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A summing up.

There are two things about this case we will probably never know: who and what the Somerton Man was. This means the only way forward is by incremental means, one of which is by trying to find signs showing the police were in some way responsible for hiding his identity and purpose.

It has been established that the UK post-war government led by Clement Attlee and the Australian federal government led by Ben Chifley signed and enacted a secret agreement to import an approved list of German scientists, chemists, doctors, propulsion engineers, explosive experts and rocketry technicians together with other technical personnel for employment in Australia in what was the beginning of the Cold War arms race. The Agreement was called the Anglo-Australia Joint Project. The once top-secret files for 1948/1949 are publicly available in the Kew archives. More files are believed to be held in ASIO’s early archives, their availability to the public yet to be tested. It is thought the Somerton Man’s true identity might be found there.

Several pages of names from the 48/49 files have been published here.

Between 1946 and 1949, scores of Germans, many of them Nazis* agreed to leave the ruins of their homeland to live and work in utmost secrecy in Australia, some of them at the Salisbury explosives complex which was situated only thirty-four kilometres from Somerton Beach.

The Salisbury Exposives factory – 1940

It’s also been established that the South Australian police (1) withheld crucial evidence from scrutiny, (2) delayed conveying the finding of crucial evidence to the press and (3) allowed the press to muddy the water by publishing false facts about the evidence on at least two occasions.

In other words, the police were in some way responsible for hiding the Somerton Man’s identity and purpose, and given the decades-long secrecy that surrounded the settlement of these Germans in Australia so soon after the war in Europe ended – a war that cost over nine thousand Australian lives – it becomes evident that Jessica Harkness’ Higher Authority was just that.

Header pic is of Doc Evatt, Ben Chifley and Clement Attlee.

12. Instances of false reporting in the early stages of the Somerton Body Case.

We’ve already established through re-reading GF’s book that the commonly accepted and widely published images of both the Freeman Rubaiyat and the torn page were not of the original, meaning the press mocked them up after talking to the police.

We were told in another press report published only days after Freeman handed his Rubaiyat to DS Leane that it was torn from a Rubaiyat published in New Zealand by Whitcombe and Tombs spelt Toombs. The report also included the false image of the Freeman Rubaiyat..

One irresistible implication is that this information was also provided by the police. The other that it is also false – for reasons that have yet to become clear.

The press was in close contact with the investigating police prior to and post inquest as you would expect, particularly after DS Leane let them have a look at the Taman Shud slip and acknowledging his senior administrative background in the police force and the importance of the case, it’s hard to imagine him authorising any release of false information.

Yet he did. Twice.

One mistake is acceptable, two is not. Three makes them all deliberate.

You’re all a bunch of sock puppets!

…. going bla bla bla.

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11. Another aspect of the investigation that makes little sense.

Adelaide in 1949 was home to men and women from all nations, yet DS Leane thought none of them would recognise from where the words Tamam Shud originated.

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10. Imagine asking Australia’s foremost post-war decoding unit to determine if the code was an acrostic without providing them with the original book it was written on.

” On 29 July 1949 a photograph of the letters and a copy of a similar Rubaiyat were forwarded to the Director of Naval Intelligence in Melbourne.”

Feltus. P114.


Thirteen bullet points on how to reconstruct a police investigation in an acceptable manner, given the times.

And hope nobody notices ..

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9. Post-war recruitment zones

The bargaining place.

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8. The post-war conspiracy between the United Kingdom and Australia to secretly procure German scientists and technicians – some destined to work in the weapons development industry in Salisbury, a suburb of Adelaide.

‘Britain secretly organised the recruitment and transfer to Australia of scores of leading Nazi scientists and weapons specialists after the second world war, newly declassified Australian government papers disclosed yesterday.

The German scientists sent to Australia under a top secret Anglo-American project codenamed Operation Matchbox included SS and Nazi party members. The leading Nazi-hunting watchdog, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem, yesterday demanded an investigation into the recruitments ordered by Britain and the US, and said Australia was a haven for “holocaust perpetrators and mass murderers”.

According to documents obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald, the British government decided within four months of the end of the war to poach “a limited number of German scientists and technicians… on defence research to develop military potential at Germany’s expense.”

Ian Traynor, The Guardian, August 1999.

