Jeremiah "Terminator" LeRoy was a pen name of American writer Laura Albert. The name was used from 1996 on for publication in magazines such as Nerve. After the publication of LeRoy's first novel, Sarah, LeRoy started making public appearances. With the aid of her friend Savannah Knoop, Albert wrote the books that were attributed to LeRoy, and Knoop, wearing a costume, presented herself as LeRoy at public appearances. Many consider this one of the most notorious literary hoaxes of recent years.Supposedly born October 31, 1980 in West Virginia, LeRoy's backstory was one of prostitution, drug addiction and vagrancy in California, prior to the publication of his first novel in 1999. However, an exposé in October 2005 revealed that JT LeRoy was Laura Albert. In a January 2006 article in The New York Times, LeRoy's agent, manager, movie producer, as well as several journalists, declared that the LeRoy seen in public was Savannah Knoop, the half-sister of Albert's then partner, Geoffrey Knoop. In a February 2006 interview with The New York Times, Geoffrey Knoop stated that Laura Albert was author of the LeRoy books, which Albert has confirmed. She describes LeRoy as a "veil" rather than a "hoax", and claims that she was able to say things as LeRoy that could not have said as Laura Albert. Laura originally published as Terminator and later JT LeRoy.