Claim: A man from Alabama is on the run after creating a real life human centipede with three women.
Originated from: The Alabama Observer
Date(s) active: Oct 2016
Claims that a man from Alabama is on the run from police after suspected of creating a real life “human centipede” is spreading online. The claims link back to an article on a website called the Alabama Observer. That article reads in part –
Residents in Alabama’s Pullman County have been urged to be on the lookout for a suspect, described as a Caucasian male between the ages of 50-60, who is wanted for questioning over a shocking discovery inside a local warehouse. According to sources familiar with the investigation, the gruesome find was made after authorities responded to an anonymous tip-off from a member of the public.
Once inside the warehouse, investigators were appalled by the scene that confronted them. “After a career of thirty years, dealing with some of the most heinous crimes you could imagine, this was by far the worst,” said one investigator. “As we entered the building, we saw a group of three women crawling on the floor on their hands and knees in obvious distress. It wasn’t until we approached them that we saw the full extent of their situation.”
However the story is completely fictitious, without any truth to it whatsoever. The Alabama Observer appears to be a fake news website, or at least a site that promotes certain fake stories. It was registered and created only a day before it published a series of “news stories” in October 2016.
Many of the news stories featured on the site are genuine, but have been lifted from other sources and put through a “word spinner” – software that swaps certain words with synonyms to make it appear to be a different story from the original.
Of course if such a story did happen involving a real life “human centipede” – a crime made notorious by a movie of the same name – then this would garner plenty of media attention. However no national or local outlets from Alabama have reported on such an incident. Since the only website purporting the story is a website created only days prior with ripped off articles featured on it, we must assume this is one of a growing number of fake news website hitting the Internet .