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General John Ashcroft Thinks
Calico Cats are Evil-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor The eRumor quotes from an
article about U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft saying that he
believes that calico cats are a sign of the devil.
There is no evidence that John
Ashcroft believes that calico cats are evil or of the devil.
This rumor got started from an article on 11/21/01 by Andrew Tobias
a best-selling author and well-known Democrat.
In the article, published on his website at www.andrewtobias.com,
he told a story of an advance team for Ashcroft going to the Hague
and being worried about whether there were any calico cats
The reason, they explained, was that Ashcroft believed that calico
cats were a sign of the devil.
The story spread via the Internet and worked its way into the
Ashcroft is a devout Pentecostal Christian and whose critics have
used that against him.
Tobias was later asked where he got the story about Ashcroft and
On his website, he said "I
got this odd story from someone who was definitely in a position to
know and then confirmed it with someone else, also in a position to
That said, it's certainly possible that Ashcroft doesn't actually
believe that calico cats are signs of the devil, even though his
aides said he does."
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