“Wright began hearing from people who had received bracelets from Emily Dirr. In each case, the return address was a home in Rootstown, Ohio that public records show is owned by a man named William Dirr. Records also show that William Dirr has a 22-year-old daughter named Emily Dirr. Emily was a bit character in the Dirr’s universe. Now, it appeared she was the only one who actually existed.”
- If, like me, you are fascinated by internet hoaxes and the sad, lonely people who perpetrate them, you should read this article about a 22-year-old woman named Emily Dirr who was recently outed as being behind a decade-long internet cancer hoax. She invented seventy-one people, guys! Seventy-one! And she impersonated a lothario named J.S. and formed friendships with several women. It’s a super interesting story and a reminder that the internet is a sad place.