Dossier of V.M. Straka

Compiled by J. W. Dominguez

Nov 2013

Santorini Man: The Straka Connection(s)

Since the book has been released, the interest level is obviously at an all-time high. I’ve received several emails and just want to urge you to be patient. I’ve been… it’s been a tough few years. It was time to get back into it a little.

I started this post a few years ago and have finally gotten around to completing it.

You don’t hear very much about Santorini Man anymore, which is surprising because its one of the most interesting and perplexing unexplained mysteries of the 20th century in my humble opinion.

On July 19, 1936, two swimmers reported a body that had washed up on Mesa Pigadia beach on the Greek island of Santorini. They reported their find to police, and the body was taken away in an official vehicle. According to interviews they later gave to an Athens newspaper, the dead man looked as if he had not been dead very long. He was of medium complexion, medium height, and medium weight, and had medium brown hair. He was wearing a gray suit, and also shoes. They looked in his pockets and found nothing except a page torn from a book, which they said was from a UK English edition of V. M. Straka’s The Black Nineteen. Their story caused a worldwide sensation but Greek officials were not forthcoming with any information.

In November 1936, a Swedish magazine published what it said was the report from Santorini Man’s autopsy. The report contained a blurry photo of the man’s face. Apparently the fingerprints were not taken, though it is doubtful they would’ve resulted in an identification because none of the fingerprints taken from any of the bodies that appeared later ever have. There were two references to the page from the Straka book, but one said it was p. 109-110 and another said it was p. 9-10. There was no determination about cause of death, which everyone thought was strange because the swimmers said the body looked like it was in perfectly good shape so how could it be anything other than drowning? No one has ever identified the man by his face, although hundreds of tips came in to the magazine and to a Santorini Man Society that had started up in London.