Professor Stephen L. Morgan wasn't thrilled when he learned Thursday morning that he had the same name as the man wanted for allegedly killing a Wesleyan University student.
Curious, the Cornell University sociology professor went online and found a grainy black-and-white photo of the suspect that was circulating.
"Good thing I don't look like him," Morgan said he thought to himself.
At about 10 a.m., his assistant showed him on her computer a new, clearer photo of the suspect that was making the rounds.
Morgan did a double take. He did look like the guy.
"Then I thought, 'That was me — in 1998,'" Morgan said Thursday.
Wesleyan had posted the photo, which a spokesman said the university got from the police. The cops said they had nothing to do with it.
Regardless, in a flash of a pixel the photo was everywhere as the story went national, from media websites to CNN. Morgan said he thinks the photo was taken for his Massachusetts driver's license in 1998 or '99, when he was a graduate student at Harvard University.
The Cornell media office quickly jumped in to undo the damage and CNN was soon calling with an apology.
Morgan said his emotions have fluctuated between anger and amusement, but "I think we should forgive people when they make mistakes."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times