Proof! The ‘Last Photo’ is Fake

Why did it take weeks for the McCanns to share their last photo of Madeleine? Is the photo real?  It’s a question that’s been asked a lot over the last 10 years, prompting all sorts of theories about when and how, and if, it was taken – theories we’ve entertained as well.  And then we found this…

On August 2nd, 2007 [3 months after Madeleine disappeared] investigators showed up at 27 Rua das Flores – the McCanns’ new villa since leaving the Ocean Club’s Apt 5A on July 2nd – to conduct a search with the help of Eddie, a cadaver dog, and Keela, a dog that detects blood.  That search was videotaped.

Take a look at the clip that starts at 6:41.  The investigators are in the McCanns’ bedroom, at this point of the search, looking specifically at Kate’s side of the room.  A number of pictures of Madeleine are hung on the wall and displayed on a bedside table.  Now, look at time stamp 6:50.   What do you see?

In a black frame with a large cross and necklace draped over it, is the ‘last photo’ – well, actually – half of it.  Did Kate crop out her other daughter, Amelie, and husband, Gerry?  Seems kinda cold, but Ok, if this is a Madeleine shrine, it’s possible.  Let’s look closer.  Here’s the photo the McCanns presented to the world as the last photo of their ‘abducted’ daughter…

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I tried to crop this image myself to get the same amount of empty space that’s seen to Madeleine’s right, and quickly realized, it’s impossible.

The only way to completely remove Amelie’s and Gerry’s arms is to crop closer to Madeleine’s right arm, which then cuts off her right leg in the photo.  But, that’s not what we see in Kate’s framed image on the bedside table.

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Taking it one step further, focus in on the space between Amelie’s arm and her body – what’s the source of the white/black line?

Looking at an image of the kid’s pool, there’s no border or design along the outer rim that matches what we see in that space.


If this picture is indeed ‘doctored’, and it certainly seems we now have the proof, the next question for the McCanns, of course, is… why?

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6 thoughts on “Proof! The ‘Last Photo’ is Fake

  1. Hi I am also intriqued by this photo, and in my opinion isomeone has used photoshop to fiqure this photo of the three of them together..- The day it was supposedly taken looks sunny on the photo.. The actual day itself was cloudy and cool.. Also the wall behind her head is a different height to the single shot..and with all the anomalies mentioned.. My opinion is ‘ Bad photoshop’/


  2. Apparently the majority view [if I am reading the forums right] is that the “last photo” is the original and Kate edited Madeleine out of it to form the bedside photo. It’s actually the other way round, as we’ve demonstrated here. Ironic, though, that forums devoted to this case for years have recycled the same mumbo jumbo and thus many people on them take those first assessments as gospel. Hard to fill a cup that’s already full, in some cases.


  3. There are some anomalies. Maddie alone her sun hat does not dip as low on the shoulder as family group. Background on Maddie alone is darker. Looking at her left hand side there is a semi circle of emptiness where the family elbows were but it looks as though the semi circle is overlaid covering up her right arm. In Maddie alone her body looks more compressed as if she wasn’t as tall as family shot!


  4. I saw one writer – a Dutch guy I think – thought the shadow with the small bulge in it between Amelie and Gerry [on Gerry’s side] looked odd. Is it supposed to be a shadow of Amelie’s hat or something else?
    The shadow of Gerry’s head on his own shirt also seems odd, especially if shadows – look at sun on right side of Gerry’s face – should also be forming somewhat right to left [or is it left to right]. Personally the shadow area is a difficult one because sometimes even in real life, shadows look odd for whatever reason. It can be a case of looking to deep into the abyss that the abyss starts looking at you. Did you know in the tennis photo Madeleine is wearing Amelie’s hat? That just seems weird to me. Firstly because it’s not a sunny day and secondly because it’s not her hat.

    I think another thing to remember – if the McCanns purposefully wanted to reverse engineer this image [a composite of 3 figures at a pool from 1], it could not have been that difficult to shoot Gerry and Amelie at the pool in the 60 day period after Madeleine’s disappearance that the McCanns continued to stay in the Ocean Club [at 4G]. All they had to do was find the appropriate position at the pool, and similar light and time of day. Of course getting close and getting it perfect are two totally different ball games, and ultimately, I dare say it wasn’t close enough.


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