September 16th, 2010
07:28 PM ET

Police: Washington woman admits acid attack was a hoax

Bethany Storro told police an African-American woman threw acid in her face.

A Washington woman who told police that a stranger threw acid in her face admitted Thursday that her injuries were self-inflicted, authorities said.

Bethany Storro, 28, told Vancouver Police that an African-American woman passed her on the street and threw a cup of caustic liquid in her face the evening of August 30. She was released from an Oregon hospital on September 5 after undergoing surgery for her injuries after the alleged attack.

But discrepancies emerged during the investigation, Vancouver Police Chief Clifford Cook said in a press conference Thursday.

"Ms. Storro admitted her injuries were self-inflicted and the attack itself had not occurred as she had previously reported," he said.

Storro had credited a pair of sunglasses that she bought shortly before the attack with saving her eyesight. But details such as those led police to question her version of the attack, said police Commander Marla Schuman.

"It was all the little things that didnt quite add up," Schuman said.

Storro is still being interviewed by detectives. Prosecutors will decide whether to charge her, Schuman said.

"She is extremely upset," Schuman said. "She is very remorseful. It got bigger than she expected."


soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Pam

    Another reason to eliminate the Death penalty so many falsely accused blacks have their lives destroyed because of mentally ill white people. But they have enough sense to accuse a race that everyone hates. I wonder how many blacks were retaliated against at work, by the police, on that job interview etc etc because of her lies. Not sayng all blacks are innocent but that's in case in every race.

    September 16, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. drea

    can u say coo-coo. what kind of person hurts themself. mentally disturbed. and to blame it on someone else(no matter what color) again mentally messd the police dont have nothn better to do than chase a fake story......and only now that she got caught does she feel bad. wheel her straight to the padded room,pleez.

    September 16, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Donna

    Incredibly sad, especially since a COPY CAT CRIME of the same nature has occured in Arizona after this woman was
    allegedly attacked!! THAT crime would NOT HAVE HAPPENED if it weren't for this supposed crime being aired.
    That is unbelievable.

    On a lighter they know who to make the next American Idol judge. THAT'S about how much sense our media is making lately...unreal.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. crookedteeth

    This is complete and total asshattery, right here. Only an asshat throws acid on her own face and blames a black woman for it. Someone really needs to invest in therapy. Big time.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ruby

    I have to admit, her responses were a bit odd, but I just assumed she was another whacky Christian nutjob. "Jeebus made me buy sunglasses 20 minutes before some lunatic black woman tried to blind me and destroy my beautiful Christian face, yet, I shall turn the other cheek, thanks to His Grace." And Jeebus knows all those crazy black women with slicked-back ponytails want to destroy the faces of pretty white girls, right? I'd like to kick this girl right in the money-maker.

    September 17, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tayana

    I sincerely doubt she blamed an African American woman out of "racism" so please get off of it. Why is it that African Americans continue to drive racism? We are the ones that always play the race card. The minute something goes wrong – someone cuts us off while driving, cuts in front of us in the grocery store, etc. we always say it's due to race. Not true. It's just rudeness plain and simple. This woman obviously has severe mental problems. She could have said the Dali Lama did it and the media would hae hyoed it just as much.

    September 17, 2010 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Boney

    Dang, I wanted to be the first one to play the race card on this story.....I'll have to be quicker next time I guess.

    September 17, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. jam

    White people have been blaming black people for their moral failures since the crusades, No surprise here! I recall the white woman who murdered her own children blaming it on a black man. The white woman who carved a letter into her forehead and blamed it on a black man.The list goes on..............

    September 17, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. sonny

    She is qualified to be in tea party

    September 17, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Anna

    Wow.. Stop playing the racist card. She could have blamed it on any race and they would have believed it. Don’t half of African Americans say "white girl" or "white boy" instead of Caucasian? As in look at that white girl over there. But if someone was to say look at that black girl it would be considered racist. Let the past be the past, I’m sick of hearing about all white people are racist.

    September 17, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • RepubliKlan

      You argue that a Black person saying "white girl" in a conversation is the SAME as this woman FALSELY ACCUSING a "black girl" of a heinous crime because they both refer to the opposite group's color. This is the same logic that Southern Conservatives used to justify "separate but equal" Segregation. How? They said that since blacks have their own schools and whites have their own schools they are equal because they both have schools. It didn't matter that the white schools had maybe 20 to 30 times as many resources as the black ones. Since they were both called "schools" they were therefore "equal" since the word "school" was used in both cases.They would ONLY NOT be equal if the blacks had NO school or if it was literally a "barn" etc. I see the same "sick logic" is still being used by Conservatives. Sad. It's making our great country a second rate performer in measures of intelligence and the efficacy of our educational system.

      September 17, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. RepubliKlan

    This woman was initially being hailed as a "martyr" by Glenn Beck followers and the right wing because she supposedly demonstrated how "violent" liberals and Blacks are. Now they revile her because she "snitched" on herself and didn't stick to her story. Remember Republican operative, AshleyTodd, who told Pittsburgh police that a "big Black man" carved a "B" for "Barack" on her face because he saw her McCain bumper sticker? Remember how FoxNews ran with that story even after police disputed it? If she had done that in a part of Pennsylvania that Palin calls "The Real America," rather than in a city with a lot of Black police, McCain would have been president. Wake up people and smell the underarms of brownshirts on your doorstep.

    September 17, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |


    September 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Wait, Im confused. We're not looking for a crazy black woman with a cup of acid anymore?

      September 18, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. concerned

    What she did was wrong( blaming a black woman), but you have to admit, someone who could do this to herself needs some serious psychiatric help.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Realitytalks

    This is unreal. Someone who would do this and blame someone else has some serious psychological issues. It reminds me of an episode of Nip/TuckI saw years ago when a woman ut her face and blamed it on a serial killer just so she can get attention from the media. Wow...

    September 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James Moss

    She's going to have a series of workout videos....."feel the burn."

    September 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
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