The Museum of Hoaxes
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The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
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

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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