The Mysterious Death Of The Somerton Man Revisited

In the season finale and 100th episode of BuzzFeed Unsolved, Ryan and Shane revisit the show’s first ever mystery.
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  1. BuzzFeed Unsolved Network

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    • Andrewkin 15

      Andrewkin 15

      4 ay əvvəl

      What if he just fell asleep, wanting to take a nice nap on the beach some sand or water got in mouth and that’s it #shaneiac

    • Luigifandroid


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      R.I.P Bret

    • S t o l e n ;-;

      S t o l e n ;-;

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  2. Gumiho Mochi

    Gumiho Mochi

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    This case seems very similar to the Isdal woman’s case, I wonder if there are a lot more similar cases like these and if there are then it really makes me think that the victims were all spies or at least had some connections to spies🤔

  3. saher siddiqui

    saher siddiqui

    6 saat əvvəl

    Is he linked to the isdal woman??? I mean she was a spy too and the tags of her clothes were removed and no one identified her

  4. Joshua Lee

    Joshua Lee

    7 saat əvvəl

    They seriously need to cover Marilyn Monroe's death. Even though it was listed as suicide, there's so many plot holes and unanswered questions regarding it. It's a very mysterious case.

  5. Joe Dodson

    Joe Dodson

    11 saat əvvəl

    Alfred boxall

  6. Hayden Longwell

    Hayden Longwell

    15 saat əvvəl

    Very similar to the Isdal woman..

  7. Xx•Arctic-wolfie•xX


    16 saat əvvəl

    Lol, the way Ryan says Australia doesn’t sound anything like what actual Australians say.

  8. Albxrt


    18 saat əvvəl

    omg this came out on my birthday im so speacial hehe :D

  9. Darren Ashley

    Darren Ashley

    Gün əvvəl

    Finger prints of babies are taken at birth. FAULS yes in America SOME are taken, the finger print ridges on a new born are so fine that it would be impossible to take them all. Here in Australia it is deemed unethical due to the outrage it would cause but we take DNA and yes I can hear the question ticking over in your heads lol .....I just remembered I dated a girl in high school with the last name Day and I do remember the story (sort of) and she lived around Somerton Park, I'm an old man now and my memory is a bit fuzzy

  10. victor davidson

    victor davidson

    Gün əvvəl

    I think they swapped numbers after meeting

  11. Huda Akasha

    Huda Akasha

    Gün əvvəl

    taman shud sorta could also "I'm finished" or "i'm done." or alternatively "it's done" or "it's finished." I'm only part persian and I grew up in Canada so my farsi is kinda eh. But I'm pretty sure it could mean that.

  12. Attic Blood

    Attic Blood

    Gün əvvəl

    I mean if they can link that man to being the other man’s father, The great granddaughter would only have to put her DNA onto like ancestry or something and find out where he came from right?

  13. The history buff

    The history buff

    Gün əvvəl

    they take your fingerprint when you get arrested or if you are joining a certain job field like if you became a police officer

  14. 07


    2 gün əvvəl

    So his dad is a dentist and his mom is An alien?

  15. soup soup

    soup soup

    3 gün əvvəl

    new drinking game, watch this episode and drink every time ryan says “the Tamám Shud”

  16. Jerico Redulla

    Jerico Redulla

    3 gün əvvəl

    Is no one going to ask why or how robin thomson died?

  17. DizzyUG 2113

    DizzyUG 2113

    3 gün əvvəl

    You know what? I give some major props to Brent's Ghost for coming in and doing that bit. It's just perfect and I laugh every time. Thank you Brent's Ghost.

  18. Edwin Taygon

    Edwin Taygon

    3 gün əvvəl

    20:14 Shane: "You know, I don't walk up to everyone and inspect their mouth like a horse." Ryan: "That's what my dad does." Shane's statement alone is hilarious but if you don't know that Ryan's dad is a dentist this would probably be equally funny and horrifying at the same time

  19. John Smith

    John Smith

    3 gün əvvəl

    It makes sense that alfred boxall would have his own copy of the book. It must be the cipher to the code

  20. Juan Julio Jesus Jiminez

    Juan Julio Jesus Jiminez

    3 gün əvvəl

    Jessie knew

  21. Chanudi Soysa

    Chanudi Soysa

    4 gün əvvəl

    maybe she gave the guy her number because she thought he was cute, like maybe they met on the street and he asked for her number and then she wrote it down on the book cause he didn't have anything else to write with him at the time?, so the reason she was so shocked was because she was waiting for his call??? edit: I wrote this before I watched the rest of it lol. also is abbott??? is he in any way related to tony abbott????

