Yesterday an American loony named Sofia Smallstorm released yet another interview featuring Ella Draper, who seems to have been appointed the Official Voice of the Hampstead SRA Hoax—understandably, since every time Abe opens his mouth he manages to alienate more of their followers. As the slightly less creepy Hoaxateer, Ella is really the best they’ve got, and they seem to be pushing her onto the fruitloop interview circuit for all they’re worth. You can find the podcast here: http://www.aboutthesky.com/images/stories/audio/SSmallstorm_podcast_069_03-31-17.mp3
In the hour-and-a-half-long podcast, Ella managed to say absolutely nothing new or enlightening, but she did reveal a few interesting titbits which have helped to confirm some of our suspicions about her ability to be a loving, caring mother.
Early on, she said—in all seriousness—that the first time she noticed anything unusual about her children was when she was still with RD. Their little girl was about one year old, and for no reason at all, out of a clear blue sky, the baby started fussing and crying. Ella seemed genuinely mystified by this: the baby’s nappy was clean, she’d been recently fed, so why was she crying? She says she asked RD, who said something about how the baby wanted her own way about something, and seemed quite nonchalant about the fussy child.
Ella, of course, knew that it must be something much more nefarious than that…but of course she didn’t fully work it out until she’d met Abraham, etc., etc., etc.
Many of us who contribute to this blog in various ways are parents, and others have beloved nieces and nephews, and we can truthfully say that some jaws dropped here at Hoaxtead Research HQ at Ella’s assertion that a baby fussing for no reason was evidence of cult sexual abuse (or something).
Here’s some news for Ella: babies and toddlers fuss. They can be moody and irritable, and they don’t need a reason. Some babies start having full-blown tantrums as early as 12 months of age. It’s just a thing they do.
The fact that Ella was unaware of this, and that she seems to have expected her baby to be placid rather than expressing an opinion (granted, in a loud and baby-like way) says a great deal about Ella’s mothering skills.
In fact, it seems likely that Ella had difficulty forming a secure emotional attachment with her children. This is not unusual: while as a society we expect all mothers to feel a surge of maternal love for their children, in fact about four in ten mums need help learning to bond with baby. Most babies are born with an innate need to form a close attachment to their mothers, but mothers’ own life experiences, personalities, or psychological issues such as post-partum depression can cause them to have trouble reciprocating. This can lead to an insecure attachment, and can create serious problems in the parent-child relationship as time goes on.
We should emphasise that this is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of: many parents have trouble adjusting to the parenting role, and accepting help is not a sign of failure. According to this article in The Telegraph, “A survey for Johnson’s Baby found that more than a third of mothers have felt they have not bonded with their baby as much as they should have, and 18 per cent say they’ve had moments when they’ve felt no bond at all”.
This is why social services intervened at various points when RD and Ella’s children were very young, and Ella was referred to parenting classes to help her learn a more nurturing parenting style, with her daughter in particular.
In Ella’s case, it seems probable that her inability to form a secure attachment with her daughter might date back to her own relationship with her mother. We have heard from neighbours of the family who noticed that when Ella’s own mother was visiting from Russia, she and Ella fought like cats and dogs. There was screaming, hair-pulling, scratching—surely not the sign of a healthy relationship. If Ella’s relationship with her mother was a difficult one, it’s entirely possible that she would experience difficulties forming a strong, healthy bond with her own children, especially her daughter.
And then there was Abraham
We have noted here many times that Ella seemed quite content to stand by and allow Abraham Christie, who’d only known her and her children for a matter of weeks, hit, kick, burn, sleep-deprive, and threaten her children, in an effort to get them to first “confess” and then fill in the imaginary details about a non-existent child-raping, baby-eating cult. The fact that Ella was able to stand by while this went on with her knowledge and consent is in fact the reason that her children were removed from her care. Both children stated that they did not wish to return to their mother so long as she was with Abraham, whom they despised.
Ella’s inability to take a strong, nurturing parental role, to protect her children rather than allow them to be subjected to Abraham’s torture, speaks volumes about her attachment to the children.
Perhaps even more eloquent was the children’s reaction when Ella brought pencils and paper to one of their supervised contact meetings, and demanded that the children write to the judge and ask that they be able to come back home. Both children refused, despite Ella’s threat that she would do something bad to the family dog if they didn’t comply. At this point, the supervisor noticed what Ella was trying to do, the meeting was terminated, and Ella failed to turn up at the next scheduled meeting.
Since leaving the country two years ago, Ella has made video after video in which she has attempted to push the Hampstead SRA hoax; in none of these videos has she ever shed a tear or made any kind of emotional plea to have her children returned. “Stony-faced” is the best description of her appearance in her many videos; there is little reason to believe that she wants her beloved children back because she misses them and wants the best for them. Rather, she seems most interested in re-obtaining her children in order to continue using them as pawns in the sick, depraved game she and Abraham continue to play.