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The Lee Harvey Oswald Backyard Photos: Real or Fake?

  1. Hany Farid
    1. Department of Computer Science, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755, USA
  1. e-mail: farid{at}cs.dartmouth.edu


Ever since the assassination of US President Kennedy, numerous theories have circulated purporting that Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin, acted as part of a larger criminal conspiracy. It has been suggested, for example, that incriminating photographs of Oswald were manipulated, and hence evidence of a broader plot. Specifically, it has been argued that the lighting and shadows in these photos are physically impossible. Because the visual system is often unable to reliably judge 3-D geometry and lighting, a detailed 3-D analysis of the Oswald photos to determine if claims of tampering are warranted.

  • Received September 18, 2009.
  • Revision received October 29, 2009.
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