Yesterday we discussed some of the process that led to our team uncovering the identity of one of the key early players in the Hampstead SRA hoax. In March 2015 “Jacqui Farmer” started a blog called Hampstead Research, whose stated goal was to validate the original allegations made by RD’s children, under duress from their mother’s boyfriend Abraham Christie.
For a couple of months, “Jacqui” and her sidekick “Video Man” churned out a stream of harassing, libellous videos and blog posts, all under cover of anonymity. Her goal, it seemed, was to provide a single online source through which the core Hoaxtead team (Belinda, Sabine, Abraham, and Ella) could promote the hoax.
Essentially, “Jacqui” was the Josef Goebbels of Hoaxtead.
One of the original goals of Hoaxtead Research was to both parody and undermine the spurious arguments that were pouring out of Hampstead Research. But behind the scenes some of us were working furiously, attempting to identify and, we hoped, stop “Jacqui” in her tracks. Within a month of Scarlet Scoop founding this blog, our team had discovered “Jacqui’s” real name, some of her personal history, and her location.
You can read here about the evidence trail that led us to determining that “Jacqui Farmer” was in fact Charlotte Alton Ward. We’re still very proud of the hard work and determination that led to the “outing” of Charlotte—we think it goes to show what a group of committed volunteers can achieve together.
One of our readers, Karnevilnine, asked us whether we have access to the video that enabled us to crack the case. Here it is:
Please note: this video clip contains standard ugly Hoaxtead allegations; we hesitated before posting it here, but feel that you shouldn’t just take our word for it when we say we were able to identify Charlotte Alton Ward’s voice from this clip. The original was electronically altered, but not nearly as much as some of Charlotte’s later “Vogon poetry” videos, which were almost impossible to unscramble.
For those who’d like to hear her completely unmodified voice, this 2012 video narrated by Charlotte Ward on her “Conspiritualize” YouTube channel is not only a good sample, but offers a bit of insight into her affiliations to people like Belinda McKenzie and Brian Gerrish:
Incidentally, while we were researching “Jacqui’s” identity, we also discovered Charlotte’s email address (email@example.com) on a blog post by Butlincat, a frequent commenter on Charlotte’s EddytheCat7 YouTube channel. On 19 May, 2013, he sent out a group email, and cc’d instead of bcc’ing the intended recipients. Sadly, the link to that email no longer works, but it was an important validation of our conclusions.)
“Carleea”: Charlotte’s other web handle
Long before she changed her name to Jacqui Farmer in preparation for her role in Hoaxtead, Charlotte was using the name “Carleea” online. Here she is on Alfred Lambremont Webre’s blog, offering him her sycophantic devotion:
She also posted intermittently on David Icke’s discussion forum, though several of her original posts have been removed for violating that forum’s rules against self-promotion. Seems that Charlotte just couldn’t resist telling the world how excellent her “conspirituality” videos were.
And here she is in 2011 on the Icke forum, asking for help getting a meeting with Jeremy Corbyn about the Hollie Greig case:
Compare and contrast with her frequent disclaimers on Hamster Research blog and videos that she had no affiliation with Ella, Abe, or their McKenzie friends. Unless you count being Belinda McKenzie’s aide-de-camp and sometime tenant, of course.
Charlotte Ward in Suriname
When we first discovered “Jacqui Farmer’s” true identity, we were hopeful that we’d be able to hand the information to the police and let them deal her. However, after a bit more digging we realised that Charlotte was perfectly situated to run a harassing, defamatory blog and yet suffer minimal legal consequences: although she had in-laws in the Netherland, she lived with her partner Jacco De Boer in Suriname, near the capital city, Paramaribo.
It seemed that she was well out of the reach of British laws—and there was nothing anyone could do about it.
However, we now know of at least two people who contacted officials in Suriname to let them know of Charlotte’s illegal activities: one called the local police, while another reported our concerns to British officials in Paramaribo. We believe that this resulted in a visit from embassy officials, threatening discontinuation of her visa permit unless she ceased harassing the people of Hampstead.
Ultimately, this seemed to do the trick: as of 31 October 2015, Hamster Research had closed up shop; Charlotte stopped posting but left the blog online. In July 2016, we noticed that the blog itself had disappeared completely.
And there was much rejoicing.