"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Saturday, September 08, 2007

The last picture Kate McCann took of Madeleine - Photoshopped forgery ?

Thursday 6 Sep 2007, Timed at True High Noon - THE GREAT “LAST PHOTO” FORGERY - is a fascinating, lengthy, detailed and plausible post on the Mirror forums by Anon which examines this "the last photograph taken of Madeleine". UPDATE 14th September 2007 - every link to this original story is now inoperative. Curious.

"The family of missing Madeleine McCann have released the last known photograph of their daughter before her abduction in the Algarve three weeks ago.

Laughing in the sunshine and dangling her feet in the swimming pool, a carefree Madeleine McCann poses for a happy family snap just hours before she was abducted. Seven hours after the photograph was taken by her mother Kate at 2.29pm on May 3, Madeleine had been snatched from her bed in the holiday resort of Praia da Luz in Portugal."
This photograph it is explained on the official blog

"Kate took the photo of Madeleine at 2.29pm on May 3 - Mrs McCann's camera clock is one hour out so the display reads 1.29pm. Less than eight hours later, before 10pm that night, Madeleine disappeared."

The post actually uses a larger version of this photograph whose copyright is AP/Mrs McCann, which the author calls the "Kataweb /Repubblica version: http://www.repubblica.it/2006/05/gallerie/esteri/bimba-rapita/afp104564692505151527_big.jpg

There are many cropped versions on the web and this appears to be the largest image used by on line media.

The poster identifies some curious anomolies of shadow positions, sizes, locations / timing / and apparent photoshopping which you can best deal with by reading the details provided.

The theory adduced for the alleged photographic palimpsest is to establish a time and place for the last sighting of Madeleine which the poster claims is fraudulent, by image anipulation...they claim to have told the Police.

It is commonly assumed that Madeleine was last seen on May 3rd after having been fed. It appears that there is no substantial proof of this - and if she disappeared before that time a longer time span would be available for anyone to dispose of anything they wanted.

No doubt, however as the days pass, the disappearance of Madeleine will be resolved with greater clarity.

TIMING UPDATE - The News of the World in their edition today Sunday 9th September 2007 report .."The last time Madeleine was seen alive was by staff at the Ocean Club creche at 6pm."

Which, if true means that all this is bollocks.


Stiltskin said...

Maybe someone could analyse the image with this piece of software:


Anonymous said...

I have the code for this with comments - can't remember where I found it. Haven't even looked closely at it yet, it requires compiling. Has comments from the author.

If anyone here wants it I'll figure out how to post it

Anonymous said...

I've spent a lot of time working with images myself. If it is a Photoshop job it's a damn good one. The pool-light-reflection on her face would be *extremely* hard to get right

Shutter said...

There must be a lot of image analysis software out there and no doubt the POlice / SEcret SErvices etc., have the knowlegde and skill.

I have also seen a lot of software for detecting steganography, where encrypted files are inserted into .jpg .bmp files etc, also .mp3.

However to acheive decent effects it does require skill / manual dexterity / and a lot of time / patience.

The explanation provided did appear plausible - but maybe not practical.

What is interesting is the idea that a longer period for cleaning / moving things etc., would be available than anticipated.

Having made their move on both paretns hey must have some evidence (maybe unuseable in court) - mobile recordng / texts / e-mails / bugs in rooms and seek to force a confession - eg the deal that has apparently been made ... but isn't that soft cop tactic No 3 in the book ? Hard cop then bursts in and says your going down for a 20 stretch ...

(C) Very Seriously Disorganised Criminals 2002/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 - copy anything you wish