Monday, 4 June 2018



Some time ago we posted a lengthy series of articles on this man, Tibor Kaldor. This was the man who was found dead in a Hindley Street, Adelaide Hotel two weeks to the day following the discovery of the body of the Somerton Man. Tibor had also died of poisoning.

There was an enormous amount of detailed information that Clive and I had uncovered about Tibor this included the fact that he had been a 'Dunera Boy' one of a group of about 2000 men who had been deported from the UK because of their Nationality, German, and some would say because of their religion. On arrival in Australia, Tibor was interned first at Hay and then Tatura internment camp.

Links to the numerous posts will be found at the base of this post.

Those who followed the trail that we uncovered will know that Tibor left a suicide note, unusual in its style, very structured and 'matter of fact'.

Of great significance was the fact that when I ran the text of the letter through an Acrostic Decoder, it spat out a name. Not just any name, a Jewish woman's name, DANETTA. Knowing of some of the techniques used by those who practiced clandestine communications, We ran the entire output from the first decoding session through the decoder once more, the output this time was interesting to say the least. This time it spelled out:


 This name came from the first paragraph of the letter and whilst we made every effort at the time to find someone who might be this mysterious lady, we were unsuccessful.

That did not mean that we had forgotten his intriguing information. Recently Clive and I have been discussing Tibor and the Acrostic code. It struck me that whilst we had read the output and found the name, what we didn't do at the time was to verify the finding by checking out the first paragraph to see just how the acrostic had been implemented.

The result was an eye opener, not only had Tibor created the coded name, he had inserted it into the first paragraph in a particular way. He had used what is known as a steganographic approach, he had 'hidden' the letters in a very smart way.

First let me explain that in an ordinary acrostic code the first letters of the first word in each line form the code. This was not the case in Tibor's letter.

Instead of reading down the paragraph to find the word, Tibor had reversed the sequence not once but twice. He stuck to the rules as far as using the first letters of words are concerned.

The marked image below shows just how this was done.

Reverse Sequence

1. D ecision
2. A 'a'
3. N obody
4. E nd

Normal Sequence

5. T ablets
6. T he
7. A 'a'

The Discovery

What this discovery means is that Tibor not used a standard acrostic code, instead, he used a full clandestine communication method to deliberately conceal the name within the first paragraph. He knew precisely what he was doing and he knew that this was his only chance to get the message passed whoever it was that had very likely made him write his note under duress.

Here's an excerpt from a wiki that discusses this form of code and specifically makes mention of reversing the technique:

'Often the ease of detectability of an acrostic can depend on the intention of its creator. In some cases an author may desire an acrostic to have a better chance of being perceived by an observant reader, such as the acrostic contained in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (where the key capital letters are decorated with ornate embellishments). However, acrostics may also be used as a form of steganography, where the author seeks to conceal the message rather than proclaim it. This might be achieved by making the key letters uniform in appearance with the surrounding text, or by aligning the words in such a way that the relationship between the key letters is less obvious. This is referred to as null ciphers in steganography, using the first letter of each word to form a hidden message in an otherwise innocuous text.[5] Using letters to hide a message, as in acrostic ciphers, was popular during the Renaissance, and could employ various methods of enciphering, such as selecting other letters than initials based on a repeating pattern (equidistant letter sequences), or even concealing the message by starting at the end of the text and working backwards.[6]

It appears that Tibor may well have been trained in this method; other information that we are working on tends to support the likelihood of Tibor being involved in some kind of clandestine work and it is quite possible that more coded information will be found in the letter.

Example Steganography/Acrostic

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A Standard Acrostic

More posts to follow on this topic.

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  1. Tibor Kaldor(TK)-What was he doing in Adelaide for those few days in December 1948? He had no relatives in Australia, so what made him decide to leave Melbourne and end his life in a hotel room on Hindley St? Just another suicide, possibly but, as Gordon has discovered there is more to TK than meets the eye apparently. "DANETTA" is a word that turns up in TK's first paragraph, what other odd words remain to be unearthed? Is it possible that TK used certain letters from a word in one sentence/paragraph then used other letters, in another sentence/paragraph to complete a word? Look at paragraph four, in TK's letter, and the phrase "and have informed a friend in London myself" and this is from a man with an excellent understanding of the English language. Clive

  2. Tibor Kaldor (TK)-Why did he book a room for four nights at an hotel in Hindley St, Adelaide, only to be found dead in his bed? Another suicide by a despairing, single man who found post war life too hard? Well, suicide is an obvious answer, but per Gordon, TK's final letter is more than just a farewell note to the world. As we know from Gordon's blog, the word 'DANETTA' was revealed, by using an Acrostic Code. Look at the following words in the fourth paragraph, 'and have informed a friend in London myself' And these words were written by a man who had an excellent understanding of the English language. Apart from 'DANETTA' what other words are secreted in this letter. Did TK use a few letters out of each sentence and match up with other letters in another paragraph to form other words? Clive