The Anchor Clue: Fayez on Kodachrome
Of the 2707 images suspected of being taken either in 1991 or 1992, 72 are Kodachrome slides.
Even in its heyday, Kodachrome's complex process K-14 could only be handled by a handful of laboratories. The Kodachrome films from 1992 were sent to BWC Chrome Labs in Miami, Florida. The embossed date on the slide mounts is July 92. The fact that I invariably sought to have film processed immediately upon return from a photo shoot or a trip indicates that this roll was taken in the summer of 1992.
With this information, I was able to utilize the photographs of my cousin Fayez as a departure point for the investigation. Fayez was on a visit to Lebanon from his home in Los Angeles, CA to introduce his American fiancee Melanie to his family. He had not been in Lebanon in 1991. He also never returned to Lebanon after 1992 as he and Melanie were killed in a tragic car accident in the UK not long thereafter.
Please note that not all the clues and rolls are presented here, as they can be rather lengthy and complex. The next few pages are but samples from the full investigation.
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This photo of Fayez handing his video camera to his nephew Michel is from a dinner party given at Michel's parents' home in Ashrafieh in honor of Fayez and Melanie. This photo is known to be from 1992.
Dinner party in honor of Fayez and Melanie. The two gentlemen on either side of the table facing us are representatives of an upscale french fireplace company on a business trip to Beirut, to meet with Fayez's older brother Georges. The company is called Cheminées Philippe. The same two gentlemen can be seen on roll 38.
Fayez is embracing another nephew, Jamil. Jamil's mother Solange, who's also Fayez's sister-in-law standing.
Jamil's T-shirt will serve as a clue on yet another roll of film.
Fayez is seen exiting the building of his brother Georges' summer mountain home in Aashqout, Mount Lebanon.