It’s always a pleasant thing to hear from old friends who’ve been out of touch for a while. It offers a chance to catch up on one another’s lives, share reminiscences of days gone by, perhaps have a cup of tea or enjoy a nip of something a bit stronger to celebrate the reunion.
And so when we received this email from Mel Ve, the cockles of our hearts were appropriately warmed, and we prepared for a good old chinwag. Alas, it was not to be.
It started off cordially enough:
Dear El Coyote
It has been some time since we communicated. I hope this mail finds you well.
Though we were a bit puzzled at the next bit:
I wish to provide you with information regarding the General Data Protection Regulation, which comes which is in effect and will be enforced as of 1 May 2018.
The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all European Union citizens data privacy, and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy. The GDPR was approved and adopted by the EU Parliament in April 2016. The regulation will take effect after a two-year transition period and, unlike a Directive, it does not require any enabling legislation to be passed by government; meaning it will be in force by May 2018. Personal data constitutes any information related to a natural person or ‘data subject’, that can be used directly or indirectly to identify the natural person. It can be anything from a name, photo, an email address, bank details, blogs, posts on social networking websites, their places of work, medical information or computer IP address. The GDPR does not only apply to organisations located within the EU, but it will also apply to organisations located outside of the EU, if they offer goods or services to, or monitor behaviour of, EU subjects. It applies to all websites and companies processing and holding the personal data of subjects residing in the European Union, regardless of the company / organisation’s location. Non-compliance of organisations, will result in fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover for breaching GDPR or 20 million Euros. This is the maximum fine that can be imposed for the most serious infringements, such as not having sufficient consent to publish or process data of data subjects, the passing on or selling of data to third party data collection agents, or not having data records in order.Please feel free to do your own research into the GDPR.
Given our prior correspondence with Mel—which generally involved her sending us something massively scurrilous about someone else, with requests that we publish it on her behalf—we weren’t really sure what to make of this. Of course we’d heard of the GDPR, who hasn’t? But why did Mel think we ought to know about it?
However, Mel quickly clarified:
Having taken advice from our legal team, we have begun the process of making all of our information outlets GDPR compliant. We will also be using the GDPR to prosecute those who use our data without our consent.
I am writing to you out of courtesy to politely request that you remove any and all mentions of myself by name, either directly or allegorically, from your websites. I also request that remove any and all information regarding my husband and my various media outlets, from your websites, including but not limited to, mentions in articles, pictures, videos and comments.
I hereby formally advise you that you do not have consent to use or print anything that may identify me or my husband as a Natural Person / Data Subject. You do not have my consent to publish anything that may be linked to my organisations or my work, that may potentially identify me as a Natural Person / Data Subject.
The gossip on your website and your associated trolling videos such as MKD, have already cost us our home in The Hague, due to harassment by our neighbours, who stumbled onto your blog and associated videos, resulting in us filing charges with the cyber crimes division in The Netherlands. Regulations are in place to prevent such victimisation by parties such as you and those who frequent your website. As a resident of the EU, and as a spouse of an EU National, my rights to privacy are protected by the GDPR.
I hope you will be kind enough to respect my privacy and the internet privacy regulations under the GDPR. Don’t forget, we have a police report, of which I have sent you photographic evidence in the past, which will be used in our prosecution process.
You have 3 working days, commencing the 7 February 2018, to comply with my request for privacy. Should you fail to comply, come 1 May 2018, we will be filing charges during our visit to London, based upon our police reports, which have already been translated from Dutch to English, and verified by a qualified court notary. Considering the severity of what has happened to us as a result of damage from you and those who frequent your website, the fines will be substantial.
As always I respect your right to freedom of speech, and I do visit your blog from time to time, as there is some very valuable information on there, however I do not see the value in the constant attacks on Natural Person, my family and my various organisations, which have in the past resulted in costing us our home.
If you are unsure of any of the above, my suggestion is that you seek legal advice.
We confess that this set us back on our heels.
“What a difference a year makes!” we thought to ourselves. After all, wasn’t it only last February that Mel was sending us emails like this:
Dear El Coyote
I am handing over all Skype communications between myself Angela Power Disney, so that all can be transparent and in the public domain.
I am sure you and your team and trolls will find them very insightful.
I know I am not perfect, and indeed, there is much that you all seem to have a great time picking at me about in the public domain, but I really only wish to create a better world, and like many people, I too am going through the process of deconfusing myself from this level of reality.
I do recall your previous comments about not being a conduit for my public battle with Angela, but you see, the battle is not in my mind… Angela is the one at war with herself and the world. I just want her off my radar. I have no energy for hatred and I have no intention of going into a public on air slanging match with her. I won’t feed the beast.
Dear El Coyote
Thank you for your fair handling of the Angela Papers.
Please find attached the Skype conversations between myself and Sandy Bergen. In complete transparency, there were some bits that I have taken out, specifically when recounting details of Sandy’s financial affairs, which I simply will not put into the public domain at the risk of Sandy being taken advantage of.
Perhaps this can give more insight into Angela’s protege Sandy Bergen.
Dear El Coyote
In keeping with more of the madness from APD, I just go this message from her, which made me chuckle, as it is not even my birthday, and the sanctimonious Bible bashing is so comical that I had to share… share if you feel inclined to do so along with your ever so witty commentary.
