Wednesday, 21 July 2021





With the exhumation if the remains of the Somerton Man now underway, (but not without its hiccups it appears), I thought it would be a good time to bring together a summary of the discoveries we have made on this blog.

Much has been written over the years about the Somerton Man, was he a spy? Was he a jilted lover? Did he end his own life or was he killed? Assassinated? Accidental overdose?

This post provides the evidence-based research and it can be broken down into sections or categories and links provided to numerous articles and posts that you will find on this blog and that clearly show the involvement of intelligence agencies. 

Acrostic codes, strange ads in newspapers, mysterious poisonings, clandestine communications exposed, the Somerton Man hidden code found, proof that his body was placed on the beach much later than previously thought. You will find it all here, the only blog that maintained the effort and the focus from the outset.


From more than 600 posts you can read here on the subject, below are the categories of those posts that to my mind will help provide a clearer picture and understanding of the Somerton Man case.

1. The Somerton Man Code cracked... photographic techniques revealed for the first time the presence of a hidden code on the so-called Somerton Man code page. On July 20th, 2020, a copy of the hidden code  posted, SEE HERE >> AND HERE  >>

2. Evidence that Alf Boxall and Jestyn were using steganography, a clandestine communication method hidden in their copy of the Rubaiyat, it has to be seen to be believed   SEE EXAMPLES HERE

3. INK H, a secret writing technique recorded as being used by British Special Operations Executive (SOE) that concealed writing within other writing, in fact it is described in an SOE manual. It lay hidden for 70 years until we found it. SEE HERE >>>

3. Evidence that strongly suggests that the Somerton Man died elsewhere and his body wasn't taken to Somerton Beach until after 4.30 a.m. on December 1st 1948. We were fortunate to have the input and advice of a renowned Tidal expert for these posts. The Shifting Sands of Somerton Beach, SEE HERE >>>

5. The DANETTA code, a mysterious acrostic code that turned up in the last letter of a man who was found poisoned in a Hindley Street hotel 2 weeks to the day after the discovery of the body on the beach. What's more that same acrostic code turns up in numerous other places and documents associated with the Somerton Man case. SEE HERE >>> and HERE >>> and more HERE >>>

6. The Tibor Kaldor story, in which the DANETTA code was found. There's much to read about the Tibor Kaldor story HERE >>> I would like to point out that in the research efforts regarding this man, Clive Turner an Adelaide follower and researcher on the case, was of extraordinary assistance and provided solid input into parts of the story, it is and always will be greatly appreciated.

7. Apparent links to the George Marshall case, another poisoning, and another Rubaiyat, that took place in Sydney in 1945. Men associated with Australian internment camps form part of this story. Our most recent posts address that particular issue: See HERE >>>


There's always some bonus information when you look for it. In this case, it's a man, a man who is thought to be a candidate for the Somerton Man.

The man on the left of this image is Pavel Ivanovich Fedosimov, or at least that is what the notation on the back of the photograph suggests. 

By way of a little background, this man or rather the description of this man, was referred to in a book, ''THE ATOM SPIES.' by Oliver Pilat, there's a kindle edition HERE >>> In the book, the man is described as being heavily built and about 6 foot two, the description was given by well known Atom Spy, Harry Gold. Harry himself was of short stature around 5 feet 3 inches in height. For Harry, anyone over 5 foot 10 was a giant. 
The Somerton Man was closer to 6 feet tall. In fact when measured in the mortuary, he was 5 feet 11 inches in height. Those of you reading this who are familiar with such things would know full well that a body lying on a slab in the mortuary and measured in this way would gain a good 1 1/2 inches if they were to stand up and stretch to full height. If you add a pair of shoes to that person then 6 foot two or more would be quite likely and from the short-statured Harry Gold, then it is not surprising that he put the man's height at well over 5 feet 11 inches.

Having said that, Harry described the man as walking on his toes, this is a factor that could contribute to highly developed calf muscles, the same kind of calf muscles possessed by the Somerton Man had. Add that and the fact that 'Fedosimov' had large hands as did the Somerton Man, we get a very close match. But is it enough? Read on.

The book itself was referred to by Senator Cavanagh in the 1970s during a session in the Australian Senate. Referring to the book, Senator Cavanagh stated that he was worried that Australia was becoming a dumping ground for dead spies. In that same speech, he also spoke about the Somerton Man. 

The Atom Spies book did not name the man as Fedosimov but CIA records and later books did, and official documents mentioned Harry Golds' meeting with Pavel Fedosimov. But was that his real name? 

