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Carmen Winstead Death 1823 Prompts Renewed Confusion Today

Posted: August 21st, 2013 in Carmen Winstead, David Gregory by LALATE

Carmen Winstead Death 1823 Prompts Renewed Confusion Today


ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Carmen Winstead death 1823 story is prompting renewed confusion today. Did Carmen Winstead get pushed down a sewer in 1823, is an email being circulated today about Carmen Winstead and David Gregory correct, and is the Carmen Winstead death true or false? Since 2006, the confusion over the “death” of Carmen Winstead gets reborn during each summer. And this week, the tale is making news again.

The Carmen Winstead death 1823 tale is arriving in email inboxes this week. But nearly seven years ago, before the advent of Twitter and Facebook, it made news after arriving via Myspace. Originally authored in early forms of social media, the story has warned scared readers for years. The claim is that a 17 year old girl who fell down a drain, or was pushed down a sewer opening, in 1823 was now coming back to terrorize current disbelievers.

In recent years, the confusion stems from a warning email, describing a fabricated tale about Carmen. It purports that a young boy named David didn’t believe Carmen’s story. “Two months ago, 16 year old David Gregory read this post [about Carmen] and didn’t repost it. When he went to take a shower he heard laughter from his shower, he started freaking out and ran to his computer to repost it, He said goodnight to his mom and went to sleep.” Hours later, Gregory was dead, claims the tale.

Carmen’s death is sometimes authored in the 1880s, and sometimes in the current year. “About 6 years ago in Indiana, Carmen Winstead was pushed down a sewer opening by 5 girls in her school, trying to embarrass her in front of her school during a fire drill”, claims that tale. “When she didn’t submerge the police were called. They went down and brought up 17 year old Carmen Winstead’s body, the neck broke hitting the ladder, then side concrete at the bottom. The girls told everyone she fell… They believed them.”

The warning to readers is that, if you don’t believe the tale, you too will meet a fate like Gregory. As local news has reported, the cast of characters are often replaced, with Carmen becoming Jessica Smith and Gregory replaced with Ron Anderson.

Nevertheless, the tale is completed fake. There was no Carmen Winstead death in 1823, there was no character named David Gregory. Rather its part of what news reports categorized over a decade ago as an “ill luck avoidance” chain email hoax. In it, the hoax makes the readers believe that, if they don’t forward it, they too will be met by ill luck.







Carmen Winstead, David Gregory “Death” from 1823 Resurfaces

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Carmen Winstead, David Gregory by LALATE

Carmen Winstead, David Gregory Death from 1823 Strikes Facebook

LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Carmen Winstead, David Gregory fake death from 1823 is striking Facebook today. The Carmen Winstead death tale purports that Carmen was pushed down a drain, namely a sewer opening, by girls at her school. The tale goes on to assert that users of Facebook will suffer the same death as David Gregory, 16. David purportedly recently received a note about Carmen and ignored it.

The entire escapade, however, is a hoax which has dominated news for over six years. While news analysts have never been able to determine the origin of the mythical story, it reappeared earlier this week via email. Tonight it is striking Facebook. The story is completely fake.

Early news reports about the fake Carmen Winstead, David Gregory death began surfacing as early as 2006 on MySpace. But while the story is false, it is being republished across social media this week in not just English but also French and Spanish, claims news.

In recent months, fake celebrity death stories have decreased in occurrences. With the occasional fake Jackie Chan of Miley Cyrus death tale, false celebrity death stories have slowed down in recent months. For example, Tiger Woods is not dead, as Global Associated aka Media Fetcher is claiming today. That false report claims erroneously that “pro golfer Tiger Woods was found unresponsive in his luxury vacation rental house near the Roko Ki golf resort in the Dominican Republic earlier today and later pronounced dead from what appears to be natural causes.”

But for unexplained reasons, Carmen Winstead and David Gregory tales are spinning out of control today, now on Facebook. Roughly seven years ago, the story first made news appearing via email and then MySpace. At the time it read “About 6 years ago in Indiana, Carmen Winstead was pushed down a sewer opening by 5 girls in her school, trying to embarrass her in front of her school during a fire drill.” News analysts noted that the tale later added “When she didn’t submerge the police were called. They went down and brought up 17 year old Carmen Winstead’s body, her neck broke hitting the ladder, then side concrete at the bottom. ” In some versions, the tale asserts that Carmen died in 1823.

The story then twists to insert a second cast member, David. It further claims that “16 year old David Gregory read this post and didn’t repost it. When he went to take a shower he heard laughter from his shower, he started freaking out and ran to his computer to repost it.” Then it adds “He said goodnight to his mom and went to sleep, 5 hours later his mom woke up in the middle of the night cause of a loud noise, David was gone, that morning a few hours later the police found him in the sewer, his neck broke.”

