Description: Chain letter / Internet hoax
Circulating since: 2006
Status: False (see details below)
As shared via Twitter, April 10, 2013:
FACT: About two months later, 16-year-old David Gregory read this post and didn't repost it. When he went to take a shower, he heard laughter, started freaking out, and ran to his computer to repost it. He said goodnight to his mom and went to sleep, but five hours later, his mom woke up in the middle of the night from a loud noise and David was gone. A few hours later, the police found him in the sewer, with a broken neck and the skin on his face peeled off.
Even Google her name - you'll find this to be true.
If you don't repost this saying "They hurt her," then Carmen will get you, either from a sewer, the toilet, the shower, or when you go to sleep, you'll wake up in the sewer, in the dark, then Carmen will come and kill you.
Analysis: If there seems to be something missing in this text, that's because it's a fragment of a longer story, "Carmen Winstead," about a 17-year-old girl who was bullied by a gang of students at her school. They pushed her down a sewer drain and she died, according to the oft-reposted tale, only to return from the dead later and kill her tormenters; and not just her tormenters, but every hapless soul who reads Carmen's story and fails to share it. It's a classic ghost story chain letter (see below for more specimens).
It's also a good example of creepypasta, an Internet phenomenon consisting of brief horror stories, videos, and creepy images shared online and via social media. Creepypasta is a subcategory of copypasta (as in "copy and paste").
There is, of course, no reason to believe that the story of Carmen Winstead is true, in whole or in part, nor that a teenager named David Gregory (or any other human being in the real world, for that matter) had his neck broken and skin peeled off as punishment for failing to repost a chain letter.
Last updated 03/03/14