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Before we look at some pictures, I just want to comment on the Statement Of Recognition from Visionics on Mrs. Duke's website. We have been encouraging her for several years to establish a website and show her documentation, as we had on Linda Snyder's website. And now all we see is the top half of a fax transmittal labeled "Page 1," and on "Page 2" (in a different font) all we see is a scanned image of the statement on the back cover of Mrs. Duke's book. No signatures, no list of pictures that were examined, nothing. So we don't know anything new, just that they felt "with reasonable confidence" that the pictures matched.

Bill McCann hadn't given her a written statement at first, but when this controversy began, he did give her one that is also on her website, telling us that after visually examining her pictures he determined with a high degree of certainty that the faces matched. So Mr. McCann looked at the pictures but makes no reference to measurements, etc. that one might expect from an expert.

The third expert, a forensic artist, didn't give Mrs. Duke a written statement and doesn't want to participate in the debate now. She did, however, grant an interview in August 1997 with Mr. Kent Biffle, a columnist for the Dallas Morning News. The interview was granted on condition that her name not be used. She stated that she couldn't tell Mrs. Duke anything conclusively, adding "She's found a number of coincidences and similarities. The only real encouragement I offered was to suggest that she organize her evidence in a more analytical format, rather than just dumping a bag of materials on a table."

And now a word to you, Betty. Since it now appears that Melissa Roberts, your editor, wrote the captions for the pictures in your book, I don't believe that you, at any time, have claimed positive matches on any of the pictures. But in the lengthy essay on your website, author not named, we are told that a photo of Zerelda exactly matched James L. Courtney's mother. A photo of Dr. Rueben Samuel was positively matched to a photo in the Courtney family connection. A photo of Archie Payton Samuel, half-brother of Jesse James, was positively matched to a boy in the Courtney family collection identified as "a relative." The boy Tim Howard, who later changed his name to Jesse Edward James, positively matches a boy in the Courtney family photo album. And the creme de la creme? James L. Courtney's photograph was positively matched to the historically accepted photograph of Jesse James. (The italics here are from your website).

My request to you, Betty, since the words "positive match" are not seen anywhere in the statements from your professional experts, is that you either add a disclaimer to that paragraph or, better yet, delete the entire paragraph. All in the name of truth and honesty, of course.

In the photo section of your book and on your website, under the image of Lucy Andruss, wife of William Harvey Andruss (the woman you say is unidentified), is an interesting caption. You note that James L. Courtney named one of his daughters Louisa, your point being that Jesse James' half sister was Sarah Louisa. Yes, JLC did that and he also named two other daughters Mary Diannah and Nettie Andruss, carrying on his mother's first and maiden names.

Now, let's look at some pictures and affidavits.

Affidavits
William Harvey Andruss
Diannah Courtney/Haun
Diannah Courtney/Haun and Sons
Theodore Haun Family
Floyd A. Haun
Diannah Courtney/Haun and Sons
Diannah Courtney/Haun and Sons


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