Six Questions with Pete Bowes: Investigative Researcher of the Somerton Man and Writer
Since being introduced to the mystifying case of the Somerton Man, Pete Bowes has ardently worked on amassing as much information as he can find on the matter. He passionately seeks answers to the most elusive questions concerning the puzzling death of the unidentified man found in 1948 on Somerton Beach. It is this type of determination that keeps the mystery active; and Pete’s dedication may bring a vital clue to the surface. One never knows if it just might be the one to break the case!
Pete’s knowledge and enthusiasm on the circumstances also offers a fresh and lively atmosphere for anyone to pursue the trail. I have been interested in the case myself for many years, and have often visited his site for any possible updates. I decided I should ask him Six Questions and I was so happy he gave me the following wonderful opportunity! Enjoy!
- 1Q) The Somerton Man’s case is filled with captivating mystery. Anyone who reads the circumstances surrounding this unidentified man’s death are sure to become intrigued. When did you become hooked by this case’s numerous unanswered questions and what interested you most about it at this time?
I read an article in the Sydney Morning Herald about three years ago. ‘Dead man on a busy beach, big calves, big thighs, curled in toes, no hat, no ID’ a small slip of paper in his pocket, a message in Persian – after a lifetime of John le Carre I jumped to the immediate conclusion that any hatless man, in a time when all men wore them, was involved in espionage. Then there was the code. I swallowed it all and started writing the same day.
- 2Q) The case consists of many entwining paths to investigate. They seem to lead and end with more questions than answers, however. This makes finding any conclusive explanation seem unlikely and sometimes frustrating. I admire your dedication; it is commendable. What do you feel keeps your interest?
It’s a grand puzzle. A massive jigsaw of facts that have never be joined into a lucid train of thought.
- 3Q) Do you have a most likely theory why the Somerton was killed or who he was? And would you be willing to share some of it? Or are you an organizer of facts and refrain from speculation; if that’s possible? 🙂
I’ve given up on the theories for now and am collecting all the known dates and events – That means going through every blog I can find looking for pearls, something that can be authenticated. I have a database that can be queried on just about everything connected to the case.
- 4Q) Much has been talked about the possible ‘code’ written ever so slight and noticed in the copy of the book of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam linked to the man. Do you feel this code will ever be broken or what do you feel these last markings of a dead man might have represented or reveal?
The code looks impossible, but only because most people think it’s a message. I think it’s a ruminative list, done five times.
- 5Q) From thoroughly going over all the information known about the case, what would you say is the most misunderstood piece of information?
Gerry Feltus’ book The Unknown Man. He has played a very cautious hand in writing it.
- 6Q) Since delving deep into the Somerton Man case, and seemingly enjoying the challenge of solving a mystery, have you become involved in any others? If so, what are they?
No Jenny, this will be the only one.
Thanks for your answers, Pete! But especially thanks for your continued efforts in keeping facts and possibilities on who this man may have been; how he may have died; what he might have been involved in; why he had left so few clues to his life, and all other questions which remain unanswered! It certainly is a thrilling case with so many interesting directions to go in and your participation in the quest is valuable!
More of Pete’s fantastic writings and work can be found by visiting his websites: