Of the 2010 incident, she first claimed was the work of a stranger, the Vancouver, Washington, resident tells GMA, ‘I could feel it burning through my skin…like, melting into my face. And I was just, I was so happy.’
BY CHRISTINE ROBERTS
Bethany Storro, the 30-year-old who threw acid on her face and then blamed it on a stranger, said she carried out the horrific suicide attempt because she was battling an undiagnosed case of body dysmorphic disorder.
A woman who threw acid on her face and then blamed it on an unidentified stranger said she carried out the gruesome suicide attempt because she was suffering from an undiagnosed case of body dysmorphic disorder.
Storro, who falsely claimed a stranger threw acid in her face, was slapped with a fine and ordered to seek treatment at a mental-health facility because of the lie.
Storro of Vancouver, Wash., made headlines in 2010 when she burned off most of the skin on her face and tried to cover it up by claiming that a woman she didn’t know tossed a cup of acid at her.
“I held it up to my face and I could feel it burning through my skin,” Storro, 30, said of the acid. “Like, melting into my face. And I was just, I was so happy.”
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Storro initially told authorities that a woman she did not know approached her and said “Hey, pretty girl, want to drink this?” before tossing liquid acid at her face.
At the time, Storro told police that the stranger, whom she described as a black girl in her 20s, approached her on the street and said, “Hey, pretty girl, do you want to drink this?” before carrying out the vicious assault.
Police launched an extensive search for the alleged attacker. Storro’s story, however, quickly unraveled when witnesses told a Vancouver Voice reporter that the Storro was alone when she fell to the ground and started screaming on the day of the hoax.
Police realized Storro’s story was fabricated when they looked at pictures of other acid attack victims and realized that her injuries weren’t similar.
Storro eventually copped to her lie and spent a year undergoing treatment at a mental-health facility in Washington. She pled guilty to three counts of second-degree theft after spending the money people donated for her medical costs.
She told Good Morning America that she has since been diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder, a mental illness that causes people to become obsessed with small or imagined physical defects.
Bethany Storro says she is finally starting to feel comfortable in her skin, over two years after she lied about being the victim of an acid attack.
Storro said she decided to sear the skin off her face two years ago because she found it too difficult to look at herself in the mirror. She was also planning to kill herself by downing a cup of liquid acid — but couldn’t bring herself to do it.
Storro said she didn’t intend to blame the attack on someone else, but once she did, she began to enjoy the attention she received. Her lie caused such a commotion that even she started to believe the story, Storro added.
“In that moment I felt like I was cared for and I mattered,” she explained.
Storro, who chronicles the hoax in her new book “Facing the Truth” with Mona Krueger, said she “made a mistake” and hopes people can look past the incident.
“I hope that people forgive me and give me a chance. Because I’m, I’m a good person,” she said. “I promise I am.”