What can you say about this?
Bad craziness in southern Illinois.
Word that Sgt. Dan Kennings had been killed in Iraq crushed spirits in the Daily Egyptian newsroom. The stocky, buzz-cut soldier befriended by students at the university newspaper was dead, and the sergeant's little girl--a precocious, blond-haired child they'd grown to love--was now an orphan.Talk about your creative propaganda. Can't wait to hear more about who was behind this travesty.
They all knew that Kodee Kennings' mother had died when Kodee was about 5. The little girl's fears and frustrations about her father being in harm's way had played out on the pages of the Daily Egyptian for nearly two years, in gut-wrenching letters fraught with misspellings, innocent observations and questions about why Daddy wasn't there to chase the monsters from under her bed.
It turns out Daddy didn't exist. And neither did Kodee.
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**UPDATE** The Dispatch/Argus has a piece on this in today's edition which sheds a bit more light on this tangled story. It appears it was begun as a ruse to further a former Daily Egyptian editor's career. The strange part is that they actually recruited a man and a small girl to play the parts of these ficticious characters by telling them they were playing parts in a movie. Too weird.