Hi ATS friends,
I am posting a rapid summary image analysis of the new mugshot as compared to the first one released. I hope this will prove useful, and also I
provide a link to another thread in this forum where much has been exposed regarding the Giffords shooting.
ATS Thread: Is the Loughner Mug Shot Fake?
Here's an update comparing the first picture allegedly taken of the culprit subdued at the scene of the shooting, and the second picture released
more than a month later, showing the original Jared Lee Loughner with his blue eyes and different skull shape and facial characteristics.
LEFT: presumed mugshot of Jared / RIGHT: alleged mugshot of Shooter
There are a number of discrepancies between the 2 pictures. But first a few comments.
Neither "mugshot" should be called a mugshot because neither carries a reference board with numbers as is used in all professional law
enforcement to identify suspects and prisoners. So these are informal "prisoner photos" which keeps the perpetrators who faked the pictures
safe from prosecution because it can always be later established that there was a 'mix up' and unofficial pictures were somehow mysteriously
substituted for the real ones?
Mugshot of 50 Cent's aka Curtis James Jackson III
To further explore this aspect of these pictures, let us take a look at what a Mugshot is supposed to look like.
The problem with mugshots' usage as a lineup tool lies with the uniformity of mugshots taken from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Whereas
similar looking suspects presented in an unbiased photographic manner leads to identifications that can influence judges and juries, carelessly taken
mugshots, mugshots with different lighting, different colored-backgrounds, disparate poses or aspect ratios may lead to bias in identifying
perpetrators of crime - oftentimes leading to prosecutors determining that this type of evidence would be impermissible or worse the successful
suppression of this type of evidence in courts of law. Thus, to create photographic arrays that consist of similar photographs fall into the hands of
individuals making subjective decisions.
The NIST has developed the Best Practice Recommendation for the Capture of Mugshots. These practices, developed over the course of several years, were
introduced in 1997 to mandate uniformity and consistency in mugshot taking. To create and maintain uniformity, NIST suggests standardization of the
following photograph specifications:
Types of Poses
Depth of Field
Minimum Number of Pixels
Pixel Aspect Ratio
Source: Mugshot Capturing - NIST Best
The first picture published had no reference background. The second one has no measurement markings in the lines behind the subject. Also it is
uncharacteristic that the backgrounds would be sand colored, possibly to make it look more like the first released picture. Law enforcement use
neutral backgrounds and many countries today refuse a sand background even for passport photos, requiring it to be white or very light gray.
The subject whose image is being captured shall be positioned in front of a background which is 18% gray with a plain smooth flat surface. A
Kodak or other neutral gray card or densitometer shall be used to verify this 18% gray reflectance requirement.
Subject illumination shall be accomplished using a minimum of three (3) point balanced illumination. Appropriate diffusion techniques shall also be
employed and lights positioned to minimize shadows, and to eliminate hot spots on the facial image. These hot spots usually appear on reflective
areas such as cheeks
and foreheads. Proper lighting shall contribute to the uniformity of illumination of the background described in the exposure requirement.
Source: BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE CAPTURE OF
Hotspotting on the forehead, nose and right cheek, in addition to the evident photoshopping of the first alleged mugshot of the alleged suspect, make
it a photograph which a Judge would throw away in court as unacceptable evidence. Furthermore both photos would have to be rejected due to the facial
expression which is not accepted.
This I choose to enter as evidence that neither of the photographs submitted to the press for public release is an actual law enforcement mugshot.
The expression should be neutral (non-smiling) with both eyes open normally (i.e. not wide-open), and mouth closed. Every effort should be made to
have supplied images conform with this specification. A smile with closed jaw is not recommended.
Lighting shall be equally distributed on the face. There shall be no significant direction of
the light from the point of view of the photographer. The region of the face, from the crown to the base of the chin, and from ear-to-ear, shall be
clearly visible and free of shadows. In particular, there shall be no dark shadows in
the eye-sockets due to the brow and the iris and pupil of the eyes shall be clearly visible.
Source: BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE CAPTURE OF
In both alleged mugshots Jared is "smirking" and either one or both of the brows cast a shadow on the eye = NOT a valid mugshot!
