Apparently metadata isn’t Ragen’s only fake selfie problem. She appears to be confident completely removing her image metadata is enough to avoid a repeat of being caught faking sequences of selfies and intentionally attempting to hide the photo times. Unfortunately for Ragen, Reddit user kalequeen noticed one of this week’s selfies was suspiciously similar to another from last week. Upon closer examination, it’s obvious the photos were taken moments apart.
First, this shot from her late Selfie Sunday post on Monday, October 5, from the week(s) preceding October 4.
Then, this shot from the last Selfie Sunday on Sunday, October 11.
The most obvious similarities are the location, orientation, time of day, angle of the sun, Ragen’s clothes and how they sit, etc. We might give her the benefit of the doubt and assume this is simply a common training time for her since the location appears in many of her selfies. That doesn’t hold up under further scrutiny, and the proof is in the details.
These bikes are in exactly the same location.
Cars and boats are identical.
The same person appears in both photos.
It’s clear Ragen took two selfies at the same time and used them to represent multiple training swims from multiple weeks. This is entirely in keeping with her previous efforts, and leads us to wonder how many of her other selfies are similarly manufactured now there is no image metadata present to incriminate or exonerate her. She wears the same clothes and posts the same boring angles of the same limited number of training locations every week, and we know she will happily lie about anything when she doesn’t think she will be caught.
In any case, the truth will out at Tempe in just five days on Sunday, October 18.