The King County Sheriff’s Office and the Seattle Police Department were aware of the lawsuit being shared on social media, but said it was false information.
SEATTLE – Many people in the Puget Sound area have seen and may share tweets or other messages claiming there is a serial killer in the Seattle area.
One tweets read: “King County detectives have notified locals of a Seattle serial killer right now. Multiple female bodies have been discovered recently in the Burien and SODO areas, apparently being found in the Burien and SODO areas. created in the same way.”
A separate Instagram post reads: “So far 4 women have been found in the SODO and Burien areas. Detectives are avoiding media exposure to prevent manipulating the suspect. or suspects. Until more details are available, just be aware of your surroundings and avoid walking alone late, if you can.”
Is there a serial killer in the Seattle area?
- King County Sheriff’s Office
- Seattle Police Department
Both departments said the claims were untrue.
Sheriff’s Office tweeted that, at this time, it has not identified evidence to confirm this for “any of the cases within our jurisdiction.”
Seattle Police Department tweeted they received several inquiries about the claim, but the department did not have any serial cases.
KING 5 spoke with Taylor Agajanian from the University of Washington’s Center for Information for the Public about the viral claim.
Agajanian says misinformation in this form spreads quickly and easily. According to Agajanian, this is not only a message that is easily re-shared, but also shared among friends and colleagues in the bartender community. People tend to trust information provided by someone they know, rather than a stranger.
Agajanian suggests people try to analyze information more, especially if it’s an odd-sounding statement – in this case, a serial killer is being used by law enforcement and vehicles. Communication keeps secrets.
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https://www.king5.com/article/news/verify/social-media-post-seattle-serial-killer-claim-verify/281-b32931b1-f8d6-4e83-befa-03fe3bb846a0 No, a social media post claiming there’s a serial killer in Seattle isn’t true