|Unidentified Somerton Man|
The man was believed to be British--at the very least, not an Australian native. He was in peak physical condition with many traits that pointed to his being either a dancer or an avid runner. (Given that this was 1948, the latter is more likely.)
He had no identification on him, and only a negligible amount of money. Based on eyewitness reports and autopsy findings, it was believed that he was poisoned, though no trace of whatever was used could be detected in his blood.
The only other thing found on the body was a torn scrap of paper with the words "taman shud" and a phone number on it. This paper was found in a secret pocket of the man's clothes. Eventually it was discovered that the page was from a book of poems called The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The book the scrap was torn from was discovered in a car that was parked not far from where the body was found. The owner of the car had never seen the book before and didn't know how it got in his car. Police believed the killer tossed the book in the unlocked car to get rid of it.
To this day, the man's identity has never been confirmed, nor his presence on the beach explained. In the years leading into the Cold War, many believed him to be a spy, and evidence was actually supportive of the theory, though that still didn't explain his murder or all the oddities in the case.
The case of the Somerton man remains open. No one has ever discovered what the significance of "taman shud" was.
What do you think the explanation for this case is?