The Longform Guide to Internet Hoaxes
An IM Infatuation Turned to Romance. Then the Truth Came Out.
He was an 18 year old Marine bound for Iraq. She was a high school senior in West Virginia. They grew intimate over IM. His dad also started contacting her. No one was who they claimed to be and it led to a murder.
The Long, Fake Life of J.S. Dirr
John Dirr’s son Eli didn’t really have cancer. In fact, neither Eli nor John Dirr ever existed. The story of a decade-long hoax.
The Lying Disease
On an affliction for the digital age, “Munchausen by internet.”
The Secret World of Lonelygirl
How a 19-year-old actress and a few struggling Web filmmakers created a star.
The Perfect Mark
How a Massachusetts psychotherapist fell for a Nigerian e-mail scam.
Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, the Most Heartbreaking and Inspirational Story of the College Football Season, Is a Hoax
The story was told by Sports Illustrated, CBS News, and countless others: linbeacker Manti Te’o, Heisman trophy candidate and the face of Notre Dame football, was playing brilliantly despite the tragic loss of his girfriend to leukemia early in the season. The reporters missed one key element of Te’o’s story, however: the girl hadn’t died. She couldn’t have. She didn’t exist.