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Fake News: Charles Manson NOT To Be Released On Parole To Johnson County TX

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 16 Jul 2017 08:39:55 Z)

Notorious hoax/prank website BreakingNews365 published a story titled "Charles Manson to be released on parole, to Johnson County, TX". It opened:

In a stunning turn on events, it has been announced that long time prisoner will be released from on prison and located to a small country home in Joshua, TX.

One of the most famous killers in the American prison system will be walking free. On Tuesday Charles Manson, who is now 79 years old, was granted parole by the California Board of Parole and authorized by California Governor Jerry Brown.

None of it is true. The story bears a close resemblance to a 2014 hoax from fake news website Empire News with the detail about Johnson County, TX being added.


BreakingNews365 is a prank website where users can submit their own headline, description and photo to create realistic looking prank news articles.


Users don't even need to upload their own image, there is a built-in search function that will pull an appropriate image from Google image search.

As you can see in the Trendolizer graph at the end of this article the new version of this hoax is going viral. If you notice anyone from Texas getting a little worried about this news, feel free to send them over here to learn the truth.

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About the author:

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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