Strib reports Ted Hoffstrom was upset over birth defects, then retracts it

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A since-pulled report said Hoffstrom's grudge against Larson (left) dated back to when he was born.
A Star Tribune report published last night connected some of the dots in the tragic story of Ted Hoffstrom and Dr. Stephen Larson.

The report said Hoffstrom blamed the doctor he is suspected of murdering last Friday night in Orono for birth defects he was afflicted with. Previous reports indicated Larson assisted in Hoffstrom's childbirth 30 years ago and that Hoffstrom was upset with Larson because of certain medical treatments the acclaimed OB/GYN performed on his mother.

But as Chris Steller pointed out on Twitter, the detail about Hoffstrom's birth defects was later removed from the Strib's online story and replaced with the more general information provided by Hennepin County officials to reporters during a news conference yesterday. Steller was, however, able to take this screengrab of a tweet from Kelly Smith, one of the Strib reporters covering the story:

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Meanwhile, a source told City Pages yesterday that Hoffstrom suffered from some sort of leg defect, but we haven't yet been able to independently confirm that.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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Matt Dushek
Matt Dushek

I went to law school with him. Pretty crazy. Never would have thought something like this would happen.

Dee Austin
Dee Austin

Am I the only one who thinks the two people in these photos look remarkably alike?

megnathan
megnathan

So, once again "speed over accuracy" is the motto!  Isn't this incident tragic enough without inaccurate "news" stories floating around?  For goodness sake, both of these men had family and friends who are suffering, struggling to make sense out of what is really a sensless action.  The real news story would be which outlet is going to start taking the "high road" and go back to basics!  Hire researchers that know how to dig for real facts and don't just throw a bunch of spagetti against the wall to see what sticks!

Dan Gustafson
Dan Gustafson

Two families torn over unexplained losses. There's nothing to gain off of reporting further on this. City Pages has become nothing more than a sensationalized version of TMZ.

krae61
krae61

@Dee Austin Definitely not!  

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Dee Austin 

No, unfortunately you are not.  However there is absolutely nothing presented in any of the published stories that would indicate a parental link.  The previous thread had massive amounts of people jumping to that assumption.  Not only is it not based on any of the presented facts, it is also highly unlikely.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@megnathan   My guess is that it is probably accurate, but violates medical confidentiality, which is why they retracted it.

SosMpls
SosMpls

Two families? Hoffstrom stalked, and murdered the doctor in cold blood, while he was on the phone with his wife. And, when someone is murdered it becomes a public incident. Do you feel the same way about the on-and-on-and-on coverage of the Newtown shootings? I sure do!

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