Police release composite photos of "showing what Chandra Levy may look like now if she has changed her appearance."
July 15, 2001 1:14 PM   Subscribe

Aren't the police supposed to have sophisticated software that actually generates composites? These look like an advanced 12-year-old's Photoshop skills at work...
posted by gramcracker at 1:19 PM on July 15, 2001

Shit, I'd rather be kidnapped than make my hair do that
posted by fullerine at 1:25 PM on July 15, 2001

dear God. is it really necessary to humiliate this poor girl in this way?
posted by rebeccablood at 1:28 PM on July 15, 2001

Umm.. is it insensitive to suggest that photos of Chandra Levy right now would look very, very different due to the effects of decomposition? Doesn't look like the police took that into account.
posted by Hildago at 1:35 PM on July 15, 2001

I'm not sure I understand the intent of this... Think of Michael Jackson and how his appearance has been... "changed." For all they know, Chandra Levy could more closely resemble Ving Rhames right now than this picture (which when looked at quickly bears a disquieting resemblance to a smiling Gertrude Stein, not a concept I was sitting around wishing I could see, let me tell you). So what's the point of publishing a picture of her with almost-mullet-'do?
posted by m.polo at 1:39 PM on July 15, 2001

The hair in Pic No. 3 just has to come from a Whitesnake video. Remind me to never disappear.
posted by raysmj at 1:43 PM on July 15, 2001

These look like an advanced 12-year-old's Photoshop skills at work...
Advanced??? More like a slow monkey's Photoshop skills.
posted by ChrisTN at 1:45 PM on July 15, 2001


like this matters?

killing an intern never stopped ted kennedy, why would it stop this guy?
posted by jcterminal at 1:48 PM on July 15, 2001

Is the Barbie digital makeover kit all the D.C. police force could afford? Geez, go out and write some parking tickets or something...
posted by machaus at 1:48 PM on July 15, 2001

Looks like the new line of LA Looks products.
posted by dong_resin at 1:52 PM on July 15, 2001

Mary Jo Kopechne was not an intern. And the incident did keep Ted Kennedy from ever being elected president, or even winning a Democratic nomination. Otherwise, he has the Kennedy name, which tends to carry a lot more clout or advantage than the Condit name does in California or anywhere else.
posted by raysmj at 2:08 PM on July 15, 2001

No more parking tickets in DC, for the love of god, I've got to eat.

If I were the person to discover Chandra Levy alive and well, and she had hair like that (any of those), the first thing I'd do would be sneak her into an underground hair salon before the press turned up on the scene with the cameras... after everything she'd been through, the poor girl would deserve at least that favor.
posted by Sapphireblue at 2:10 PM on July 15, 2001

These pictures are sad -- but for the context they would be laughable, as though Conan O'Brien had been elected Chief of Police. In context, they simply support the charge that the D.C. police are trying harder to look busy than to be busy. See also Pat Oliphant's July 12th cartoon.
posted by precipice at 2:24 PM on July 15, 2001

killing an intern never stopped ted kennedy, why would it stop this guy?

Which guy is that?
posted by rodii at 2:35 PM on July 15, 2001

posted by Mark at 2:45 PM on July 15, 2001

This pictures have to be the most dumbest thing I have ever seen in my life.
posted by punkrockrat at 3:17 PM on July 15, 2001

You're on a roll today, aren't you, jc.
posted by jpoulos at 3:28 PM on July 15, 2001

great big fat self-blog
posted by quonsar at 3:36 PM on July 15, 2001

Which guy is that?

you know that guy, who ah, did that thing, ya know, for that guy. The sandwich-off John R-by that one place.
posted by clavdivs at 3:44 PM on July 15, 2001

I'm sorry, but this won't help me until they add a picture of her with a bright green mohawk. Or maybe a shaggy Beatles 'do.
posted by ljromanoff at 3:57 PM on July 15, 2001

"rut-row, errs yaggy. RINKIES" -duntduntDuhhhhhhh-bedalo-duntdiddydunt diddy dunt. (small clock-window-door. small clock-window-door.)
posted by clavdivs at 4:15 PM on July 15, 2001

And doesn't the second one look like it was made with this?
posted by ljromanoff at 4:19 PM on July 15, 2001

I caught those on yahoo most emailed content the other day.

I considered metafiltering them with the tagline: Fire that PhotoShopper!

Because, like, those are really sad composites. And for official police release, really really sad.
posted by artlung at 6:26 PM on July 15, 2001

Is the third picture in the sequence supposed to be what she would look like if she has made herself black and white?
posted by wsfinkel at 10:47 PM on July 15, 2001

I'll just head over to filepile and wait for the levy remix inside joke meme things. (yawn)

You know I'm right.
posted by jragon at 11:19 PM on July 15, 2001

[FBI agent typing on laptop keyboard] "Well, according to our computer aging program, she should look about...[turns computer screen around; it has a giant "25" on it] 25 years older."

- "Mother Simpson"
posted by davidmsc at 12:08 AM on July 16, 2001

I swear, I thought those pictures were from The Onion or a hacker's prank or something. Is that really the best the police can come up with? Sad sad sad...
posted by spilon at 7:26 AM on July 16, 2001

I think I found her!
posted by jkottke at 8:14 AM on July 16, 2001

jennak: Does that not strike you as awfully strange? The AP says she *told her family* that she couldn't carry ID when she was off with with her "boyfriend" and "secret lover." As in, apparently, Hey, mom, I'm going off with my secret lover today. Oh, and I can't carry an ID. Wow. Weird parents, or weird woman, or inaccurate report.
posted by raysmj at 8:23 AM on July 16, 2001

Inaccurate report...no. The report states what the lawyers said. The lawyers could be inaccurate, but the report is merely stating what the lawyers said.
posted by jennak at 9:11 AM on July 16, 2001

Not meant to be anything other than just a question, because I can't find an answer and I know someone here can tell me -- isn't Rock Creek Park where Vince Foster's body was found?
posted by Dreama at 9:55 AM on July 16, 2001

On July 20, 1993, police and rescue personnel were called to Fort Marcy Park in suburban Northern Virginia. They found Mr. Foster lying dead with a gun in his right hand and gunshot residue-like material on that hand.

I don't think so, but I'm too lazy to find the original document.

FYI, Rock Creek is huge, and is a common dumping grounds for evidence, bodies.
posted by jennak at 10:38 AM on July 16, 2001

Good god, she looked up a map of a location 2 miles from her house on her laptop and then disappeared, and it's taken the police more than 10 weeks to search that location? I'm wordless.
posted by precipice at 11:42 AM on July 16, 2001

um...jinx, precipice. you owe me a coke. :)
posted by jennak at 11:47 AM on July 16, 2001

jennak -- sorry not to credit you. I followed your link, I just could not believe what it said.
posted by precipice at 11:52 AM on July 16, 2001

Looks like LeFile has been reading Metafilter...
posted by fooljay at 1:05 AM on July 17, 2001

Condit's spokesperson "called into question Levy's character and sexual habits at the very moment the city's Metropolitan Police are scouring Washington's Rock Creek Park for her body."

"It's the kind of hardball ploy you'd expect to find in the heat of a political campaign -- but not in a missing-person case involving a politician who officially isn't a suspect."
posted by jennak at 8:36 AM on July 17, 2001

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