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Fake-News: ‘Charles Manson Granted Parole’

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on June 8, 2014

Outline:
Circulating reports claim that notorious criminal Charles Manson has been granted parole and will soon walk free.

Brief Analysis:
The claims in the reports are untrue. Charles Manson has not been granted parole. Nor is there any indication that he will be granted parole anytime soon. The false parole reports are published by various fake-news websites as a means of gaining more site visitors. New variants of the fake reports surface every few months.

Example:
In a stunning turn on events, it has been announced that long time prisoner will be released from on prison and located to a small country home in Joshua, TX. One of the most famous killers in the American prison system will be walking free.
Charles Manson Parole Fake-News

 

Example:
Charles Manson Granted ParoleCorcoran, California – One of the most famous killers in the American prison system will be walking free. On Tuesday Charles Manson, who is now 79 years old, was granted parole by the California Board of Parole and authorized by California Governor Jerry Brown.Charles Mason Parole Hoax



Detailed Analysis:
According to a report that is circulating rapidly via social media, notorious killer Charles Manson has been granted parole and is set to walk free from prison. The report, which has raised considerable consternation as it travels the interwebs, claims that authorities have decided to release Manson and other elderly prisoners in an effort to relieve prison overcrowding.

However, the report, which was originally published on the Empire News website back in 2014 is just a silly hoax. Charles Manson has not been granted parole. His next parole hearing is set for 2027 and has not been brought forward as claimed.

Empire News is a publication that churns out a stream of fanciful nonsense disguised as news. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.  It includes the following disclaimer on its About page:

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 or satirization. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

Nevertheless, because its articles are presented as news reports, many readers believe that Empire News stories are true and tend to share them with friends.

Since Empire News first published the false report, a number of other-fake news website have regurgitated the same false tale. In fact, new variants tend to appear every few months.

In July 2017, a new version appeared on a fake news website that calls itself “BreakingNews365”. Like all of its sorry predecessors, this latest version is pure fiction.  BreakingNews365 bills itself as an entertainment website and notes in a footer disclaimer that its material “should not be seriously taken or as a source of information”.

It is wise to fact check any news report that comes your way via social media or email before you share it. Especially if the report covers a strange or controversial topic or seems far-fetched.

A quick check of a news aggregator such as Google News should allow you to see if a story is true. Of course, if Charles Manson really had been granted parole, many high profile news outlets around the world would have reported it. Thus, verifying the story via multiple news sources would have been a trivial task.

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