A close look at the documentary record, however, reveals that the two most commonly cited cases of this practice, that of the Rapido and Le Jeune Estelle, are both based on abolitionist fabrications. Drawing displaced truths of mass murder from the Zong and others, abolitionists concocted stories of death in the middle passage to argue for the inadequacy of Royal Navy slaving suppression efforts. These myths bounced back and forth across the Atlantic through evangelical and Quaker periodicals before reaching their widest audience in a footnote appended to an 1840 reprinting of the Journal of John Woolman. But the story of this fabrication nonetheless reveals important truths about Atlantic slaving and the international movement dedicated to its extinction. In understanding the development of antislavery sentiment in the North Atlantic, truth can be far less important than fiction.