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KKK Members Commit Mass Suicide Over New Currency

A story that Klan members committed suicide after announcements that Harriet Tubman's image would be placed on $20 bills came from a hoax news site.

Published April 22, 2016

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Sixty Klan members committed suicide after it was announced that Harriet Tubman's image would be placed on the $20 bill.

On 21 April 2016, disreputable web site TMZWorldNews published a hoax news article reporting that sixty members of the Ku Klux Klan committed suicide after learning that Harriet Tubman's image would replace Andrew Jackson's on the front of the U.S.'s $20 bill:

Atleast 60 Klu Klux Klan Members have reportedly committed suicide after finding out Harriet Tubman will be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 Dollar Bill.

The Mass suicide took place in Charleston, South Carolina where they all took cyanide together after praying. The bodies are all of white males between the ages of 40 and 65. They feel like the blacks and the Jewish folks have stole America and since they can’t have their country back they decided to leave permanently in a mass suicide.

There is no truth to this story. TMZWorldNews is an "entertainment" web site that does not publish factual stories:

Tmzworldnews.com is the most notorious satire website in the world with the most shocking Satire News to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.

While this web site often publishes stories with outlandish premises, readers are occasionally fooled into believing that these are genuine news stories due to the name of the site. This web site, however, is not at all affiliated with TMZ.com

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.