In a surprise move, the disgusting blog Hampstead Research has now been taken offline completely.
Do you remember Hamster Research? The dismal blog was run by a woman who called herself ‘Jacqui Farmer’; she and her partner ‘Video Man’ created agonisingly awful self-narrated videos that became known in these parts as her ‘Vogon poetry recitals’.
Hamster Research specialised in harassment, poison pen letters, smear campaigns, and encouraging vigilantism against the decent families, teachers, clergy, and businesses of Hampstead. ‘Jacqui’ had a simpering, sickly-sweet writing style that only added insult to the pain and damage her words inflicted.
It took us a few weeks, but once we’d exposed Jacqui and Video Man as Charlotte Alton Ward and Jacco De Boer, we set about having their blog removed from WordPress. As some of you might remember, this proved harder than expected. WordPress is an American corporation, and would only respond to court orders from U.S. courts; however, eventually we were able to convince them to close down Charlotte’s blog.
Unfortunately, at that point Charlotte decided to move her operation to a self-hosted blog platform in Iceland, a country that’s renowned for its ‘free-speech’ blog hosting. Hamster Research never regained the readership or influence it had achieved in its glory days, and in late October 2015, Charlotte announced that she’d no longer be posting anything new.
While this was a relief to those she’d been harassing, the blog remained online, a necrotic oozing pustulence on the hindquarters of the internet.
And now it’s gone.
We know that for those Hampstead parents whose children’s names were published there, this will come as no small comfort; we know you worry that your kids can be located and targetted by online paedophiles, and it’s good that it’s finally gone.
We don’t know what finally motivated Charlotte to pull the plug: did her cheques from Belinda start to bounce? Did she finally realise that the only visitors to her blog were spambots and paedophiles? Honestly, we don’t really care.
We’re just glad to see it’s finally breathed its last. There will be no eulogies. Hamster Research will not be missed.