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Fake-News – ‘Old Lady Arrested For Making Fur Coats From Cats’

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Circulating report claims that an 85-year-old woman in Waco, Texas has been arrested on suspicion of making fur coats from local cats she had kidnapped.

Brief Analysis

The claims in the report are untrue. The arrest described did not occur. The story comes from the fake-news website World News Daily Report. The image used in the story depicts an Atlanta woman arrested for possessing nine pounds of marijuana. Nothing published on World News Daily Report should be taken seriously.

Example

‘Little old lady’ Arrested for Making Fur Coats with Neighbor’s Cats

Waco | An 85-year old Texas woman has been arrested by local law enforcement after being caught on film kidnapping one of her neighbor’s cats with which she is accused of making fur coats.

Old Lady Cat Coat Hoax

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a report that is being shared via social media, an 85-year-old woman in Waco, Texas has been arrested on suspicion of making fur coats out of neighbourhood cats.

The report claims that the woman was filmed kidnapping one of her neighbour’s cats. Supposedly, suspicions were raised after cats in the area began disappearing and cat owners recognised their missing cat’s fur in coats the woman was seen wearing.
The report includes a picture that appears to show the ‘little old lady’ after her arrest.

However, the claims in the story are untrue. There are no credible news reports about such an arrest in Waco. In fact, the story was simply made up.

The image used in the story is taken from a February 2013 news report about a 79-year-old Atlanta woman who was arrested for possessing nine pounds of marijuana.

The false story comes from the fake-news website World News Daily Report. The site has been responsible for a series of nonsensical articles that have gone viral on social media, duping many users as they travel. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.

The site includes the following disclaimer:

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.

Over the last few years, many new fake-news ‘satirical’ websites have emerged. Between them, they churn out an endless stream of nonsense, much of which circulates far and wide.

It is therefore wise to check any ‘news’ stories that come your way before you share them. You can usually quickly verify if a story is true by searching a news portal such as Google News.

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