Drunk Mysteries to investigate Tamam Shud case

After thousands of requests from listeners, law enforcement agencies around the world and the Australian government, the Drunk Mysteries team has finally decided to investigate the infamous Tamam Shud case.

The Tamam Shud case, also known as the Mystery of the Somerton Man, is an (until now) unsolved case of an unidentified man found dead at 6:30 am, 1 December 1948, on Somerton beach, Glenelg, just south of Adelaide, South Australia. It is named after the Persian phrase tamám shud, meaning "ended" or "finished", printed on a scrap of paper found months later in the front pocket of the man's trousers. The scrap had been torn from the final page of a copy of Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, authored by 12th-century poet Omar Khayyám. Tamam was misspelt as Taman in many early reports and this error has often been repeated, leading to confusion about the name in the media.

Join us next Wednesday as we release an episode that one Australian diplomat has called "The most important event in Australian history. Period."

Benjamin Potesky