Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Man in a Van Rumors (Riverview, NB)

Times & Transcript [Moncton, NB, Canada]
27 May 2009

Suspicious van report fuels fiction, fears
Man in van story based on fact, but Riverview incident grows into an urban myth

Brent Mazerolle

[...] The e-mails -- there are at least three versions with different details -- have spread through every workplace in the community and have been repeated by worried parents on every schoolyard. By yesterday, an initial story about a child or children being approached by a man or men in a van that has been variously described as red, burgundy, wine-coloured and purple -- with the man or men enticing the child or children with offers to pat either pet rats or pet rocks -- had devolved into verbal accounts of a Riverview girl actually being abducted and murdered by a man in a van. There has, of course, been no abduction or murder in Riverview this week. [...]