apparently several versions of this with identical story
but changed names circulated in AD 2000.
But what of the possibility that the other stories were
circulated to make the original true story (whosever it
was) look fake?
because, let's face it, there's a photo. And it had to start somewhere.
Skeletons in the closet is nothing unusual in itself. But regardless of the truth of the story, the fact remains, this is a spectacular example of spin.
And it happens all the time in more serious matters than skeletons in the
family tree. So it is still a valid lesson.