By Shawn Rice
Three Florida men who were arrested for eating human flesh and then claimed that the practice cures depression and diabetes is fake news. There was no truth to reports of the arrest of three cannibalistic Floridians who feasted on human remains for medical reasons. Where did this fake news originate?
The Miami Herald published an article on May 30, 2017, reporting that three Florida men were arrested for eating human flesh, a practice the suspects claimed cures depression and diabetes.
Police in Vernal Heights, Florida, arrested 3-practicing cannibals who claim eating human flesh cures both type-1 and type-2 diabetes and depression.
According to Vernal Heights Chief of Police, Gregory Moore, the 3-men were arrested when officers responded to what they assumed would be a routine noise complaint.
Police arrived at 3845 Toolson Lane (the home of William Provost) at approximately 7:45 PM on Sunday evening in response to a neighbor complaining of strange sounds coming from the home.
According to the officers, a bizarre crime scene was quickly uncovered upon entering the basement. Three men, which have since been identified as 62-year-old William Provost, 51-year-old Dennis Ratcliff, and 36-year-old Michael Dore were sitting in a circle on the basement’s concrete floor and ritualistically chanting while eating what police initially believed was an animal carcass, but was later identified as human remains.
According to Snopes, there was no truth to this story. The sole source for the story was the Miami Gazette, which is not the online operation of a legitimate newspaper but rather a fake news site.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
Before you sleep tonight, in weird world news: https://t.co/CBgv4JMbKq
— Mme Press Secretary (@noelledeg) June 4, 2017
— TheAmericanWorkplace (@WorkPlaceRpt) June 4, 2017
I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t take medical advice from any of these three. Pretty sure. Like 92% sure. https://t.co/KIfsaUEX5U
— Doctrine Man (@Doctrine_Man) June 4, 2017
— Ferg (@christoferguson) June 4, 2017
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