January 17, 2013 |
Some of the key participants in the alleged Notre Dame star Manti Te'o-dead girlfriend hoax, have ties right here in the Southland. Lennay Kekua, Te'o's girlfriend, who apparently never existed, supposedly lived in Carson. Deadspin.com, which broke the girlfriend hoax story, first became suspicious when they called several mortuaries in and around the Carson area and dicsovered none of them had heard of Kekua. “We called all the mortuaries in Carson and they had no information,” said Deadspin.com editor Timothy Burke in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.
May 9, 2012 |
Were you among the millions of people who gasped in horror -- and maybe a little glee -- at the story of the scorned dentist who yanked out her ex-lover's teeth in revenge? Turns out the story appears to be a hoax. And among those who fell for it? Yours truly, and the Los Angeles Times. On May 1, I wrote how the story of a vengeful dentist in Poland named Anna Mackowiak was richocheting around the Internet and setting social media channels on fire. On Facebook alone, it was shared thousands upon thousands of times.
September 6, 2012 |
A security threat that forced an airliner to return to Philadelphia was a hoax, officials said on Thursday. US Airways Flight 1267 was an hour en route to Dallas when authorities recalled the plane because of a report that a suspicious item containing liquid explosives had been placed on the airliner. The craft, carrying 74 passengers and crew members, was returned to Philadelphia where it was searched and found to be free of any explosive material, FBI Special Agent Frank Burton Jr. said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.
December 5, 2013 |
It was a reality show all its own. Last Thursday, 30-year-old Elan Gale, a hirsute hipster and television producer whose credits include several seasons of "The Bachelor" franchise, sent a series of tweets to his roughly 35,000 Twitter followers. Explaining that he was on a delayed flight trying to make it home for Thanksgiving dinner, he described the shockingly rude antics of a fellow passenger named Diane. Over a four-hour period, Gale tweeted a blow-by-blow of a feud that apparently played out through an exchange of handwritten notes, which Gale snapped photos of and posted on his Twitter feed.
January 18, 2013 |
Military jets scrambled Thursday night and escorted a flight from Hawaii to Seattle after receiving a hoax call that there was a hijacker aboard. The FBI interviewed one of the passengers aboard the Alaska Airlines flight from Kona, Hawaii, but no arrest was expected, officials told reporters, according to the Associated Press. The incident was being investigated as a hoax, FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told reporters there. Two F-15 jets from the Oregon Air National Guard escorted Flight 819 in to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after a threat call was received at the Honolulu FBI office in the afternoon.
September 7, 2012 |
Christopher Shell celebrated his 29th birthday as the victim of a security hoax that forced authorities to order his flight back to Philadelphia . He celebrated the day after his birthday in custody in Texas on unrelated misdemeanor drug charges. Shell was turned over to Collin County authorities in Texas on Friday morning, officials said. He was being held on two misdemeanor warrants, possession of a controlled substance and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, Lt. John Norton said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.