A sleeping Beaumont, Texas, morgue worker being mistaken for the victim of a fatal automobile accident and then cremated is fake news. There is no truth to reports that the napping morgue worker in Texas was accidentally cremated by a coworker. Where did this fake news originate?
World News Daily Report (WNDR) reported on March 1, 2017, that Henri Paul Johnson, the morgue worker, was inadvertently incinerated by a coworker as he napped on the job. You can read text from the fake story below.
An employee of the Jefferson County morgue died this morning, after being accidentally cremated by one of his coworkers.
According to the Beaumont Police Department, 48-year old Henri Paul Johnson decided to take a nap one a stretcher after working for sixteen hours straight.
While he was sleeping, another employee mistook him for the corpse of a 52-year old car accident victim and carried him to the crematory.
Before anyone could notice the mistake, he had already been exposed to temperatures ranging between 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and reduced to ashes.
Also depicted in that fake news article was Jenna Davis, a coworker who purportedly heard Johnson’s death screams. You can see that image in the story with further text from it.
Jenna Davis, one of Henri Johnson’s coworkers, says she heard him scream for about 15 seconds after the crematory was activated.
“At first, we didn’t understand where the sound was coming from. When we realised what was happening, it was too late. We shut down the heating system, but he was already dead.”
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
Oh my!!!! Read this! https://t.co/ogzzRPQZCc
— Norma Jean Johnson (@sellingthetriad) June 11, 2017
Winner of the "Worst day at work" Award https://t.co/szrVSKmfYY
— Kip Fischer (@kipfischer) June 10, 2017
That"s a bad day at work https://t.co/rQRyOaARFF
— quiz1111 (@quiz1111) June 10, 2017
Morgue employee cremated by mistake WINNER OF THE DARWIN AWARD FOR BRILLIANCE. Must be a #45 supporter.https://t.co/SU6yUOYjxi
— EMMO (@emmo1955) April 4, 2017
Morgue employee cremated by mistake while taking a nap https://t.co/1JsTJKRqII A lesson to all those who sleep on the job – just kidding
— Jim Tracy (@BigTimeScorer) March 30, 2017
OMG This poor man! Such agony in his final seconds of Life! "Morgue employee cremated by mistake while taking a nap" https://t.co/0IQrYtPoaq
— Celeste ⚜ Claverie (@CreoleRightGirl) March 25, 2017
Morgue employee cremated by mistake while taking a nap – World News Daily Report https://t.co/Kzm3B0fCiK
— ⚓️JAC (@nousgnostic) March 25, 2017
— Quality Bat (@QualityBat) March 24, 2017
According to Snopes, there was no truth to the above story. WNDR is a fake news web site.
The article’s photograph of the supposedly deceased morgue worker “Henri Paul Johnson” was actually a picture of a DeSoto County constable Christopher Plumlee, who was arrested in 2015 for DUI. And the photograph of coworker “Jenna Davis” was actually a picture of forensic pathologist Dr. Lisa Funte, taken from a May 2012 Beaumont Enterprise profile of her.
What did you think of the fake news about a morgue employee being cremated by mistake while taking a nap? Did you believe it or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.