Break the Chain Fiending Frenzy

Created 8/13/2001 (8/13/2001) Let's face it, we love a good conspiracy. So, it's no wonder that this tale of lies and cover-ups is so popular. But is the media is hiding the nefarious motivations of a so-called hero to protect a victim and keep donations pouring in? Don't you believe it.

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Subject: Very Interesting article on the PNS Shark Attack.......

VERY INTERESTING!!!!!!

Subject: What REALLY happened with the shark attack on Pensacola Beach?

To All my buddies and friends that have called me (at the Pensacola News Journal) about the truth on the shark attack here on Pensacola Beach, the truth is coming out! There is a reason that the "hero" of the attack that wrestled that 7 foot shark to shore is not giving any interviews, and is hard to find. There is a reason that this 7 foot shark was in 2 feet of water, and there is a reason that the family is "acting funny" about taking money from those that want to help....here it is.....hard truth...Sit down....

THE UNCLE THAT WRESTLED THE SHARK ASHORE WAS FISHING FOR SHARKS, > HAD IT ON A LINE AND HAD BEEN FIGHTING IT FOR TWO HOURS PLUS.

The unidentified stranger that helped him also helped him fight the fish to shore. When the shark got into two feet of water, the kids all ran into the water in jubilation and the shark lunged from off the ground and hit Jessie Arbogast twice, took his arm off and bit into his leg. !!!!!!!

The man had CHUM in the water, and heavy tackle built to fish for sharks. His nephew got bit because the entire family went into the water trying to wrestle the fish to land. There is big money on a shark that size.

THIS IS THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH.

The press has suppressed the real truth, because they are afraid that it will affect the contributions for Jessie and the uncle is so filled with guilt, he has tried to commit suicide once already....Now it all makes sense. NO MAN is going to wrestle a shark that large to shore in two feet of water, that is one powerful animal, and they had cut the cable, and hid the rods by the time the Medic's got there.

The ranger that shot the shark testified that the shark still had the hook in his mouth and "put up a big fight because his mouth was all bloody and torn up"....(that is why the shark had blood all over it's mouth in the TV photo's, it was it's own blood !!)

I am not lessening the horror of the event. Jessie did get an arm bit off and is going to recover, but I am tired of Pensacola Beach taking it in the shorts because of the "whole truth not being told"....The money, in my opinion would still come in, and the uncle will have to accept that it was a tragic accident and a mistake.

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Turn on the television at any given moment and you'll see "the real story" behind a lot of headlines. We've grown to expect that there are facts in every case that somebody doesn't want us to know. But sometimes, we're so hungry for conspiracy that we create one despite the evidence to the contrary.

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We got this way because media is hungry to be the first to get us the scoop. So, it's hard to believe that "the press has suppressed the real truth." If there was any truth whatsoever to these claims, the press would surely be all over it. The highly competitive media isn't exactly well-known for sacrificing a juicy story for the sake of the story's players (remember Elian Gonzales?).

Eight-year-old Jessie Arbogast was mauled by a 7-foot bull shark on July 6 while wading in knee-deep water at the Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola, Florida. But that, unfortunately is where the truth in this e-mail ends. We don't know who the author is or where he or she got his or her facts. (NOTE: the reference to the Pensacola News Journal was added in later generations of the letter and is completely fallacious.)

Snopes.com examines each of the letter's claims and points out how the facts indicate otherwise. Break this Chain!

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