Claim: Photographs show the corpse of Osama bin Laden.
Origins: Ever since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on
of the world) has been waiting to see terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden brought to justice and killed or executed. Interest in that event was so keen that misleading messages purporting to offer photographs or video clips of a dead Osama
After bin Laden was finally killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan in May 2011, the prospect of seeing genuine photos of a dead Osama
One such image was run by a number of newspapers who skipped the step of verifying its authenticity:
This picture proved to be a composite created from an image of a live Osama
Another “night-vision” image purported to show
This image, too was a composite, created from a frame taken from the film Black Hawk Down:
Finally, a third image of a bloodied Osama bin Laden was yet another fabricated composite picture created from a real photo of (a live) Osama
Last updated: 5 May 2011
Dunlap, David W. “Fake bin Laden Death Photos Spread on Web and Fool Some Newspapers.” The New York Times. 5 May 2011 (p. A11). Hill, Amelia. “Osama bin Laden Corpse Photo Is Fake.” The Guardian. 2 May 2011.