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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.

Monday, 19 February 2018



I did this work on the Somerton Man profile image perhaps 5 years ago. For those interested, I firstly rotated the post-mortem profile image through around 90 degrees clockwise so that we would see his face as it would appear if he were in a 'near enough' standing position.

The modifications I made were to first erase the 'bump on the forehead and then to tidy up the hair so that it would hopefully look as close as possible to how it would have appeared when he was alive. The slight overbite is apparent and I did little to change that.

Comments welcome.


  1. Gordon ... What could be the reason why no fingerprints were taken off the fard-surface items found in the suitcase?

  2. Hi Pete, A vexing question, first a couple of links that provide some background:

    As you'll read this goes back aways. But just why they weren't taken is another issue. There is really only one reason:

    The suitcase and its contents had become 'contaminated' by too many other people thus spoiling any prints. Possible but unlikely, go back and look at the images of the inside of the suitcase lid, sparklingly clean? Someone gave a good wipe, spring cleaning perhaps. That pic was taken sometime after the events.

    Given the sequence of events and the amount of publicity the case had attracted, I can see no way that prints would not have been taken.

    So the real question maybe ought to be, 'What happened to the prints that were taken from the suitcase and its contents?'