Former writer Fauxlex has been writing on his own blog now, which I am not going to link. There is a back channel of communication with him, now going only one way, and he’s got nothing nice to say. It’s an odd torrent of words, as he is completely without humility, claiming to be our “best writer”, and having fits of temper. On his current blog, he has done some genealogy and has claimed that Miles Mathis’ lineage goes back to Charlemange and Charles Martel. But let’s first take a look at his analysis of Miles Mathis’ mother, which he (he has since altered the text) claim(ed) to be two different women in two separate photos.
I placed the arrows there, as from his text it appears he is saying that the woman in the middle (left) and one the left (right) are claimed to be MM’s mother, and that they are two different people. That may be the case, but evidence is skimpy at best. I’ve done thousands of comparisons over the years, and if there is one thing to conclude, it is that low-quality photos don’t always tell the story. With women as well, we have changing hair styles and makeup. Obviously the woman on the right (left) looks younger. Then again, we have dates of photos, never a given unless metadata is available. My conclusion: none.
Fauxlex said in a comment last night that my method of facial comparisons was sloppy at best. Others have criticized it too, as photos drawn from the Internet are often suspect. He (and Straight at one time) brought in a program used for facial analysis that each claimed to be superior to my method, which uses eye pupil distance as a gold standard. The program produced results I found to be inaccurate, and the reason was simple: there no standardized method of comparison, leaving the program free to adjust facial size to create a false match. If you have no standard, you can manipulate any two photos to draw them to the same size and blend the features, which is all that program did.
Of course the work is fraught with difficulty, so that one other factor beyond a gold standard is necessary: judgement. In the photos above, I do not know enough to make a judgement, as I don’t even know if the photos are accurately dated and described. It could be that the two women are different and are not claimed (or mistakenly claimed) to be Mrs. Mathis. There is a third factor – facial angles, which make comparison difficult. So with all that in mind, I offer the face chop below, and my conclusion that it’s pretty close. The eyes don’t align, but the two photos are not good candidates, so that I will say that it is close enough so that I would not conclude these are different women.
As part of the judgment factor, the question must be asked: Why on earth would there be a switch? MM is not famous, at least in the sense that movie stars and the like are subject to manipulations. Switching Mom’s for a rather obscure (not to us) gentleman makes no sense.
As to MM’s genealogy, I got nuthin’. I dove into that sort of work for a brief period, and concluded that unless I really extended myself and did thousands of hours, perhaps Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours, I would never be able to put out credible work. But just incidentally, a sidebar, I did learn one thing in my work that I found surprising: Woody Harrelson’s dad, Charles, was said to have died in prison and also to have been present in Dealey Plaza on 11/22/1963. I doubt both those things, just another rabbit hole. However, I did make one discovery that you might think, like me, not to be coincidental. It is the kind of thing anyone can do, just plug in a name at Geni.com, and hit the return button, not the “log in.” See below:
That’s Woody’s Mom, Charles’s “ex”-wife. Her maiden name is Oswald. MM reminded us in his (sterling) work on JFK that all of the players in that show were probably related. This gives some evidence to that. Does this mean that Woody Harrelson is related to Lee Harvey Oswald? This is the problem – that is a jump. That’s why I quit doing genealogy. True genealogists do not make jumps.
Fauxlex did some credible work here on the Brandon Teena murder, which later became the movie Boys Don’t Cry, starring Matt Damon lookalike Hillary Swank. He concluded that two men really went to jail for a fake murder, and that one is on death row. I did not want to criticize him in public, and so privately suggested to him that since the murder was fake, so were all the players, including the officers that made the arrests, and the subsequent court case. No one went to jail. Has he not been paying attention?
Fauxlex went ballistic, and we had a public debate. He’s not one to take criticism lightly, and often asserted that commenters who did not take his work at face were plants and agents. He was constantly (along with Maarten) urging me behind the scenes to ban this or that person. I finally decided to make him an ADMIN, so that he could do the banning and deleting of comments. That was a mistake, as ADMIN also has the ability to take the blog and all its content down, to make it disappear forever. He was so angry with me that I feared for the blog, and went to lower his status back down to EDITOR. WordPress would not allow that. Once ADMIN, always ADMIN. I had but one choice, to completely remove him as a writer. In so doing, I made it clear to him that I welcomed him back, that this was just a status change. He refused the offer. Farewell, I thought. He did some good work.
I did some photo work on Brandon Teena, just to satisfy myself that the photos of the group of players were paste-ups.
That’s Brandon Teena and Barbara Kramer. It’s not a perfect match-up due to facial angles, but the features line up. The problem, which Faulex pointed out, was that Barbara Kramer, said to be the woman in the center, is 15-16 years younger than Teena, on the left. All that meant to me was that Kramer was chosen to play the part of Brandon Teena in the photos that they put together for the psyop.
“Teena Brandon” never existed. Barbara Kramer was probably selected due to her resemblance to Hillary Swank, already chosen at the time of the hoax to play Teena in the movie. (Apparently Jennifer Garner was not available.) [OK – that’s a reach.] By the way, if you are as confused as I am, it worked like this: Teena Brandon is a girl, but wanted to be a boy. She changed her name to Brandon Teena. Here’s something interesting: I did a Truepeople search on Kramer and Teena Brandon. Both are said to currently live in in Lincoln, Nebraska, Barbara currently 47, Teena 62. That’s weird. [I’ve rewritten this paragraph like five times now. Do I finally have it right?]
I did further work, very tedious, but took the known existing photos of the group of people involved in the psyop, and measured their faces in comparison to one another. “Brandon’s face varied in size compared to girl pal Lana Tisdale by as much as 28%, that is, in one photo (far left) his face is much smaller than hers even as they are side by side, and in others they are much the same size. All the photos below are paste-ups, by the way. Do your own comparisons
Conclusion: The staged death of Brandon Teena, a non-existent person, was used as part of a larger and ongoing Intel operation, the confusion of gender roles, feminization of men and masculization of women. The object – an overall effort, combined with many other psyops (including AIDS) to get people to cut back on breeding. The real Teena Brandon is apparently still alive. Her identity was used, but I doubt she ever had to leave her house in Lincoln. (The Intel operation also goes on today in the form of school children being encouraged to question their true gender. Sowing such confusion at such a young age is cruel.)
I never showed any of this work to Fauxlex, as he was seething. But do take note of the relative size of the heads in the photo farthest left and the other three. If you want to do the same analysis I did, call up MS Paint and put the photos in a grid so that you can measure the head sizes with an accompanying scale. It is tedious, I warn you. Keep in mind that I did not measure head size from one photo to the next, but only relative head size within the photos. They really screwed up far left. The more I look at that photo, the more I realize Teena’s head is too small for the neck and body, and that the woman to Teena’s right, whose hand is on his left shoulder, has a bad case of man-hands.
I would not be sitting here doing all of this work were it not for the barrage of crude and paranoid criticism I am getting from Fauxlex, first in private emails, later on his blog, and now in comments on this blog, which have been trashed. I have banned him. I can do that as ADMIN. I am fed up.