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Fake News Claims Body of Homeless Man Identified as Elvis Presley

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on February 3, 2015

Outline

Circulating report claims that DNA tests on the body of an elderly homeless man have identified him as Elvis Presley. 

Brief Analysis

The claims are nonsense. The fictional story comes from the fake-news ‘satirical’ website Empire News. Reports published on Empire News are for entertainment purposes only and should not be taken seriously.

Example

Shocking DNA Results Revealed: Body Of Elderly Homeless Man Identified As Elvis Presley

Earlier this month, an 80-year-old, homeless, white-bearded man was found deceased under an overpass in San Diego, California.

Elvis Presley Fake News Post

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a report that is circulating via social media and the blogosphere, investigators attempting to identify an 80-year-old homeless man found dead under a San Diego overpass made a shocking discovery.

Supposedly, DNA tests on the man revealed that he was none other than iconic entertainer Elvis Presley. The report then quotes an FBI spokesperson who revealed that Elvis voluntarily entered the witness protection program back in 1977 because he ‘wanted out of his life’ and wished to become unknown. 

The report includes an image depicting Elvis as a young man alongside an image showing what the star may have looked like as an older man.

But, of course, the story is nothing more than fanciful nonsense. The event described never occurred.

The fictional story was published on the fake-news website Empire News. Empire News considers itself satirical and includes the following disclaimer:

Empire News is intended for entertainment purposes only. Our website and social media content uses only fictional names, except in cases of public figure and celebrity parody. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

The site presents its stories in news format and further implies via its name that its material is real news. Thus, many readers tend to believe the stories and share them with their online friends via social media. The disclaimer is included on a separate “About” page and does not form part of the fictional articles. Empire News has published a series of false reports that have gone viral via social media in recent months.

This current story plays into longing running conspiracy theories that postulate that Elvis Presley did not die in August 1977 as reported by the world’s media at the time. The images used in the article are taken from a website that features an artist’s impressions of what deceased stars may have looked like as they grew older.

It is a good idea to verify any ‘news’ reports that come your way via social media before you share them. Usually, a quick search on a news portal such as Google News will reveal if a story is true. Of course, if the body of a homeless man really had been identified as Elvis, then the story would be front-page news around the world.



Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer