Jeff the Killer (lost original unedited image of Creepypasta character; 2005)
A later touched-up version of the "Jeff the Killer" photoshop; used by Killerjeff in his Creepypasta story of the character.
Jeff the Killer is a Creepypasta character portrayed as a noseless and pale-faced man without eyelids and black loops around his eyes. The infamous character gets commonly used as an internet screamer over time, becoming a widespread Creepypasta tale. The character is also incorporated with the catchphrase "go to sleep."
Origins[edit | edit source]
There are two known versions of the Jeff the Killer image. The earlier variant uses different eyes and a non-distorted smile compared to the second and more famous edit. Both variants could be seen on numerous Japanese imageboards throughout the mid-2000s before becoming popularized by killerjeff on Newgrounds.
The first known appearances of the earlier picture spawned from a Japanese site called "fileman.n1e.jp", which was accompanied by the caption "怖いです系 夏の夜の恐怖・・・" (roughly translating to "I'm scared. The fear of summer nights...").
The image later appeared again on "Pya.cc," and was uploaded on Gazo05.
The second variant of the image that later went on to be used in the Jeff the Killer creepypasta first appeared on pya.cc in November 2005.
When used in an EXIF viewer, the EXIF data (exchangeable image file format) from the secondary edit indicates its alias goes by "Prettyface.jpg." An estimate of two links got associated with the filename. The first archive displays the thread, whereas the second one caches the first image.
Theories[edit | edit source]
On an anonymous imageboard site known as 4chan, some users speculate the still image is a screenshot of a girl's video call from Livestream sharing website, Stickam. The story follows the girl who appeared to be unattractive and was autistic. A snapshot of her Livestream mysteriously floated around 4chan's random board, /b/. In the post's captions, the original poster (OP) impersonates the girl asking if they were pretty or requesting to make the photo look more beautiful. Eventually, many responders participated in tampering with the picture by progressively making it more repulsive. The OP acted to complain about the photoshops as very much more were made. As a result, the poster left the board.
Another rumor scattered that an additional photo was either attached to her Stickam page or shared privately. It was a photograph of her standing next to a family member, wearing a sweatshirt. One of the first notices of this was on a paranormal post of /x/.
Mr. Mulholland, the person who posted the early variant on Pya.cc claimed it arose from a Japanese video of a middle-aged woman. Considering the photoshops that emerged from Japan, it is uncertain Stickam could be their source.
Spread[edit | edit source]
Posted in November of 2007, a YouTube video entitled NNN臨時放送 featured the later edit around the fourth minute and eleven-second mark.
In August 2008, an internet user named "Killerjeff" posted the image on the Newgrounds forums. In the post, he stated it was a picture of himself.
In October 2008, "Killerjeff" uploaded a video presentation of a Creepypasta based on the character. The video gained popularity beyond 700,000 views over time and got deleted due to copyright claims.
In 2011, a story made by "Killerjeff's" brother, "GamerFuelTV," was submitted to the Creepypasta Wiki.
Debunked Rumor[edit | edit source]
On April 20th, 2008, the image was commonly believable to originate from a user's sister who committed suicide. On 4chan's random board, /b/, the OP attaches a picture in the post claiming it got taken the final hours before her alleged suicide. Rumor has it she got made fun of on the forums because of her appearance and internet users went on to photoshop the photo. Consequently, she passed away the next day, leaving OP shocked.
During an investigation of the early Jeff the Killer image findings, a couple of users stumbled upon a MySpace account presenting the woman's photo labelled "Katy Robinson." An early of the image measures back to early 2005 on a Christian parody site, "TrueChristian.com." The woman's actual name is Heather, and she is still alive to this day. Heather insists she has nothing to do with the "Jeff the Killer" images or the bizarre 4chan rumor.
The whereabouts of the images are still unclear, and thus, the origin is still an underlying mystery.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
- Archived Japanese webpage where the first known appearance of the earlier image came from. Retrieved 30 Apr '22
- Archived Japanese thread displaying the early Jeff image. Retrieved 26 Oct '21
- Archived Japanese webpage where the final Jeff the Killer image was first uploaded onto. Retrieved 30 Apr '22
- Archived 4chan thread about the Jeff image came from. Retrieved 26 Oct '21
- Second archived 4chan post on the Jeff image's origin. Retrieved 26 Oct '21
- Third archived 4chan post on the Jeff image's origin. Retrieved 26 Oct '21
- Fourth archived 4chan post on the Jeff image's origin. Retrieved 26 Oct '21
- Fifth archived 4chan post on the Jeff image's origin. Retrieved 26 Oct '21
- Sixth archived 4chan post on the Jeff image's origin. Retrieved 26 Oct '21
- Seventh archived 4chan post on the Jeff image's origin. Retrieved 26 Oct '21
- Miyama's response to the image origins on Twitter. Retrieved 26 Oct '21
- Sesseur's Newgrounds post featuring the image. Retrieved 26 Oct '21
- Archived Creepypasta Wiki page on the Jeff the Killer story. Retrieved 26 Oct '21
- Archived Christian parody website featuring the earliest post of the Katy Robinson image. Retrieved 26 Oct '21
- r/OriginalJTKImage Reddit post claiming Jeff's eyes came from an image of a Mr. Potatohead toy. Retrieved 14 Nov '21
- Second r/OriginalJTKImage Reddit post backing up the claim. Retrieved 14 Nov '21