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Solving the Somerton Man Mystery, step by step.

One man has the TS slip, the other the Rubaiyat it was torn from. They meet and confirm their identities by matching both torn objects before one departs with the book and the information hidden within one of its pages.

That’s the theory.

Here are the precedents.

(1) The Identification Process.

After wrapping up the details of the Fuchs meeting, the handler told (Harry) Gold something surprising: the Soviets had a second mole inside Los Alamos. This mole would be in Albuquerque, not far from Santa Fe, while Gold was visiting, so Gold needed to make a side trip there to pick up additional papers from a man named Greenglass.

The handler then gave Gold half a Jell-O box top, which had been cut into a jigsaw shape. He passed the puzzle piece over to Gold. You’ll know it’s Greenglass, he said, because he’ll have the other half.

Harry Gold: Spy in the Lab – Sam Kean April 25, 2019. https://www.sciencehistory.org/distillations/harry-gold-spy-in-the-lab

Somerton Beach, 1948. The agent and his handler were to recognise each other by one producing a slip of paper torn from a book and the other the book it was torn from.


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(2) Following The Signs.

Foxstone Park, 1910 Creek Crossing Road, Vienna, Virginia. FBI Agent Robert Hanssen, acknowledged as one of the most damaging spies to the U.S., signaled his Russian handler by placing a piece of white tape on the entrance sign to Foxstone Park. The tape confirmed that Hanssen had placed a package of secrets in a dead drop, code named ELLIS, located under a footbridge inside the park.

WASHINGTON’S TOP TEN SPY SITES

Somerton Beach, 1948. An agent signaled his handler that there was information to be found hidden in a specific place within a book by using a pre-arranged series of letters included in an otherwise meaningless code written on the back of the book

Reading between the lines. Is this what the code is all about?

tomfarrell2k6 asks: ‘What is revealed by the placement of the letters?

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The author of the capital letters (pictured} has done everything possible to disguise his deliberate placement of the seventh letter A and in the doing has made the five lines look as though they were done as a careless afterthought or an acrostic of a song, or poem.

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On the 1st line he’s put a space between the first 2 letters.

The 2nd line is a dummy, having only 6 letters.

The 3rd line is packed, no spaces.

The 3rd and 4th lines are separated by the insertion of two horizontal lines and the letter X.

The 4th line has a space between the 6th and 7th letters.

The 5th has a space between the 1st two letters.

The symmetry is now lost.

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Fig 2

And even when the letters were reproduced by Army cryptographers without the camouflage they still couldn’t see any pattern saying ‘There are insufficient symbols to provide a pattern.’ This, to some, demonstrates how far removed were the traditional wartime Intelligence agencies from the highly secretive espionage methods in play at the time.

So, if a man was to say all this jiggery-pokery was done by a paranoid spy in order to indicate to another paranoid spy that there was a message to be found and read within the object hosting the capital letters, where would he look?

4 A’s in the 7th position=4X7=28

Verse 28.

With them the Seed of Wisdom did I sow,
write message here
And with my own hand labour’d it to grow:
write message here
And this was all the Harvest that I reap’d –
write message here
“I came like Water, and like Wind I go.”

The Basics of Invisible Ink

There are two categories into which invisible inks fall: organic fluids and sympathetic inks. The former consists of the “natural” methods many of us tried our hand at as kids: lemon juice, vinegar, milk, sweat, saliva, onion juice, and even urine and diluted blood, to name a few. These organic invisible inks can be developed through heat, such as with fire, irons, or light bulbs, and some can be seen when placed under ultraviolet light. The organic fluids alter the fibers of the paper so that the secret writing has a lower burn temperature and turns brown faster than the surrounding paper when exposed to heat.

Sympathetic inks are more complicated chemical concoctions. Sympathetic inks contain one or more chemicals and require the application of a specific “reagent” to be developed, such as another chemical or a mixture of chemicals.

Man Knowledge: The History of Invisible Ink

One man has the TS slip, the other the Rubaiyat it was torn from. They meet and confirm their common purpose by matching both objects before one departs with the book and the information hidden within one of its quatrains.

Sounds like a pretty good plan, you think Tom?

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The above image shows the exposure of a hidden message written in semen, a method espoused by Captain Sir Mansfield Cumming, the first MI6 chief, and no pun is intended.

Sir Mansfield Cumming | Secret Service Chief | Blue Plaques | English Heritage

Sir Mansfield Cumming – Secret Service Chief

We’ve been told the problem with using semen is that it gives off a distinctive odour … which is probably not news to a lot of people.

There’s more to this than meets the eye …

And a stroll up the garden path

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How the Somerton Man investigation could have been done in one day.

