Hoax Alert: Slaughterhouse Worker Is NOT Accused Of Murdering 71 Co-Workers

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  • by: Alan Duke

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The story that a slaughterhouse worker in Sulphur Springs, Texas, is suspected of murdering 71 co-workers over 17 years is trending hard on social networks, but it is not true, Lead Stories has confirmed.

Several questionable websites reported that a man identified as Jeremiah Burroughs got rid of his victims at a rendering plant next to the Sulphur Springs, Texas, meat packing plant where he worked.

The police officer quoted in the stories is not a real cop and the photo of the alleged serial killer was lifted from authentic website reports of a Wichita, Texas, man who was charged with 20 counts of child porn possession in March 2015.

As for Sulphur Springs, it is so quiet that the most exciting crime to happen there lately was when a trucker knocked over a lamp post while making a tight turn in a parking lot. The incident was so notorious by local standards that the police chief posted security camera video of it on the police department's homepage.

So, instead of watching six dozen humans butchered, enjoy this exhibit of really bad truck driving.

Lead Stories' motto is "Just because it's trending doesn't mean it's true." Our Trendolizer scours social nets around the world for the hottest hoaxes. Scroll down to see the latest.


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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