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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Dead Husband Hoax
A woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after faking her husband's death (with the help of her husband). The two of them dug up a corpse from a grave, put it in their car, and lit it on fire. The police weren't fooled. Apparently the husband had been sentenced to jail, and the scheme was an elaborate way to get out of having to go. Now they're both going to jail. So the plan really didn't work. My impression is that forging a death certificate is, by far, the easiest way to fake your death. Staging an accident with a substitute corpse is pretty hard because the police have much better ways of identifying bodies nowadays.
Categories: Death
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 05, 2005
Comments (3)
American serial killer H.H. Holmes allegedly did the same thing with his partner. They'd take out a life insurance policy on the partner, kill a bum, burn the corpse's face with acid to disguise it, and set the thing on fire. Then finally collect the insurance money.
Posted by Nigel  on  Fri May 06, 2005  at  09:08 AM
They shoulda removed the teeth and hands, then burn it in a car. This would make it appear the dude was murdered. What would be the odds of police figuring it out with their already huge work loads involving murders and nothing really to work with - no dental and no finger prints.
oh oh

Hmmmm.... smile
Posted by Papazombie  in  Edmonton  on  Sat May 07, 2005  at  01:12 AM
Problem being that a murder victim attracts a LOT more attention than an accident victim, who in turn attracts more attention than someone who dies quietly at home while watching bad TV.

Mind, it's pretty blatantly obvious that a given body has been dead a few days. If people realized just how eager all the bacteria in their bodies was to devour them...
Posted by Bobcat  on  Sun May 08, 2005  at  02:19 AM
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