Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: A retired New York fireman, the father-in-law of a pregnant woman who missed a doomed
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2003]
Origins: On 11 September 2001, terrorist acts in America resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocents. Many tales, from the horrifying to the inspiring, have emerged from the events of that day: accounts of tragedies averted through fortuitous coincidences, accounts of incredible acts of bravery and heroism, accounts of lives shattered and faith reaffirmed. The story quoted above contains all of these elements, but — like so many other September 11-related tales — it appears to be a work of fiction.
Perhaps someone really did call a Norfolk radio station on 11 September 2003 and relate this story, but unless the details have been garbled or deliberately changed in the telling, it doesn't match any known real-life events. Consulting several comprehensive databases of
On the available evidence we have to conclude that this account, touching as many may find it, is purely the product of someone's imagination and not a true story.
Last updated: 16 March 2008
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