A recent MMG paper on Ted Bundy intimated that Ted was still alive somewhere, and further, that they had stumbled on a photo of the guy. Here are the two photos used, the one on the left known to be the real Ted Bundy. They do not speak with certainty. I can, however.
Says MMG, “…doesn’t that picture give you a strange feeling? It does me. Could that be what Ted looks like now? I see a match on the eyes and nose. The eyes look blue. He is about the right age (72). For the rest it is hard to tell.”
Hard to tell indeed. Comparisons like this are fraught with difficulty. In the past, I gotten around those difficulties by a technique known as “face chopping.” The principle is simple and well-understood: After our skull it fully formed around age 20, our eye sockets are set in stone, so to speak. The distance between our pupils stays constant until we die.*
Knowing that, if we compare two photographs and have other reasons to suspect that two people either are or are not the same person, face chopping is a useful tool. There are difficulties, of course, such as angular distortion and making too much of fine differences, as I well know. These days I mostly stay away from the procedure unless it offers clear-cut results easily seen by the naked eye.
Since MMG suggests that we ought to be suspicious that the two photos above might be of the same man, I decided to do a face chop to test the theory. Note that with the photo on the left the real Bundy is looking slightly up, while on the right he is looking slightly down. That will cause distortion in comparisons, so bear that in mind.
First, I took the two photos to Photoshop, which offers a tool called Rotate View that allows me to tilt the photos so that the eyes are level. I hold a ruler horizontal on the screen until both pupils are on a flat line. I did this for both photos.
Then I went to Microsoft Paint, which allows me to increase or decrease the size of the photo until I get the eyes for both photos at a common distance. I use one inch. Note that this is a useful procedure if we are dealing with the same man in both photos, as even though the one on the right has aged, the shape of the skull and pupil distance will not have changed over time.
Finally, still using Paint, I copy one half of one of the faces and paste it over the other. I draw one feature from both to alignment to see how the other features are affected. In this case, I used the nose.
The result should be obvious to all – these are two different men. The real Bundy on the right has an eye that is too high to be the same as the other man. They are strikingly close otherwise, but note what happens below when I align the eyes (setting them one inch apart):
Now the nose is out of whack, and far too much so to have been caused by angular distortion.
This method is fraught with difficulty, so much so that I have decided it is more useful in giving evidence of two people not being the same, rather than alike. Those people whom I claim to be versions of the same person, like Janice Joplin/Amy Goodman and Freddy Mercury/Dr. Phil, I stand by even as I know that due to the sheer audacity of people faking their death and reappearing as someone else causes people to instantly discredit the work. I accept that and am satisfied to have the evidence for myself as indicating something real.
I accept the other evidence offered by MMG that the Ted Bundy affair was a psyop, and that no one died. Just the sections on jail escapes ought to make that clear to anyone with half a brain. As I like to say, it is a whackadoodle planet, crazy stuff going on all around. But in this case, the real Ted Bundy, probably still alive (Santa Catarina?), is not represented by the photo on the right at the opening of this piece. These are two different men.
*I have seen only one disease, ALS, that seemingly alters the shape of the skull, seen to the left here with Stephen Hawking, the real one who probably died in 1985. Such cranial distortion makes it virtually impossible to do comparison work other than by eyeballing both Hawking and his later replacements. Even so, it is easy to see they are different men.