Hoax Alert! Kansas Juggalo DID NOT Murder Westboro Baptist Church Member With Hatchet

Fact Check

  • by: Alan Duke

A story detected as trending on social networks by Lead Stories' Trendolizer system purports that a member of the Juggalos group from Kansas used a hatchet to kiil a member of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church. This is a hoax story published by a known fake news site. It is not true.

The story published on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 is titled: Kansas Juggalo Murders Westboro Baptist Church Member With Hatchet

The photo used to illustrate the fake story was actually taken from a real 2010 newspaper story about a protest by Westboro Baptist Church members.

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The FAKE report claims that a man "who self-identifies as a Juggalo" was arrested in Kansas "after allegedly murdering 42-year old Walter Higgins with a hatchet." The report said Higgins was a member of Westboro Baptist Church, the controversial congregation that often stages hate-filled anti-gay protests.

A snippet of the fake story:

According to police reports, Foster did not resist arrest and thus far has been corporative. Though Foster has been arrested for the 42-year old's murder, it's currently unknown what civil lawsuits are awaiting him. Chief of Police Douglas Carter made the following statement during a press release, "This tragic incident should serve as a reminder to the public, when you encounter these types of protesters, your best course of action is to simply ignore them - do not allow them to bait you into violent behavior."

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This chart shows the trajectory of the HOAX story on social media as measured by our Trendolizer:

  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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