Debunking hoaxes and exposing scams since 2003!

Jump To: Example    Detailed Analysis   Comments   References

Fake-News: 'Retired CIA Agent Confesses to Killing Marilyn Monroe'

Jump To: Example    Detailed Analysis   Comments   References


Circulating report claims that a retired CIA agent on his deathbed has confessed to assassinating Marilyn Monroe and a number of other people on orders from the American Government.

Fake News

Brief Analysis

The claims are untrue. There has been no such confession. The report comes from the fake-news website World News Daily Report, which bills itself as satirical. None of the reports published on the site should be taken seriously.



Bookmark and Share

related Links

Related Links

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. Learn how to stay safe online with Hoax-Slayer's comprehensive eBook:



Norfolk, Virginia| A 78-year old retired officer of the CIA, Normand Hodges, has made a series of astonishing confessions since he was admitted at the Sentara General Hospital on Monday. He claims he committed 37 assassinations for the American government between 1959 and 1972, including the actress and model, Marilyn Monroe.


Detailed Analysis

Report Claims CIA Agent Confessed to Killing Marilyn Monroe

According to a 'news' report being passed around via social media, a retired CIA agent has made a deathbed confession that he assassinated Marilyn Monroe on orders from the US government.

The report claims that the agent, Normand Hodges, also confessed to killing a number of other people between 1959 and 1972. The report notes:
Mr. Hodges, who worked for the CIA for 41 years as an operative with top-level security clearances, claims he was often employed as a hitman by the organization, to assassinate individuals who could represent a threat to the security of the country.
The story features an image supposedly depicting Agent Hodges in a hospital bed.

Story is Nonsense - Comes From Fake-News Website World News Daily Report

However, the claims in the report are nonsense. There has been no such deathbed confession from any ex-CIA agent.

The report originates from the fake-news 'satirical' website World News Daily Report. In recent years, the site has been responsible for a string of nonsensical stories that have circulated far and wide, duping people as they travel.

The site includes the following clause in its disclaimer document:
WNDR assumes however 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 persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.
Thus, none of the reports published on the site should be given any credence whatsoever.

Because World News Daily Report presents it stories in news format and the above disclaimer is not displayed alongside the stories, many people are apt to take them seriously and share them online.

The image used in the report actually depicts dying prison inmate Michael Tyrrell handcuffed to a hospital bed and was featured in a November 2013 Guardian news article.

And, for the record, there are no genuine news reports that support the claims in the article.

Wise to Check Social Media 'News' Reports Before Sharing

Fake-news stories like this one are very common. It is thus wise to verify such stories via a credible source such as Google News before you share them. Of course, if the above story were true, mainstream news outlets around the world would have extensively covered it.

Marilyn Monroe

Last updated: April 22, 2015
First published: April 22, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
About Hoax-Slayer

WNDR - Disclaimer
Dying prisoners routinely chained to hospital beds
Fake-News: Articles About Satirical Reports and Websites
Identifying Fake-News Articles and Websites

More stories!

'Internet Capacity Warning' Phishing Scam
According to this email, which claims to be from the 'Support Department' at 'Information Technology Services', your internet capacity is 70% full and you therefore need to contact support to avoid problems.
Published: July 6, 2015

Kroger 'Free Coupons' Survey Scam
Message being distributed across Facebook claims that users can receive free coupons from American retailer Kroger just by sharing a message and visiting a third party website to claim their prize.
Published: June 16, 2015

Pointless Facebook Warning - Hackers Posting Insulting Messages or Sexual Content In Your Name
'Hacker' alert messages circulating on Facebook claim that, without your knowledge, hackers are posting insulting or sexual messages that appear to come from you onto your Facebook Timeline.
Published: June 3, 2015