CLAIM

An Illinois janitor collected $20 million in life insurance benefits on policies placed on teenagers who were then murdered.

FALSE

RATING

FALSE

ORIGIN

In April 2017, a March 2016 article recirculated, appearing to report that a Chicago-area janitor had collected $20 million in benefits by taking out life insurance policies on several teenagers who were later murdered:

“SOME INVEST IN STOCKS AND BONDS BUT I INVEST IN LIVES, I MEAN THEY DO LIVE IN THE HOOD AND CARRY GUNS SO IT JUST MADE SENSE”

Said haddonfield, Illinois former janitor Mike Myers.

State Farm is investigating several claims totaling $47.8 million in which he has already collected $20 million from the deaths of Chicago teenagers he placed life insurance policies on. There are some discrepancies on how he was able to obtain all their social security numbers considering he was a custodian at the school were all of the teens attended.

Mike had been working as a janitor at a Chicago High School for the past 15 years and says he got the idea after seeing so many students get killed over the years.

Another version had a footnote suggesting that But That’s None of My Business had pulled the story from the more prolific CelebTriCity, a fake news network. The article’s image was taken from a 28 August 2015 news report about the arrest of a man named David Pope, not an Illinois janitor named “Michael Myers”. Pope was arrested for allegedly kidnapping (and feeding) a man he thought was homeless. 

Although But That’s None of My BusinessCelebTriCity, and similar outfits rarely carry disclaimer notices warning readers the content they publish is fake news, all of the sites are known hoax purveyors. The item seemingly seeks to play off the belief that Chicago is excessively violent and dangerous, and also looks to be a variation on a controversial practice known as “dead peasant insurance.”