Nathan Knows Nothing
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The Mystery of the Somerton Man

Who's body was found on the shores of Adelaide?

Episode Notes

During an evening stroll at the tail end of November in 1948, a couple walking along Somerton beach in South Australia noticed a man laying on the ground with his back leaned against a seawall. Our first episode in what I plan to be a two-parter will focus mostly (though not completely) on what direct witnesses of the man stated during a Coronial Inquest some months after his discovery. From common passersby to medical examiners and police officers, they gave their testimonies, and the details from these reports arose the building blocks of a mystery that hasn't been solved some 70+ years later. I hope you enjoy the episode, if you wish to reach out, the email address for the show is Thanks for stopping by!


The Body on Somerton Beach | History| Smithsonian Magazine

Final report 2009: Who killed the Somerton man?

Medical Examiners and Coroners' Offices, 2004 | Bureau of Justice Statistics

Critical design review 2009: Who killed the Somerton man?

List of people connected to the Taman Shud Case

The Tamam Shud Case Coronial Inquest

Tamam Shud case - Wikipedia

List of people connected to the Taman Shud Case

Somerton Man Mystery: Elephant and Castle Hotel | Adelaide City Explorer

Timeline of the Taman Shud Case

06 Nov 1948 - Big air pageant here - Trove

11 Apr 1949 - "Unparalleled Mystery" Of Somerton Body Case - Trove

25 Jul 1949 - New Clue In Somerton Body Mystery - Trove

26 Jul 1949 - Police Test Book For Somerton Body Clue - Trove