Fake News: Florida Man, High On Meth, Did NOT Cut Off Genitals, Feed Them To Alligator

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: Florida Man, High On Meth, Did NOT Cut Off Genitals, Feed Them To Alligator

Did a Florida man, who was high on meth, cut off his own genitals and fee them to an alligator? No, that's not true: It is a hoax story published by a known fake news website that generates web traffic by publishing outlandish reports not based in reality. The "local media" source does not exist and the incident never happened.

The story originated from an article published on April 27, 2019 titled "Florida man, high on meth, 'cuts off genitals, feeds them to alligator'" (archived here) which opened:

A 52-year old man from Tavares in Florida's Lake County is tonight in intensive care after he was seriously injured during what has been described by investigators as a 'five-day binge on methamphetamine'. According to reports by local media, the victim, Mr Frank Canfield, was found by neighbors 'writing on the ground in pain' outside his property.

As his neighbors approached Mr Canfield, they could see he was 'clutching his groin region', which seemed to be soaked in blood. "I asked him what he'd done," commented one of Mr Canfield's neighbors, who was not named in the article. "He told me he'd hurt himself badly and asked me to call for help".

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Florida man, high on meth, 'cuts off genitals, feeds them to alligator' - Boston Leader

A 52-year old man from Tavares in Florida's Lake County is tonight in intensive care after he was seriously injured during what has been described by investigators as a 'five-day binge on methamphetamine'. According to reports by local media, the victim, Mr Frank Canfield, was found by neighbors 'writing on the ground in pain' outside ...

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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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