The false message warns readers “If you don’t repost this saying ‘She was pushed’ or ‘They pushed her down a sewer’ then Carmen will get you, either from a sewer, the toilet, the shower, or when you go to sleep you’ll wake up in the sewer, in the dark, then Carmen will come and kill you.” The entire Carmen tale is false. Tiger Woods is alive. And the characters Carmen Winstead and David Gregory were made up roughly six years ago.






Carmen Winstead Death Email Hoax Comes Back to Life

Posted: February 11th, 2013 in Carmen Winstead by LALATE

Carmen Winstead Death Email Hoax Comes Back to Life died ghost true or false David Gregory


LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Carmen Winstead death email hoax 2013 is coming back to life, again. The Carmen Winstead death email, a claim involving a cast of characters – like Jessica Smith, David Gregory, Ron Anderson, an 1823 sewer drain, and a ghost – is taking its annual toll on suspecting readers today.

The Carmen Winstead death email hoax has been online since at least 2006, insiders tell news. First covered by LALATE in 2010, the fake tale has made its move from early social media to other forms of digital delivery in the last decade.

To date, the Carmen Winstead fake email remains one of the most repeated urban legends to dominate news annually. Also among them is the infamous “8.4 Earthquake California Prediction Email” warning email. Dating back to 2009, that earthquake hoax confuses readers into believing that a “seismology department of Los Angeles” is warning of a looming quake. No such department exists.

The Winstead hoax was reportedly first spotted on Myspace.com seven years ago. And then as Facebook and Twitter gained in popularity, the hoax made its move to that platform as well.

While the means in which the tale’s delivery has changed over the year, the contents of the hoax are virtually the same, insiders tell news. For over a decade, the tale concerned a purported 17 year old girl who fell down a drain, or was pushed down a sewer opening, in 1823.

Originally in 2006, readers were left to believe that she was pushed. Recipients of the email tell news that it now reads “About 6 years ago in Indiana, Carmen Winstead was pushed down a sewer opening by 5 girls in her school, trying to embarrass her in front of her school during a fire drill.” It added “When she didn’t submerge the police were called. They went down and brought up 17 year old Carmen Winstead’s body, the neck broke hitting the ladder, then side concrete at the bottom. The girls told everyone she fell… They believed them.”

After being devised seven years ago, the tale moved from urban legend to email hoax, officials tell news. The hoax added that a Carmen Winstead’s purported ghost taking vengeance on its readers. The first fake victim was a boy named David Gregory. “Two months ago, 16 year old David Gregory read this post and didn’t repost it. When he went to take a shower he heard laughter from his shower, he started freaking out and ran to his computer to repost it, He said goodnight to his mom and went to sleep.” Hours later, Gregory was dead, claimed the tale.

In recent years, news readers have indicated the cast of characters being changed from Carmen Winstead and David Gregory to Jessica Smith and Ron Anderson. They have also reported receiving upwards of fifteen emails per month repeating the same tale.

Carmen Winstead Death – 1823 Sewer Drain Tale Prompts Confusion

Posted: June 16th, 2012 in Carmen Winstead by LALATE

Carmen Winstead Death - 1823 Sewer Drain Tale Prompts Confusion


LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Carmen Winstead death story about a girl who was pushed down a sewer drain is prompting confusion again this weekend.
Is the Carmen Winstead 1823 sewer drain death story true or false? The story surfaced online in the advent of current social media. In roughly 2006, users reported receiving a bizarre email about Winstead’s purported death in 1823. Those emails, however, are resurfacing again today. Did Carmen Winstead really die in 1823, falling down a drain? Despite whether the story is true or false, many this weekend are commenting about its powerful message against bullying.

Carmen Winstead, David Gregory, Jessica Smith and Ron Anderson are the cast of characters in a tale that began on MySpace in 2006. And while that social media platform no longer dominates news, the Carmen Winstead story is still dominating news, and prompting confusion.

Carmen Winstead didn’t die in 1823. The tale of a 17 year old girl who fell down a drain, or was pushed down a sewer opening, is a fabricated story. The made up story aka urban legend began in roughly 2006. But in the last two years, the fake story still dominates news, resurfacing annually.

In 2011, there were three version of the fabricated tale. The first read that Carmen Winstead was pushed down a sewer opening. “About 6 years ago in Indiana, Carmen Winstead was pushed down a sewer opening by 5 girls in her school, trying to embarrass her in front of her school during a fire drill.” It added “When she didn’t submerge the police were called. They went down and brought up 17 year old Carmen Winstead’s body, the neck broke hitting the ladder, then side concrete at the bottom. The girls told everyone she fell… They believed them.”

