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Manti Te’o Hoaxer Says He ‘Killed’ Fake Girlfriend After Fight with Te’o

Manti Te’o Hoaxer Says He ‘Killed’ Fake Girlfriend After Fight with Te’o

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the alleged mastermind behind the Manti Te’o “catfish” hoax, told Dr. Phil on Thursday that he killed off fake girlfriend Lennay Kekua because Te’o told “her” he didn’t need her anymore and had…

Manti Te’o Listens to ‘Girlfriend’s’ Voicemails with Katie Couric

Manti Te’o Listens to ‘Girlfriend’s’ Voicemails with Katie Couric

Lorenzo Bevilaqua/Disney-ABC(NEW YORK) — Manti Te’o listened Thursday on national television to taped phone calls from his fictitious girlfriend, including one in which “Lennay” was in a jealous fit and another telling him, “I love you so much.”As he …

Manti Te’o Spoke To a Man Over the Phone

Manti Te’o Spoke To a Man Over the Phone

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In an ABC exclusive interview, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o sat down with Katie Couric on Thursday to come clean about his relationship with online girlfriend Lennay Kukua, who was later revealed to not ex…

Manti Te’o Briefly Lied About Girlfriend After Hoax Discovery

Manti Te’o Briefly Lied About Girlfriend After Hoax Discovery

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Manti Te’o admitted in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Katie Couric that he briefly lied to the press and the public after discovering his online girlfriend did not exist and was a part of an elaborate ho…

Manti Te’o Briefly Lied About Girlfriend After Hoax Discovery

Manti Te’o Briefly Lied About Girlfriend After Hoax Discovery

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Manti Te’o says that even though he was hoaxed by the supposed existence of a fake girlfriend, his inspirational story of playing through emotional pain “was all real and that’s something that I can’t fake.” Te’o …

Manti Te’o Was One of Several Duped in Hoax

Manti Te’o Was One of Several Duped in Hoax

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The man who allegedly orchestrated the Lennay Kekua hoax on Manti Te’o may have used the character to dupe other prominent members of the community, a source told ABC News.Tessi Toluta’u, a Polynesian beauty queen…

Katie Couric to Interview Manti Te’o, Notre Dame Football Star Who Was Victim of Hoax

Katie Couric to Interview Manti Te’o, Notre Dame Football Star Who Was Victim of Hoax

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Katie Couric has scored the first on-camera interview with Manti Te’o for her syndicated daytime talk show, “Katie.”Couric will sit down with Te’o and his parents, Brian and Ottilia Te’o, who are speaking ou…

Manti Te’o Hoax Had Parallels to Alleged Perpetrator’s Life

Manti Te’o Hoax Had Parallels to Alleged Perpetrator’s Life

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The script for the elaborate hoax played on Manti Te’o, from a horrific car accident to a leukemia diagnosis, according to reports, had parallels to the alleged perpetrator’s life.In December, three months after t…

Manti Te’o Denies ‘Faking It’ in Girlfriend Hoax, Admits He ‘Tailored’ Story

Manti Te’o Denies ‘Faking It’ in Girlfriend Hoax, Admits He ‘Tailored’ Story

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te’o told ESPN that he “wasn’t faking it” when he talked about his love for a woman who now appears to be part of an elaborate hoax involving an online relationship with a fi…

Police Release 911 Call of NJ Teen Accused of Faking Kidnapping

Police Release 911 Call of NJ Teen Accused of Faking Kidnapping

Obtained by ABC(NEW YORK) — New Jersey State Police have released the 911 call of a teen who said she was abducted from her home in September by a 28-year-old black man.Kara Alongi, 16, sent an ominous tweet on Sept. 30, saying, “There is someone in m…

Police Release 911 Call of NJ Teen Accused of Faking Kidnapping

Police Release 911 Call of NJ Teen Accused of Faking Kidnapping

Obtained by ABC(NEW YORK) — New Jersey State Police have released the 911 call of a teen who said she was abducted from her home in September by a 28-year-old black man.Kara Alongi, 16, sent an ominous tweet on Sept. 30, saying, “There is someone in m…

Nurse Hoaxed by ‘Queen’s’ Call to Kate Middleton Is Found Dead

Nurse Hoaxed by ‘Queen’s’ Call to Kate Middleton Is Found Dead

Danny Martindale/WireImage(LONDON) — The hospital receptionist who was hoaxed by a prank call from a DJ claiming to be the queen asking about Kate Middleton has been found dead. “It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a membe…

Phoenix Filmmaker Arrested After Allegedly Staging Terrorist Hoax

Phoenix Filmmaker Arrested After Allegedly Staging Terrorist Hoax

ABC News(PHOENIX) — A Phoenix filmmaker has been arrested for allegedly videotaping his nephew dressed in a sheet while pointing a fake grenade launcher at passing cars in an apparent terrorist hoax to test police-response time after the Aurora, Colo….

NJ Yacht Hoax Linked to Texas Prank

NJ Yacht Hoax Linked to Texas Prank

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Coast Guard announced today that the hoax distress call made on June 11 by a man claiming to be the captain of a yacht that exploded off the coast of Sandy Hook, N.J., was linked to another hoax call made in Texas on May 20.Th…

Taco Bell Hoax Upsets Small Alaska Town

Taco Bell Hoax Upsets Small Alaska Town

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The residents of a small town in Alaska were disappointed to learn Thursday that advertisements for a new Taco Bell were a hoax.Yellow flyers had been posted on bulletin boards around Bethel, Alaska, population 6,00…

LISTEN: NJ Yacht Explosion Hoax Distress Call Released

LISTEN: NJ Yacht Explosion Hoax Distress Call Released

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Coast Guard has released audio recordings of the distress call made by a man claiming to be the captain of a yacht that had exploded off the coast of Sandy Hook, N.J. The call prompted the costly deployment …

Yacht Explosion Hoaxster Was ‘Captain’ About to Jump Ship

Yacht Explosion Hoaxster Was ‘Captain’ About to Jump Ship

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Coast Guard has launched an investigation into a yacht explosion hoax call made by a realistic-sounding “captain” that sent a costly armada of over 200 responders and a fleet of helicopters on a wild goose c…

Was Yacht Explosion Off NJ Coast an Elaborate Hoax?

Was Yacht Explosion Off NJ Coast an Elaborate Hoax?

ABC News(SANDY HOOK, N.J.) — After several hours of intense searching, authorities were unable to turn up any sign of an incident or survivors from a reported yacht explosion in the Atlantic Ocean off Sandy Hook, N.J., which led investigators to belie…

Mystery at Sea: Search Called Off; Yacht Explosion Report Likely a Hoax

Mystery at Sea: Search Called Off; Yacht Explosion Report Likely a Hoax

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SANDY HOOK, N.J.) — The Coast Guard called off the search Monday evening for a reported yacht explosion in the Atlantic Ocean about 17.5 miles east of Sandy Hook, N.J., saying the call is now being investigated as a hoax.A calle…

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