Taman Shud Case, Who Was That Somerton Man?

Indeed, indeed, Repentance oft before. 
I swore–but was I sober when I swore?
And then and then came Spring, and Rose-in-hand. 
My thread-bare Penitence a-pieces tore.

The Rubaiyat – Ommar Khayam

December 1, 1948. The Somerton Beach, Adelaide, Australia. 

It was 06.30 in the morning at the peaceful Somerton Beach when J Lyons found an unknown man sprawled lifeless. This case is known as Taman Shud case (or sometimes Tamam Shud).

The Anonymous Corpse
On November 30, 1948, A couple named O’Neill and Strapps were walking throughout the Beach when they realized a man was lying near the breakwater wall. They assumed the man was presumably sleeping  or drunk. Due to the man’s condition she realized something is wrong with him

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Did SS Jesmond Truly Discovered Atlantis?

“Let me begin by observing first of all, that nine thousand was
the sum of years which had elapsed since the war which was
said to have taken place between those who dwelt outside the
Pillars of Heracles and all who dwelt within them; this war I
am going to describe. Of the combatants on the one side, the
city of Athens was reported to have been the leader and to
have fought out the war; the combatants on the other side
were commanded by the kings of Atlantis, which, as I was saying, was an island greater in extent than Libya and Asia; and when afterwards sunk by an earthquake, became an impassable barrier of mud to voyagers sailing from hence to any part of the ocean.” (Critias)

Nobody knows precisely where Atlantis is. Or you may say nobody knows the REAL existence of Atlantis yet people keep on wondering. guessing, conjecturing, even in the end they could put up a fight. Skepticism says;

“Oh, sort of a superstition.”
“Don’t be ridiculous! You could actually believes a mere bollox?”
“Nah, it’s just Plato’s sincere whimsey, somewhat tantamount to Stephanie Meyer after all.” 
“Well, do you think that an Island could actually drowned in just one fucking night? I don’t think so.”

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The Mysterious Isdal Woman

Aka “The Isdal Woman”. I think this incident is not as famous as other mysterious death cases.

It was normal day on November 24 1970 at the foothills of Mount Ulriken’s north face, in an area known as the Isdalen Valley in Bergen, Norway. Nothing seems odd today, a 26 years old local man was hiking in the following area when abruptly he saw a women was dressed elegantly–well it’s pretty inappropriate outfit for hiking. The women has a foreign face, presumably she was not from around here, and she looked so frightened; as if she’s asking for some help toward the man. Thenceforth, he saw two foreign-face black-coated men were following her  (or maybe preceded her), as tough she was she was some kind of criminal. And then the man just passed them bewilderingly.

Five days later after that occurrence, precisely on November 29 1970, approximately at 13.15, a University professor was hiking in the same area with his two daughters when the same man was hiking in the same area, when staggeringly he found a naked woman body was sprawled lifeless hidden among some rocks. He also found a dozen of pink sleeping pills, a packed lunch, an empty quart liquor bottle and two plastic bottles that smelled gasoline. Consequently he apprised the locals nearby, the previous 26 years old man agnized her thus he immediately contacted the police.

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The Mysterious SS Ourang Medan

I read about this story for the first time in my favorite blog about mysteries called enigma. The reason why this story attracts me is because the Ship name is “SS Ourang Medan” while Medan is a name of a City in Sumatra Island, Indonesia, my country.

This incident was first published by the United States Coast Guard in the Proceedings of the Merchant Council, in May 1952 issue. Due to the insufficient number of witnesses, there are no other media that published or publicized about this incident, which is why many people didn’t believe about this incident.


Well, it was a perfect weather for a voyage in February 1948. The ocean wave was peaceful and serene. There were several vessels traversing the trade routes of the Straits of Malacca. That serenity was suddenly crooked by a series of SOS distress signal from an unknown ship. Evidently that SOS Signal was from a Dutch Cargo Ship called SS Ourang Medan. There were only two vessels that received the SOS signals from the Radio, those are City of Baltimore and The Silver Star. The crews’s screaming and shrieking panic was heard on the radio, makes whoever heard it creeps the shit out.

“All officers including Captain are dead, lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.” 

The other vessels could receive the signal, but only The Silver Star that could determined the exact coordinate location of the SS Ourang Medan, hence the Silver Star captain instructed his crew by sending a group of man to see what’s going on and rescue if there any survivor. They haven’t arrived to their destination whilst suddenly the previous communication from the radio was followed by a indecipherable Morse code, then a final grim message;

“I die.”

This vague yet eerie declaration was followed by a tomb-like silence.

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