publication date: Sunday, November 18, 2007 (part of Round XXXII)

category: Hoaxes

clue: Don't expect much sympathy if you tearfully blame your incorrect guess on an African-American man who "stole" your keyboard, when instead you drowned it in a lake.

explanation: Smith earned national sympathy by pleading for her missing children who were "abducted" by an African-American carjacker, but the tide turned against her after it was revealed she had drowned them in her car in a lake. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Joanna Woods, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Aaron Shurtleff, David Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Tony Peters, Walter Chesser, Mihai Rusu, Shawn Brandt, Greg Bair, Jim Kraus, and Allison Bair


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