Many social media users have been duped by a satire story claiming 17 dismembered bodies were found in Kentucky. The satire story had 200,000 shares on Facebook as of July 9 for its publisher, Empire News.
The phony story included the quote: “Kentucky law requires that an attempt be made to resuscitate if possible,” said Joseph Goldsmith, a member of the search and rescue team. “I know it seemed to be a long-shot, given the body was in several different pieces, but they require us to make an attempt.”
Fake quotes attributed to nonexistent police officer captain Owen St. Pierre, who is quoted as comparing the case to Showtime series Dexter:
“Two of the bodies identified so far have been determined to have extensive criminal records; we are considering the possibility that these murders could be inspired by the television series Dexter.”
If that wasn’t enough of a heads up the story was fake, the author of the article, A. Michael Smith claims in his biography he graduated from Harvard in 1642 and was “cryogenically frozen and brought back to life in 1981.”
“I can speak gibberish in 18 different languages and often carry on conversations with myself in all 18,” his bio states.
The story may have been inspired by the real news story that a human leg was discovered in Kentucky earlier this month, the International Business Times reported.
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Satire Story was Viral Success
Empire News’ About/Disclaimer page also warns the website is “a satirical and entertainment website” using “invented names.”
The International Business Times reported that the Empire News’ false story “went viral on Facebook and Twitter and got 58,000 Facebook shares within hours.”
There are also tons of tweets about the false news.
Hat Tip: Tristatehomepage.com