Video share: Recovered memories, true or false?

A few weeks ago, I was approached by Mel Ve—whose name has frequently graced these pages—with an unusual proposition: would I be interested in doing an interview with her on the topic of recovered memories and the people who promote them? Readers may know that Mel and HR have not always been on the best…

More on Wesley Hall’s links with Hacker House

Last week we broke news of an apparent link between Boris Johnson’s friend Jennifer Arcuri, her controversial Hacker House enterprise, and Lancashire-based convicted criminal and Hampstead hoax pusher Wesley Hall. While the evidence we presented suggested that Wesley might have been employed as Hacker House’s “Digital Marketing Manager”, it was not conclusive—and commenter “Fake Name…

BoJo, Arcuri, and…Wesley Hall?

While we’re just as interested in politics as anyone, we must confess that we hadn’t been paying much attention to the Boris Johnson/Jennifer Arcuri story until quite recently. The exceedingly talkative Arcuri, who has described herself as a “legitimate businesswoman”, has refused to either confirm or deny that she had an affair with Johnson while…

No remorse: Sabine writes from prison

About two weeks ago, a user on the UK Column community discussion board posted the following letter from Sabine McNeill, who is currently serving a nine-year sentence for four counts of stalking and six violations of a restraining order. The letter, apparently written on 3 August, reads: Dear Friends & Supporters, 17 months I’ve survived…

Matt Taylor confirms his own arrest

A week ago Saturday, YouTube viewers on Hampstead hoax promoter Matt Taylor’s channel were treated to the spectacle of the Sussex police banging on Taylor’s door and attempting to arrest him. Taylor refused them entry, and after a long and highly entertaining back-and-forth which included Taylor calling 999 and claiming “fake police” were attempting to…

Tracey Morris up to her old tricks

Since Hoaxtead Research moved from “daily come hell or high water” to “whenever something interesting happens” publication, this blog’s daily stats have declined from ~1,500 views to between 700 and 900. Thus we were surprised about a week ago to note a sudden spike—1,700 views in one day. And nearly 900 of those views zeroed…

Sabine McNeill’s appeal judgment published in full

Many thanks to commenter Exiled Scouser for pointing us in the direction of BAILII, where the full written judgment from Sabine McNeill’s appeal has now been posted. The judgment itself contains few surprises, and deviates little from our report on 30 July. It does make some minor factual errors—rather than identifying the two children in…