Fake News: Athens, TX woman NOT Charged, Did NOT Claims She Made Cheating Husband Eat His Own Genitals

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Athens, TX woman NOT Charged, Did NOT Claims She Made Cheating Husband Eat His Own Genitals

Did an Athens, Texas woman get arrested for forcing her cheating husband to eat his own genitals? No, that's not true: it is just a rehash of an old hoax story that keeps being reposted with some changes in location every few months. It is not real, it did not happen.

The latest version of the story appeared in an article published by the website CGC News on September 16, 2018 titled "Athens, TX woman charged: claims she made cheating husband 'eat his own genitals'" (archived here) which opened:

A 43-year old woman from Henderson County, Texas is in custody after authorities were called to a property in Athens late last night to respond to a reported domestic disturbance.

Upon arrival, the officers found a confronting scene. In the master bedroom, a 49-year old man, and the husband of the accused woman, lay in a pool of blood with a gruesome wound to his groin.

The man was found to have had his penis and testicles 'cleanly severed' with a sharp instrument, believed to be a knife that was found on the bedside table. The wound was dressed and the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he is now listed in a serious but stable condition.

Investigators searched the property, but could find no sign of the man's genitals, or his wife, who a neighbor claimed had been heard shouting and screaming at her husband earlier in the night. The wife was located later in the evening at her parent's home.

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail and it looked convincingly real to many people:

Athens, TX woman charged: claims she made cheating husband 'eat his own genitals'

A 43-year old woman from Henderson County, Texas is in custody after authorities were called to a property in Athens late last night to respond to a reported domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, the officers found a confronting scene. In the master bedroom, a 49-year old man, and the husband of the accused woman, lay in ...

But we debunked the exact same hoax but set in a different location back in April 2018:

Fake News: Covington County Woman Did NOT Force Feed Cheating Husband His Own Genitals | Lead Stories

Did a 41-year old woman from Covington County in Alabama force feed her husband his own genitals for cheating on her? Nope, that did not happen, the story was false and came from a known fake news website.

And in three more locations in April 2017:

Fake News: Woman Did NOT Make Cheating Husband Eat His Own Genitals | Lead Stories

Hoax Alert It did not happen in Casselberry (Floriday), Pell City (Alabama) or Greenville (Mississippi), despite what several fake news websites are claiming.

The site that posted it is very likely part of a network set up by the owner of the previous sites that published the hoax. His modus operandi is to keep reposting the same fakes over and over again but set in different locations, using social media to seed each version of the story.

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  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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