Hoax Alert: Texas Man NOT Found Eating Teenage Boy In Haunted House Attraction

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  • by: Maarten Schenk


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An early Halloween scare story is trending strongly on the internet today, getting over 10,000 likes/shares per hour on Facebook according to Lead Stories' Trendolizer tracking software.

According to the story a teenage boy was being eaten alive by a 'crazy looking man', seemingly as part of a display in an haunted house. One of the visitors to the attraction, a concealed carry permit-toting 'Mike Sullivan' from Texas then used his gun to shoot the creepy cannibal named Philip Harris. The teen who was only identified as being 17 years old and from the Austin, Texas area later supposedly died before emergency services arrived.

Of course all of it is bunk, as the news website reporting the story is a well-known fake news site that runs titles like:

Lead Stories' Trendolizer™ constantly scours social networks worldwide for hoaxes and fake news stories. Scroll down to see the latest.

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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