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Fake News: Woman NOT accused of stealing a pumpkin by hiding it in her vagina

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Fri, 26 Oct 2018 20:29:25 Z)

Is a woman accused of stealing a pumpkin by hiding it in her vagina? No, this is not true. It is fake news. It is a hoax. In fact, the photo used in this fake story is the mugshot of a woman identified as Amy E. Slaton arrested for shoplifting in Morganfield, Kentucky, on June 21, 2010. You can see the archived arrest record here. Slaton is a very successful YouTube personality. If you like her style, then see her channel here.

The story originated from an article published on October 26, 2018 titled "Woman accused of stealing a pumpkin by hiding it in her vagina" (archived here) which opened:

A woman was arrested this morning in Greenville, Mississippi after trying to steal a 15-lbs pumpkin from a supermarket by inserting the large squash in her vaginal cavity. 31-year old Sonia Smith was intercepted by security guards from a Supervalu store after they saw her enter the store's bathroom

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Woman accused of stealing a pumpkin by hiding it in her vagina

A woman was arrested this morning in Greenville, Mississippi after trying to steal a 15-lbs pumpkin from a supermarket by inserting the large squash in her vaginal cavity. 31-year old Sonia Smith was intercepted by security guards from a Supervalu store after they saw her enter the store's bathroom

The website World News Daily Report is a well known satire website specialized in posting hoaxes and made up stories. The disclaimer on their website is pretty clear about that even though you have to scroll all the way down the page to find it:

World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.

It is run by Janick Murray-Hall and Olivier Legault, who also run the satirical Journal de Mourréal, a satirical site spoofing the (real) Journal de Montéal. Very often their stories feature an image showing a random crazy mugshot found in a mugshot gallery on the internet or on a stock photo website superimposed over a background of flashing police lights or crime scene tape.

Articles from the site are frequently copied (sometimes even months or years later) by varous fake news websites that omit the satire disclaimer and present the information as real.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after a 26-year career with CNN. He mainly covers 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-hosts a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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