow on this post, there are a number of questions to be answered as followers of this blog will know, there's one comparison that comes to mind.

1. Here's the video of the laser scan process of the bust that was taken by Adelaide University in 2012 and published in 2015 according to the notation on the video YouTube page:

2. This is the end result of the reconstruction of the head of the plaster bust:

The artist's impression is based on this second video. There appears to be no resemblance between the Somerton Man postmortem images and the appearance of this man.

The question is, just who was this man? The comments made by Mr. Lawson in his diary come to mind, '...disposal of the original body'. Is this then the second body inferred by that comment?


  1. I think he resembles Hans Kammler. The date of his death is questionable and no one knows what happened to him after the war. What better place to test the Nazi bell than southern Australia.

  2. Well, two things go in his 'favour' Born in 1901 and he was reported to be 5'11''. CliveT


  3. I guess it is broadly known that I have specific views on the identity of the Somerton Man, however, in the interests of fairness and sharing of information, I believe it is appropriate to run a post on Mr. Kammler, he is a most interesting man.