Since 2006, that fabricate tale has been supplemented with an email about Carmen Winstead’s purported ghost taking vengeance. Over the last three years, users have reported receiving, upwards of fifteen times per year, an email that describes the fabricated tale about Carmen. It then adds “Two months ago, 16 year old David Gregory read this post and didn’t repost it. When he went to take a shower he heard laughter from his shower, he started freaking out and ran to his computer to repost it, He said goodnight to his mom and went to sleep.” Hours later, Gregory was dead, claims the tale.

Since 2010, however, other versions of the same fake death story has surfaced online. The same email is often sent with the title characters of Winstead replaced by Jessica Smith and Gregory replaced with Ron Anderson.

This week, the story is back dominating social media, reportedly both on Facebook and Twitter. One reader wrote “I’m so disturbed by the amount of people on here that believe this story and are making up more stories about how this is true. ” One user reported last month that they have “gotten this message probably 10 times in my life since I was a kid”.

And while many readers understand that the story is false, today the message against bullying is resonating even stronger. “Guys, come on! The point of this forward is bullying.” Another reader added “Bullying is wrong, and people really can be that mean. But I’m going to have to call this a fake.” As one noted, “I do agree that it sends a very powerful message about bullying but it isn’t a true story.”

Carmen Winstead “Death” Email about David Gregory Gets Reborn

Posted: December 15th, 2011 in Carmen Winstead by LALATE

Carmen Winstead Death Email about a Sewer Drain Gets Reborn

LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Carmen Winstead death email about a sewer drain and David Gregory got reborn this week. Carmen Winstead “death”, a fabricated tale about Winstead being pushed down a sewer drain, is making news yet again this week. In a mixture of new technologies merging with old, the fabricated tale about Carmen Winstead is finding new life this week on Facebook. While no security threat appears at issue, persons are using the fictitious urban legend of Carmen Winstead this week to increase their Facebook presence.

Carmen Winstead is not a real person. She didn’t get pushed down a sewer drain. And she didn’t died in 1823. But in roughly 2006, MySpace users created the fabricated tale of a girl named Carmen Winstead as a way to increase friends on MySpace. Now that “ill luck avoidance” chain email about Carmen is dominating news yet again this week with persons using it to gain popularity on Facebook while scaring others at the same time.

Carmen Winstead is not the first ill luck avoidance chain letter to make news this week. Her fabricated story is similar to fake celebrity death reports dominating news. But in 2006, person(s) came up with a means by which to scare MySpace users into adding them as friends. The idea was the Carmen Winstead ill luck email. Now that tale if finding new life on Facebook this week.

Users would get one of three possible letters. In it, readers would learn the tale of a given Carmen Winstead. One version of the fake email would read “About 6 years ago in Indiana, Carmen Winstead was pushed down a sewer opening by 5 girls in her school, trying to embarrass her in front of her school during a fire drill.” It adds “When she didn’t submerge the police were called. They went down and brought up 17 year old Carmen Winstead’s body, the neck broke hitting the ladder, then side concrete at the bottom. The girls told everyone she fell… They believed them.”

The email then claims that David Gregory recently learned of Winstead’s death two months ago. “Two months ago, 16 year old David Gregory read this post and didn’t repost it. When he went to take a shower he heard laughter from his shower, he started freaking out and ran to his computer to repost it, He said goodnight to his mom and went to sleep.” Hours later, Gregory was dead, claims the tale. The same email is often sent with the title characters of Winstead replaced by Jessica Smith and Gregory replaced with Ron Anderson.

The fabricated death story was created in the pre-Twitter years before current Facebook popularity. It was devised by MySpace users as a way to gain friends by warning of fake trouble if they didn’t add them as a friend and repost the message. Now, the Carmen Winstead claim is getting new life this week with people using it for the same purpose on Facebook.

If it sounds familiar to another notable ill-fate email of October, it should. In October 2011, the infamous “8.4 Earthquake California Prediction Email” warning made news yet again. The email first dominated a FOX news telecast in 2009. But in October 2011, hours after the (real) Berkeley / San Francisco earthquake of October 2011, the infamous old “8.4 Earthquake California Prediction Email” began resurfacing.

The fake earthquake warning has been online since 2009 and is usually sent out following a real California quake. “State of California Predicts an 8.4 Earthquake within the Next 24 hours” alarms the erroneous email. Since last year, the viral false alert is most often spread through social networking than by email delivery. The fabricated email claims the wife works in the “seismology department of Los Angeles”, a department that doesn’t exist.












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