There is a big difference between an April fool’s joke designed to trick people for a day and some of the elaborate hoaxes in this article. Some of these tall tales have had us fooled for years, sometimes decades. Occasionally these even manage to do a convincing job of fooling experts.
The Fox Sisters
The hoaxes concocted by the Fox sister’s were extraordinarily clever. They succeeded in providing the family with fame and fortune. Ironically their hoax began on the eve of the first of April. 14-year-old. Maggie Fox and her 11-year-old sister Kate reported strange goings-on in their house. As their fame grew, the pressure grew on the girls. Over time they turned to alcoholism to cope. This eventually prompted Maggie to confess to it all being a hoax!
Most of you will be familiar with this tale through the series of movies based on the tribulations of the Lutz family. Of course, the only genuine horror experienced there were the shootings that occurred before the Lutzes even moved in. Ronald DeFeo murdered his whole family in the house. He pleaded insanity and claimed the house itself had told him to do it.
A year after those events the Lutz family moved in and presumably got the place for a song because of what had happened there. The story goes that the priest was attacked by a spirit and the Lutz family went through all kinds of ordeals. For example the wife hovering over the bed and the husband waking up and hearing voices. This got made into a book and later the movies. Since the events, the lawyer for the family has admitted that the stories were massively sensationalised. The events that transpired could easily be explained by creaky pipes and George Lutz’s sleep problems.
In 1995 following the popularity of the TV show The X-files the Fox Network launched a special entitled “Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction?”. This show became massively popular and sparked a new wave of UFO fever. The footage lasted almost 20 minutes and was produced by Ray Santilli. Santilli claimed it was an autopsy of an alien recovered from the alleged “Roswell Crash” that happened in New Mexico in 1947.
Santilli claimed to have purchased the footage from a military cameraman and vouched for its authenticity. Countless people brought into the validity of the video despite the shoddy, rubber-looking skin and appallingly bad camerawork. Santilli has always maintained the video’s authenticity. In 2006 he revealed the film was fake, but claimed that he had only faked it because the original had been damaged beyond repair.
THAT Nessy photo
The legends surrounding the loch ness monster have been around for millennia! There are ancient stone carvings of a beast that looked somewhat like an ancient plesiosaur near the massive lake.
However the infamous picture, probably one of the most famous of the monster, caused “Nessie fever” during the 1930s. The picture was referred to as the “Surgeon’s photo”. It was snapped by a respected physician, doctor R. Kenneth Wilson. In fact, so credible was the source that it even made the Daily Mail newspaper!
Unfortunately, the honourable Wilson obviously had a chink in his armour. It was revealed in 1994 he was part of a ploy orchestrated by Marmaduke Wetherell. Wetherell was a big game hunter hired by the Mail to hunt down Nessie. The newspaper had humiliated him. Wetherell thought he had genuine evidence of the monster. As it transpired they were actually fake hippo footprints! This revenge was a work of art as Wetherell’s stepson constructed the model which became the basis for the photograph.