  22. Lol No

    Lol No

    4 gün əvvəl

    Unsolved is so much better with Shane and Ryan, best due they could have had, more chemistry in personalities, very entertaining to watch and just make you acc look forward to the episodes

  23. Jericho Orias

    Jericho Orias

    4 gün əvvəl

    The somerton man looks cute.he looks like that train from Thomas engine and that youtuber username that rants about fake tell my stories video.

  24. Misheel Tumurkhuu

    Misheel Tumurkhuu

    5 gün əvvəl

    What if jo didn’t know that guy was a spy and that the guy didn’t know jo was a spy until they found out but jo thought that guy didnt know she was a spy and that guy thought she didn’t know he was a spy so they tried to kill each other before any other spy’s did that’s why jo ended up killing him

  25. thefierydeath


    5 gün əvvəl

    Who's gonna tell the guys that the Rubaiyat is a piece of classical literature that a bunch of people have read?

  26. TK-0666


    6 gün əvvəl

    0:45 (mystery man) This m'fer

  27. TK-0666


    6 gün əvvəl

    Ryan looks like he just got out of bed as he woke up late and had no time to eat and fix his hair and show up at buzzfeed at time

  28. Bumm1n


    6 gün əvvəl

    brent died??? i thought he just left, what happened?

  29. Amber Lee

    Amber Lee

    6 gün əvvəl

    why does shane give me such sheldon cooper vibes-

  30. Siobhan


    6 gün əvvəl

    Idk if they ever figure this out but you are not fingerprinted as a baby! As I understand it most fingerprint databases consist of criminals, government workers, and some employees that work with vulnerable populations.

  31. NineTiNine 9•T•9

    NineTiNine 9•T•9

    6 gün əvvəl

    Brent at the background probably just staring at 0:45 to make sure the duo doesn't accidentally solve it and the whole show finna be targeted

  32. nyxitsnight


    6 gün əvvəl

    This oddly reminds me of the Isdal woman...

  33. hansonel


    6 gün əvvəl

    "You think he's an alien spy- that's one of your theories?!" "What do you want from me? Ohhh! Yahoo!"

  34. Kevin Jabroni

    Kevin Jabroni

    6 gün əvvəl

    Why do they only ever scream or whisper? I can’t do it.

  35. Hopezz


    6 gün əvvəl

    how did i just notice that with some murder cases like the axeman they can check the finger prints and i know that the axeman was probably a demon or did they already check it but found nothing?

  36. Tessa Boubion

    Tessa Boubion

    6 gün əvvəl

    *Shane never answered when Ryan asked if he was an animaltronic*

  37. Jake Miller

    Jake Miller

    7 gün əvvəl

    Another problem with Jo Thompson is that I would imagine some kind of trained Russian operative would have enough fortitude to not faint when confronted with a bust of the dude she helped murder, dispose of, etc.

  38. Ma. Angela Audriana Javier

    Ma. Angela Audriana Javier

    7 gün əvvəl

    ryan look like he stayed up til 1 am sobbing at the paper and woke up at 1 to be at his 8 pm and didnt shower

  39. skywalkerchick


    7 gün əvvəl

    Wait wait wait so Jo’s daughter and Jo’s grandson-in-law both have popular but conflicting theories about her and the Somerton Man? Boy, those family reunions must be intense

  40. jan kent

    jan kent

    7 gün əvvəl

    Maybe this has already been asked but who is the guy sitting behind Shane at 00.46?

  41. Rookie H

    Rookie H

    7 gün əvvəl


  42. Tui Siko

    Tui Siko

    7 gün əvvəl




    8 gün əvvəl

    Exhume the body, take some dna and run it through 23 and me or something.

  44. KJ Exclusive

    KJ Exclusive

    8 gün əvvəl

    0:45 nice trick

  45. AT Mocha

    AT Mocha

    8 gün əvvəl

    22:05 I really through the was gonna say “It’s been over 71 years since 2 pretty best friends” 😳😃

  46. Jessica M

    Jessica M

    9 gün əvvəl

    I picked up a flat iron wrong when trying to straighten my hair and I burnt off my finger prints on two fingers. It took months for them to completely heal and grow back, but that pain was undescribable besides the obvious burn sense.

