Even in 2015 most people still do not know, when you take a picture with a digital camera or cell phone the device will tag the picture with “Exif” data. Exif data typically contains the time and date that the picture was taken, and usually the location if the picture was taken with a cell phone that has GPS capabilities.
Dylann Roof took the pictures with 2 cameras, a Kodak Easyshare Camera, C1530 and a Unknown Motorola Device. The two flag desecration pictures were taken May 11th 2015. After examining all 60 photos included in Dylann’s Manifesto, we believe the date to be accurate to within 1 day. The time does seem off in some of the pictures, we estimate approximately by 12 hours.
Eric Sheppard Challenge:
Google trends confirms that peak interest in the #ericsheppard challenge occurred right before (with a day or two) Dylann Roof took pictures of himself burning and Stepping on the American flag. As you can see by the other people we’ve listed below, they all participated in the #ericsheppardchallenge in similar ways. They either walk on an American flag, or burn it as a form of protest.