Kevin Archer

Fraud

Born: c. 1999
Birthplace: Fiction
Best known as: The nonexistent victim of a McDonalds play area injury that didn't happen
According to a hoax email circulated widely online, Kevin Archer was a Houston, Texas 3-year-old who died after using the play area of a McDonald's fast food restaurant. According to the email, Archer was injected with a heroin-filled needle hidden in the restaurant's ball pit; the letter further states that the story was reported in the Houston Chronicle on 10 October 1994. The story is not true and the 'Kevin Archer' involved is not a real person. To quote the Chronicle's website: "The 'Kevin Archer' email being circulated these days is a hoax. There is nothing to be found in the archives. No such article appeared in this or any other newspaper on Oct. 10, 1994, or any other date as no such or similar incident ever has occurred here or been reported by any news service or in any medical or legal records."
Extra credit: Some versions of the Kevin Archer letter have the incident taking place in Midland, Texas -- hometown of First Lady Laura Bush.

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