If you were paying attention to the news today, you’ll know that there have been further revelations in the £14 million Hatton Garden heist. Three further convictions have been obtained, bringing the total of those involved to nine; and it’s now been revealed that Brian Reader, the pensioner who led the gang, was a lieutenant of notorious criminal Kenneth Noye.
According to the Guardian,
The audacious heist and the fact three of the gang were pensioners captured the public’s imagination. Former Scotland Yard commander Peter Spindler, who oversaw the investigation told the Guardian: “It’s probably the last of its type.”
Fascinating though this is, we’ll bet you’re wondering what it has to do with the Hampstead hoax, right?
The answer, if you’re a dedicated Hoaxtead conspiranoid, is ‘PLENTY‘.
You see, according to those who like to see intricate patterns where none exist, there is a trail of dots pointing from the Hatton Garden burglary at none other than RD.
Of course there is.
In this video, our old friend Toothlessgetruthless does some industrial-grade dot-joining, and comes up with…well, see for yourself:
So basically, because RD changed his business mailbox from one located at the site of Britain’s largest burglary, he must have masterminded the entire thing. Because sure, that makes perfect sense.
Even career fruitloop Alan Wrightson had an opinion on the matter, though we’re not sure exactly what it is:
Sure, Al, whatever you say.
In any case, this struck several of us as typical of the Hoaxtead pushers, who seem to find fodder for their deranged theories wherever they look, and draw spurious conclusions based on the flimsiest possible evidence.
We’re all for examining the evidence and looking for potential links, but it’s a long stretch from ‘moved his mailbox’ to ‘masterminded a burglary’.
Not all dots deserve to be joined. With that in mind, here’s an interesting piece we found the other day on how to identify a conspiracy theory. This 10-point checklist struck us as particularly useful:
Now that we know that the Hatton Garden job was actually committed by a group of pensioners, trying to attach RD to it seems not just baseless, but silly. Definitely a caution against over-enthusiastic dot-joining.