Somerton Man identified?

Researchers in Australia claim they have identified the Somerton Man, a very mysterious case of a John Doe who died of unknown causes on Somerton Beach south of Adelaide in 1948. It’s also known as the Tamam Shud case cause those words (Persian for something like “it is finished”) were written on a scrap of paper in his pocket.

They’re saying his name is Charles Webb, who went by Carl. He was an electrical engineer from Melbourne. Honestly I was expecting the Somerton Man to be have had a more interesting occupation than this.

Why Webb was sitting against the seawall on Somerton Beach, with a scrap of paper bearing Persian words in his pocket and all the labels on his clothes removed, and what he died of, remains a mystery.

The police have yet to confirm the ID, hence my question mark in the title of this blog post. It makes me nervous that they haven’t commented yet. I’ve been burned so many times.

Some articles from a variety of sources, both paywalled and not, pick your poison:

3 thoughts on “Somerton Man identified?

  1. Christie July 28, 2022 / 2:06 pm

    Yes, I was excited to read this- I hope it all pans out and he gets his name back.

  2. Sonya August 9, 2022 / 3:15 am

    I was excited to see he was (possibly) identified. I imagine he really is Carl Webb, though you never know, there might be a curve ball.

  3. Pamela August 11, 2022 / 11:09 pm

    I would be so curious to know how he ended up there, what he died from….such an enduring mystery.

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