[FACT OR FAKE #61] Was This Woman Really Arrested For Calling Her Ex 77,639 Times?
Last week, the World News Daily Report (WNDR) reported that an Albuquerque woman was arrested for calling her ex-boyfriend 77,639 times in one week
The story on WNDR claimed that Linda Murphy also sent 1,937 emails, 41,229 text messages, 217 sung messages — and 647 letters — all in the same seven-day period. It stated:
'Linda Murphy, who has an history of obsessive compulsive behavior, would have badly taken her breakup with William Ryans, with whom she had had a relationship for three weeks. She is accused of using up to three phones at once to call him, 24 hours a day, on his cell phone, home number and at work. The woman would have ingested large quantities of energy drinks and amphetamines to remain awake and would have gone sleepless for a week, calling her ex nonstop.'worldnewsdailyreport.com
"My client is profoundly relieved that Ms. Murphy is finally behind bars” stated the plaintiff’s lawyer, J.D. James Kilroy. “He hasn’t been able to sleep, work or enjoy life in any way, for more than a week. He was having a hard time thinking clearly and was nearing depression, it was about time the harassment ceased. Now all we want is for Ms. Murphy to get the medical help she needs, and for the law to keep her away from my client."worldnewsdailyreport.com
As the story on WNDR went viral, hundreds of people tweeted about the case to express their thoughts:
So what happened? Did someone called "Linda Murphy" really call her ex-boyfriend 77,639 times and sent him 41,229 texts? How much of all this is FACT or FAKE?
Well, regardless of whether there's any truth (or not) to the story, the very first problem here is this:
Since there are only 10,080 minutes in a week, "Ms. Murphy" would have to place a phone call every 10 seconds — for seven days, without sleeping! — for it to be true. And even then, it would NEVER be possible. You see, the problem is: You can't call a person 77,639 times, send him 1937 emails, send 41,229 text messages, 217 sung messages and 647 letters in one week.bit.ly
FAKE: No one was arrested for calling her ex 77,639 times. The whole story is a lie, an elaborate hoax.
What the absurdist "news site" World News Daily Report — whose very name should strike skepticism in the heart of anyone who reads it — reported last week was a lie. And hundreds of people who tweeted about the case, apparently did so without doing the math on it.bit.ly
For the record, the woman pictured in the hoax story was actually arrested in Oklahoma City five years ago for crawling through a drive-up window at a McDonald's. Her name is Cierra Marie Steed.
And, if you don't believe any of it, here's Cierra Marie Steed personally taking to her Facebook account to clear the rumours: