Death Row Inmate Eating An Entire Bible As His Last Meal Is Fake News
By Shawn Rice
Reports that a death row inmate ate an entire Bible as his last meal is fake news. Recently, state officials in Arkansas initially scheduled eight condemned inmates to die over 11 days — the fastest pace of executions in decades. Some executions were blocked by the courts. However, an article reporting that inmate Jeremy Morris decided to have a Bible as his last meal was a hoax. Where did this fake story originate?
World News Daily Report published a hoax news article on April 25, 2017, which falsely reported that a death row inmate named Jeremy Morris ate an entire Bible for his last meal. It was accompanied by the following photograph, showing a man with heavy face and neck tattoos, including a pentagram on his forehead. You can also read text from that fake news story below.
“When the prison staff asked 33-year Jeremy Morris if he wanted anything special for his last meal, he answered “I just want a Bible”.
The prison guards of the William C. Holman Correctional Facility thought he wanted to pray and repent, so they gave him an old copy of the King James Bible.
Against all expectations, the condemned murderer began tearing up the holy book and eating it.”
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
— BK (@1worldbuzz) April 27, 2017
A death row inmate in Alabama asked for a bible as his last meal and proceeded to eat the whole thing. Power moves only
— Ben Larmer (83) (@FarmerLarmer) April 27, 2017
@bronsonjbarton, I guess some people literally feast on the word. Go figure.
Death row inmate eats an entire Bible https://t.co/rRQry6OPeN
— Thomas Anderson (@OneStringBass) April 29, 2017
— #Naijapals.com (@Naijapals) April 28, 2017
However, World News Daily Report is an entertainment web site that has a long history of publishing misinformation and hoax stories, according to Snopes. World News Daily Report carries a disclaimer labeling all of its content as fiction which you can read below.
“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.”
In addition to this story’s source, the man pictured is not named Jeremy Morris, but is in actuality a mugshot of a man named Michael Campbell, a registered sex offender who gained some internet notoriety in 2013 when two mugshots showing how he looked before and after he got his face tattooed went viral.
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