Knowing there would be disbelievers, the U.S. says it used convincing means to confirm Osama Bin Laden's identity during and after the firefight that killed him.
But the mystique that surrounded the terrorist chieftain in life is persisting in death.
Was it really him? How do we know? Where are the pictures?
Already, those questions are spreading in Pakistan and surely beyond. In the absence of photos and with his body given up to the sea, many people don't want to believe that Bin Laden - the Great Emir to some, the fabled escape artist of the Tora Bora mountains to foe and friend alike - is really dead.
U.S. officials are balancing that scepticism with the sensitivities that might be inflamed by showing images they say they have of the dead Al Qaeda leader and video of his burial at sea. Still, it appeared likely that photographic evidence would be produced.
Folk hero: Posters of Osama Bin Laden are displayed for sale at a market in Quetta, Pakistan. It's almost inevitable that the Bin Laden mythology will not end with the bullet in his head.
'We are going to do everything we can to make sure that nobody has any basis to try to deny that we got Osama Bin Laden,' John Brennan, President Barack Obama's counter-terrorism adviser, said. He said the U.S. will 'share what we can because we want to make sure that not only the American people but the world understand exactly what happened.'