Bethany Storro recently became a national media sensation when her story hit the news. Bethany Storro claimed an African American woman she did not know threw acid in her face as she was exiting her car. The supposed random act of violence frightened many people across the world and may have motivated a copy cat crime in Arizona. Police have now released the news that Bethany Storro lied and the attack against her did not take place.
According to MSNBC, Vancouver police say discrepancies in Storro’s story led to the uncovering of the truth and Storro’s confession. The acid wounds on Bethany Storro’s face were self-inflicted. The police have not provided any motivation for Storro’s lies or self-inflicted wounds.
Grumblings of a possible hoax started to appear on the internet soon after the alleged attack became news. Police had been unable to find any witnesses for the attack although many people were in the area at the time. Other unusual facts, such as Storro’s wearing of sunglasses, also led to questions. Bethany Storro’s supporters remained firm in her support and stated to the media and reporters that she would not lie about this situation.
Bethany Storro’s story ignited a firestorm. Many people believed the attack had been a hate crime due to Bethany’s description of her alleged assailant. News stations, articles, and blogs about Bethany Storro’s attack were filled with comments concerning the races of the victim and attacker. Storro’s lie created unnecessary unease and outrage for a supposed hate crime that did not occur.
Bethany Storro may now face charges for her lie. The investigation into her alleged attack cost the city of Vancouver, Washington time and money. AOL News has reported that Bethany Storro’s mental state is being evaluated and she is remorseful for her actions, which could help determine the next steps in her case. At first it was wondered what could possess someone to commit such a horrendous random act of violence against another person, but now the question concerning Bethany Storro is, why would she make this up?
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