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The greatest love story …that never happened: Hoaxer cons Oprah

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A blockbuster wartime bio-pic faces the axe – after it was revealed the New Yorker who wrote it made the whole story up! Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss and Irish starlet Sarah Bolger were set to make “The Fence” – based on an autobiography by Herman Rosenblat.

In the movie, Dublin-born beauty Bolger plays Roma, a young girl who forms a bond with teenage Nazi concentration camp victim Rosenblat after she keeps him alive by tossing him breadcrumbs and apples over the barbed wire fence.

However, Rosenblat, who went on to marry Roma following a chance meeting years later in New York, has now shockingly confessed he concocted the information in his book, “Angel at the Fence: The True Story of a Love that Survived.”

Retired New York telly repairman Herman, whose bogus story has now been scrapped by publishers, apologised this week, saying: “I wanted to bring happiness to people, to remind them not to hate, but to love and tolerate all people. I brought good feelings to a lot of people and I brought hope to many. My motivation was to make good in this world. In my dreams, Roma will always throw me an apple, but I now know it is only a dream.”

Even chat show queen Oprah Winfrey was taken in by the hoax. Oprah who hosted Rosenblat and his wife, Roma Radzicki Rosenblat, on her show twice, called their romance “the single greatest love story” she had encountered in her 22 years on the show.

Written by Jim McMillan

January 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Monster, what monster? Splinterheads director changes tune

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Back to the Future actress Lea Thompson stars in Splinterheads

Back to the Future actress Lea Thompson stars in Splinterheads

After cashing in on the Montauk Monster hysteria for ten days, the makers of a low budget movie are now singing a rather different tune. The crew of the new Lea Thompson film Splinterheads were shooting in Montauk when the monster sightings first occurred and have been linking to a Gotham News report on their website ever since and even brazenly displaying a picture of the famed beastie.

Now though, the film’s writer-director Brant Sersen has decided to own up to the fact his movie has nothing to do with the monster at all. Not only that but he is trying to pin all the blame on a 16-year-old kid who allegedly set up his own fake Splinterheads website to make a bit of money for himself.

Explains Sersen on his website Sersen Park: “It’s amazing what a quick thinking 16 year old entrepreneur can do.  Here’s what happened – Newsday does an article about our film (which is shooting near Montauk). Montauk Monster story breaks, kid steals some of our graphics, sets up a fake official Splinterheads website, makes up some names and voila – a national story.

“I’d like to go on record and say our movie “Splinterheads” has had nothing to do with this Montauk Monster thing. We’re shooting a comedy out here in Patchogue – not a horror film.  My producer Darren does not have a sister Rachel, but a Rachael Taylor is starring in the film.  Along side Thomas Middleditch, Christopher McDonald, Lea Thompson, Dean Winters, Frankie Faison, Jason Rogel and Pamela Shaw.  Check http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1254696/ if you don’t believe me.”

It’s not that we don’t believe you, Mr. Splinterhead. It’s just that we don’t believe you have the gall to blame a kid for being a kid, when you have milked this story for all it is worth. Rather hypocritical. Pictures of the monster have been on your site for 10 days now, generating thousands of hits and interest in a movie which would otherwise be ignored. You finally admit Goldberg doesn’t have a sister called Rachel and yet on your August 7 website entry, you posted: “Thank’s Darren’s sister.” Funny but misleading.

Instead of blathering on about 16-year-old ‘entrepreneurs,’ try to look on the bright side. No one will watch your flick when it comes out next year but lots of people have read your website because of the monster!

The real mystery is why a beautiful and talented actress like Lea Thompson would want to be associated with the film!

This is how the Splinterheads team tried to cash in on the Montauk Monster story on their website. Now the film's director Brant Serson is blaming a 16-year-old kid. Did a 16-year-old kid put this up on your website too, Brant?

This is how Splinterheads tried to cash in on the monster on their website on August 7.

Written by Jim McMillan

August 16, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Reports flood in about monster which just won’t die

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It is now safe to go back into the Montauk water but fascination with the mythical monster is still at an all time high. Scores of web publications picked up our story about the monstrous hoax yesterday, thus guaranteeing Splinterheads producer Darren Goldberg his 15 minutes of fame and sending our own hits through the roof.

Despite Goldberg’s shenanigans, some locals are still convinced though that there is something out there – a Montauk version of the Loch Ness Monster.

If you get any real monster sightings send them in to us at newsdesk@gothamnews.co.uk.

Written by Jim McMillan

August 8, 2008 at 1:23 pm