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.

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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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10 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’/

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  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.

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  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!

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  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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  5. The argument is built on the presumption that the photo of Madeleine shown in the video and the image of Madeleine in the “last photo” are one and the same. Compare the two, concentrating on Madeleine’s hair. I don’t think they’re from the same photo. I’m not suggesting the “last photo” is authentic – the circumstances of its “revealing” is hinky all by itself – but it appears the video captured a different pic, albeit from the same photo session as the one that produced the image of Madeleine in the “last photo.”

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  6. I think you should take a little time to consider what you’re suggesting, and perhaps take a little time to consider whether the suggestion makes sense or is even logical. So you have one photo that is almost a carbon copy of another. But it might not be the same because…perhaps the photographer shot 20 frames in a few seconds? You’re obviously not a photographer and not thinking this through.

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  7. You didn’t address my point – that the photos don’t appear to match in the details. “You’re obviously not a photographer” – so what?!? Neither were the McCanns. I came to this blog page because you’ve obviously given this photo a lot of thought. So help me understand your point by resort to particulars.

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  8. I don’t think it’s a case of so what. Photographer’s know how to manipulate photos and can recognise it even when they appear invisible to everyone else as well. If you’re not a photographer you’re hardly an expert on it. I am a photographer. I do photographic work regularly for magazines. That means I do a lot of editing as part of my job and ordinarily pay attention to images.

    Now let me address your point. If you look at the last photo and compare it to the screengrab, and you close your eyes slightly and blur your eyes, both images are for all intents and purposes a match. The screengrab is of a framed photo on a one dimensional plane turned slightly away from the viewer, which gives a little distortion to the perspective of the viewer. Making allowances for this, they’re broadly a match and if you look carefully, they’re a match in terms of the various minutiae of the image itself. Certain areas line up exactly as they do in both images.

    I’d like to challenge you to try to recreate the same thing with an animal or a child. Have them in an outdoor setting and try to take two identical images. The catch is they need to be moving slightly [smiling, barking] while you’re taking the photo.

    Since the screengrab is fuzzy it opens the door to a little doubt and uncertainty, and you’re perfectly entitled to fill that uncertainty by saying it’s a completely different photo. So you’re saying it’s a completely different photo but in precisely the same setting, at the same time, and that is a theory that makes complete sense.

    But what does that mean?

    Broadly: There’s a little girl, with a particular expression, wearing particular clothes, with her hands and face orientated in a particular way, all within a particular setting. What you seem to be missing is when amateurs take photos on holiday, they don’t tend to produce identical photos. In fact it’s very hard to produce identical photos unless you’re shooting a still life or a landscape. Few photos of people ever are identical, even when multiple frames are shot in a few seconds, and especially where children are involved.

    So to make the argument that it simply happens to be another photo that happens to look approximately the same is not only unscientific, it’s asinine. Even if you imagine Kate McCann shooting 5 or 10 images in rapid fire, it would still not produce an identical image, unless Madeleine was sitting perfectly still. Was she? She was in mid-smile and looking away from the photographer, so a microsecond later the expression would have changed, also the hair and the shadows on her clothing, and her orientation to the photographer. I’m sorry if the way I see the natural fluidity in a child’s movements doesn’t match someone who perhaps sees a child frozen for several moments while smiling, and being photographed. But as I say, if you’re not a photographer, you wouldn’t intuitively know this.

    Speaking for the photographer – Why would anyone shoot multiple shots of an obviously posed photo unless it was for a publication or a commercial? There’s no climactic activity happening here like someone surfing or diving into a pool or jumping across a ditch where such micro capture would matter, so there’s no reason for a burst of photos. Most families would simply say smile and take a single photo.

    If you’ve seen the unedited image of Madeleine with the tennis balls you would get a fuller sense of what a poor cameraman the photographer was. But that’s a separate blog post.

    I’ve provided reasons to back up the technical merits of the photograph in this blog post. If you don’t agree with them that’s your privilege. But then it may be fairer to acknowledge you know very little about photography, haven’t conjured the event in your mind, and simply plucked your reason out of thin air as a sort of gut feel. Yes, it’s possible, but it’s also possible parts of the moon are made of cheese. Without going there we can’t be absolutely sure. But we can use common sense and inference and expertise.

    There are plenty of forums that throw around untested and unscientific ideas and the people there get a kick in the reinforcement they get, irrespective of there being any evidence to support these random stabs. We like to take the process and the psychology more seriously.

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