They call him the “hoax tweeter” but perhaps Tommaso De Benedetti just needs a more interesting job. The 43 year old Roman schoolteacher has been revealed as the man responsible for a series of false celebrity deaths posted on Twitter over the past year.
British author, JK Rowling was De Benedetti’s latest victim. She was killed off in a tweet he created and sent from a false account for novelist, John Le Carre. Before that it was Fidel Castro, Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope Benedict XVI.
Each hoax was met with varying degrees of shock and horror across the social media site, but De Benedetti likens his tweets to a game.
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I have a confession to make. This isn’t easy, but I feel the time has finally arrived to come clean.
No doubt, my actions will bring shame upon my family, friends, colleagues and various stores I frequent, but I can no longer hide in the shadows. If there is a God, I pray he forgives this twisted soul and all its hideous imperfections.
Here goes: I don’t care much for Harry Potter.
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