A while back I posted that my children's photos were stolen by someone who pretended the children were their own as part of a sick internet hoax. The full story about the elaborate hoax was published on Gawker yesterday. It makes amazing reading. Link
The Long, Fake Life of J.S. Dirr: A Decade-Long Internet Cancer Hoax Unravels
On the evening of May 13, Mother's Day, a Canadian woman named Dana Dirr was hit head-on while driving to the Saskatchewan hospital where she worked as a trauma surgeon. She was 35 weeks pregnant, but determined to work until the moment she gave birth. The morning after the crash, her husband John ("J.S.") Dirr posted a note on Warrior Eli, a Facebook page the Dirrs had created to document their 5-year-old son Eli's battle with cancer: "Last night at 12:02am I lost the love of my life," J.S. wrote. "I lost my wife, the mother of my children, and my best friend." Miraculously, Dana had held on in the hospital just long enough to have her baby—a daughter, and the Dirr's eleventh child. Read more here LINK
The Daily Mail also ran a story: Link
Revealed: How female medical student tricked hundreds of people for 11 years with bogus blog about cancer boy whose mother died in car crash
- Ohio medical student, 22, invented several online characters using profiles on sites like Facebook and lifting photos from the internet
- She is not thought to have committed a crime, however, as she did not appear to materially gain
- After being outed, Emily Dirr said she was 'deeply sorry for all the pain I have caused everyone'
- Read more here
South African mom blogger Tertia isn’t a stranger to having her children’s photos stolen, sadly. Back in 2008 she was alerted that someone was using her photos as their own on the UK site babycentre.co.uk.
But that theft pales in comparison to the most recent theft where a young woman in Ohio spent over eleven years building a massive fabricated family (starting when the young woman was only 11, no less) named Emily Dirr. Read more here