However, Nick’s hypothesis doesn’t explain why the unknown dead man wasn’t missed by anybody. In fact, the identity of the Somerton Man is the biggest mystery in this story. It just doesn’t make sense that a person whose photo was published in the press all around the world wasn’t recognized by anyone. Was the Somerton Man a spy from Eastern Europe? Was he a Nazi who fled from Europe after the Second World War? Was he a loner without anybody who missed him? Did he live as a woman in his ordinary life, looking completely different from the man on the photo?
The case of the Somerton man is undoubtedly a spectacular mystery. The Taman Shud cryptogram is only one of many exciting facets of this case, but it undoubtedly deserves a place among the most important unsolved cryptograms in the world.
Further reading: A German spy message from World War 2