My students, especially on the freshpeep level, tend to be surprised when I tell them that while Wikipedia is frequently a useful way to get general background info on a topic, it isn’t reliable enough to be an acceptable source for one of my classes. I talk a bit about the idea of crowdsourcing-as-peer-review, and I tell them that while a mistake or misinformation will be corrected eventually (at least in theory), they don’t want to risk using info that hasn’t been corrected yet. I’ve given them the example of the comedian Sinbad’s alleged death as an example, and occasionally mentioned the Siegenthaler episode as well.
Well, here’s another piece to which I can refer them — and it’s a pretty good mystery that’s worth a read in itself. There are heroes and villains, and motives as old as humanity. Check it out.