October 14, 2007
This is an extreme example, but I encountered, both firsthand and with varying degrees of separation, similarly bizarre stories over the past 15 years.
I must say though that this story really is a perfect storm of crazy.
In my (admittedly limited experience) fandom in particular seems rife with this sort of thing.
The victims blog.
via Colleen Doran who has a good discussion in the comments.
October 13, 2007
DATELINE VATICAN CITY:
It now appears that most of the acusations against the Knights Templar were part of an elaborate scam perpetrated by a French King (Phillip the Fair) who owed them money (and later went on to persecute French Jews).
Fortunately the Vatican has gotten to the bottom of this scandal and cleared their names (of that charge at least).
It only took them....700 years.
(Via Instapundit, who points out that it does put the Duke Rape Case in perspective)
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