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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, 4 January 2018



Lots of snaps of our friend on the web and a quite an amount of information, the problem is no one seems to know exactly when and if he died. Some say it was May 1945 and others suggest, with supportive evidence, that he was taken to the USA where he was interrogated at length and to some accounts, he spilt the beans on many of the German's top-secret weapons development programme. Including this example:

So, did he actually survive a supposed poisoning in 1945 or was he spirited away to the US and then down to sunnier climes in South Australia to meet his maker on Somerton Beach on December 1st 1948?

There is a wealth of conflicting information out there, the stuff that good healthy and, just maybe, valuable discussion can be made from.

Cue Clive :)


  1. Is it me, but his ear in the large photo seems to be a different shape from the smaller photo, on the bottom LHS, where he is looking at the camera? Or, is it a trick of the light? His bottom lip look thicker than the known SM's photos. Looks like another case of the 'Martin Bormann's', in other words did he die in Europe or, was he, along with many others taken to the USA? And a false story about his death was fabricated to confuse anybody searching for him and, no doubt others. I suppose, if he was taken to the USA and later released, perhaps under some disguise he was given false papers and found himself in Oz? CliveT

  2. Some say the information he gave the Americans lead them to a member of Ballet Russes who had ulterior and left leaning intentions.

  3. Given the dates involved, it is just possible that 'new arrivals' into the US would have been well known to other countries 'representatives', even NY based diplomats?

    There certainly are inconsistencies in the photos Clive, to the extent that on one of them the ear is almost non-existent.

  4. Any Russian blogs you know of, ones that have a similar interest?

  5. The small, RHS photo seems fogged area around his LHS ear-faulty processing or something else? CliveT

  6. To nitpick... Stetin (now Szczecin) was, of course, Germany, not Poland, in 1901.