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Retired Postman DOES NOT Have Over 1,300 Illegitimate Children

  • by: Jeremy Smith
  • (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 22:56:27 Z)

There is a story making the rounds on the interwebs about a retired postman from Nashville, TN with the header "DNA Tests Prove Retired Postman Has Over 1,300 Illegitimate Children". NOT TRUE. It come's from a known hoax/satire site but folks don't always understand that.

The hoax story starts with "An 87-year-old former postman has been proven to have fathered over 1,300 illegitimate children after a private investigator hired by a Tennessee family discovered the shocking truth. The investigation that has gathered thousands of DNA samples and testimonies over a 15-year period ultimately proves the man is the father to literally thousands of illegitimate children in the region".

The story continues:

Contraception wasn't very popular in those days," he told local reporters in his defense. "I have nothing to be ashamed of. The 60s were the good old days and I did a great Johnny Cash impression which played out real good with the ladies," he explained. "Some even thought I was Johnny Cash for real," he recalls laughingly. "I don't know if they really believed it or if they were trying to convince themselves, but who was I to say no to a quickie?" he acknowledged.

The outrageous story goes on:

It all started in 2001 when two different men that had nothing to do with each other hired me to find their biological father. I was astounded after further investigation to realize they both originated from the same person. That is when the mystery started unraveling and it became a personal mission of mine, whenever I had some free time, I'd try and track down other testimonies. Eventually, DNA testing became really cheap and easy to use and helped me gather a lot of information in the latest years," he acknowledges.

The image in the hoax article of the retired postman actually comes from a TRUE story from 2012 titled "Ben Ludlow Senior - 97 year old man whose wallet was stolen in the Perth suburb of Stratton 2 August 2012". Poor guy.

postman.jpgAs for the image of "Author Anthony Kendall", it is actually an image of David Stockman, former budget director for U.S. President Ronald Reagan. He's a REAL author. Now you know.


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