Some Google Street View users were deeply disturbed after images of what looks to be a grizzly murder appeared on the view of a Scottish street.
The Google camera car drives around all over the world to film street views of places, and in this case, the car seemed to have caught the view of a man savagely killed by another man and left in the street. The killing can be seen from far away, and as the camera gets closer, the dead many appears to be laying on the ground while the suspect walks away from his body carrying an axe.
After a concerned Internet user eventually saw the photos months later and called the police, investigators were able to trace the images to a repair shop on a Scottish back road. Authorities were relieved to discover that the dead man was 56-year-old Dan Thompson, owner of the repair shop, and the attacker was 31-year-old mechanic Gary Kerr. The two staged the “murder” when they noticed the Google camera car driving around near them.
“It was in the spur of the moment,” said Thompson. “It seemed like the obvious thing to do so I threw myself on the ground and Gary grabbed a pick-axe handle from the garage. We only had about 20 seconds – it was all we could think of. They [police] were already pretty certain it was a joke because one of their colleagues gets their car serviced here. They thought it was a really good laugh and in five minutes they were gone.”
Thompson says he is shocked that so many people saw the images on Google Street View, as he received numerous calls from concerned friends and family around the time of the police showing up.
“It’s absolutely bizarre,” said Thompson. “I suppose people don’t spend their time looking on Street View at a rough backstreet in Leith.”