Reddit users may have discovered a murder on Google Maps

The image ... is really a Rorschach test more than anything else. Do you see two people standing over a body wrapped in black plastic with an enormous trail of blood behind it? Or do you see two people about to pet a dog that’s just shaken itself off? Here, have another look.

Reddit users may have discovered a murder on Google Maps


    1. I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all.

      I think crowdsourcing is super good, on the whole, but (as with all reportage) the conclusion has to be consumed critically. Shirky just did a great job in capturing the whole dynamic in one easy to remember endorsement/caution.

  1. Yeah, a dog and people, if you zoom out a bit, you see other people in the vicinity. Not a good time and place to get rid of the body.

  2. Dog and peeps.  I can tell from the pixels and from seeing quite a few satellite images of murders in my time.

  3. I saw that enormous trail of blood, but that’s because I was primed by the headline. Tsk tsk!

  4. Yeah, its classic dog behavior.  The dog was swimming off of the grassy area, and when its master called it came out of the water and started running up the dock.  The water on the dock gets thinner and thinner until the dog reaches its master, at which point it decides its kind of wet and shakes itself off all over everybody, where you see all that “blood”.  Its only red because the wood is some type of red wood, and when it gets wet it turns darker.

  5. From what I can see it´s hardwood. Some hardwood such as massaranduba, Bankirai and other treated hardwood goes red when it wet. It´s probably a dog that went for a drip in the river.

  6. Apparently I’m the only person who looked at the photo and saw some indeterminate blobs that may or may not have even been people. What does that say about me, Rorschach?

    1. I think he is the part of the blob (the other part is the dog). He is bending over with his head pointing to the top right, right arm outstretched towards the dog. I think one can actually see his ass-crack, which amuses me.

  7. I see what I think is a person standing (possibly male) and a person lying down on the deck (possibly female). It looks like some wet person was lying next to her at some point. The wood is obviously darkened by water, which seems to be the obvious choice since they are SURROUNDED by it.

    1. Exactly my first reaction. I don’t recognize a dog or a wrapped body in any of this, but that dark wet spot is wet wood, not blood.

  8. Are you trying to look shady by linking to uproxx instead of the actual discussion on Reddit? ‘Cause it’s working.

  9. observations:
     – wet trail splits at the top of the dock = dog has made at least two trips
     – wet spot has distinct edge on left side = dog didn’t shake, did have a lie down
     – wet trail veers to east side of end of dock near shore
     – muddy bottom of the water is disturbed to the east of where the dock meets the shore
     – netherlands = murder very rare (UN intentional homicide ranking 161/190 countries)
     – dock in clear view of person sitting on bench 50 meters away

     – people standing on the dock, throwing something into the water for the dog to retrieve

  10. Bing maps has a newer version of location.  Surprisingly, there’s a barrier (like a traffic barrier for cars) preventing anyone from going out to the deck. There’s also pieces of the deck missing, pretty much where the major amounts of “blood” are…
    There’s a lot of changes from the google map view, most notably is that the ground cover is much greater, the trees aren’t bare and the surrounding countryside appears to be well populated.

    1. As if it was a crime scene?  As if the wood has been collected for evidence?  I’m sure they do that for every wet dog.

      1. I couldn’t say for sure, but what I do see is that barrier and possibly some more fencing at the entrance to the dock.  Bing’s magnification isn’t as good as Google, but it is newer appearing. There’s disturbed grass areas that have since healed up in the Bing overhead view plus the tree cover is much greater.

  11. Clearly they are oblivious to the shark that wiggled along the pier and taken half of their friend back into the water, covering it with a trail of blood and water.

  12. Years of CSI have tought us that you need a computer that goes “blip blip blip” when enlarging a photo, otherwise, there is no way of knowing what realy happened

  13. Dudes, that’s Almere. 
    In Almere it’s more likely you die of boredom than of homicide. 
    Trust me, I’ve been there. 

  14. Also, that canal doesn’t look very deep. Broad daylight, no car in sight, shallow canal – what could possibly go wrong?

    It looks to me – from the shadows – like two people who have been going back and forth leaving a trail of wet footprints.  Maybe putting in a small inflatable boat? Or the swimming doggie thing.

    Either way, that looks like wet wood, not dark blood.

  15. ” Enhance 34 to 46. Pull back. Wait a minute, go right, stop. Enhance 57 to 19. Track 45 left. Stop. Enhance 15 to 23. Give me a hard copy right there. ” -Deckard

  16. Hey! I know that guy! The one on the right, bending over.

    Seymore. Seymore Butts.

    Christ, what an asshole.

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