Among those who still cling to their belief in Hoaxtead, one of the arguments we hear again and again is, “Why didn’t the police question the teachers, and examine them (and others) for tattoos?”
In fact, the police did follow the evidence as it was presented to them…but this question overlooks a much larger one: “Why did Ella and Abe not immediately take their concerns to the police when they began to suspect the children had been abused?”
One of our team recently ran across this YouTube comment from Pookster78, which we think spells it all out pretty clearly:
If you know how to read between the lines, and in some cases the actual lines, then it is obvious why the police did not question the teachers, etc.
The first thing is the broader context. There have been a number of ‘satanic panics’ over the years in which the police faced huge criticism and a backlash.
The story given by the children is extremely implausible.
So under normal circumstances I would expect the police to take a cautious approach. However, this was no ‘normal circumstances’. In this case, Ella and Abraham didn’t even approach the police directly. Sure, they went to Abe’s brother in law, a policeman, but when the police turned up as a result of him reporting it, Ella took persuasion to allow them to enter. So if she didn’t want the police involved, what did she want? I have asked Abraham but he ignores the question.
Let’s pause on this.
Try to imagine your own children had been subjected to horrific abuse including multiple rapes, being forced to murder other children, and cannibalism. What would you do? We think most rational, normal people would instantly take their children to the police…but that’s not what happened here.
Also in this case the children were under the care of a convicted child abuser (Abraham Christie), who was already known to the police interviewer in 2014, because he assaulted his own son. Seeing as Ella only met Abe around May 2014, the caution Abe got for assaulting his own son must have happened around the same time.
The police therefore knew straight away that this could be a false accusation. They even mention that early in the CRIS report, due to the way the children told the story, and Ella’s behaviour. Remember, the police deal with child abuse cases every day.
Compounding the problem was the fact they didn’t have an accurate address for Dearman. However, they did carry out an investigation on what they did know, based on the ABE interviews. They did a drive around; searched the church; visited the swimming pool and sent the children for a medical exam.
The children began to mention violence inflicted on them by Abraham Christie. So by the time the police did get hold of Dearman they already had suspicions the case was false; found no evidence of a cult and the children were saying Abraham hurt them.
Just two days after RD’s interview the children were to go for their final ABE interview. The children then retracted and told the police what they already expected….that Abraham coerced them into telling a false story.
That essentially ended the investigation in terms of a cult. The police kept open the possibility of sexual abuse but further accusations would have to be made and Abraham would be the prime suspect anyway.
So in fact, Abe’s cries of ‘what about the TATTOOS?’ turn out to be yet another manufactured distraction, as he tries desperately to turn attention away from his own abusive behaviour.
Not that we’re at all surprised.