One of the striking features of Hoaxtead is the way the internet has been used, at first to disseminate illegal images of RD’s children, then to publish false allegations against RD and the decent families, teachers, clergy, and businesses of Hampstead.
From the very beginning, when Abe & Ella tried to create an online tsunami of support by contacting conpiritainment stars Brian Gerrish and Bill Maloney, the internet has been the tool of choice for the Hoaxtead pushers.
That’s why this story from Canada caught our eye yesterday: a man who lost custody of his son (while he was in jail for impersonating U.S. citizen) told Canada’s CBC News that he had decided to create a website to “destroy” his ex-wife.
Using an Icelandic web host (because Iceland’s free speech laws make it almost impossible for victims to have harassing websites taken down), Patrick Fox of Burnaby, B.C. created a site that depicts Desiree Capuano as a child-abusing drug addict. Ms Capuano says the site has prevented her from getting permanent employment. Mr Fox had emailed the site’s URL to all the contacts on Ms Capuano’s LinkedIn profile.
Ms Capuano states that Mr Fox told her that his ultimate goal is to cause her to commit suicide. He also told a CBC interviewer that he would have “no qualms” about killing his ex-wife if it were legal.
“[I promised] I’d devote the rest of my life to doing everything I could, legally of course, to ruin her life and destroy her”, said Fox….
He told CBC News nothing short of Capuano’s death or “when she is destitute and homeless” will prompt him to take down the site.
“Tomorrow, and next month, and next year, this website will still be here.… to make Desiree’s life a little more dreary,” reads the most recent post, four days before Fox was arrested in Washington [state].
“All of your whining and complaining, all of your talk of getting the government, the police, and the prosecutors to do something about it, has accomplished abso-f–king-lutely nothing!” he posted.
Although the RCMP investigated the couple’s email exchanges and arrested Mr Fox in July 2015 on charges of criminal harassment, the Crown did not approve the charges. Part of the reason, they stated, was that Mr Fox lives in B.C., while Ms Capuano lives in Arizona.
However, 0n 27 May Mr Fox was arrested in Washington state (south of B.C.) for illegally attempting to enter that country. Last Thursday he was turned over to Canadian authorities and charged in Canada with criminal harassment and a weapons offence. He remains in custody in Vancouver, awaiting a bail hearing.
Still, the website remains up, and Ms Capuano says she’s more afraid now than she has been at any time in her life. She holds out hope that the charges currently facing Mr Fox will force him to remove the website.
Using the internet as a weapon
While this case lacks Hoaxtead’s Conspiraloon Factor, we are reminded of the tactics of the very unlovely Charlotte Alton Ward and her de facto successor, Kristie Sue Costa, whose missions appear to be to destroy the life of RD, and defame and harass anyone who doesn’t believe in Abe & Ella’s hoax.
And then there’s Iceland.
Iceland’s free speech laws under its Modern Media Initiative make it the ideal haven for websites and blogs that offer controversial viewpoints, which might otherwise be subject to charges of hate speech. We found this out the hard way, when we had Abe & Ella’s first blog removed from the UK-based Wix.
Within weeks they’d relocated to Orange, an Icelandic host that refused to consider removing their site, on the basis that we would need a court order issued in Iceland to prove that the blog violated their terms of service.
It’s no coincidence that Mr Fox uses an Icelandic host for his hateful website. ‘Revenge porn’ sites have also taken up residence in Iceland, since victims have no chance of having the damaging material removed. The spirit of free speech, it seems can include attempting to destroy innocent people’s lives.
While we’re all for the principles of free speech, these are clearly abuses of that right. It’s said that free speech ends where hate speech begins, and it’s becoming evident that the dividing point must be delineated…and soon.