A man from Tennessee who tweeted an extensive and viral story about the time he stole an MS-13 heroin rock now claims that the story was a lie and a fundraiser was started to help him go into hiding because he is afraid of his life .
Shane Morris, a web developer from Nashville, Tennessee, took Twitter on Monday evening with a 109-pair about a road trip he had made with a friend.
& # 39; Do you want to hear a story about the time I accidentally transported a piece of heroin from Los Angeles to Seattle? I bet. Okay, let's do this … & # 39; Morris tweet.
Web developer Shane Morris (right) went viral after writing a Twitter thread about a road trip where he found a kilo of heroin in a van (photo) and sold it, later to learn that the drugs were from the MS-13 members
Morris posted the thread on Twitter on Monday evening. It contains 109 tweets
Morris started a GoFundMe on Friday, asking for donations to help him & # 39; go into hiding & # 39; because he was afraid of his life after receiving threats about the story
What followed was a story about how he and his friend bought a cheap van to use during their road trip, discovered a kilo of heroin in it, and sold the drugs to someone to get it out of his hands.
Some time later, the original owner of the recently locked-up son of the van calls him up and asks if he can buy the van back, at which point Morris decides to milk him for around $ 10,000 while tempting him to think that the heroin is still in the van, using a cleverly packaged copy of John Grishams The Pelican Brief.
Morris ended the Twitter thread by noting that: & # 39; In 2017, the man I raised for his stone of heroin was found guilty, along with four other boys, of raping and killing a 13-year-old girl . They were all prominent MS-13 gang members. He got LWOP & # 39; d in his sentence. So it looks like he won't kill me.
& # 39; … and that is the story of the time I bought a delivery van containing a brick of heroin that belonged to an MS-13 gang member, sold the stone, and then sold it back to him with a packed John Grisham novel, for $ 10,000. Somehow I didn't die. & # 39;
The tweets were supplemented with photos of the road trip.
In no time, the story of Morris went viral, with more than 128,000 likes and 67,000 retweets.
But after three days of basking in the spotlight of social media, Morris – a former music blogger – turned to the online publishing platform Medium to recall the whole story.
& # 39; I lied. I made the whole thing. Now I'm in huge trouble, & # 39; was the title of Morris & # 39; after the thursday.
Morris wrote that he made up the whole thing & # 39; and & more importantly, I have definitely not robbed an MS-13 gang member. In retrospect, that is probably the stupidest thing you can write and put on the internet. & # 39;
He further commented: & # 39; Remember the story you just read: if I had really sold a fake stone of heroin, I claimed that I had stolen it from an MS-13 gang member, and they really had my name and cell phone number … I would not live now. & # 39;
Morris admitted he had made the false story to demonstrate & # 39; my writing skills and get attention & # 39; and finally learned from the exercise that & # 39; the reality of this situation is that I should probably write scenarios, rather than encoding software & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I am just an opportunistic, hollow hole with a brilliant imagination & # 39 ;, he wrote.
After being familiar with social media for three days, Morris posted on Medium and admitted that the whole story was a lie, he hadn't actually found any drugs
The only real part of the story was that he and his friend had made a road trip in a dodgy van
Morris (in white) said he had invented the tweets to demonstrate & # 39; my writing skills and get attention & # 39; and himself a & # 39; opportunistic a *** hole with a brilliant imagination & # 39; called
A selection of tweets from Morris & # 39; thread in which he reveals the discovery of heroin
On Friday, Morris said that he had received death threats and that he should go into hiding with his wife
Morris went to Twitter to claim that he lives in fear and regret inventing the story and mentioning MS-13 in it
Morris also wrote that fun and games are viral – predictably leading to Hollywood agents and filmmakers knocking on his door to get a piece of the hot action – pear-shaped earlier that day when his & # 39; weedman & # 39; stopped at his house and informed him that he had made a big mistake.
& # 39; Did you just throw something away how you robbed MS-13? & # 39; & # 39; The dealer supposedly said to Morris. & # 39; & # 39; I used to pop. I know this n **** as. This n **** will not kill you alone. They will let the mess last six hours. & # 39;
Morris, in office, then claimed that he & # 39; was crying on the bed of my friend's bedroom, stroking my dog and trying to decide which tree house in Germany would look most attractive as a house for the long term. & # 39;
The apparent crying belly seems to have been caused by the fact that he had told a huge lie about stealing heroin to 120 million people, while at the same time being the & # 39; most productive street gang in America & # 39; check the.
The day after Morris revoked his story, he started one GoFundMe for themselves, looking for $ 20,000. He called it: & # 39; I Need To Go Intoiding & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I need money to move – both me and my wife & # 39 ;, wrote in the fundraiser he posted Friday.
& # 39; I received a book titled & # 39; How To Disappear & and it is sufficient to say that disappearing is not cheap. I have to put a lot of effort into it, bridge large distances and change my appearance. This also applies to my wife. This is not the same as when you hide a piece of brocolli in your milk as a child. We are two whole people, & Morris wrote.
& # 39; Normally I would outline cost estimates for what everything is going to cost (according to the GoFundMe rules), but that really beats the goal of not leaving a paper trail. I acknowledge that I am only in this position because of my own vanity and stupidity, but I hope you want me to live long enough to perhaps take a chance to make a film of the story you enjoyed. & # 39;
On Friday morning, Morris returned to Twitter with a few oddly crazy tweets about his GoFundMe.
& # 39; Good news for all your snappy people: if GoFundMe fails, I will be killed and these whole things will become a documentary instead of a drama. My way I become Twitter Jesus – where I die, so others can compete to see who can leave the funniest comment, & # 39; Morris tweeted.
He also tweeted: & # 39; If you are trying to lose weight, I highly recommend the roast beef diet. Start a steak at a notorious gang and then wait until the death threats come in. You do not eat, you will vomit as 6 times a day, and as a result of perishable nerves, you burn as 3,000 calories from shaking. & # 39;
Morris then became serious and wrote that he had removed the GoFundMe link. Although my story was a lie, the MS-13 is a real gang, and I have not done any brilliant things by insulting them. I can't expect you to understand how scared I am now. When people panic, they don't act rationally. & # 39;
Morris told The Daily Beast Friday that he realized by my lie that it is not fun to fuck MS-13 & # 39; and claimed that he had received threats to his life because of the viral tweets.
Although Morris has not provided the website with any evidence that reveals why he believes MS-13 members want to help him with his tweets, he claims he feared for his life.
He added that the viral & # 39; attention was not worth it & # 39; and said: & # 39; There is no lie worthy of this kind of hell. & # 39;
The collector collected $ 160 all day, before being eliminated by GoFundMe on Friday night.
Hours prior to taking Morris's fundraiser, a GoFundMe spokesperson told The Daily Beast that it had blocked the funds so that the Trust & Safety team & # 39; additional information & # 39; van Morris.
& # 39; If the campaign organizer is unable to verify the intended use of the funds raised during our review, the campaign will be deleted and all donations will be reimbursed & # 39 ;, said the spokesperson.
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