One aspect of Hoaxtead that almost everyone comments on eventually is Ella’s apparent nonchalance at the loss (almost surely permanent now) of her two beautiful children.
In all the video and audio interviews with Ella since her children were taken into care, her demeanour has spanned the full spectrum from ‘distant’ to ‘cold’ to ‘dead from the arse up’.
Even in the infamous initial interview videos, in which the children blithely described unspeakable scenes of rape and murder as though they were recounting a trip to a fun-fair, Ella’s voice can be heard from time to time, calmly correcting them on certain points, or directing them to describe aspects of their alleged abuse.
From this, we might infer that Ella has always been a rather cold mother.
She was certainly a controlling one, keeping an iron hand on each morsel of food the children ate, and growing very upset when they consumed anything not on her list of ‘allowed’ foods.
The contrast between Ella’s ‘lost emotions’ and what one might expect of a parent whose children were being raped, forced to participate in grisly murders, and cannibalise infants was even more startlingly clear when we began to listen to some of the parents who spoke at Belinda and Sabine’s ‘Forced Adoption Event’ on Thursday.
These parents, whose children had been taken into care, sometimes forever, sounded desperate. They were emotional, often on the verge of tears. Their voices betrayed their distress at ‘only’ losing their children, let alone having them coerced into rape, participation in murder, and cannibalism.
And yet…Ella remains impassive. Calm, chilly, even sometimes laughing.
Meanwhile, she and Abe and their few remaining acolytes (Angie, Deb, Neelu, we’re looking at you) have the unmitigated gall to accuse the children’s father of ‘faking it’ as he described his experience to Victoria Derbyshire. Critics point to the fact that while his eyes became a bit red, he didn’t cry; while he sniffed a bit, he didn’t wipe his nose on his sleeve.
Whether he was over-theatrical or just overcome with emotion, we have to say that his reaction struck us—as it did most people—as far more appropriate to the situation than Ella’s emotionless performance.
Even Abe has felt compelled to comment on his girlfriend’s zombie-like attitude, if only to attempt to explain it away:
JK, no it doesn’t.
In any case, for a rational, succinct comeback we know we can rely on Pookster78:
Of course, Ella’s unnaturally calm approach caused the police to doubt her story almost from the beginning (see previous reference to parents whose children have been apprehended by social services). There were many, many other factors, including an absolute lack of evidence, but Ella’s lost emotions were, and continue to be, a dead giveaway.