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"She's gone, bro."
"Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest"
"And I try to har-mo-nize with songs the lonesome sparrow sings...
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden."
SI: What did she do?
TE'O: She actually just graduated from Stanford. She worked at Clark's Construction Company, I think. She replaced her dad after her dad passed.
SI: When did her dad pass?
TE'O: In October. She took that mantle for him.
SI: Does the family own a construction business?
TE'O: No. But they're part of the whole administration, the higher-ups. Their family worked really hard and worked their way up. She's very smart, very smart and very intellectual. She worked there but her main dream was to work with kids. She traveled all around. She taught at elementary schools. She flew to New Zealand to just work with kids. That's what she loved to do, work with children.
Hey dummy how do you think the world works? If you got some degree in elementary education and your dad dies, you take over for him even though he clearly had to work really hard to get to that position and your completely unqualified?
Wait wait wait wait, so she was in a coma, and in a hospital for months, and never once he thought of visiting? There is NO CHANCE that's real.
SI: She couldn't communicate?
No. She could only breathe. One of the miraculous things was when I talked to her and she would hear my voice her breathing would pick up. Like quickly, and then she would start crying. But her breathing would quicken, and she would start crying. So her brother was in the room with the nurse. They were monitoring her. She said, "Who is she on the phone with?" Her boyfriend. She was like, "That's amazing. She doesn't do that with anybody else." So that happened. And then she flatlined and we were losing her.
The day I went home, that was the day they were going to pull it. They were saying their goodbyes and all that. I said, "Babe, I'm never going to say goodbye to you. If you really want to go, she really missed her dad, so I said, "If you want to go, be with dad, go. Just know that I love you very, very much." I had this very positive feeling that everything was going to be OK. I landed in Hawaii. By the time I said my goodbyes. Not my goodbyes, my I love you, I'll see you later, that kind of thing, I jumped on the airplane to go to Hawaii. They were scheduled to pull the plug while I was in the air.
So right when I landed, I was expecting to get a voicemail saying she's gone. So I landed and I had a voicemail from her brother saying, "Brother, call me back right now." So you can imagine what's going through my head. I was like, "What am I going to do? How am I going to take this?'"And so I called him back, the doctor came in and he saw something and he wants to try some treatment on her to see if it works. From there she slowly started to get better. Slowly. Eventually she came out of her coma and she started having memory problems and she couldn't remember because of the accident. That's how much damage she had to her frontal lobe. She had memory problems. I was actually the first person that she talked to. She was breathing, breathing. When I talked to her, I would say, "Babe, do you know who this is?" I knew she knew who it was because her breathing would pick up. I was like, "Relax, chill. Breathe slowly. Breathe slowly." And then, that was when she first started to speak was that conversation. I was like, "Babe, I love you. I love you." Very slightly she said, "I love you."
SI: Was that right when you got back?
TE'O: Then she started to make progress.
SI: This is unbelievable.
There's just no way he was hoaxed on this part. None. The nurse, her family, her brother, him being her savior. He made this up.
It's like in a WWE match, when the good guy gets put in the nasty submission hold, and it looks like he's going to be choked out. His hand goes up once, twice, and then...BOOM!
The crowd is on his side and he Hulks up out of it!
But with a fake leukemia girl instead of Ric Flair.
What do you do?
--Oh, you know. I teach in elementary schools, work with kids in New Zealand, and do some construction stuff on the side.
So somebody would talk with Te'o on the phone every day and sometimes all night long for a year, and write him a letter to be read to him before every game, just to eff with him?
The way he is telling it, multiple people essentially devoted their entire lives to messing with him. Which means these are some of the most twisted, diabolical folks around, or he is full of shit.
She is on her death bed, he flies to Hawaii, and doesn't think to stop in California to see her? IT IS ON THE WAY!
So wait Thamel hears this story, has the red flags from Stanford and has the murky accident details and doesnt dig further?
There were tons of red flags in the transcript. Things like major and graduation date and injuries from the crash are all answers you'd expect him to know if they've known each other 4 years and talked on the phone for hours every day.
Go away, KA!
So he's known her for four years, yet they met during his sophomore season.
Thamel really screwed up. I was thinking it was understandable that he didn't pry too deeply, but looking at that transcript, there's a difference between sensitivity and negligent journalism.
How did they not investigate this further? A girl diagnosed with Leukemia improves so much that she is sent home and cleared to fly dies very soon afterwards? How often does that happen? I know we're looking at this in hindsight, but that's a pretty unbelievable story. They didn't want to talk to her doctors or family to find out exactly what happened?
He throws in in the intro there that he was really up against the deadline. I think it was a case of rushing and probably thinking to himself there are some red flags and some of the details may not sync but that any inaccuracies would be minor. He probably couldn't fathom that the whole thing would be made up.
This post was edited by neal990 18 months ago
I like the part where Thamel says that he can call Stanford to check on her major and there is no reply.
So, he made up the whole damn thing, couldn't figure out how to stop and get away from it, saw Catfish, and went to ND and said "that's what happened to me" like it was plausible and a way out?
I don't know which upsets me more, Jason Blair going to Maryland or Pete Thamel going to Syracuse.
Andy Staples @Andy_Staples
If Te’o wasn’t in on it, then the hoax had to be almost a full-time job for someone.
I’m sorry, but I have a hard time believing pranksters are that sophisticated. I have an easier time believing a person made up a story.
One thing we've learned today is that SI apparently doesn't have editors. How else could that story get out without someone proofing it and asking 20 questions?
Eh...I don't really fault SI or a lot of the other media outlets for this. It's a rather elaborate lie and it's not something that anyone was actually looking for. It's really easy to look back now and say he should've seen it coming but back in September you would've just viewed it as some minor inaccuracies.
Basically, the idea he naively dated a fake girl for a year is incredibly hard to believe, but the conspiracy theory is even less plausible.
I'm like this, too. Just bizarre all the way around. Also think there is a still another Bigfoot-sized shoe still to drop. Can't imagine what it is going to be.
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I know what you're saying, but the transcript does Thamel no favors.
I believe Te'o was in on it, because he lied so much to the media about having met her and spent time with her.
That said, my now-wife was the victim of a catfishing many years ago (before google image search or skype were available) and it was insane the amount of effort the perpetrators put in to perpetuate the hoax. There are a lot of wacked-out people doing this kind of stuff, so it's not entirely crazy to say that he could have been duped.
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