The strange part of cyberculture where people fake serious illness via the Internet, for money, sympathy or some less tangible benefit, is fairly well known (see our earlier coverage). But now there is a cyber-vigilante hunting them down. Taryn Wright, self-styled hoax hunter, explains why she does it, at Fusion:
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Three years ago, on Mother’s Day, I read a Facebook post about the tragic death of a young trauma surgeon in Saskatchewan. Dana Dirr, pregnant with her eleventh child, had been in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. Rushed to the very hospital where she saved people on a daily basis, Dana delivered her baby Evelyn and then passed away.
As if that wasn’t awful enough, the family’s seven-year-old son, Eli Dirr, was in the final stages of a long battle with cancer and wasn’t expected to live for much longer. Dana’s husband, Canadian Mountie J.S. Dirr, posted a long, emotional tribute to his wife just hours after her death.