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Fake News: Morgue Worker NOT Arrested (Again) After Giving Birth To A Dead Man's Baby

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:15:52 Z)

Was 28-year-old Jennifer Burrows, a morgue worker, arrested again after giving birth to a dead man's baby? No, just like two years ago the story is not true. It was copied by a fauxtire site from a website that makes up tales about bizarre crimes and sex acts for entertainment purposes. But despite the blatant copyright infringement the story still isn't real.

The story was republished in an article on 8Shit on July 19, 2018 under the headline "Morgue Worker Arrested After Giving Birth To A Dead Man's Baby" (archived here) which opened:

A 26-year-old morgue worker was arrested this morning after a DNA test revealed that her newborn child was the result of a necrophiliac intercourse with a man she was supposed to autopsy.

Jennifer Burrows, an assistant pathologist with the Jackson County medical examiner services, is accused of having sex with dozens of corpses over the course of the last two years, a behavior which led the birth of a baby boy on January 7.

According to the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, her baby is the son of a man who died in a car accident in March 2017, and whose body she was supposed to autopsy. They allege that Ms. Burrows sexually abused more than 60 other dead bodies, belonging to males aged from 17 to 71 years of age.

Screenshot of https://www.8shit.net/morgue-worker-arrested-after-giving-birth-to-a-dead-mans-baby/

However we already debunked the original story from World News Daily Report back in 2016:

Hoax Alert: Morgue Worker NOT Arrested After Giving Birth To Dead Man's Baby | Lead Stories

Not only was she not arrested, she also didn't give birth to a dead man's baby, just to be clear. Fake news website World News Daily reports on the alleged misdeeds of one 'Jennifer Burrows', supposedly an assistant pathologist with the Jackson County medical examiner services.

Just like the corpse in a zombie-themed horror movie this story keeps coming back alive every now and then. Don't fall for it!

Besides, 8shit.net carries a disclaimer on its about page that reads:

8Shit is a satire and humor website.

It contains cutting edge satire on a diverse range of topics.

The website publishes fake news, shocking rumors and reports with incisive sarcasm, and humor.

We also post crazy real news which often sounds too good to be true.

And an additional disclaimer in the footer of every page:

8Shit is a satire news and humor website. All its content is fiction (except those posts under the "serious" category) and shouldn't be taken as real. All references, names and marks or institutions in this website are used as contextual elements, like in any novel or science-fiction story.

We wrote about 8shit.net before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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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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