Claim: Photographs show injuries sustained by a victim of the September 2016 St. Cloud stabbing
Example: [Collected via Facebook, September 2016]
This is supposed to be a stabbing victim from the St. Cloud stabbing at the mall.
Origin:On 17 September, nine people were injured (none of them fatally) in a rampage by a knife-wielding man at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud. Minnesota, who was himself shot and killed by an off-duty police officer. Afterwards, some of the photographs displayed above were circulated on social media as pictures of one of the St. Cloud victims.
However, these images are much older than that incident. The photographs of a man with inch-deep slash wounds across his chest and back first reached our inbox
Kunsan Staff Sergeant Michael Jones, was assaulted in an A-Town bar by unknown assailants.
8th SFSand members of the OSI Detachment 641 B,are investigating. If anyone wishes to donate to the family of SSgt Jonesyou can call the 8th MXSFirst Sergeant at 782-4041or (281) 330-8004.
"A-Town" is a commercial district about three miles from Kunsan Air Base frequented by Americans;
According to the U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes, Air Force officials quickly determined that there had been no such attack involving any USAF personnel around Kunsan, nor was anyone with the name included in the
"The name of the person on that hoax e-mail is not anyone that is stationed at Kunsan,"
[Capt. Richard]Komurek said. "I don't know in the history of Kunsan if that person was ever stationed here, but when that
Wing officials, including OSI personnel, checked into the report and within a day or so concluded it was fake, Komurek said.
"We had no such attack and we confirmed that the e-mail was a hoax. We notified the chain of command and the Wolf Pack members about the
The e-mail gave a DSN number and a commercial number with a Houston area code for those wishing "to donate to the family of SSgt Jones." Repeated calls to the DSN number went unanswered and calls to the Texas number produced a recording stating that the number is not in service.
Evidently Air Force investigators didn't get the
According to Air Force officials, the photographs are genuine, but they originated in the U.S. and were pictures used by law enforcement authorities for training purposes (that documented the aftermath of a fight between inmates).
Last updated: 19 September 2016
Originally published: 26 March 2006
Fisher, Franklin. "Photos of 'Slashed Airman' a Hoax, Officials Say."
Stars and Stripes. 25 March 2006.