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Did a Man High on Bath Salts Cut Off His Genitals and Microwave Them?

Junk news has gotten even junkier by simply recycling and republishing previous fabrications.

Published Sep 7, 2018

Claim:
A man high on bath salts cut off his genitals and microwaved them.

On 6 September 2018, the TVT News web site published an article about a Texas man who supposedly cut off his genitals and microwaved them while high on bath salts:

A 43-year old man from Killeen, Texas is tonight in intensive care after he was seriously injured during what has been described by investigators as a ‘two-week binge on bath salts’ caused him to cut off his own genitals.

The victim – who has not been named – was found by neighbors ‘writhing on the ground in pain’ outside his property. Paramedics were soon on the scene and the 43-year old was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he remains in a critical condition as a result of severe blood loss.

None of this was true. This report -- a derivative of a previous fake news story -- originated solely with TVT News, a junk news site with a history of copying and republishing other fabricated stories, such as one about a strip club's being shut down by an outbreak of diarrhea and man's discovering that the prostitute he had engaged was his wife.

Sources

Miranda, Ronald.   "Killeen, TX Man, High on Bath Salts, Cut Off His Genitals and Microwaved Them."     TVT News.   6 September 2018.

David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994.

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