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So that story of the Smiths fan who held a station here hostage in the '80s? It's true...well, sort of

Update, 2/25/13: The Smiths '80s radio station takeover: Here's what really happened according to the original offense report filed by the Lakewood Police Department, plus letters written by the suspect to his parents prior to the incident.

By Dave Herrera and Josiah Hesse

Well, so, we finally got to the bottom of this whole alleged Smiths radio ambush we told you about earlier this week that supposedly took place over two decades ago. We set out on a mission to once and for all debunk this long held myth involving a deranged gunman who apparently forced a local radio station to play four hours of continuous music by the Smiths. Turns out, the story is actually true -- well, sort of. It happened, alright, just not the way everybody thinks it did. And from everybody we've spoken with, nobody quite seems to agree on what exactly happened that day or how it went down.

See also: - The Smiths '80s radio station takeover: What happened according to the police report - SmithsBusters: Did a Smiths fan really hold a Denver radio station hostage in 1987? - Morrissey's quiet desparation and romantic worldview continues to connect and inspire fans

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