I'd really like to thank "anonymous" and Jay for directing me to this really cool website snopes.com. Although the picture I was sent was a hoax, snopes has some good pictures they insist aren't hoaxes, including a scary picture of Michael Jackson and a somewhat humorous tombstone. Check the website out and keep them in mind the next time you get an email with a story that seems a bit incredible. They address all sorts of urban legends and email hoaxes. It's definitely worth a look.
Update: Always be cautious with anything you read on the internet. Click.