  47. Camurto


    9 gün əvvəl

    Im australian and... *WHAT THE HELL IS A PASTY??*

  48. Mybyl Zyrin Perez

    Mybyl Zyrin Perez

    10 gün əvvəl

    love u

  49. Unwritten_Zephyr


    10 gün əvvəl

    “Oh you’re just reading it aloud? Alright, we blew it.”

  50. Eddie


    10 gün əvvəl

    ryan has the most interesting parents lol. and that damn mannequin outside the door creep me out

  51. Kudzaishe Wellington Mubayiwa

    Kudzaishe Wellington Mubayiwa

    10 gün əvvəl

    Sounds like a job for Sherlock Holmes.... reminds me alot of that guy they found on the shores of the Thames

  52. Louise Belcher

    Louise Belcher

    10 gün əvvəl

    08:20 To an short circuits 😳

  53. Stone


    10 gün əvvəl

    Nurse was sent there as a spy, but only for information. Then, mother russia tells her to kill someone. She accepts, but is traumatized by the situation. When showed the face of the man she killed, she fainted.

  54. Van Mejia

    Van Mejia

    11 gün əvvəl

    The video is very amazing and very action

  55. Audianna Silva

    Audianna Silva

    11 gün əvvəl

    Why can't they just exhume the Somerton man and do a DNA test?

  56. Clayton Catlin

    Clayton Catlin

    12 gün əvvəl

    I just saw the thumbnail, and the guy looks like a famous actor. I forget his name though...

  57. No Lights

    No Lights

    12 gün əvvəl

    If the back of the Rubaiyat was a code, then it would have been a secret kind of code, from the spy theory.

  58. Wyatt Shiverdecker

    Wyatt Shiverdecker

    12 gün əvvəl

    What happened to Brent?

  59. Sara Aljunied

    Sara Aljunied

    12 gün əvvəl

    But if the man was actually murdered, then why would the murderer leave his body on an open beach?

  60. LESTR97


    12 gün əvvəl

    They don’t take your fingerprints unless you’re arrested

  61. Alice Sonlaw

    Alice Sonlaw

    12 gün əvvəl

    They don't do fingerprints for babies lmao

  62. Julia Richards

    Julia Richards

    13 gün əvvəl

    I would like to have the Zodiac Killer case revisited since there has been another suspect with evidence that has appeared recently.

  63. liliana


    13 gün əvvəl

    That Thomson chick is super sus she has something to do it with it

  64. Christina Estes

    Christina Estes

    13 gün əvvəl

    In these cases where it is not known who the person is, you'd think like 200 years later...if there is no death cert for a live birth cert...he may be one of those.

  65. Erin Haddon

    Erin Haddon

    13 gün əvvəl


  66. Gamer xd

    Gamer xd

    13 gün əvvəl

    I'm just waiting for the day that they accidentally solve a case

  67. Rookie H

    Rookie H

    14 gün əvvəl

    Shane: "Thhhhhhhhhhhhorough."

  68. Dani


    14 gün əvvəl

    Ryans mom is probably a spy too

  69. Alexa Pagan

    Alexa Pagan

    14 gün əvvəl

    are we just not gonna say anything about Brent just in the background.. ? 0:45

  70. Frgmnt


    14 gün əvvəl


  71. Clayton Catlin

    Clayton Catlin

    14 gün əvvəl

    Also, according to an article that I just read... “Tamam Shud” means, “Finished”. Sounds like a professional hitman or woman (in this case) got to him.

  72. Clayton Catlin

    Clayton Catlin

    14 gün əvvəl

    Cover Holly Clark. I mean, nobody knows why they found her body at the waterfront, and missing a leg. This happened this year too...

  73. Mariah Hughes

    Mariah Hughes

    15 gün əvvəl

    So......ummm......are we not going to talk about Ryan saying "Brent was still alive" and Brent in the background being creepy as HELL?!! No, we're not?........ok then.

  74. Aileen Laude

    Aileen Laude

    15 gün əvvəl

    Um who's behind Shane at 00:45? Is that Brent?

  75. Jane Wick

    Jane Wick

    15 gün əvvəl

    Is Brenr still alive 😯

  76. Maddie


    15 gün əvvəl

    I'm rewatching the video and it just hit me, I'm missing the teeth that they mention in the video but parents aren't my mom actually had like a extra set am I adopted😅😬

  77. Maddy B

    Maddy B

    15 gün əvvəl

    OK so... Maybe both the romantic relationship and Russian spy thing are linked. If you think about it, he could have dated her and figured out who she was resulting in her killing him, but they had already had a child. So he was the father, but he knew too much. So the time she saw the face and about fainted was the realization that they were on to her and she left too much evidence. Does this sound about right?

