A satirical article had the headline Morgue Assistant Uses Testicles From Corpses To Help Win Annual Spaghetti Cook-Off.

Did morgue assistant use corpse’s testicles to win spaghetti cook-off?

Linda Anders, an Illinois morgue assistant, used corpse testicles to win an annual spaghetti cook-off.

In late July 2022, readers sent out quite a few messages asking us to find out if a creepy-sounding article was true. It was published on KVTA4.com on July 27, 2022 with the headline, “Morgue Assistant Uses Corpse Testicles to Win Annual Spaghetti Cook-off.” It named the alleged Illinois morgue assistant 41-year-old Linda Anders.

Despite the somewhat official-looking local news feel that KVTA4.com seems to have, the truth is that the website is a satire disclaimer.

Part of ‘s spaghetti cook-off story KVTA4.com read as follows:

Carterville, Il – Linda Anders (41) has been a participant in Carterville’s annual spaghetti cook-off for the past 12 years. In those twelve years, the highest she had placed was 2nd and Linda knew that 2nd was just the first loser. For 2022 and lucky draw number 13, Linda used a secret ingredient that she was sure would give her that extra edge and earn herself the blue ribbon she so longed for.

Anders worked as a morgue assistant for County Williamson. During the 11 months leading up to the cook-off, Linda collected the testicles of deceased adult males. She would cut them, dice them, and sew them up without drawing attention. And who would even notice a dead man’s missing balls?

In the satirical story, the morgue assistant was eventually arrested after a judge tasting the spaghetti realized he was chewing on a “prosthetic testicle.”

KVTA4.com’s “About Us” page displays the following disclaimer describing the output as: satire:

KVTA4 is a made-up satirical newspaper and comedy website. KVTA4 uses made-up names in all of its stories, except in cases where public figures are castigated. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

On August 1, the article from KVTA4.com was: reported on by “The Wayne D Show” on Buckeye Country 94.3 on iHeart.com. “What this morgue assistant put in her spaghetti will make you vomit,” iHeart.com headlined. The article did not mention that the story was satirical.

It’s unclear where the woman’s mugshot that was used in the original story on KVTA4.com came from. However, this kind satirical Article about morgues usually use real mugshots for their fictional stories. It’s likely the police photo was real, but the reason for the woman’s arrest had nothing to do with a morgue assistant, corpse testicles, or spaghetti.

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