Memphis Police: Gang Initiations Targeting Women
SUMMARY: Email hoax warns that women will be targeted for gang initation violence in Memphis, Tennessee in December 2007
Description: Email hoax
Circulating since: July 2005
Email example contributed by a Yahoo user, 14 Dec. 2007:
Subject: Memphis Police Department Alert
Comments: False. This is a fresh variant of an older rumor that first circulated in the Memphis area in July 2005. In the original version it was claimed that a mother and small child would be killed at a local Wal-Mart store as part of a gang initiation rite. No such crime took place.
The 2007 version, circulating via both email and text message, purports to share information received from a Memphis police officer to the effect that local women will be targeted for gang initiation shootings during the month of December. According to the Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the warning is a hoax and should be disregarded.
Sources and further reading:
Police Say Gang Initiation Email a Hoax
Eyewitness News, 14 December 2007
Police Downplay Gang Initiation Rumors
WMC-TV News, 14 December 2007
2005: Threat of Gang Initiation Killings in Memphis
Netlore Archive, 20 July 2005
Last updated: 12/14/07