RICHARD FREEMAN: The Second Kasai Rex Photo!
Most cryptozoologists are aware of the highly dubious story of a living dinosaur that appeared in the Rhodesia Herald in 1932. Swedish plantation owner JC Johnson claimed to have encountered a 43-foot Tyrannosaurus rex devouring a rhino in the swamps of the Kasai valley in the Congo. The story was accompanied by an unconvincing photo of what looked like a lizard, badly super-imposed onto a dead rhino.
Whilst pootling about on the internet the other day I came across this interesting website: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfmfuseaction=blog.view&friendId=214751458&blogId=438717522
Note from the Highland Tiger (this is actually a broken link)
It showed a second purported Kasai photograph and this one showed not a lizard but a Tyrannosaurus rex. I know nothing about where the picture came from or how old it is but my guess is a modern fake in the style of the petranodon ‘thunderbird’ photo hoax of a few years back. The Tyrannosaur looks like it’s from some stop motion film. It could be Willis O’Brien’s 1918 movie The Ghost of Slumber Mountain in which a Tyrannosaurus kills and eats a Triceratops, or his 1925 offering The Lost World, which has both Allosaurus and a sequence with a Tyrannosaurs killing a triceratops and a Pteranodon. For my money, though, the creature in the photo looks most like the Tyrannosaur in Irving Yeaworth’s 1960 film Dinosaurus! where a living T-rex terrorises a Caribbean island.
If anyone can identify where the monster in the photo comes from it will be me old mate Alan Frizwell, a true dino-movie freak. Over to you, Alan.
Well unfortunately I'm banned from posting on the CFZ site, otherwise I could have given the CFZ's esteemed zoological expert a little backround information on this photograph.
If the members of the CFZ peered over the ramparts of the little world they have created for themselves, and looked at the work of other cryptozoologists and other crypto sites, they would haver known that this photo was the work of an extremely good photo manipulator who goes under the name of Finbar. I wouldn't call this guy a hoaxer because he always admits to his work. This was created a few years back and he occasionaly appears on the www.cryptozoology.com forum site. Most of the regular members on what is the most popular crypto site in the world know of his work.
Perhaps if the CFZ had done a little research first, they may have found the answer to where the original pictures came from.
Finbar admitted that he lifted the image of the Kasai Rex, from a model created by a guy called Yarriwarrior based on a painting by Charles R Knight of an Allosaurus tearing the flesh from an Apatosaurus and then reversed the image.
I hope this answers Mr Freemans questions. I will post a link to this blog on the CFZ comments section, lets see if I get any credit for my efforts.
PS. This image by Finbar has been around since 2007, it's nice to see the CFZ keeping up with current topics