Beheadings of deputies in San Diego County?-Fiction!

Three Sheriff’s Deputies Beheaded Near the Border in San Diego County, California-Fiction!


Summary of eRumor:

The forwarded email says there is a media cover-up of the decapitation of three Sheriff’s deputies in San Diego County, California.  The facts came to light during testimony at a Congressional hearing on Border Vulnerability.

The Truth:

This eRumor is a forward of an article written by Rodney Stubbs on  He says there is a media cover-up of the decapitation of three Sheriff’s deputies in San Diego County.  He references a video of a congressional hearing in which Congressman William Bilbray questioned San Diego Sheriff William Kolender about the killings.  Bilbray asks “Do you want to break the news about three law enforcement officers concerning an incident that took place about two miles from this location in the last couple of weeks?.  Kolender says “They were killed.”  Bilbray follows up with, “They were not only killed, they were decapitated, weren’t they?”  Kolender replies with a “Yes.”

We’ve not found any evidence of the deaths or decapitation of Sheriff’s deputies in San Diego County.

On Wednesday, July 5, 2006 a hearing was held at a Border Patrol station within sight of the Mexican border.  It was led by Republican Rep. Ed Royce from California, who is chairman of the subcommittee on international terrorism and nonproliferation.

Three Mexican policemen were found decapitated in June, 2006 in Rosarito Beach, about 30 miles from where the hearings were taking place.  The heads of the victims were found in Tijuana, Mexico, which was about 2 miles from where the hearings were being held and is probably what was referenced in the remarks by Rep. Bilbray.  Mexican Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca said the beheadings were being investigated as acts of organized crime, not terrorism.

Updated 7/18/06