Did assistant Morgue use the testicles of a corpse to win over cooked pasta?

An Illinois morgue assistant named Linda Anders used testicles from corpses to help win the annual spaghetti-cooking contest.

At the end of July 2022, readers sent quite a few messages asking us to find out if a creepy-sounding article is true. It was published on July 27, 2022, on KVTA4.com with the title, “Morgue assistant uses testicles from corpses to help win annual pasta cooking.” It named the alleged assistant to the Illinois morgue as Linda Anders, 41.

Although local news seems to be somewhat official feeling that KVTA4.com seems to have, the truth is that the site carries sarcastic disclaimer.

Part of the story of cooking spaghetti from KVTA4.com read as follows:

Carterville, Il – Linda Anders (41 years old), has been a participant in Carterville’s annual spaghetti cooking for the past 12 years. In those decades, the highest she achieved was 2nd and Linda knew that 2nd was only the first loser. For 2022 and the 13th lucky draw, Linda used a secret ingredient that she is sure will give her that advantage and earned herself the blue ribbon she desired.

Anders worked as a morgue assistant for Williamson County. In the 11 months before she started cooking, Linda collected testes from adult males who had passed away. She would cut them, dice and sew them up without attracting attention. And who would notice the missing balls of a dead man anyway?

In the satirical story, the mortuary assistant was eventually arrested after a magistrate tasting spaghetti realized he was chewing on a “false testicle”.

KVTA4.com’s “About Us” Page show the following disclaimer describing its output as Fleer:

KVTA4 is a fabricated comedy and satire website. KVTA4 uses fabricated names in all of its stories, except where public figures are satirized. Any other use of real names is incidental and incidental.

On August 1, the article from KVTA4.com was report of “The Wayne D Show” on Buckeye Country 94.3 on iHeart.com. “What this evil assistant puts in spaghetti will make you vomit,” iHeart.com’s headline read. The article did not mention the satirical story.

It is not clear where the photo of the woman was used in the original story on KVTA4.com. However, these kinds of Fleer posts About House of the death often reuse real-life mug shots for their fictional stories. There’s a chance the shot in the cup was real, but the reason the woman in the photo was arrested had nothing to do with the morgue assistant, testicles from a corpse, or pasta.

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