In death, The Somerton Man remains a mystery. But what was he in life? A Russian spy? Was he a black market racketeer, a professional dancer on holiday, an estranged lover saying goodbye one last time, or perhaps a combination of all of the above? Tonight in our final episode on the mystery of The Somerton Man, we look at most of the major theories put forth, and until that day a breakthrough in the case comes to light, we say, Tamám Shud… It is finished.
“Please be advised that a search of these prints through the Identification Division of the FBI has failed to disclose any record. Sincerely Yours, John Edgar Hoover.”
— Excerpt from a January 1949 Letter to the Adelaide Police Commissioner obtained by Professor Abbott through the Freedom of Information Act regarding the Somerton Man’s Fingerprints.
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The website for the fantastic historical action novels of A. L. Sowards http://bit.ly/1WCcM7k
Professor Derek Abbott’s primary source material on the Somerton Man case http://bit.ly/1pOYPVf
Malcolm Gladwell’s article in the New Yorker on Kim Philby http://bit.ly/1uf1gAO
Kim Philby, British double agent, reveals all in secret video http://bbc.in/1V3bFw7
Thomas Boghardt’s article on the Cambridge 5 on spymuseum.org http://bit.ly/1rQC4Bo
The Cambridge 5 end up as “hopeless drunks” http://bbc.in/1Oz4vxS
Article on Cold War Australia, The Petrov Commission, and Operation VENONA http://bit.ly/1TmRJCI
Description of the roles of the GRU and the KGB as Soviet intelligence agencies http://bit.ly/1TeVnk7
Miliary Tuberculosis on Wiki, which may have caused some of Somerton Man’s symptoms http://bit.ly/1qsKbmu
Profits Over Patriotism: Black Market Crime in World War II Sydney by Timothy Blum http://bit.ly/1Xlttm7
The Grave of the Tamám Shud Man on Atlas Obscura http://bit.ly/1YxwQoL
The California Sunday Magazine article featuring Professor Abbott http://bit.ly/1JwbxhD
The South Australia Police Historical Society’s newsletter Hue and Cry – scroll down to see their blurb on TSM http://bit.ly/1TWKvEd
Christopher Andrew and the Strange Case of Roger Hollis on Quadrant Online http://bit.ly/1TWKvEd
Gordon Cramer’s Blog on the Tamam Shud Mystery featuring the technique of “Micro Writing” http://bit.ly/1NwhtMK
Nick Pelling’s blog on the Somerton Man – Note: his servers are being updated due to high traffic so check back if currently unavailable! http://bit.ly/1TYEh73
Pete Bowes’ blog on The Somerton Man http://bit.ly/1WC6PXw
Adelaide’s The Advertiser article examines Micro Writing and the code http://bit.ly/1TjSKvo
AV Club’s article on “Tamán Shud” http://avc.lu/22evm4L
ABC documentary on the case, Part 1 of 3 (click on other YouTube links to get parts 2 & 3 once finished) http://bit.ly/1Xw5kcR
Mike Dash’s article The Body on Somerton Beach on Smithsonian.com http://bit.ly/1xUb8kV
The UK’s Daily Mail article with a Somerton’s “Love Child” angle http://dailym.ai/24WjvtQ
Huffington Post – On the Trail of the Somerton Man http://huff.to/1ID8nqM
A little bit about the code and Abbott on Phys.org http://bit.ly/1KDq8qj
The New Yorker article on The Science of Ricin http://bit.ly/1qpOMWo
Could You Diagnose Ricin Poisoning? on MedPage Today http://bit.ly/1ThsX3A
The Sarin Gas Attack in Japan and the Related Forensic Investigation http://bit.ly/1YxFK5E
Acute Liver Failure Caused by Amanita phalloides Poisoning http://bit.ly/200iYDS
Australia’s Most Poisonous Plants on Australian Geographic http://bit.ly/1NwlJM8
“Lady Killers” article in The New Yorker by Emily Anthes http://bit.ly/1qpQx6b
Episode 036 – “The Somerton Man, Part 3: The Theories” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or “A.R.C.” for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.