Now to address the issue of discrepancies in the two photos. First we will note that one pictures is very sharpened, almost to the point of
distortion, while the other one is softened. This doesn't help in the comparison and it might be on purpose, maybe not. Secondly the head is tilted
differently in each one. I didn't straighten it because there is another discrepancy, in the more recent picture he is full face while in the earlier
picture his chin is slightly raised, slightly changing the perspective.
It is important to remember that Jared has a taller, broader forehead than the person photographed in the first picture which was further photoshopped
to resemble him. This can be seen in the annotated photo comparison which you will find below. Take a long hard look at the vertical bone ridge
above his right eye, which is highlighted in a pink rectangle. This should show you first that it isn't present on the first individual shown, to
the right, and that the forehead proportions are very different meaning that unless Jared has a fully elastic skull bone this is NOT the same
Mugshots compared - note the differences
As I stated earlier, the V-shaped vertical bone ridge on the forehead circled in above in BLACK is absent on the first mugshot released. Notice also
the SIZE of the Pink Rectangle. It reaches the same two points. This demonstrated that their foreheads are very different shaped, the slight angle
shift between pictures being too minute to explain such a discrepancy. Also, the wound on the forehead at the top of the pink rectangle is not in the
same location, and seems more healed in the first picture than in the recent one, both of these discrepancies are not easily explained away.
Importantly, the EYES are NOT THE SAME COLOR regardless of lighting. The color of the eyes on the latest Mugshot released brings to mind that the
latest (second) mugshot released could very well be the real Jared, at least it seems to be very similar to that of the photos of Jared taken in
recent years. Jared's eyes were called BLUE in all his Pima Community College Police Incident Reports and we can see that in the second picture that
is likely, but in the first one who would call that color blue?.
Next we have a further incompatibility with the mouth size and location. First the mouth on the first mugshot is a good bit larger. This is because
it is another man, and mouth size is something which plastic surgery cannot correct. They clearly went with as close a match for other parameters,
and hoped to distract from the mouth size discrepancy by adding the photoshopped "Joker smile" to sidetrack the viewer. Also in addition to
being a good bit wider and having fuller lips, the mouth is located a good bit closer to the nose, and this even though the photo angle with his head
slightly raised would tend to increase this proportion subjectively. This can be seen better by circling the respective zones in RED. The smaller
nose to lip distance is further evidence that the first man photographed, presumably the perpetrator of the Giffords Shootings, is a surgically
modified impostor and not Jared.
In RED: Mouth size and distance to nose
Next let's take a look at ear biometrics and a few rudiments of technical terms for comparison purposes.
Ear helix biometrics
Tthe general shape of the ear cartilage is quite different. There are also specific areas of the ears which are sensibly unmatched. The Right ear
circled in YELLOW shows a different Tragus in each person, and the lobe is far more fleshy with thicker cartilage on the impostor. The Left ear
circled in GREEN shows a differently shaped bottom to the Helix in addition to a different lobe.
In YELLOW and GREEN: Multiple Ear shape inconsistencies
I will venture further so suggest that the second mugshot may have had the neck photoshopped. This is based upon the far thinner neck on Jared in
earlier pictures, the fact that Pima Community College Police reported his build as thin which wouldn't explain a thickened neck, and the fact that
in the second pair of mugshots the Profile view shows a distinctly peaked Adam's Apple which doesn't show up at all in the Front view. I venture to
suggest that the perpetrator's thicker neck may have been grafted onto the picture of Jared in the second series frontal view. From the side his
neck looks thin, but from the front it looks thick, most necks are wider front to back than side to side.
Second set of mugshots with unmatched necks?
I also believe that we were not shown a Profile of the first man photographed upon arrest because the surgically modified Agency Impostor passed as a
good double from the front but probably had a very different skull shape when seen in Profile. This would explain why we were not given a full set of
mugshots, front and profile, for the first man arrested who has since probably been removed from detention and most likely permanently been disposed
These are my first reactions to these new pictures, proving to me beyond the shadow of a doubt that the man pictured in the first photograph, if he
was indeed the man arrested upon the scene of the shooting, is NOT Jared Loughner.