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Love is faking your death on Livejournal
This community was created to "out" those who fake their deaths/illness on Live Journal. We regret that we are no longer able to investigate fake journals that do not deal with these topics. Please discuss these journals at fake_ljers.


1. Currently, we've decided to post our suspicions about possible hoaxes in "friends only" entries. When these suspicions are proven to be true, these posts will be made public. So, if you wish to join in on (or just read about) unraveling someone's fake death or their entire fake journal, you will have to join this community.

Caveat from the original guidelines: By joining the community, you accept that you realize that the internet is fraught with uncertainty and it's possible that occasionally we'll be wrong in our suspicions. Therefore, you promise that you won't go all self-righteous and accusing and call us big cruel meanies for speculating on whether or not deaths are legitimate.

2. If your entry is long (insert common sense here) please for the sake of peoples friends lists put it behind an lj cut.

3. Mods are free to ban you just because you are being obnoxious. End of story. We will not put up with your flaming or abuse.

4. We do not condone harrassing, trolling or otherwise behaving badly in the journals we discuss here. We do log IP addresses! If you are being harrassed by someone about faking a death, please contact the moderators at fakeljdeaths@yahoo.com and we will do what we can to solve the problem.

5. If you have issues, comments or questions to bring to the Mods' attention, use the email provided on this page or post in this journal. Do NOT bring it to the Mods' personal journals or you WILL be banned.

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by Marc D. Feldman

Online Support for People with Illness
The Internet is a medium of choice for millions of people who need health-related information. Medical websites have multiplied exponentially over the past several years. Thousands of virtual support groups have sprung up for those suffering from particular illnesses. Whether formatted as chat rooms, as newsgroups, or in other ways, they offer patients and families the chance to share their hopes, fears, and knowledge with others experiencing life as they are. These online groups can counter isolation and serve as bastions of understanding, deep concern, and even affection.

Unfortunately, cyberspace resources are sometimes deliberately misused by people intent on deceiving others. False product claims in spam are perhaps the best-known example. But even in the relative intimacy of health support groups, individuals may choose to mislead others by pretending to have illnesses they do not. They divert the attention of the group toward their feigned battles with cancer, multiple sclerosis, anorexia nervosa, or other ailments. The eventual discovery of the deceptions can be devastating. One group member called it "emotional rape" to have cared so deeply about a person who lied to her and others from his first post on.

Munchausen by Internet
For decades, physicians have known about so-called factitious disorder, better known in its severe form as Munchausen syndrome (Feldman & Ford, 1995). Here, people willfully fake or produce illness to command attention, obtain lenience, act out anger, or control others. Though feeling well, they may bound into hospitals, crying out or clutching their chests with dramatic flair. Once admitted, they send the staff on one medical goose chase after another. If suspicions are raised or the ruse is uncovered, they quickly move on to a new hospital, town, state, or in the worst cases — country. Like traveling performers, they simply play their role again. I coined the terms "virtual factitious disorder" (Feldman, Bibby, & Crites, 1998) and "Munchausen by Internet" (Feldman, 2000) to refer to people who simplify this "real-life" process by carrying out their deceptions online. Instead of seeking care at numerous hospitals, they gain new audiences merely by clicking from one support group to another. Under the guise of illness, they can also join multiple groups simultaneously. Using different names and accounts, they can even sign on to one group as a stricken patient, his frantic mother, and his distraught son all to make the ruse utterly convincing.

Clues to Detection of False Claims
Based on experience with two dozen cases of Munchausen by Internet, I have arrived at a list of clues to the detection of factititous Internet claims. The most important follow:
1. the posts consistently duplicate material in other posts, in books, or on health-related websites;
2. the characteristics of the supposed illness emerge as caricatures;
3. near-fatal bouts of illness alternate with miraculous recoveries;
4. claims are fantastic, contradicted by subsequent posts, or flatly disproved;
5. there are continual dramatic events in the person's life, especially when other group members have become the focus of attention;
6. there is feigned blitheness about crises (e.g., going into septic shock) that will predictably attract immediate attention;
7. others apparently posting on behalf of the individual (e.g., family members, friends) have identical patterns of writing.

lol_advertising has made a lovely little primer on fake deaths called A Beginner's Guide to Faking Your Death on the Internet.

Living Dead Girls and Boys (aka last seen running into the Twin Towers to help)
flashman a fake journal that ended in a faked death, created by rhyein

limeststation, _thelastaddict, two fake journals ending in fake deaths created by violetsahasrara who also authored damnsurfers and a swathe of other characters.

ivy_is_poison a fake journal ending in a fake death, created by my4angels who also goes by other aliases: broken_angyl, mrs_cruz, mariposaencanto, prettyxpirate and boundxbroken

dope_head a fake journal ending in a fake death, announced by cutme, which is also a fake journal. Both journals were created by _fuck_off who also goes by other aliases: likwidlow, loki_nigga_wut, whoa_ur_ugly

stigmata_plague faked his own death and is now back from the dead.

_xdrewpromised and my_love_4_rock two fake journals ending in fake deaths were both created by xradiosurgery

sandersme20 faked her own death and created a fake friend avantixsnack to break the news.

crizacked a fake journal ending in a fake death, created by seales

billiam a fake journal who faked his own death.

mrpunk2u Either he or his friend faked his death. He says his friend boxxxerbriefs hacked his journal and faked it. Evidence is inconclusive.

supersoldier, rezag, cavewoman all fake journals who faked their own deaths, creators unknown.

lie2me a fake journal that ended in a fake death, creator unknown.

miss_graves faked her own death and continues to post as dr0p_the_leash

in_perfections a fake journal that ended in a fake death, created by hollowobsession

colored_hana a fake journal that ended in a fake death created by clorinda, who also has created many other fake journals (way too numerous to name them all).

wiltingsmile a fake journal that ended in a fake death created by steel_trap_mind.

nofood4me faked her own death and is now back from the dead. Her new journal is marrymemarilyn.

fuzzie_sockies faked her own death and is now back from the dead. We await her fake explanation.

nevyou a fake journal that ended in a fake death created by staytonight24 who is faking many major details about herself as well.

Just Plain Fakes:
melkbell a fake journal that continues to be used by its creator, whoever that may be.

runfaster a fake journal. After investigation, the creator admitted everything she wrote was fake.

valienyc faked stomach cancer and was gearing up for a glamorous and dramatic fake death when she was exposed over at Clumsymonkey.net, where she had perpetrated her fake identity for three years. She is actually a student at JMU in Virginia, anytownusa.

vanillaskyx faked a story about having twins, one of whom died, by using stock images of babies found on the web -- some over half a century old.


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