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Historic Photo Fraud Produces a Merchant of Identity Theft

The family of America’s iconic folklore outlaw, Jesse James, considers Justin Whiting of Spalding, England a merchant of identity theft.

Fake image of Jesse James

The James family discredits the claim by Justin Whiting that says this is an image of Jesse James. The family accuses Whiting of trying to capitalize on the authentic identity of Jesse James and the James family. They charge Whiting manufactured, promoted, and is selling an image of Jesse James that is not authentic, but a fake.

Justin Whiting
Justin Whiting in an interview with Simon Spark of the BBC

The family further says Whiting is creating a scam of identity theft to capture a multi-million dollar profit, using the fraudulent image.

An interview of Whiting by Simon Spark from BBC Look North, appearing in Whiting’ s Facebook timeline, confirms that Whiting thinks his fake image is worth $2 million.

Whiting says, he wants to buy a house and car with the proceeds he anticipates.

Simon Spark
Simon Spark of the BBC

James Genetics

The James family maintains the known and authentic physical features of Jesse James are genetic. The  identity theft of known historical physical features that are evident in the past equates to the very same characteristics alive in the James family today. Stealing from Jesse James is theft from his family alive today.

Identifiable characteristics of historical identity continue to exist among living members of the James in present time. As evidence, the James produced two videos – MEN of the Jesse James Family and WOMEN of the Jesse James Family. The videos forcefully display and identify multiple genetic physical features of the James that persist from the first period of photography to present day.

Identity Thief with a Past

Fake image claimed to be Abraham Lincoln
Tintype claimed in 2013  by Justin Whiting to be U.S. President Abraham Lincoln

Justin Whiting first surfaced in public in 2013. At that time, Whiting claimed to have found an unknown image of Abraham Lincoln, the renowned U.S. President.

Whiting’s story of an eBay find of Lincoln that in fact is not Lincoln forged a template that Whiting now repeats five years later with his “7£ eBay find,” which Whiting claims is Jesse James.

The James family declares Whiting’s actions follow a known template for fraud and con artistry. The family affirms it has been impacted numerous times before by experiences of other fraudulent Jesse James photos hawked by other con artists.

A Practiced Habitué of Fraud

image-restore masthead
Masthead of the image-restore website

The story of Whiting’s claimed image of Abraham Lincoln first was published on the web site image-restore. The business generally provides services for restoring old photos.

Ironically, the owner of the company and website resurfaces today regarding Whiting’s fake Jesse James image. More about Neal Rhodes, aka Neal David Rhodes, later.

In 2013, Justin Whiting embraced image-restore to disseminate his Lincoln deceit.

For his Jesse James fraud in 2018, Whiting employed SWNS, a news story generator in the UK.

SWNS –  Collaborator in Storytelling

SWNS website landing page and services descriptor
Landing page blurb on the sWNS website, describing what SWNS does

“Every day we help people tell their story,” SWNS advertises.

As it did for Justin Whiting, SWNS packages the teller’s story and distributes the content to news outlets and aggregators. From the UK’s newspaper The Telegraph to quickie, spot video delivery outlets like YouTube, SWNS spread Whiting’s scam.

The income SWNS collects is shared with its storyteller. By simply manufacturing a story, Justin Whiting already is profiting off his fake Jesse James image swindle.

The Template of His Con

A look in the mirror at Whiting’s 2013 Lincoln image fraud reveals the template for a fraud that Whiting transfers in 2018 to his claimed Jesse James tintype.

Whiting’s template employs the following elements:

  • An attention-grabbing headline of a discovery
  • Story of the discovery made on eBay
  • A comparison of the discovered image with an authentic image
  • Reputable authority consulted
  • Authoritative rejection
  • Experts of convenience substituted
  • Report & promotion publicly generated

The following excerpts from image-restore define Whiting’s template elements in 2013.

Discovery Headline

eBay Find

Comparison Images

Fake Abraham Lincoln compared to an autehtic Abraham Lincoln.
Identity theft example comparing a fraudulent image of Abraham Lincoln to an authentic image of Lincoln. The fraudulent image showing indications of being “doctored.”

Reputable Authority Produces Rejection

Experts of Convenience

Public Report & Promotion

Image of unknown man altered and restored by Neal Rhodes
Altered image of an unknown man restored by Neal Rhodes, claimed by Justin Whiting to be Jesse James

The author of Justin Whiting’s Lincoln claim story is Neal Rhodes, aka Neal David Rhodes, pictured in the “About the Author” excerpt above.

Rhodes resurfaces in Whiting’s Jesse James artifice as the restorer of Whiting’s eBay find.  Metadata embedded in the electronic image includes a copyright claim to the image in Rhodes’ name.

Among formal forensic science analysts,  alterations to historical artifacts equate to evidence tampering. To be properly authenticated, a photographic image must remain in its unaltered condition as found.

