Lifestyle & Belief

Dentist revenge story was a hoax


A dentist dons sterile gloves at a community health center on March 27, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado.


John Moore

If you thought the story about the spurned dentist who removed all her ex's teeth was too good to be true, you were right.

MSNBC reported that the story about a Polish dentist named Anna Mackowiak who reportedly pulled out all of her ex's teeth when he was lying unconscious in the dentist's chair was a hoax.

The Daily Mail was the first news organization to print the story, but the original story is nowhere to be found. The Daily Telegraph retained the original story from The Daily Mail. Many media organizations picked up the implausible story, including GlobalPost, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Yahoo! News and The New York Daily News.

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The Huffington Post updated their story with a retraction, stating: "A handful of respectable publications ran the story before it was aggregated. Still, we strive to make sure all the articles we publish are 100-percent accurate. We regret the error."

The original story included quotes attributed the dentist, "I tried to be professional and detach myself from my emotions. But when I saw him lying there I just thought, 'What a b*****d" and her victim, a man identified as Marek Olszewski, who supposedly said, "I got home I looked in the mirror and couldn’t f****** believe it. The b**** had emptied my mouth."

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When MSNBC contacted the local police in Wroclaw, Poland, a spokesman said they had no record of the incident. The Chamber of Physicians and Dentists also said it was not investigating such a case, adding that there was no dentist by the name of Anna Mackowiak listed in the central register.

It appears that Polish media left the story alone and the news channel TVN4 even published an article mocking the foreign media's coverage of the story, saying, "It appears that the article, written as a joke, began life on the Internet and has little to do with any truth."

Simon Tomlinson, whose byline appears under the original article, said he did not know where the story came from, stating, "I've drawn a bit of a blank," according to MSNBC.

Here's hoping less people will be terrified of going to the dentist.