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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.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

SOMERTON MAN: LAPSTONE, THE SHCHERBAKOV COINCIDENCE?




INTERESTING...
A Sherbakov connection:



Notice the shape of the ears and similarity to the shape of the Somerton Man's ears.

Now let's look at a profile image of this person's ear:


And now look at the Somerton Man's ear profile:


The Cymba and the Cavum are very similar, 
this kind of ear is found only in 4% of the population.



SO?

All things being equal, that ear shape is relatively common, 4% sounds small in percentage terms but in hard numbers across a population, it's massive., 800,000 plus So what's the big deal?

The big deal, (could be) the person in the two images above the SM pic, has an unusual surname, Bogatyrova. The same name as Novikov's secretary on his trip to the Lapstone conference in late November1948. Both Tatiyana Bogatyrova and another person, Sherbakov, (Shcherbakov) arrived in Australia but did not depart after the conference.

Coincidence? Yes, of course, it could be. Worth a deeper look? Certainly.

The name Shcherbakov cropped up again in 2010 in connection with the Anna Chapman Spy case in America. This time a 'Colonel Shcherbakov' was identified as the Russian Spy who had betrayed the Chapman 9 spy network.

Pictured below is one of the Russian spies, 'Juan Lazaro',\real name Mikhail Anatolevich Vasenkov, caught as a result of Shcherbakov's information:



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Monday, 15 April 2019

SOMERTON MAN: CROSSING THE Ts'







Not talking about this T, but suggesting that just maybe we should take a look at some other Ts. The Ts that are contained in Verse 70. Have you ever noticed them? Do they strike you as being a little unusual perhaps?






Here are a few notes made recently and I thought I would share them with you:

THE Ts!

Line 1 has two T's, RepenTence and ofT, the T in repentence is not crossed but it is in ofT

Line 2 has one T in buT, not crossed

Line 3. has two Ts, Then and Then, the first T is crossed and the second one is a 'floating' cross well away from the T.

Line 4. has 3 Ts, Thread 'floating' cross, Penitence, not crossed, Tore, a 'floating' and extended cross.

Signature, one T in JesTyn, 'floating' shortened cross.

The inconsistency in the way the T has been written is unusual I think. We have 3 Ts not crossed, we have 2 that are crossed and we have 3 floating crossed Ts , 4 if you count Jestyn

Looking a little further and differently at the Ts:

Repentence oft, but, then (and) then, thread penitence tore.

First letter sequence:ROBTTTPTJ including JESTYN

Last letter sequence: ETTNNDEEN if you count JESTYN

Following words: Oft before, was, and came, bare a tore

Clive had a great thought that maybe the T was used as a message prompt as in the book being exchanged with no crossed Ts and then crossed to be returned and as a way of acknowledging the receipt of the book, perhaps indicating that a message was on its way?

Whilst it's fair to say that people sometimes write and form their words inconsistently, it's a matter of degree. Is it common or less common to show such variations within a relatively short paragraph?

There's something not sitting right here, can't quite put my finger on it but please feel free to share your thoughts...



Thursday, 4 April 2019

SOMERTON MAN: USEFUL DOWNLOADS & LINKS



USEFUL DOWNLOADS & LINKS

Whilst of late we've published a number of images from Service records, it crossed my mind that many may not have had an opportunity to view the source materials, so, here are 3 PDF downloads which contain the information that has been used to substantiate the contents of recent posts.

First though, here's a comparison of the Alf Boxall book that shows the handwritten verse 70 signed by 'JESTYN' alongside an image of my copy of the exact same published book which of course is minus the handwritten verse:


Verse 70 on the right was in my opinion signed and quite probably written in its entirety by Major William Jestyn Moulds. Every word in the verse and, indeed, the image of the Fez Lady, contains micro written letters and numbers as per previous posts and images.

As an aside, I bought my copy online from a small shop in North Wales, when it arrived and to my amazement, the book had once belonged to a former teacher of mine. Small world.

Downloads:

1. Major William Jestyn Moulds Service record. In this document, you'll be able to view all 26 pages of the published service record, you'll notice some duplications as well as a number of examples of the Major's handwriting and signatures. This is a PDF download

2. Lieutenant Alf Boxall's Service record. Examples of handwriting and signatures as well as various Army forms, are included, there are nominally 22 pages in this record. Please note, this is a link to the NAA service record and not a download

3. Lieutenant Colonel Desmond Otto Muller Service record. There are 48 pages in total, they contain the usual service record information as well as examples of handwriting and signatures. This document is being shared whilst Clive and I are still working on its contents. I can tell you that there are a number of interesting aspects of this document. It is a downloadable PDF of the NAA record. Lieutenant Colonel Muller was Major Moulds Commanding Officer. for a time. You will note that at least one set of handwriting is a very close match to another written record in Major Moulds document.