"Satan in the Smoke" Emails

On the morning of September 11, immediately after two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in Manhattan, photojournalist Mark D. Phillips took a picture that would prove to be one of the most evocative and disputed images of that tragic day. Many peple later construed the image of the smoke in his photo of the burning buildings to compose the face of Satan. These e-mails related to this picture provide a revealing portal into Americans' responses to the attacks in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

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I have spoken to several fellow employees who are "spooked" by your picture.  I don't understand why they would be.  Provided it is not a doctored photo, everyone assumes that because it is a picture...

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I know the photograph was not doctored while i was watching video of the tragic attack i too saw the face on live tv. Thanks for the wonderful coverage and reporting of events keep up the good work.\n...

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FYI, there's a way to copy this image by right-clicking, but I'm sure most don't know about it.This was obviously a great tragedy of unspeakable evil and I appreciate your efforts in preventing others...

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Hi my name is Josh and I was wondering about the video tape and if there was a web site on it if there is I would greatly appreciate it if you could e-mail me back and tell me thank you very much    ...

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Dear Mr. Phillips,   Thank you for sharing this picture.  Whatever it is, whoever it is, I believe you have captured something on film that should give us all reason to give some thought to where our...

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in reference to the face in the smoke picture. when it was aired on TV, I saw the face, but did not say anything, now that there is proof, i can let people know it is so. thanks for this information.\...

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As Billy Graham's daughter was saying this morning as Brian Gumball askedWhy did God let this happen?" Her answer; "Over the last several years the Schools, the Government and the People have asked Go...

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hey mark, they forwarded that message to me. I just returned home from vacation.I got stuck in alaska and it took me five days to get back. but we're here and safe now.hope all is well with you. I thi...

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Dear Mark,First, thanks for being on the scene and taking excellent photographs. It was a horrible attack, and the fact that guys (and gals) like you were there to document it is very important. That'...

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