Tamam Shud case

1903 - 1948

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The Tamám Shud case, also known as the Mystery of the Somerton Man, is an unsolved case of an unidentified man found dead in 1948 on the Somerton Park beach, just south of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. The case is named after the Persian phrase tamám shud, meaning "is over" or "is finished", which was printed on a scrap of paper found months later in the fob pocket of the man's trousers. The scrap had been torn from the final page of a copy of Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám, authored by 12th century poet Omar Khayyám. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tamam Shud case has received more than 2,849,637 page views. Her biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. Tamam Shud case is the 23rd most popular mafioso (down from 20th in 2019), the 27th most popular biography from Australia (down from 25th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Australian Mafioso.

The case of the Tamam Shud case is most famous for the discovery of a copy of a poem, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The poem was found in the pocket of a man who was found dead on December 1, 1948.

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Among mafiosos, Tamam Shud case ranks 23 out of 54Before her are Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Ned Kelly, John Gotti, Mark David Chapman, Velupillai Prabhakaran, and Ta Mok. After her are Vito Genovese, Khun Sa, Salvatore Giuliano, Griselda Blanco, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, and Sundance Kid.

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Among people born in 1903, Tamam Shud case ranks 57Before her are Claudette Colbert, Irving Stone, Hugo Theorell, George Beadle, John Eccles, and Alonzo Church. After her are Raymond Radiguet, Ernest Walton, Giulio Natta, Prince Charles, Count of Flanders, Waldemar Hoven, and Louis Leakey. Among people deceased in 1948, Tamam Shud case ranks 37Before her are Iwane Matsui, Hugo Boss, Umberto Giordano, Emil Ludwig, Yoshiko Kawashima, and Uzeyir Hajibeyov. After her are Arshile Gorky, Otto Rasch, Feng Yuxiang, Kantarō Suzuki, Waldemar Hoven, and Wolfram Sievers.

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In Australia

Among people born in Australia, Tamam Shud case ranks 27 out of 790Before her are V. Gordon Childe (1892), Margot Robbie (1990), P. L. Travers (1899), John Eccles (1903), Peter Weir (1944), and Robin Warren (1937). After her are Joan Sutherland (1926), Elizabeth Blackburn (1948), Howard Florey (1898), Kylie Minogue (1968), Lisa Gerrard (1961), and John Cornforth (1917).

Among MAFIOSOS In Australia

Among mafiosos born in Australia, Tamam Shud case ranks 2Before her are Ned Kelly (1855).