Fact Check: There Is NO Serial Killer Of Girls In Eureka, California, As Of Late November 2022

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  • by: Courtney Kealy
Fact Check: There Is NO Serial Killer Of Girls In Eureka, California, As Of Late November 2022 No Such Deaths

Did a serial killer murder a half dozen girls in Eureka, California, in the first two weeks of November 2022? No, that's not true: Lead Stories searched Eureka area news sites and found no crime reports or news alerts about this. "This is false," Eureka Mayor Susan Seaman told Lead Stories in a November 21, 2022, email responding to our inquiry about the claim.

The claim appeared in an Instagram post on November 19, 2022. The text said:

girls in eureka ca (around the bayshore mall area mainly) please please be as careful as possible there's a serial killer right now going around there and grabbing girls up and doing the unspeakable and then murdering them he's done it to like 5 or 6 girls here in the past two weeks and the cops aren't telling anything about it bc they 'don't want him to know their onto him' which in my eyes is bs people need to know and be careful

This is what the post looked like at the time of writing:

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(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Mon Nov 21 23:26:00 2022 UTC)

Both local newspapers, the Times-Standard and the North Coast Journal have no mention of missing or murdered girls.

Amanda O'Neill, police records manager for Eureka, emailed Lead Stories on November 21, 2022, to say there's no documentation for the claim:

This information is very much incorrect. The City of Eureka has not had any homicides reported and no suspicious circumstances near the mall as described in the post.

Seamans elaborated on her rebuttal of the claim, writing:

There has been no news of girls missing - certainly not of a serial killer.

The Eureka claim is not likely related to the only other recent serial murder case Lead Stories found in California in the fall of 2022. News reports can be found here and here about police in Stockton, California, arresting a suspected serial killer on October 15, 2022. Stockton is more than a five-hour drive from Eureka. In the Stockton case, at least six of the victims were men over 21.

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  Courtney Kealy

Courtney Kealy is a writer and fact-checker at Lead Stories. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, she specializes in national and foreign affairs with more than two decades experience in the Middle East. Her work has appeared on FOX News, AlJazeera America, ABC News, the New York Times, Marie Claire, Time and Newsweek.

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