The 6 year old boy who claimed he “went to heaven and came back” after being “internally decapitated” in a car accident recanted his story when he got older, stating he said it for attention, and the book about it was full of lies

“I Did Not Die. I Did Not Go to Heaven.”

Kevin and Alex Malarkey were alone together when the accident happened. It was November 2004, and the Malarkeys had moved to rural Huntsville, Ohio, from suburban Columbus just weeks earlier. The family was struggling financially, and Kevin and his wife, Beth, wanted to pursue a quieter life. Beth had given birth to their fourth child a few days before. Six-year-old Alex was the oldest of the bunch. He and his father went to church that Sunday morning, just the two of them.

On the drive home, Kevin answered a call on his cellphone just as he approached an intersection with a blind spot that locals knew to fear. He didn’t see the other car coming. Kevin was thrown from his vehicle but was unhurt. Alex was taken in a helicopter to Columbu… Continue Reading (25 minute read)

11 thoughts on “The 6 year old boy who claimed he “went to heaven and came back” after being “internally decapitated” in a car accident recanted his story when he got older, stating he said it for attention, and the book about it was full of lies”

  1. idiot_exhibit

    His last name is Malarkey?! How did we not figure out his story was… well, malarkey before this?

  2. GrimeyPipes27

    How is one ” internally decapitated?

  3. random-string

    Wasn’t this a Simpsons episode?

    Edit: Found it, S30E01 from 2018

    [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bart%27s\_Not\_Dead](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bart%27s_Not_Dead)

    From wiki: “This episode won the [Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Writing in Animation](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writers_Guild_of_America_Award_for_Television:_Animation) at the [71st Writers Guild of America Awards](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writers_Guild_of_America_Awards_2018). ”

    Only 6.2 on IMDB [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6225298/](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6225298/)

  4. disastermaster255

    I remember this. I worked at a library at the time and we pulled it from non-fiction and put it in the fiction section.

  5. chacham2

    Which he probably said for more attention.

    >Alex’s retraction also became a sensation, with reporters unable to resist the sudden, hilarious perfection of his last name: Malarkey.

  6. ProxyDamage

    Wait, wait… You mean to tell me recently traumatized 6 year olds ***aren’t*** the most reliable witnesses…?

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  7. NonCorporealEntity

    I knew a guy that died for 5 minutes.. he said “the light” was bull shit. All he saw was flames and pitch forks.

  8. Tigers19121999

    I’m a Catholic but one thing I’ve argued with other Catholics about is whether or not the Fatima ” visions” were real. I don’t think children should be taken at face value about these things.

  9. FadeToPuce

    A lot of people in this thread being huge assholes toward a quadriplegic who was taken advantage of at age 6 and is now nearly destitute *because* of the person who took advantage of him.

    Save your ire for Kevin Malarkey; the kid’s father who engineered the whole thing. And of course the opportunistic twats at companies like Pure Flix who rode the wave of christian copy pasta his fake ass story inspired.

  10. PurplishPlatypus

    He was 6. Whatever he said, it was adults and media execs who used his own tragedy to turn it into profit. Not his fault and you don’t “recant” a 6yo’s story as if he’s confessing to committing perjury.

  11. CrunchyDreads

    Taking advantage of gullible religious types? This guy has a career in politics.

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