Thursday, March 6, 2014

Gang Initiation Rumor (Columbus, Ohio)

The Columbus Dispatch [OH]
6 March 2014

By Charlie Boss, The Columbus Dispatch

The email warns of attempts to abduct women and girls in broad daylight at crowded shopping centers. It warns that a new gang initiation requires members to kidnap, rape and beat women, then dump them in parking lots.

For years, authorities have tried to keep such messages from spreading, debunking their claims as urban myths.

Last week, an e-mail Columbus Police officials say is a hoax circulated throughout central Ohio, warning that kidnappers nearly took someone’s “co-worker’s cousin” on a Saturday afternoon from a crowded Polaris Fashion Place. […]