HOAX - 'Charles Manson Granted Parole'
OutlineCirculating report claims that notorious criminal Charles Manson has been granted parole and will soon walk free.
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Brief AnalysisThe claims in the report are untrue. Charles Manson has not been granted parole. The story comes from the 'entertainment' website Empire News, an entity that specializes in publishing all manner of nonsense disguised as news reports. Nothing published on Empire News should be taken seriously.
Corcoran, California – One of the most famous killers in the American prison system will be walking free. On Tuesday Charles Manson, who is now 79 years old, was granted parole by the California Board of Parole and authorized by California Governor Jerry Brown.
Viral Report Claims Charles Manson Given Parole
Report is a Hoax
Nothing on Empire News is True
But a quick appraisal of other stories on the site should get your BS meter ticking rapidly. Even the author bio on the Manson story is an indication of the site's veracity:
I was a member of the first graduating class at Harvard University in 1642. I was cryogenically frozen and brought back to life in 1981.
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A quick check of a news aggregator such as Google News should allow you to see if a story is true. For example, if Charles Manson really had been granted parole, many high profile news outlets around the world would have reported it. Thus, verifying the story via multiple news sources would have been a trivial task.
Last updated: June 8, 2014
First published: June 8, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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