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The headshots are from Gordon Cramer.


From his site: TamamShud.Blogspot

I took on the project of having an artist create their impression, based on the 3D scan, of how this man would look when he was alive. Above is the outcome of the full face view.

This is where we are.

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  1. Think it needs the latest image?

    July 9, 2016
  2. At what stage of decomposition did Lawson commence the the bust?

    July 9, 2016
  3. ellen #

    page 26

    July 10, 2016
  4. The bust was made shortly before his burial so it would have been some 7 months after SMs death. The body had been embalmed so it should have been in reasonable condition.

    However, there are distinct variances in the photograph of his full face taken just before the mold was made and the full face that is revealed in the 3D scan. In contrast, the side profile photo taken at the same time matches almost perfectly the side image that shows in the 3D scan. It was the 3D scan images that were used by the artist to create the latest image.

    It was also the sight of the bust that caused such a reaction from Jestyn.

    July 10, 2016
  5. Look at fig 8 – what happened to his nose? They are two different profiles.

    July 10, 2016
  6. That’s correct Pete, the chin also looks different, no overbite.

    The big question is why? Why would you apparently have a second body? Why would you promote that initial image as being correct when it had been clearly altered? Why would you ambush Jestyn with a plaster bust of a man that looks quite different to the promoted one that she may well have already seen in the press?

    If we look at the timeline, the Police couldn’t have known Jestyn was involved until well after the discovery of the ROK and it’s code page. Or is that not really the sequence and timing of events? Was the book actually found much earlier and had Jestyn been under observation for some time? There’s no direct evidence that suggests that this was the case but the nagging question remains, why would the Police set up an elaborate scenario, a trap for Jestyn to walk into?

    Some issues to ponder:

    1. When she walked into that room she had no idea that the bust of the man would be there.

    2. The Police must have had their suspicions that Jestyn was involved otherwise they wouldn’t have set this up.

    3. This next point is a doozy. The Police clearly thought that the plaster bust was of the real Somerton Man. They didn’t have any concerns, that others on the web and researchers have, that the body had deteriorated and the image was not a good likeness. After all, they will say, bodies look quite different after death, look at Marilyn Monroe for example. Yes, look at Marilyn Monroe in full stage makeup and compare her to the sad dead body of a woman without any makeup? She looks different but anyone who knew her well enough would make the correct ID.

    And that’s the point, it takes someone who knows the deceased to be able to see past the ‘superficial’ effects of death on a person’s appearance. That’s what the Police had set up and it really shook Jestyn.

    This makes me think that the man in the bust is our man and the man in the first released images is not.

    July 11, 2016
  7. Who published the Fig 8 image (left hand side), Gordon, was it the University of Adelaide?

    July 11, 2016
  8. ellen #

    The fact that a bust was made is important since it was so unusual at the time. Nowadays skull reconstruction is done as a forensic method but was groundbreaking in ’48. This was an extra effort that had a motive.

    July 13, 2016
  9. Totally agree with you on that Ellen. I think the research shows that not many were done in the post-war years, maybe 2 or 3? But you would need to verify that. What was it about using a set of good photographs that the Police didn’t favour? Was there some text available at the time that suggested that using a bust was almost like having the person in the room?

    The differences in the two profile pics is significant. I mentioned on the blog that there may be reasons for some of it but it really does look unusual to the extent that the whole skull structure from the forehead down is quite different which matches the original differences pointed out nearly 3 years ago.

    July 13, 2016
    • Gordon, what was the objective in making the skinned down profile? Who was responsible for creating it?

      July 13, 2016
  10. ellen #

    Gordon, it suggests to me that the person who is depicted by the bust is a person of some gravity. Only upper class personages have busts made of them ie Saul Marshall.

    July 14, 2016
  11. The grey profile is from the 3d scan video created by Adelaide University.

    July 14, 2016
  12. Clive #

    The “Powers that be” sure went to a lot of trouble to try and identify this man. Did these same authorities spend this amount of time/manpower for every body found dead without i.d. in the 1940s? If not, why was the SM case so different, the authorities knew something was not kosher with this particular dead man but what?

