Ibelieveinharveydenttoo.com

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[edit] Discovery

[edit] May 19, 2007

Shortly after Ibelieveinharveydent.com came online, a comic book store employee in Southern California reported that Joker cards were found in the shop, with "I believe in Harvey Dent too! Hahahaha!" rubber stamped all over them.


Photo by cired


This led to the discovery of Ibelieveinharveydenttoo.com. The webpage displayed the Harvey Dent poster from Ibelieveinharveydent.com, but altered Dent's face to include red lipstick and blacked-out eyes like The Joker. At the bottom of the page was an email sign-up form.


Image:IBIHDT.jpg


[edit] Participation

By adding their email address, a site visitor could replace one pixel in the altered Dent poster with one from a second image. Emails from tragicpast@ibelieveinharveydenttoo.com were received with this message:

I always say, you never know what a man is truly made of until you peel the skin off his face one piece at a time.

X: ---

Y:---

By entering in the X and Y coordinates at the URL written at the end of the message, a pixel could be deleted to reveal a new pixel underneath.


  • Sending a reply to tragicpast would cause it to send another message:

People always ask me about my charming boyish smile. Jessica used to love it. She was the loneliest girl in high school, and my first big kiss...

This could possibly be a reference to "Rory's First Kiss," the code name used for "The Dark Knight" during production. Another reference to a "kiss" would later be found in Rorysdeathkiss.com.

[edit] Reward

After enough emails were registered and coordinates were entered, the second picture was finished and revealed to be the first picture of Heath Ledger as The Joker from The Dark Knight.


Image:IBIHDT_Joker.jpg

[edit] May 21, 2007

Shortly after the picture was revealed, the page was removed and replaced with the text "Page not found." However, highlighting the entire page showed hidden text: "ha ha ha" repeated hundreds of times and various stray letters. Rearranging these letters revealed a threat from the Joker:

see YOu In DECeMbER

This threat is identical to a sentence revealed in a Dark Knight casting side that was released on April 1, 2007. This would later prove to be more than an idle threat: one of the two online prizes for completing the cake hunt were tickets to a showing of the film's prologue, thus allowing the audience to "see" the Joker in December.




[edit] Report

In July 2008, Whysoserious.com updated with a checklist of Joker trails that included the following report regarding Ibelieveinharveydenttoo.com.


GOTHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT

Do Not Disseminate
Police Department Use ONLY

GPD REPORT OVERVIEW An unknown suspect employed the help of thousands of goons in his efforts to terrorize local politics by defacing Harvey Dent campaign materials. The crimelord then showed his face for the first time on-line, prompting legions of followers to join his latest cause, the nature of which is still unclear.


DETAILS: Enter details of offense/incident.
May 19th, 2007 between the hours of 4:30pm and 7pm
Shopkeepers throughout Gotham began discovering playing cards with the words "I Believe in Harvey Dent, Too" scrawled across their surface. THis was a sly reference to the politician's campaign website, Ibelieveinharveydent.com. Citizens entered Ibelieveinharveydenttoo.com into their browsers, and were shocked to discover a vandalized campaign poster, depecting Dent as a demented clown-type figure.


May 20th, 2007 at 9am
Despite a citywide transmission from the GPD warning citizens against any and all contact with this potentially dangerous individual, thousands of people began offering him their e-mail addresses, thus joining his crew of wanted criminals. Participants were encouraged to "peel off" Harvey Dent's skin, though no direct threat on the assistant DA's life was ever proffered.


May 20th, 2007 at 9:30am
MCU attempted to take down [[Ibelieveinharveydenttoo.com, but the security code could not be cracked.


May 20th, 2007 at 10:30am
As more e-mail addresses filtered into the pirate website, they triggered a chain reaction which transformed the image of Harvey Dent, unraveling a photo underneath.


May 20th, 2007 at 1pm
The subversive photo on Ibelieveinharveydenttoo.com was fully uncovered and the suspect's face was finally revealed, although it remains to be seen whether or not this image was a decoy to throw us off the trail of the actual perp. Some officers theorized that this might be "The Joker," though many believe him to be an urban myth.


May 21st, 2007 at 11am
The offending website disappeared and was replaced with an error message. After careful examination, the "error" page was found to contain a hidden message which merely consisted of a series of "Ha, ha, ha" phrases, repeated dozens of times maniacally across the page. These words, once decoded, unveiled a cryptic threat warning readers that he would "See you in December."


AFTERMATH:
The switchboard at police headquarters was inundated with thousands upon thousands of calls. Gotham citizens were immediately frightened at the hideous visage of this new, ghoulish menace and they wanted answers as to how we were going to pursue him. Harvey Dent was urged to hire additional personal security personnel, but he refused.


CONCLUSION:
This series of events was as exhaustive as it was enigmatic. Though the alteration of Harvey Dent's campaign poster was grotesque, there was no physical vandalism perpetrated within the Gotham city limits. We must proceed with caution, however, due to the immense scope of this swelling crime syndicate.



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