90A Moseley Street

The phone rings.

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The Unknown Man Who Saw What Was Really There ..

And covered it all up.

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The Somerton Man’s suitcase contents by classification

A definitive list of what was there and what might have been missing.

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Why was the Tamam Shud slip hidden so carefully when the book was dumped for anyone to find?

Someone?

Gordon Cramer’s Micro_Code Claim Discredited.

Gordon Cramer writes that the individual responsible for marking up the photograph of the code did so in order to deny the agency most able to confirm his micro-code claims the opportunity to do so, this act giving rise to at least three propositions - none of them believable.

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Ancora Imparo –

and how it relates to the work of Gordon Cramer

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The question nobody has asked ..

Here we have two spies engaged in determining each others' identity by reconciling the shape and size of the Tamam Shud slip with the hole in the last page of the Freeman Rubaiyat ...

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What could be an explanation of the circumstances surrounding the death of the Somerton Man.

With a little help from Aristotle and the infamous Soviet spy, Harry Gold.

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In the course of his interrogation, Rumrich divulged some information on how the Nazi spy ring operated. For example, he explained how as a means of identification, he would receive one half of a torn postcard that would be reconciled with the other half carried by one of his fellow agents.

NThe Nazi Spy Ring in America – Rhodi Jeffreys-Jones.

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In a fragment ascribed to Aristotle’s Constitution of Ithaca, the Spartans repeatedly used a pair of sticks (skutálē) as a simple encryption device. A long piece of leather was wrapped around a stick of a particular diameter and a message was written on it. The message could not be read without being wrapped around around a stick of the same diameter.

The Aristotlian fragment gives another version of the skutálē as it was used in financial transactions in Sparta. Discourides cut the skutálē in the presence of witnesses and wrote the corresponding part on each segment to signify a contract or bond (sumbolaoin). He would give one part to one of the witnesses and keep the other himself. This suggests what might have been a more precise function in wartime.

Aristotle’s Empiricism – Jean De Groot.

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After wrapping up the details of the Fuchs meeting, the handler told (Harry) Gold something surprising: the Soviets had a second mole inside Los Alamos. This mole would be in Albuquerque, not far from Santa Fe, while Gold was visiting, so Gold needed to make a side trip there to pick up additional papers from a man named Greenglass.

The handler then gave Gold half a Jell-O box top, which had been cut into a jigsaw shape. He passed the puzzle piece over to Gold. You’ll know it’s Greenglass, he said, because he’ll have the other half.

Harry Gold: Spy in the Lab – Sam Kean April 25, 2019. https://www.sciencehistory.org/distillations/harry-gold-spy-in-the-lab

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Somerton Beach, 1948.

The plan was for one agent to receive a copy of a book (Rubaiyat) with the part of the last page containing the two words Tamam Shud removed. The other agent was to receive the removed slip of paper. Upon meeting they would reconcile both the tear in the book and the Tamam Shud slip. With that completed to their satisfaction, whatever needed to done would be done.


Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances were their undoing and the agent carrying the TS slip was found dead on the morning after their meeting was planned to have taken place,* aware of this the other agent disposed of his Rubaiyat through the open window of a car parked nearby rather than be caught with it in his possession.

Given that contact was known to exist between both agents and Harkness: one being the existence of her phone number on the back of the abandoned Rubaiyat, the other her reaction at being shown the bust of the dead man found to be carrying the TS slip, it is suspected she was responsible for covertly distributing both the book and the TS slip.

As far as the code found inscribed on the back of the Rubaiyat is concerned, it may have been something written by a previous owner as the book was likely sourced by Harkness second-hand rather than bought new. Her choice of a Rubaiyat as a means of covert identification is not surprising as she was known to have a strong attachment to the book, as evidenced by her gift of an inscribed copy to a wartime acquaintance some years previously.

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Speculation has it that the reason both the body and abandoned Rubaiyat were found so close to Harkness’ home is that not only did she covertly distribute the book and slip, she also advised the agents where would be the best time and place for them to meet.

Here, in the open?

… or here, behind closed doors?

*If we were to believe that the man who saw a man carrying a man along the beach on the night of the 30th was watching the Somerton Man being taken to the bottom of the steps, already dead, then perhaps the man doing the carrying was the individual SM was meant to meet and the meeting and his death took place at 90A Moseley St. A scenario that might explain the body’s lividity, and after completing the carry he abandoned the Rubaiyat by slipping it into Freeman’s auto, not realising Harkness’ phone number was written on the back.

What was the real purpose of the Tamam Shud slip?

Time and Place.