The Soviets, in common with many intelligence services, were in the habit of providing their operatives with alternative identities, in fact on occasions, names would be changed when someone moved from one location to another. We may never know but what we do know is that there is only one photograph of him and that is the one above this article, he is with Nosov, the then Soviet Ambassador to the US and they are at La Guardia field, NY. It was April 1947.

By June of 1948, Pavel, the acting vice-consul at the Soviet Embassy, had been recalled to Moscow. We had this confirmed by a former KGB officer, Alexander Vassiliev. In fact, in my discussion with him Alexander went further, he said that the reason for the recall was because Pavel was suspected of being about to betray the mother country. In those days, that was as good as a death sentence in Stalin's Russia. Of note that Alexander is an author of note in the field of intelligence services and is of course the author of Vassiliev's notes within which document you will find the various references to Fedosimov.

Pavel dutifully boarded the ship in New York on 1st July 1948, he was not accompanied by his wife. The ship was the POBEDA. En route to Odessa and within hours of its destination, there was a huge fire on board the Pobeda resulting in the deaths of 40 passengers and two crew. It would be better to read through the links provided, it is a long and complex story but it has been verified. Before I supply the links to the Fedosimov story, let me reiterate, the foregoing information is what led me to seriously suspect the man in the photograph who was named as Pavel Fedosimov by Soviet sources, as a strong candidate for being the Somerton Man. He matched the description in height, build, hands, and even his teeth on the photograph appear to  not dissimilar to those of the Somerton Man, add the high calf muscles and there is yet another reason for that suspicion.

If this is the Somerton Man, how would he have entered Australia? I suggest he could have used one of several methods employed to gain entry for any 'illegal', another name and another set of documents. It would be naive in the extreme to think that he would have used the name Fedosimov in that task.

1. Comparison facial match and more, Somerton Man/ Fedosimov HERE

2. More Posts on Fedosimov HERE

3. Journey of the Pobeda, HERE

4. More on the Pobeda HERE

Please note, the posts and thoughts on Fedosimov are based on evidence and known facts about the man and that the only photograph in existence is the one shown above. Whilst a person of that name is certainly mentioned in numerous documents post 1948, for example in United Nations papers and the IAEA, there are no photographs to be found, there are no sightings of him after that photograph in April 1947. Neither the United Nations nor the International Atomic Energy Authority could provide any photographs of Fedosimov. 

Apart from Sentaor Cavanagh's speech, a well-known researcher from before my time, John Ruffels, also strongly suggested that the Somerton Man was in fact a match for the man in the Atom Spy book.

Is he the Somerton Man? it may well be that the examination of DNA will decide that he's not in which case the search will start anew. Even then a great deal has been learned and shared as a result of this discovery. The Pobeda trip alone has the makings of a great novel :)


  1. The exhumation is complete and now we wait for the result. The first result we hope is the positive identification of the remains as those belonging to the man found on Somerton Beach on December 1st 1948 and then subjected to an autopsy. It is at that autopsy that a 'map' was made of the man's teeth showing tge location of those that were missing. The map of teeth from the exhumed remains should be a perfect match. That being the case then the theories put forward by others can properly be put to rest. If there's no match then what? It will be an interesting wait.

  2. An examination of isotopes in the teeth enamel can be used to map his movements in the world from the time he got his adult teeth until his burial BTW. I can provide an article on how that's done if you're interested.

    1. That would be an interesting read, thanks Pete.


    3. An example.
      Where did you grow up? How strontium in your teeth can help answer that question


  3. FYI, Pete and others, the blog registered 2752 page visits yesterday, all records broken for this blog :) Many thanks to all those who follow us, I very much appreciate your support.

  4. From this page on your website about Tibor and DANETTA

    I have found something of interest for you. Whether related or not is for you to work out. I'll leave what I found and the link.

    In notes section at LXX

    (LXX.) A very mysterious Line in the Original:—

    O danad O danad O danad O——

    breaking off something like our Wood-pigeon's Note, which she is said to take up just where she left off.

    Congratulations on all your hard work, looks like it's paid off.

  5. PS I put DANAD into Google translate and they detected Hindi and said it meant punishment

  6. Benji, thanks for that.
    1.Here's a link to the nominal roll of those that served in Vietnam. You'll find only two of that name that fit the age group.
    2. No, I hadn't seen that particular photo.

    Hope this helps