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Fake image of Jesse James, claimed by Justin Whiting, 2018

UPDATE: April 29, 2018

Failing to convince anyone that his claimed image is Jesse James, Justin Whiting now is promoting a new image h claims is Jesse James between 16 and 18 year of age.

As usual, Whiting disregards history altogether. Between the ages of 16 and 18, Jesse James had become a wartime guerrilla with no income to afford a good suit and fancy tie.

As the disease of the con artist continues to seize upon Justin Whiting, he lo continues to issue new photo identities of himself.

In this image, Whiting appears suspiciously to be  Neal David Rhodes, Whiting’s photographic authority identified above.

Merchants in identity theft
1. Justin Whiting’s public relations photo for hi claimed Jesse James image 2. Justin Whiting’s replacement photo after being disproved. 3. Neal David Rhodes of image-restore

Called out on his image likeness with Neal David Rhodes of image-restore, Justin Whiting now has reverted to a  more youthful image of his middle-aged self.

Merchant of identity theft in waiting

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RELATED

Part I – Jesse James Family Discredits 7£ eBay Find of Justin Whiting

Part II – Historic Photo Fraud Produces a Merchant of Identity Theft

Part III – Photo Experts of Convenience Juke Identity Theft

Part IV –  Forensic Science Proves “7£ eBay find” NOT Jesse James

 

More Lookalike Photos From the Gene Pool

Photos appearing in lookalike galleries from the Jesse James family have proved a big success, ever since they first appeared on Stray Leaves in the late 1990’s. Whether it is comparison images of Jesse Woodson James, Jesse James Jr., Frank James, Susan Lavenia James, Rev. Robert Sallee James, the childhood photos of Mary Susan James, or Jesse’s great grandson Judge James Randall Ross, all of the lookalike photo galleries prove popular with Stray Leaves’ family,  guests, and visitors. The time has come for more.

Jesse James Jr Jesse James lookalike Ribert Salle James

With rapid changes in internet technology, and the pressing need to expand publishing to platforms that are more mobile friendly, now seems a good time to update the availability of those preciously endearing lookalike photos. We’d like to ensure they can be enjoyed everywhere.

The thought also has occurred; why not expand the   lookalike galleries, to better show the unique characteristics that are common, not only within the gene pool of the James family, but also among those who are key relevant figures to the James family  saga?

In my recent articles, here about Henrietta Younger and about Clell Miller in the James-Younger Gang Journal, the physical characteristics that appear in their family photos as genetic, are very evident. They recur generation after generation. In fact, they are so arresting that they remind us something additional should be done to mine this overlooked category of interest.

In Jesse James Soul Liberty, I advocate the recurrence of genetic personality, behavior, and character that permeates the James family, through each and every generation. That identity is the James family’s very soul of personhood, their  quintessential identity that has eluded Jesse James historians from the start. The genes that form this very soul of behavior, character, and personality, are the same genes that form the family’s physical features. The continual evolution of that physicality compels the same attention as does the family’s personhood. This is true now more than ever, as our study of the James family turns increasingly more toward DNA, family genetics common heritage, and their underlying implications for heredity and health.

Zee Mimms James ear

My article “Hey, James Family, Send Me Your Ears” is an excellent example of reader interest in this subject of lookalike photos and family genetics. This story shows up in the daily statistics as a web page of continual interest bearing a very high visitor count. The stats indicate Stray Leaves may be overlooking a key parameter for assessing the identity of the James family.

History books often rely upon illustration for telling stories. Illustrators lean heavily toward attention grabbing techniques that insert invented details. Those details may appear dramatic in rendering and succeed in securing a reader’s focus,  but seldom are they historically accurate. Such illustrations skewer historical fact. Nowhere is this more evident than in every reality TV program ever produced. Note: I said reality TV program, not documentary history or documentary film.

However, an historic photo that is reliable and true does not distort history, unless, of course, the photo is fraudulent. In fact, when relevant and factual images appear together to tell a story, the image enhances history and the understanding of it. The history is rendered better. An illustration may enhance a reader’s imagination, but the use of a photographic image does the same with accuracy and reliability. Of course, this does not pertain to photoshopped images.

An underlying goal of Stray Leaves and of Jesse James Soul Liberty is to dispel mythologies. A primary objective is to wipe out the chronic myth-making or fictionalization and revisionism that plagues the history of Jesse James and stalks his family. Here, we identify and call out the fraudsters and con artists who lie. We put media on the chopping block, when media feeds the public pabulum instead of the nutritious sustenance of truth and facts. In every effort, we intend and strive to be historically accurate and correct, whether it be in the hundreds of thousands of genealogical details appearing in the SURNAMES database, the history featured in our stories or in blog posts or commentary.

A decision has been made. As our SURNAMES genealogy research formerly expanded beyond the core of the James family alone to include research into their in-law families, and by a third-level extension to include research into those individuals who form the social communities of the James, the James family lookalike galleries now will be expanded to include those additional levels, too.

Watch for the upcoming post “Cole Younger’s Lookalike Gene Pool.”