Some of these men named below agreed to work in America, others in Australia. We have no birthdates and don’t know where and when they died. We don’t know if the Somerton Man is amongst them.


File DEFE 41/38 .. 1 of 3 files.

7. Similar is not exactly identical.

On June 8th, about fifty days after DS Leane received the Tamam Shud slip from Prof. Cleland (April 1949) he sent Detective Brown out to see if he could match it with another copy of the Rubaiyat. Brown’s technique when he found one that looked similar was to hold the page up to the light and pass the slip over the words. The one he found identical in size and length was in a copy published by Collins Press of England and distributed in Australia. Feltus, P166.

Similar. Identical.

On July 26th, three days after Freeman delivered the book to DS Leane a newspaper reported the following: ‘Police are looking for anyone with an exact copy of this book (pic) “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.” It was published in New Zealand by Whitcombe and Toombs*.” (sic) Feltus, P108.


On July 29th Leane forwarded a photograph of the (code) letters and a copy of a similar Rubaiyat to the Director of Naval Intelligence in Melbourne. Feltus, P114


Similar to Brown’s copy, or exactly as the one described and pictured in the newspaper?

‘If the copy depicting the actual Rubaiyat is correct, then it could not be carried in the pocket of the clothing worn by the Unknown Man.” Feltus, P168.


6. Questions any reasonable person might ask.

And a word from Bob Forrest

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5. Proof the code is an acrostic depends on whose edition of Omar Khayyham’s quatrains you are looking at.

Imagine asking Australia’s foremost post-war decoding unit to determine if a code was an acrostic without providing them with the book it was written on.



Meet Clarke Willis Walton (1885-1938), cotton goods manufacturer, small-time amateur printer and well-respected American publisher.

CW Walton

‘Walton published at least 15 small (17.5cmX12cm) numbered limited editions of the Rubaiyat.. For An Omarian Alphabet (cover pictured end of post) he selected 26 quatrains by 24 translators (2 each from Fitzgerald and Thompson) and associated each quatrain with a different letter of the alphabet. To each quatrain he added a caption of the form, A IS for Allah, the Lord of Omar or M IS for Morning, time for youth to rise.’

That’s generally the picture, and if we use Walton’s Omarian Alphabet on the first line of code – this is the result.

W is for wine, Omar well knows. Quatrain LV1

R is for Rose, like a Ruby rare. Quatrain 1X

G is for Garden, that lovely place. Quatrain 1X

O is for Oblivion, cheat it if you can. Quatrain XV1

A is for Allah, the Lord of Omar. Quatrain CLXX

B is for Bahram, a great old sport. Quatrain XX1

A is for Allah, the Lord of Omar. Quatrain CLXX

B is for Bahram, a great old sport. Quatrain XX1

D is for Dowry, love to the bride. Quatrain CLXLV111

Sounds like a semi-religious love chant .. Omar style.

Perhaps the Somerton Man carried a copy of one of these memorable, traceable, numbered rare editions with him, or perhaps one of Walton’s 15 editions of The Rubaiyat, but seeing the police didn’t release an image of the Freeman Rubaiyat, we’ll probably never know.

*An acrostic (verse) is a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word, message or the alphabet. 

The cover of Walton’s An Omarian Alphabet.

4. The next step

.. then a race to the finish

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The positively, absolutely last bloody theory about the Somerton Man.

So help me ..

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3. The Real Conspiracy.

One that might have lead to Jessica Harkness' front door.

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2. The Wiesenthal list of 22 Lithuanian Nazi collaborators ..

.. who settled in Australia after the war.

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1. An incident at Bonegilla.


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Why Dr Colleen Fitzpatrick chose her words very carefully.

.. and some unwarranted doubt raised by Professor Derek Abbott.

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A gloomy silence prevails

.. but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Who shut Jessica Harkness down?

Because never another word passed her lips.

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Why such a reaction when Jessica saw the bust ..

... if he wasn't the father of her child?

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Some love affairs are a lot messier.

Prosper and Jessica ...

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Glenelg. A small coastal town near Adelaide ..

.. where something very mysterious happened on the night of November 30th, though not in the way as is generally accepted.

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Prosper Thomson’s Family.

Commencing with the first born.

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Rachel Egan’s DNA linked to Prosper Thomson.

Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick, founder of modern Forensic Genealogy.

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