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This story was first published on April 22, 2015
Circulating report claims that a retired CIA agent on his deathbed has confessed to assassinating Marilyn Monroe and a number of other people on orders from the American Government.
The claims are untrue. There has been no such confession. The report comes from the fake-news website World News Daily Report, which bills itself as satirical. None of the reports published on the site should be taken seriously.
RETIRED CIA AGENT CONFESSES ON DEATHBED: ‘I KILLED MARILYN MONROE’Norfolk, Virginia| A 78-year old retired officer of the CIA, Normand Hodges, has made a series of astonishing confessions since he was admitted at the Sentara General Hospital on Monday. He claims he committed 37 assassinations for the American government between 1959 and 1972, including the actress and model, Marilyn Monroe.
According to a ‘news’ report being passed around via social media, a retired CIA agent has made a deathbed confession that he assassinated Marilyn Monroe on orders from the US government.
The report claims that the agent, Normand Hodges, also confessed to killing a number of other people between 1959 and 1972. The report notes:
Mr. Hodges, who worked for the CIA for 41 years as an operative with top-level security clearances, claims he was often employed as a hitman by the organization, to assassinate individuals who could represent a threat to the security of the country.
The story features an image supposedly depicting Agent Hodges in a hospital bed.
However, the claims in the report are nonsense. There has been no such deathbed confession from any ex-CIA agent.
The report originates from the fake-news ‘satirical’ website World News Daily Report. In recent years, the site has been responsible for a string of nonsensical stories that have circulated far and wide, duping people as they travel.
The site includes the following clause in its disclaimer document:
WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.
Thus, none of the reports published on the site should be given any credence whatsoever.
Because World News Daily Report presents it stories in news format and the above disclaimer is not displayed alongside the stories, many people are apt to take them seriously and share them online.
The image used in the report actually depicts dying prison inmate Michael Tyrrell handcuffed to a hospital bed and was featured in a November 2013 Guardian news article.
And, for the record, there are no genuine news reports that support the claims in the article.
Fake-news stories like this one are very common. It is thus wise to verify such stories via a credible source such as Google News before you share them. Of course, if the above story were true, mainstream news outlets around the world would have extensively covered it.