I think (and I may be wrong but I'm fairly sure) that the comparison photo I posted shows Billy and the new guy as they posed in life. Fortunately, the other guy in the new photo is wearing lighter colored clothing and we can see which way his vest and/or jacket are buttoned.
If the new image is a photograph, and I agree that something about it suggests that, I don't know if that would disqualify it as being from pre-1882. I'm inclined to think it woud but I don't know enough about photographic technology and it's use in that period.
Interesting observations on the facial dimensions. I follow a similar train of thought when I analyze these images but it seems to me that the slightest turn of the head or change in the angle from the which the image is taken can really throw these measurements off. I think this can really skew our analysis.
I'm always torn between following an objective analysis (such as facial measurements) or a more subjective analysis based more on intuition. I tend to use both and try to reconcile one with the other.
Another problem I have is that the authentic image of BTK is in such bad shape that in my mind, there is a huge margin of error when you get into the details. For example, the new guys ears are really thick along the outside edges. My initial impression was that this is a liklely disqaulifier since Billy's ears don't look that thick. But, the one ear that is visible is so hard to see that there is a reasonable doubt as to the whether his ears are that thick or not. I often end up with not being able to say for certain that the ears don't match. That level of uncertainty opens up a lot of photos as possible candidates for BTK. Frustrating but then if a picture came out that just in-your-face obvious, this might not be nearly as fun!
I don't know how many people have seen this image today since it's somewhat buried in an old thread that's been resurrected over on True West. The person who posted it says it was in the possession... more
Chris, Not sure what you meant by "check," but 1/ the hats are different. 2/ there's no way to conclude the lad on the left is short without knowing the height of the lad on the right. If the latter... more
Uhhh... The one on the right is a tintype with the image reversed. The one on the left may be a photograph with the image not reversed. It looks sharper than the tintype and more like a regular... more
I think the two photos (1 tintype) look quite a lot alike. Several years ago Scientific American or the Smithsonian Magazine did an analysis of the BTK Photo and a photo of Brushy Bill of Hico,Texas... more
One of the BTK documentaries did a similar analysis (maybe the same one you referenced?) and came to the same conclusion. The authenticated tintype (which some actually doubt is really BTK) shows a... more
Dan, Thanks for responding! It's always interesting to hear other people's take on these images. I was just going thru and checking off a quick list of similarities that I thought of off the top of... more
Thanks for your input. Is your speciality facial recognition? If so, that is great that someone is doing some scientifically based analysis of these images. I had just posted over on the TW board... more
Thanks Chris, I've sort of been watching the posts on the Billy The Kid photo(s) over on True West and Chris was right in bringing it here (and elsewhere?) for examination. It certainly is not being... more
Jeff, Thanks for your response! I certainly respect the work you've done on Soapy Smith and appreciate your input as someone who has "been there and done that", unlike myself and many others who... more
Chris, This would not be the first time someone launched a questioned photo of a famous person, alleging an intriguing provenance, only to back off on the provenance as scrutiny heightened. Happens a ... more