Sometimes it pays to review older material in the Hoaxtead file: with the benefit of hindsight, certain things that might not have seemed terribly useful initially, jump off the page on second reading.
And so when one of our team was thumbing back through the local authority’s Position Statement, originally written last February, they noticed certain things that explain a few things, such as ‘why was Ella not allowed to see her own children after they were placed in care?’
For starters, there was the problem Ella created for herself when she and
Abe decided to fight their battle on the internet, instead of through the legal system.
Without regard for her children’s future well-being, she and Sabine conspired to upload the original ‘airport’ videos; this was followed, as we know, by the police interviews, and then by various documents that Ella felt might support the insane allegations that Abe forced the children to parrot.
Ten months later, this material has now been viewed millions of times. Whether one chooses to believe the allegations or now (and we most certainly do not), it’s impossible to deny that this highly intimate information will be on the internet forever.
Ella’s children have had their right to privacy stolen from them. This point has been made many times, but it cannot be overstated.
In addition to placing her children’s privacy and emotional well-being at risk, though, Ella displayed a stunning lack of insight into her own part in the hoax.
The local authority realised that Ella was putting the children in actual physical danger, as she could not be trusted to keep their location confidential: having alerted millions of people that the kids were ‘cult abuse victims’, she had created a very real kidnapping threat.
And it would appear that the children were aware that they would not be safe or happy if they were to return to Ella and Abe’s care.
Set the scene: Ella comes to the meeting centre and pulls out pens and paper. Whispering, so that the social worker won’t hear her illicit request, she urges her children to tell the judge how much they miss their mummy and Papa Hemp, and how much they long to return home.
As her children refuse, the horrible truth dawns: her children are happier without her!
Some parents would be crushed, but not Ella. She is furious. How dare they treat her like this? They’re just like their miserable father, who walked out on her that day years ago: who do they think they are? No one rejects Ella! No one!
Instead of taking the children’s refusal as a sign that she should take a closer look at her own parenting skills, she takes it as a gross insult—proof, perhaps, that her children are being influenced by others.
That’s it: the cult! They’ve brainwashed the kids, convinced them not to love her.
There can be no other answer.
She is incandescent with rage. More determined than ever to fight their father, to win this thing and get her kids back. No matter what it takes, no matter who gets hurt, Ella will win.
And this is exactly why she will never be allowed to have custody of the children again. It’s clear to everyone (except Ella and Abe, of course) that Ella is a danger to her children.
She’s shown time and again that she doesn’t understand the fundamental rule of being a parent: putting her children’s needs before her own.