Friday, August 1, 2008


So yesterday my wife sent me the report of the man decapitating a fellow passenger on a bus.

I found another news story on the subject at the Winnipeg Free Press.

This morning I read another article at

Same happening, same general details, three different pieces reporting facts.

Then this pops onto my radar: An article on an Indian news site: Bus passenger beheaded in Canada, cannibalism feared.

Really? No mention was made anywhere else (I researched further at Reuters / National Post / CNN / FOX news) about how the attacker "reportedly cut the victim's body into many pieces and cannibalised it" -- Did someone actually think "Hey, this story just isn't awful enough, I'm going to kick it up a notch!"

Is it okay to (reportedly) make shit up as long as you put the words "reportedly" in front of it?


Anonymous said...

Hmmm... that's interesting.

Not the news story, the way the news story morphed into something much more sensationalized.

Anonymous said...

I just read the story posted at the Winnipeg Free Press link and it does suggest that witnesses reported that the guy attempted to cut up the body, and attempted to consume the flesh.

It appears as though the report you read on the Indian news site is corroborated by other reports from Canadian sources.

(slightly) less cynical said...

The fun thing about online media is that the story was "updated" this morning. Google cache is failing me, but yesterday's version didn't mention cannibalism. Perhaps reports are trickling out... which is why I said reportedly, to cover my ass if it turned out it was true. ;)

Lara said...

I'm waiting for an official report... this thing is too crazy and there's only one guy talking it seems.

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Anonymous said...

I was thinking that as the media got more access to the witnesses, more details - accurate or exaggerated - would be revealed. The fact is that eyewitness accounts are subjective, and with such a horrifying experience, it's bound to happen that some of a person's personal nightmares get mixed up in the actual events in one's mind.