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An actual reporter who writes for a real publication did some thorough journalistic investigating into the Zola Story and found out which parts of it were true. In a piece for The Washington Post, Caitlin Dewey talked to some of the parties involved, in addition to police officers and friends, to get the real-life scoop on that fated weekend in Florida. She discovered that that most of Zola's original telling of the story was true, with a few key exceptions. Here's a summary of her findings:

  • Z's real name is Akporode Uwedjojevwe, and he goes by "Rudy Uwedjo." This is his mugshot:
Sources: Washington Post