posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 09:27 PM
I saw this one listed under "Weird News" and tried to look up more info on it but, the more I look into it, the more its starting to look like a fake
Police: Pa. man fakes mom's obit to get time off
Authorities in northwestern Pennsylvania say a man published an obituary for his living mother in a ploy to get paid bereavement time off from
Relatives called The Jeffersonian Democrat newspaper in Brookville after the obit appeared to report the woman was actually alive and well. The woman
herself then visited the paper.
Brookville police charged 45-year-old Scott Bennett on Tuesday with disorderly conduct.
Democrat editor Randy Bartley says he accepted the obituary in good faith after being unable to confirm the funeral arrangements at press time. He
told The Derrick newspaper on Friday that the woman was very understanding.
Police Chief Ken Dworek says Bennett wrote up the memorial notice because he didn't want to get fired for taking time off.
The Associated Press couldn't reach Bennett.
Its a generic AP story with no real details. I did confirm that Randy Bartley is an editor of the The Jeffersonian Democrat and Ken Dworek is the name
of the police chief in this town but, strangely enough, this story isn't covered at all in the local newspaper.
Sure, this is only an arrest for disorderly conduct (the equivilant of a traffic ticket in Pa) but, if you look at the
in this sleepy little town, you will
see that not much else is going on around there that could be considered newsworthy:
Superintendent provides 'state-of-the-district'
No tax increase in Brookville
Rabid Raccoon in Jefferson County
I did find an obituary for an Eleanor Jean
but, it doesn't list Scott Bennett as one of the next of kin.
The only source for this story is a The Derrick.com story
named "The undead herself walked in"
which you can only view if you buy a very expensive subscription (min $29 for 3 months
Something tells me this whole story is a load of BS. I think someone is trying to create a new urban legend.
edit on 12/9/11 by FortAnthem because: