The Somerton Man: Arguably The Creepiest Unexplained Murder Case In Australian History

The body of the Somerton Man
Image: Bletchley

It’s the case that’s stranger than fiction – and one that nobody’s any closer to breaking. A body on a beach in 1948; a cryptic notebook but no identification; rumors of Soviet spies in a quiet Australian seaside town. No wonder the mystery of the Somerton Man endures to this day.

It should have been routine – albeit grimly so – for Detective Sergeant Lionel Leane when a man’s body was found on the beach one morning. But there was nothing giving away the deceased’s identity, nor was it obvious how he died.

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