WACO (KRLD) — Have you heard the story about the 85-year-old woman in Waco who was arrested for stealing her neighbor’s cats and making fur coats out of them?
We saw the story going viral today and decided to check it out. And, it turns out that the crazy “too horrible to be true” story about the Cruella de Vil of Waco is, in fact, a hoax.
“Had it been true, it would of been terrible,” says Waco Police Department’s Public Information Officer, Sgt. Patrick Swanton. “However, it is not true. We have not arrested a woman here in Waco for making a coat out of cats.”
The story has an urban legend feel to it and social media expert, Professor Robert Thompson with Syracuse University, says that there’s a reason for that.
“That is not the first time I have heard (this story),” says Thompson. “It’s almost always an old woman who has a lot of cats or steals cats and ends up making coats out of them.”
As a way to discredit the story, the Waco PD has posted its own cat picture on its Facebook Page – a meme of Grumpy Cat saying “No. Just No.”