    July 14, 2016
  13. B Deveson #

    Clive, I agree. I think it was Leane who was reported to have said that “we” (Leane plus who else?) suspected that SM was an Eastern European, judging from his dental work. This was mentioned in a letter to the editor of the Australian newspaper immediately after the Fife-Yeoman’s story appeared in 2001. I think it would be worthwhile to check the newspaper follow up to this story as there might be more information available.
    Leane’s comment suggests to me that SB/Intel suspected that SM was involved in matters of interest to them. Leane was apparently involved with, or a member of, the SB at some stage. Secondly, it appears from the comment about SM’s dental work that this information was held back. How much else has been held back, and why?

    July 16, 2016
  14. Byron, Leane was employed by ASIO in 1949 I believe but may well have spent time in Special Branch in Adelaide during and after WW2. He would have had a close association with intelligence services prior to 1948.

    Clive, the time spent on a run of the mill sudden death would be minimum, a few hours paperwork at best plus some maintenance hours associated with publicity for unidentified bodies. These were generally handled by uniform plods on the beat plus desk sergeant oversight, a daily report would see the Superintendent’s desk.

    Something raised this particular SD above that level. I think that something special had turned up within the first 24 hours that resulted in the police spending significant extra time and effort on the case. If other services were involved in a surveillance exercise then possibly but not definitely, senior level Police as in Deputy or Commissioner level, may have been in the know.

    I think the whole thing needs to be viewed against a backdrop of advanced weapons development in SA which would of necessity involve the security services including Australian Intelligence and the newly invigorated MI5.

    Let me stress this, it would be naive in the extreme to discount the presence of these services in South Australia at the time and in numbers, including watchers, other resources and those that managed them.

    The method used to dispose of SM, i.e. a non-traceable poison, suggests a professional involvement in the design and procurement of the necessary equipment and the substance used.

    July 16, 2016
  15. Ellen, It would be an interesting and enlightening project to research just how many plaster busts were made of unidentified bodies in the 1930s to 1940s. Not that many I suspect.

    July 16, 2016
  16. B Deveson #

    Gordon, Leane or maybe Brown said somewhere that at the time the SA police and all Government officers were on high alert for any attempts to infiltrate agents into SA. Leane/Brown mentioned that any new faces were immediately reported.

    July 16, 2016
  17. ellen #

    Jessica’s reaction to the bust is pivotal, in my opinion. It is like Lawson knew her secret and wanted to shame her into some course of action. I think it was blackmail. I think they knew already who SM and the man portrayed by the bust were.
    Gordon, I think you are correct. The powers that be didn’t want weapons development to go to countries not sanctioned by them. Jessica’s husband and friends were petty smugglers/grifters and SA was a source of yellow cake and uranium.

    July 17, 2016
  18. Byron,
    I didn’t honestly read that but I wouldn’t doubt that you are correct. I believe that many of the commentators on the case are simply unaware of the background both local within Australia and on a more Global scale. It was a very tense time with the emphasis on Intelligence gathering from all sides and sometimes that battle was bitter and hard fought.

    I am not sure just what Jessica nd Prosper were up to, I do know that in the intelligence field, the more ordinary a person or people could appear, the better it was. So to have an involvement in petty thieving and perhaps petrol ration stamp forgery would not be a problem. A good front in many ways.

    Just uploaded another image of the bust, getting a sharp view of SM in a pure white bust was difficult so I inverted an image to sharpen the detai and then did a side by side comparison.

    There will be another more ‘realistic’ artist’s impression in the next few of days. In the meantime, the latest image is itself more revealing.

    July 17, 2016
  19. ellen #

    Just thinking outside the box, when Gordon says “pure white bust” it jogged an idea….. perhaps that was an intended diversion to mask Lawson’s intent. Could the Somerton bust be a dark skinned man? Also he appears hairless. The only person that we know that saw the bust was Jessica. Was it for her eyes only?
    As you know, I believe the Marshall case is involved in this. The bust has a crooked nose. George Marshall was in a lorry accident as a child, I believe.
    After the undertaker gets finished, everyone looks pretty distorted….so much for vanity.

    July 19, 2016
  20. Clive #

    Hi Gordon, I can’t help thinking you are correct when you stated something special turned up within the 24 hours after the body was found. What that ‘something” was is proving very elusive, a highly classified report? a certain telephone call from someone who knew him, but the “someone” couldn’t or wouldn’t confirm any more information for fear of their own situation?

    July 20, 2016

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