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June 12, 2007

Taking Aim at a Giant Hog

Rhonda Shearer took on a tale of boy-shoots-wild hog as part of her effort to clean up stinky journalism and restore the beautiful truth.

Hadley Robinson

In recent weeks, the once simple story of the "Monster Pig" has gotten much more complicated. Alabaman Mike Stone claimed the pig his 11-year-old son Jamison shot and killed on May 5 weighed 1,050 pounds and measured 9 feet 4 inches from hoof to snout. Stone's story quickly spread across newspapers and television screens over Memorial Day weekend. But the monster pig was shot down on an enclosed hunting preserve, Lost Creek Plantation, in Delta, Alabama. An Associated Press story claims the pig, once named Fred, was owned by the Blissitt family, who sold it to the plantation four days before it was shot.

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