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Several years ago, Ms. Egan had her DNA analyzed …

Several years ago, Ms. Egan had her DNA analyzed, and links were found to people in the United States (including relatives of Thomas Jefferson). More recently, links were also found to the grandparents of the man that Jo Thomson eventually married.” (Prosper Thomson)

NYT 21 May 2021.

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We almost know these words by heart, particularly those in the Abbott family who might be wishing it all went away. Nevertheless, given the years the Professor and his wife Rachel have spent publicly declaring she and their children may be related to the Somerton Man it’s only natural that we continue his quest, though in a completely different direction now that Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick has upset the Abbott applecart.

Rachel and Derek at the gravesite.

Jessica (Jo) Harkness became pregnant in late 1946. She was also known to be in Mentone and staying at her parent’s home in October 1946, whether for a visit or something more permanent isn’t known so it’s conceivable she fell pregnant whilst there and not prior to leaving Sydney.

Prosper Thomson moved from Blacktown in NSW to Melbourne in 1936 where he lived in Mentone with his wife Queenie. Within weeks of Jessica finding she was pregnant, Thomson left his wife and accompanied her to Adelaide where they both settled as man and wife with Jessica passing herself off as a Thomson and where she gave birth to a son, Robin, future father of Rachel, the lady whose DNA links were ‘found to the grandparents of the man Jo Thomson eventually married.

A man doesn’t have to be Einstein.

 

Mrs. Ina Harvey revisited

'I won't be seeing you again.' 

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To part quote Derek Abbott ‘There’s two things that bug me.’

He was talking about socks, I'm talking about tickets.

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DNA – THE LAST SECRET OF THE SOMERTON MAN MYSTERY.

This case is one of secrets upon secrets: names suppressed, names withheld for generations, police investigation inexplicably delayed, crucial evidence ignored, evidence tampered with, evidence withheld from public scrutiny, crucial fingerprinting not done, police investigation hampered, witnesses not called to give evidence, evidence as a whole not officially secured for over two months, witnesses suspected of being rehearsed, crucial evidence not acted upon, suspected false evidence submitted, inquest closed despite compelling new evidence, witnesses not interviewed in a timely manner, failure to enquire aircraft passenger arrivals of a passenger Keane prior to body being found, false images distributed to the press, failure of police to door-knock nearby Somerton Beach residences after body found, contradictory depositions submitted, false reporting allowed, incomplete analysis of evidence, contradictory depositions not questioned, early loss of crucial evidence and inadequate official reasons given for same, incomplete investigation of poisons as means of death, contradictory legal rulings, key witness not followed up for second interview, key witness not asked whereabouts prior to body being found, key witness’ de facto husband not questioned, his whereabouts immediately prior the body being found not known – and all of this in the middle of one of Australia’s best kept political secrets, the employment of dozens of Nazis in an Adelaide suburb within months of the end of WW2.*

The exhumation of the Somerton Man’s body was completed almost twelve months ago and an investigation into his DNA commenced almost immediately but no results have been made public.

Given the above perhaps they never will be.

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Fifty days to interpret the two words ‘Tamam Shud.’

The third instalment of a series of posts that show the influence Detective Sergeant Leane had on all aspects of the Somerton Man Investigation. Here we look at his removal of evidence from the Somerton Man's suitcase and the 50 day delay in translating the two words 'Tamam Shud.'

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TRAIN TICKET TO HENLEY BEACH

The second instalment of a series of posts that show the influence Detective Sergeant Leane had on all aspects of the Somerton Man Investigation. Here we look at his performance from the very beginning of his role as head of The Investigation Team and their apparent indifference to the importance of the only clue as to the Somerton Man’s movements 24 hours before he was found dead.

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Why has it taken over 70 years to question why the police didn’t use the Henley Beach train ticket to trace the Somerton Man’s movements?

The first instalment of a series of posts that show the influence Detective Sergeant Leane had on all aspects of the Somerton Man Investigation. Here we look at the anomalies surrounding the initial investigation and the evidential contradictions in the testimonies of PC Moss and his superior, Detective Sergeant Leane.

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THREE WOMEN AND THE SOMERTON MAN’S DNA.

Rachel Egan, her mother Roma and step-sister Kate Thomson.

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Detective Sergeant Lionel Leane –

An in depth look at his performance

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Police Constable John Moss –

An in depth look at his character.

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The Tamam Shud Do It Yourself Test

Take a piece of paper and cut it so it's the same size as the Tamam Shud slip.

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What we know about the Somerton Man, the Thomsons, the Egans and their DNA

“I was an accidental conception." Rachel Egan.

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The Disposition of Evidence in the Somerton Man Case.

Who had it and for how long.

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