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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



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.


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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