Bethany Storro: Acid Victim Admits to Hoax
Many of you have probably already heard of Bethany Storro, a Vanouver, Washington resident who, back in August, claimed an African-American woman in her 20’s threw acid on her face as she called out, “Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?”.
Recent news coverage now says that the story that Storro told was false and that the wounds that she suffered were self-inflicted.
Storro’s attack allegedly had happened outside a Starbucks coffee shop but no witnesses could be found. Now that we understand that this was a hoax, many red flags come up: no witnesses in the vicinity of a Starbucks coffee shop?
We now know that Storro fabricated the whole event in almost its entirety.
Discrepancies in her story led to a search of her house and eventually when questioned by police she admitted to self inflicting her injuries. According to another article on CBS’s website, fundraisers reportedly raised $28,000 dollars to support Storro and her family. However, Storro allegedly spent lavish amounts of those fundraiser dollars on a dinner, which cost $1,500, a new computer and new clothes none of which was reported to have been spent on any medical expenses or needs pertaining to future medical needs.
In light of the overwhelming evidence that supports her confession, Storro is being charged with felony second degree charges and an arrest warrant has been issued as of Monday September 20, 2010. Coincidentally, she was hospitalized (again) Monday September 20 for unknown reasons. If convicted of charges she could spend a maximum of 5 years in jail.
Other red flags now appear in her story: according to the article “We didn’t know she had problems” posted on September18, 2010 in Mail Online World News, Storro has been almost deaf since childhood, which makes it questionable as to how she could clearly understand what her assailant said. She also supposedly had just purchased a pair of sunglasses, which she was wearing during this night time attack and which proved helpful in saving her eyesight which would have been severely damaged. After spending hundreds of hours on the case, according to Vancouver police Commander Schuman, police eventually began to entertain the idea that this could be self inflicted when doctors suggested that the wound pattern resembled that of pouring or rubbing rather than throwing. There were no injuries to her neck area which is odd. Storro also withdrew from a scheduled appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Perhaps her withdrawal was due to guilt and her sincere remorse for her hoax?
Storro’s verbal statements and body language could provide some insight into her deception.
Take a look at the video below and pay particular attention to Storro’s verbal statements and her body language. While it is hard to read her facial expressions because of all the bandages, we can pick apart her words to see if there are any inconsistencies between what she is saying and what her body language is showing.
Do you see any hot spots now that you know she was being untruthful? What do you think these quotes reveal about the inner working of this young, psychologically distraught woman?
Storro’s story is an excellent example of how just checking the facts of a story can help you decide whether the story was true or false. In order to get the truth, its important to get the whole story and then verify if those facts add up.