On August 30, the news story of Bethany Storro seemed to be a horror story turned reality. Storro was the poor woman from Vancouver, Washington, that was allegedly attacked by an African-American woman that threw acid on Storro’s face.
As written in “Acid Attack Hoax: Bethany Storro’s Acid Attack Self-Inflicted,”on September 16, by Kaitlyn Piccoli, “…[Storro] has admitted she threw the acid on herself.” Her false accusation thrust her into the media headlines all the while she gained public sympathy.
Others have cried wolf and been in the public eye for their false accusations. Compiling the top three hoax stories that involved false accusations in the recent years proved to be a task. With so many different situations to choose from, only the most notable and recent three will be mentioned.
3. The Bleeding Heart Republican
During the Barak Obama and John McCain presidential race in 2008, one girl took her Republican Party volunteer work to a whole new level. Ashley Todd claimed she was robbed at knife point in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while attempting to withdrawal money from an ATM in October. “She said the man punched her in the back of the head, knocked her to the ground and scratched a backward letter ‘B’ into her face with a dull knife,” reported Associated Press in “McCain volunteer charged in attack hoax.” Todd was taken into custody to be fined for her hoax, but was jailed pending a psychiatric evaluation on her mental state.
2. The Fox that Robbed the Post Office
What do you do when you’ve been robbing your place of employment and you’ve accumulated so much stolen money that you’re sure to be caught soon? You make up a robbery scenario and let someone else fall victim for your crime. It must have seemed like a good idea to Amy Fox, a post office worker in Detroit, Michigan. Fox made a 911 call in which she claimed to have been robbed at work and then told to take her shirt off and lay down on the floor.
“Amy Fox Reports Fake, Armed Post Office Robbery To 911 To Cover Up Her Own Crime (AUDIO, VIDEO),” states that “The entire story was made up to cover up Fox’s own year of stealing from the Post Office in question. Fox is now facing charges.” When the post office she was employed at looked into the missing money, they discovered that the only robber was Fox herself.
1. The Cop that Lacked Police Experience
Police officers are supposed to be the most truthful citizens in our communities; we look to them for protection. In April of 2010, Sgt. Robert Ralston used his 21 years on the force and created a story in which he was shot when he approached two fighting men and attempted to question them.
Deborah Brunswick, as written in her article “Philadelphia cop intentionally shot himself, commissioner says” reported, “…he made up the story, possibly to a get attention or a transfer, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said in a news conference.” He was told to pay the investigation fee and suspended from his position with the police force-it is safe to say he will not be returning. Being a 21 year police veteran, Ralston should have known that forensic evidence would prove his story false.
What will become of Storro?
Although it is still unclear what will happen to Storro at this moment, it is almost certain she will be made to, at the least, pay an investigation fee as was the situation with Ralston. In the case of Fox, she was guilty of stealing as well which makes the penalties for her hoax story more severe. It is possible that Storro could use her mental health as a cushion to avoid serious charges or fees, but she will most likely have to face legal actions.
Kaitlyn Piccoli “Acid Attack Hoax: Bethany Storro’s Acid Attack Self-Inflicted” LongIslandPress.com
Associated Press “McCain volunteer charged in attack hoax” MSNBC.MSN.com
“Amy Fox Reports Fake, Armed Post Office Robbery To 911 To Cover Up Her Own Crime (AUDIO, VIDEO)” HuffingtonPost.com
Deborah Brunswick “Philadelphia cop intentionally shot himself, commissioner says” Articles.CNN.com