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Fake News: Woman NOT Arrested After Her Boyfriend Died From Suffocation During 69

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 06 Nov 2018 09:35:42 Z)

Was a woman arrested in Culiacan, Sinaloa in Mexico because she asphyxiated her boyfriend with her vagina during sex? No, that's not true: a false story circulating via Mexican Facebook pages got translated by a U.S. based "fauxtire" site but it is not real.

The story appeared in English through an article published by 8Satire on November 5, 2018 titled "Woman Arrested After Her Boyfriend Died From Suffocation During 69" (archived here) which opened:

Culiacan, Sinaloa.- A woman may face charges for manslaughter after suffocating his partner to death during a very well known sexual position. According to the police officer, Gary Cockburn, the couple drank big amounts of alcohol before the sexual act. The woman, whose name remains secret to protect her, declared that due to the drinks the drank, they got horny. They decided to get naked, and since she was horny, she was in "automatic mode", so she got on top of him, and put her big thingy over his mouth, officially beginning the popular "69" position.

Screenshot of https://www.8satire.com/woman-arrested-after-her-boyfriend-died-from-suffocation-during-69/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so they may have confused it with real news if they weren't paying too much attention:

Woman Arrested After Her Boyfriend Died From Suffocation During 69

Culiacan, Sinaloa.- A woman may face charges for manslaughter after suffocating his partner to death during a very well known sexual position. According to the police officer, Gary Cockburn, the couple drank big amounts of alcohol before the sexual act. The woman, whose name remains secret to protect her, declared that due to the drinks the [...]

There are several pointers the story is not real. For starters, "Gary Cockburn" is a fake name used in many stories published on 8Satire and the article mentions 'NotiSin' as the source, specifically this Facebook post:

That page describes itself as an "Entertainment website", not a news outlet. And in a later post the page brags about the big impact the story is having, with other websites copying their "coverage":

The woman pictured with the story was not arrested for murder at all and the police are not hiding her name. It is "GRACIELA CRUZ GARCIA" according to this report from 2012 claiming she was arrested for drug trafficking, with the police claiming she was their "heaviest" suspect up to that point:

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Finally, 8Satire carries following disclaimer at the bottom of each story:

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 8satire.com 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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