Nailing a fake?

April 29, 2009

Man shot 34 times in head with nail gun

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australian police released Friday a shocking x-ray photo showing the skull of a murdered Chinese immigrant shot 34 times in the head and neck with a high-power nail gun.

I believe you have a hoax. If you make this picture from a 2004 article at 50% opacity while making the picture in your article at 50% opacity, then line them up, what do you get?

Six nails that line up perfectly. Your picture is a fake.


I’m impressed by your collection of skulls penetrated by nails, but we stand behind the one we used.

We compared our handout of the skull x-ray with 34 nails embedded in it with the 2004 X-ray of the skull with 6 nails embedded in it. We sized them identically, increased their contrast, decreased their density and rotated to line them up within a very small tolerance. We were not able to line up even two nails in each picture exactly.

We obtained this handout image by email from the New South Wales police media unit, after speaking to their duty officer. Perhaps more to the point, this image is material which a police prosecutor may use in court as evidence, which adds to its integrity: GBU Editor

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More obviously, the the skulls in the two pictures are clearly not of the same person.

Posted by david | Report as abusive

the murder by 34 nails was NEVER reported in australian news

its a fake

Posted by recher | Report as abusive

Actually this story was front page news for most Australian online news organisations including the national broadcaster plus,,,,

It also appeared in print in at least three major daily newspapers.

It was also carried by many television chanels.

It was one of the most widely covered stories last week.

Posted by Tim | Report as abusive

Hi, the assertion the story was not covered in Australian media is incorrect. It was widely covered in tabloid and broadsheet press, as well as national television, where detectives made an appeal for information. Coverage included all The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, state broadcaster the ABC, The Age in Melbourne, The Herald Sun in Melbourne, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Courier Mail in Brisbane and others). The photo was released by police and there is no doubt over its veracity. Rob Taylor, Reuters

Posted by Rob Taylor | Report as abusive

I’d be interested to know where recher got the idea that the story was not reported in the Australian news — his claim is flatly contradicted by the facts.

Posted by david | Report as abusive