Illinois Sheriff Warns of a Spaghetti Chef Cannibal

In the madness of today’s world and the 24-hour news cycle, sometimes it’s really hard to figure out if something we’re being told is fact or fiction. I’m not even talking about politics per se. There’s a lot of BS circulating about anything and everything, and sometimes people fall for it.

Even stories about a cannibalistic spaghetti cook in Illinois.

I said spaghetti, not lamb. (Getty images)

I said spaghetti, not lamb. (Getty images)

A pan of spaghetti bolognese

That’s more like it. (Getty images)

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois has been forced to post a rather unusual warning on their Facebook page as a bizarre, satirical post went viral and drove people crazy

It’s not like this is the first time law enforcement has had to face a fictitious event that turned citizens loose.

When Orson Welles radioed and broadcast “The War of the Worlds” in 1938, there were frightened Americans from coast to coast, but especially in New Jersey, where the fictional invasion was supposedly taking place. The police and government telephone exchanges were overrun by panicked callers and the authorities had to make statements that nothing was wrong. it was just a radio show.

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Cannibal spaghetti?!?!? (Getty images)

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No sir, it’s just satire. (Getty images)

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick, watching the cannibal spaghetti chef’s story gain momentum, felt the need to set the record straight with a “fake news alert”

To break it down, a satirical website that identifies itself as a service that readers “can count on letting you down”, posted a story about an Illinois morgue assistant named Linda Anders who used corpse testicles to win an annual spaghetti cook-off?.

I feel you, dude. (Getty images)

I feel you, dude. (Getty images)

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Those round things are just tomatoes. (Getty images)

Unless you were at this fictional spaghetti cook-off as a judge having to eat the spaghetti, why would this drive you crazy?

I will answer my own question here. I have no idea, but enough people resented the idea of ​​an Illinois morgue assistant with a secret spaghetti sauce ingredient that the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office had to sort out.

With their Facebook post pointing out that the entire story is completely fake and the product of a satirical website, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office includes some tips to avoid getting picked up by fake stories:

Check the source. (the Contact page or about)
• View the website URL. Did it come from a
respectable source?
• Are other news sites reporting the story?
• Beware of sloppy writing.
• Quotes – or lack thereof.

For example, the about section of clearly states that it is a made-up satirical news and comedy website.

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