A report today claims that Jeremy Meeks, the felon whose “sexy mugshot” went viral this summer, was killed by his wife one hour after being released from prison. Is this real or fake?
The story is satire.
Reported by the satire website Huzlers, the fake story claims that Meeks was released from jail early Wednesday morning, only to be killed by his wife. The fake story, entitled, “1 Hour After being Released Jeremy Meek Was Killed By His Wife” was posted by Huzlers earlier this week. It has been shared and discussed on social media by many readers unaware that the website produces fiction.
Note that the Huzlers story misspells the last name as “Meek” rather than “Meeks.”
The fake report by Huzlers ties into the real story in June about Meeks’ family expressing discontent that Jeremy had received so much positive attention due to his chiseled good looks. It was reported at that time that Meek’s wife was upset with the attention her husband had received in relation to his appearance. A family friend told reporters, “She’s furious. Her man is in there and people are taking it as a joke, thinking it’s funny talking about his looks, saying all kinds of crazy things.”
Huzlers appeared in late 2013 and has been responsible for several viral stories over the past six months. These range from a story about human meat found at McDonald’s to the legal drinking changing to the age of 25 this year.
Although internet satire websites such as The Onion have existed for years, several newer “satirical” websites downplay the fact that they produce fiction.
The last reported sighting of Meeks came in July, when he made a court appearance. E! Online referred to the prisoner as “hot mugshot guy.” Meeks faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for a felony firearms charge.
Jeremy Meeks was not killed by his wife after being released from jail. It was published by a satire website, which has been responsible for several viral hoaxes over the past six months. There have been no news reports that corroborate this fake story, and as of last reports, Meeks still resides in jail.