2009 volume 38(11) pages 1731 – 1734

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Farid H, 2009, "The Lee Harvey Oswald backyard photos: real or fake?" Perception 38(11) 1731 – 1734

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The Lee Harvey Oswald backyard photos: real or fake?

Hany Farid

Abstract. 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.

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