Posts Tagged ‘Hoax’

German Police Suspect Hansel Story Was Hoax – Plus, Gretel Still Missing

October 9th, 2011 No comments


Hmmmm.  Remember the story of the teenaged boy “Ray” who claimed he had lived in a German forest, with his recently deceased father, for  five years?  I thought it sounded a tad ……. hmmm….. shall we say…. unbelievable.  I posted about  it here.

Well, the Germans must have read my post, because now they are saying they also believe the story to be untrue. 



From the Mail Online

Forest boy Ray has ‘never lived in the wild’: German police doubt story of teenager who said he’d spent years in the woods

The mysterious ‘Forest Boy’ who claimed to have spent years in woods has never lived in the wild, according to German police.

They now suspect the story of 17-year-old Ray’ after examination of his clothes and tent revealed no sign they had been used for very long in the open.

The English-speaking teenager, who refuses to have his picture taken to help find his family, appeared at Berlin City Hall early last month.

He said he had lived five years in the forest with his father Ryan after the death of his mother Doreen in a car accident.

He claimed that when his father died suddenly in August he buried him among trees, and then walked for two weeks to Berlin using a compass and map.

But police and social workers began suspecting two weeks ago that his story was bogus and his motives were suspect.

They cannot understand why the only personal details he has revealed are his birthday and first name. He has told investigators he has no memory of his past.

But doctors say he is in in perfect health with no signs of amnesia or mental problems.

Read more at the Mail Online



Is Joe McGinniss’ Book, “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin” A Hoax?

September 23rd, 2011 No comments


From Big

Explosive Email Shows Anti-Palin Author McGinniss, Random House Likely Published Literary Hoax (Updated)

by  Andrew Breitbart

The awful launch week for the over-hyped, expected bestseller The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, by controversial author Joe McGinniss, just got worse. Much worse.

After a week of universally scathing pans from the reflexively anti-Palin establishment media, McGinniss now faces the fight of his literary life: the accusation that he seems to have knowingly submitted a book to his publisher, Crown/Random House, that was filled with unproved “tawdry gossip” and rumors that lacked “factual evidence.”

In the email below, sent in January of 2011, McGinniss reveals that his manuscript, then under legal review at Crown/Random House, could not prove its most headline-grabbing allegations. And yet, many of these “salacious stories” that lacked “proof” (in McGinniss’s own words) ended up in the book, and on televisions everywhere during the author’s current media tour … without proper sourcing, and without any apparent new evidence to support them.

McGinniss’s panicked state is evidenced by the identity of the recipient to whom he sent his email of distress. Jesse Griffin was the author of an obscure, low-rent, and now-defunct anti-Palin blog that obsessed over Trig Palin’s maternity–claiming, without any evidence, that Sarah Palin was not Trig’s mother.

Was Random House aware that its prized author was making a desperate overtime bid to save face? And if so, why did it allow him to come forth with most of those tawdry accusations without proof or proper sourcing?

This would not be the first time McGinniss has found himself in trouble over accusations of unethical journalism. In 1987, McGinniss agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the convicted murderer who was the subject of McGinniss’s book Fatal Vision.  He has also admitted to having surreptitiously distributed a competitor’s manuscript about Palin that was handed to him by his own publisher. The leak allegedly damaged the commercial viability of that book.

In 2003, Random House released a larger-than-life, massive bestseller by James Frey entitled A Million Little Pieces. Later, it was revealed that the book was a fantastical literary hoax that made its way past some of the highest-paid and most respected editors and lawyers in the literary world. Doubleday/Random House felt compelled to offer full refunds to those who had bought the book.

Has history repeated itself?

Mr. McGinniss has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

Read the rest and the email at Big


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