Faking An Internet Deathbed

Joyce Gemperlein reports on the disturbing trend of faking a terminal illness to get support over the internet:

Examples of this type of hoax are plentiful and include the well-known case of “April Rose,” in which a Michigan woman drew the support of conservative Christians when, in 2009, she wrote extensively -- and “beautifully,” according to Feldman -- of carrying a fetus with a terminal disease rather than undergo an abortion.

After attention, apparel and money was sent her way, she posted a picture of herself holding what she said was the dead child. The hoax came to an end after a doll maker in New York recognized the “baby” as a lifelike toy that she herself owned.