We all know the story about the horrifying Nessie from the Loch Ness lake. The most popular photograph of Nessie is believed to have been taken by Dr. Robert Kenneth Wilson in the 1930s. However, it became clear that the monster was a fake.
In 1994 Christian Spurling made a confession on his deathbed regarding the truth behind the famous photo. Spurling’s stepfather was once humiliated by the Daily Mail newspaper and he wanted revenge. So he asked his son, who was a professional model-maker, to create something in order to fool the public that there was really a monster in the lake.
What Dr. Wilson sent to the Daily Mail as a proof of Nessie’s existence was actually a photograph of Spurling’s creation. He modeled a toy submarine and added a long neck and a head to it. The whole piece was around 45 cm long, and about 30 cm high. Spurling’s stepfather then took some pictures of the “monster” in the lake and asked Dr. Wilson to develop them convincing him it was a real monster. Dr. Wilson then sold one of the photos to the Daily Mail and that’s how the “proof” got out.