    • Maddy B

      Maddy B

      15 gün əvvəl

      Or they both could have been spies?

  78. b r y a n

    b r y a n

    15 gün əvvəl

    did no one see the man in the background in the start

  79. Patricia_ Webb

    Patricia_ Webb

    16 gün əvvəl

    Who is that guy in the back at 0:45

  80. Kuya Wil

    Kuya Wil

    16 gün əvvəl

    When will they remove the mannequin?

  81. Daddy Williams

    Daddy Williams

    16 gün əvvəl

    any aussies here?

  82. Fabo Andolini

    Fabo Andolini

    16 gün əvvəl

    4:30 got some bad news Shane, im from the late year of 2020 and you end up finally getting out of that chair so you can maintain a safe 6 feet social distance from Ryan on a tree stump outside😊

  83. mattie !

    mattie !

    16 gün əvvəl

    I wonder if the code isn’t breakable in English, but in another language. Maybe Persian?

  84. Ari33sa


    16 gün əvvəl

    "I love the way how he doesn't blink" -Shane says without blinking.

  85. Ahtina Aek

    Ahtina Aek

    16 gün əvvəl

    Did Ryan just say baby like Shane and I? Absolutely fantastic

  86. harvest the nugg

    harvest the nugg

    16 gün əvvəl

    Creepy part is I tried cracking the code and one of my solutions was "ABBOTT"

  87. The Wild Bunches

    The Wild Bunches

    16 gün əvvəl

    Strangely, the picture of the somerton man they used ( if its the real pic of him idk ) seems familiar. Like I should know who he is but I can't really remember or know why. It's really weird cause I didn't exist till the 20 :/

  88. r e b e c c a y r a u s q u i n

    r e b e c c a y r a u s q u i n

    17 gün əvvəl

    8:19 Is it me or is this moment when Ryan is talking sound like the Mothman.

  89. Jeremy Green

    Jeremy Green

    17 gün əvvəl

    Ryan basically describes spy Shane as inspector gadget.

  90. Siri Alexa

    Siri Alexa

    17 gün əvvəl

    This case is almost exactly like the Isdal woman. The codes, the luggage found with clothes with labels removed. I am just saying. Maybe this is a common way to take out a spy.

  91. almond obsessed.

    almond obsessed.

    17 gün əvvəl

    i know i’m late but my theory is that they were all involved in some type of occult business, and something the figures in the cult used in their worshipping were certain parts of the book. he might have done some type of sacrilegious thing against the rules of the cult, or told outsiders about it, and Jo Thompson was apart of the cult, and was given the mission of ‘ridding’ of the poor dude. and the message would be like a reminder of what he did wrong to outsiders, even if they wouldn’t understand the hidden meaning. but the insiders of the cult would all the the warning/example in the newspaper so like,, ya.

    • almond obsessed.

      almond obsessed.

      17 gün əvvəl

      also, jo might’ve met the somerton guy and told him about the cult, but he didn’t want to be in it, so like,,, they had to confirm his silence idk

  92. Luka Musson

    Luka Musson

    17 gün əvvəl

    what happened to brent

  93. ji ry

    ji ry

    17 gün əvvəl

    there is a song called "somerton beach" by jerkcurb about this case and it is magical 😌 (saw the chance to plug an artist i love lol)

  94. Wen Sydney

    Wen Sydney

    17 gün əvvəl

    My two fav

  95. akaTqken


    18 gün əvvəl

    theory: the man washed up on shore from like brazil or somewhere

    • Britta


      15 gün əvvəl

      Pacific ocean is too big for a body to survive a journey like that

  96. fatman no fallout

    fatman no fallout

    18 gün əvvəl

    i think the code was to her and he threw the book in the back of the car as a last ditch effort to give her a secret code

  97. Pumpkin Pie Motherfricker

    Pumpkin Pie Motherfricker

    18 gün əvvəl

    0:46 who the hell is that?!

  98. Arbiter


    18 gün əvvəl

    He was intelligence officer

  99. Roxana Diaz

    Roxana Diaz

    18 gün əvvəl

    This case reminds me of the isdal woman

  100. Shelby Rainwater

    Shelby Rainwater

    18 gün əvvəl

    Honestly i would /LOVE/ if they went through all the ones before shane joined