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Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Samsung invents the on/off switch
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
The worms inside your face
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Writer Behind J.T. LeRoy Comes Clean
Laura Albert, the writer behind J.T. LeRoy, has finally confessed to the hoax.

She says that her psychiatrist encouraged her to write when she was in therapy.
In terms of her attitude to perpetrating a hoax, the article says: When asked if she felt any shame about misleading people, she replied: "I bleed, but it's a different kind of shame... If knowing that I'm 15 years older than (LeRoy) devalues the work, then I'm sorry they feel that way."

Although it was fairly clear that the young man was fictional, even when Geoffrey Knoop (the partner of Laura Albert, and half-brother to LeRoy's 'public face', Savannah Knoop) confessed to his part in the scam, he said he doubted Albert would ever admit it, and was quoted as saying:"For her, it's very personal. It's not a hoax. It's a part of her."

Seems he was wrong.

Previous posts on J.T. LeRoy:
February 07 2006 Knoop Confesses JT Leroy Was a Hoax
October 10, 2005: Is JT Leroy A Hoax?
January 9, 2006: JT Leroy: An Update

(Thanks, J.)
Categories: Identity/Imposters, Literature/Language
Posted by Boo on Thu Sep 28, 2006
Comments (3)
Hmm, apparently the 'submit the word' fits again. Twice in two consecutive posts... so :

"Already"? She should've waited for 2 more weeks, to make it a full year since your first post about it. It would've given us something to celebrate about. smile

T.
Posted by DukeLeto  in  Bucharest, Romania  on  Thu Sep 28, 2006  at  08:02 PM
uhm, i think i'm missing something here. would someone be kind enough to explain to me: LeRoy is supposed to be male, but Laura Alberts voice on the phone and Savannah Knoop in person, both female?
Posted by Grain  in  Bay Area, CA  on  Fri Sep 29, 2006  at  01:43 PM
nevermind, i just read a review of one of the books...
Posted by Grain  in  Bay Area, CA  on  Fri Sep 29, 2006  at  02:47 PM
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