The story about an elderly St. Louis woman killing a “Knock-Out” game suspect is a hoax

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) — A story is bouncing around the internet about a 93-year-old St. Louis woman who shot and killed a man who was playing the knockout game.

The “Knockout Game” is when people randomly assault strangers in an attempt to knock them out with one punch.  It has happened in St. Louis and other cities, sometimes leading to death.

The story looks legitimate, but it’s false.  The headline says “93 Year Old Granny Kills Knockout Game Thug.”  There’s a picture of a smiling woman holding a revolver.  The cut-line under the photo says Gladis Bennett is showing the gun to reporters.

The story claims that the woman was approached by a group of men as she waited for a bus and was punched from behind and knocked to the ground.  But she reached in her purse pulled out a gun and shot and killed the main aggressor and the rest of the bad guys took off.    The story appears on the National Report website, a website that carries a disclaimer that says, “The National Report is an online portal for “citizen journalists”. The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone.”

The story also appeared on which also carries a disclaimer from editor in chief of the world: Paul Horner.

The disclaimer says, This entire site is pretty much just a resume containing a collection of my writings and such for the off chance that someone like The Onion or The Daily Show ever happens to stop by.”

It’s interesting to note that a St. Louis police detective named, Paul Horner, appears in the in the phony story. The St. Louis Police Department says it has no record of a Gladis Bennett as a crime victim and the department says it has no employees by the name of Paul Horner.

We have contacted both websites and are still waiting for a reply.

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