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How to Fake a Jesse James Photo

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Despite the proliferation & debunking of countless fake Jesse James photos, we still receive images from people asking if their Jesse James photo is authentic.

A popular fakery technique is to compare an authentic image of Jesse James with an image that is stated to be Jesse James but is not authentic.

Recently Bill Koch, one of the infamous Koch brothers who pump $millions into political promotions, paid $2.3 million for an authentic tintype of Billy the Kid. The scuzzy old tintype is pretty time-worn, but using these techniques, which won’t cost him nearly the millions he spent to buy the tintype, Bill Koch should be able to have himself a first-rate image of the young outlaw.