[24/02/17 15:01:29] Angie Power-Disney: May God have mercy on your soul. You may just have grieved the HOLY SPIRIT RUACH HA KODESH with your J fucker remarks…..I prayed and God showed me how the daughter of King Herod´s wife so wanted to PLEASE her MOTHER she danced for the King and his friends (HOAXSTEAD) and then asked for THE HEAD OF JOHN THE BAPTIST ON A PLATTER as payment. In some desperate attempt to gain approval from her abusive manipulative JEZEBEL satanic Mother….take a look at your relationship with YOUR mother and see why the Holy Spirit drew me to that in explanation of your horrendous behaviour? It is your Birthday…while you have breath in your body there is time for you to REPENT.
[24/02/17 15:03:31] Mel Ve: It is not my birthday… and go fuck yourself
…or even this?
Just thought I would keep you updated with the latest in the APD drama…
Angela recently came to us wanting to transfer her domain registration of her website from our server to her own chosen hosting capacity. We were only more than happy to have her website removed from our server, as we have been in discussion about wanting to get rid of it anyway from our server, as we do not wish to deal with Angela anymore. Angela came to us about a fortnight ago with a very hostile and nasty attitude, demanding her registration by means of threats, when all she had to do was ask us to organise a domain transfer code for her. This is a common thing that we have organised for people on a regular basis, and is part of our day to day business practice, but of course we expected nothing but ugliness from Angela. We organised the code for her but it expired before Angela got her shit together to get things sorted. At this point we realised that if we do not ask for a disclaimer, that Angela would blame us if anything went wrong with the website during the domain transfer, which can be tricky if you don’t know what you are doing. We asked Angela for a written disclaimer saying that she would not hold us responsible, and we got the usual barrage of abuse and religious tirades back at us with a half arsed attempt to say yes she will not hold Biggi responsible for fuck ups on her end… once that was done, we ordered a new transfer code, which we are still awaiting. Today we see Angela has gone nuclear on Facebook with a number of lies about money she claims to have paid, but has not, and that we are holding her website hostage… which is ridiculous because I just want this hideous bitch off my radar and that means her website too. Biggi is presently compiling all the correspondence and invoices which we will hand over to Hoaxstead shortly.
Serioulsy, can’t we just get this hideous freak arrested? She is a fucking menace to society!
More to come
Ah, good times!
As in any relationship, of course, there were those minor lumps and bumps which keep things interesting.
For instance, there was that awkward time when Mel accused us of turning her landlord against her, resulting in her eviction:
In consideration of our readers’ eyesight, here’s the text version:
Dear El Coyote
Hope this email finds you well.
I am writing to you to share with you some updates. This is not material that I wish for you to share publicly, but I feel that it is important that you at least know what is happening, the ongoing repercussions, and how severely it has affected us.
I am very pleased to see that there has been a shift in attention away from myself Mel Ve, and my husband Biggi. I want to express my appreciation and gratitude for your sensibility and understanding. We are still from time to time being targeted by MKD or what ever they call themselves nowadays, but nothing like we once were. Sadly, for all the shifting of negativity away from us, the damage has been done.
As we have previously informed you, the negativity on the internet has spilled over into our apartment block where we have lived for two and a half years. The man who owns the block and also lives downstairs, Mr. Jones (his parents are British not Dutch) cut our internet line back in February. CCN was offline for a week you may recall. The engineer from our internet provider confirmed that the line was deliberately cut and we have his written testimony. After much drama, it became clear that Mr. Jones had found information online that made him believe that my husband and I are a threat to the safety of his daughter, and decided to cut our line in order to create a conflict that he could use as leverage to get us thrown out via the courts. Not only that, he has gone around telling all the neighbours that my husband and I are pedophiles, and all the neighbours are now going to testify against us in court saying that they are scared for their families / kids and want us out, which is sad as we have never given any cause for concern, or caused any harm or loss to anybody in that block, never mind the children. Let me say that up until our line was deliberately cut, we had never had a single issue with the neighbours in 2 years of living there. We lived quietly, we are clean and we are courteous. We are helpful, always taking in deliveries for neighbours when they are out, and we can always be counted on in the event of an emergency, because we are kind and caring people. We kept to ourselves and kept the work we did a private matter. We did not really socialise with any of the neighbours as they did not speak much English. Like I said, all was good until Mr. Jones stumbled across the slanderous videos from MKD calling my husband and I pedos, pedo protectors, scammers etc etc. He just assumed the worst as he did not properly understand the context of it all, and he just went crazy, resulting in a string of incursions with him ever since. I won’t bore you with all the details, but the bottom line is, we have now been summoned to court here in the Hague on the 8 June 2017, where we will most likely be thrown out of our apartment, which is also the base and HQ of CCN. If we lose our base we lose our internet and that means we also lose our ability to earn money. We can’t get benefits and we can’t get employment. We have nowhere to go and no money to move with. We need 3000 euros to relocate, and we have no idea how we are going to be able to do that.
As a result of all of this, we have had to go into the police station and give over all the details of MKD, Hoaxstead, etc, as we have been the victims of vicious internet slander, which may result in us loosing our home, and our livelihood as a result. In order to prove that I am not joking, please find attached a picture, where you will see my pink wrap, two disks of trolling videos, several pages of screen shots from slander online, and our business cards, including one with CCN’s logo. We have blurred the details of two of the cards for security purposes. You will also notice the lovely police lady in the background taking our statement.
This entire case has now been handed over to cybercrime division, and an investigation is now underway.
In the mean time, our landlord Mr. Jones has been charged by the police with malicious slander, with the deliberate intent to cause loss and harm, because there is absolutely no proof of any of the allegations made online, Mr. Jones has acted unlawfully. Cutting the internet line was an act of criminal damage, and he has been charged accordingly. We are awaiting a court date for that hearing, but we will most likely already have been thrown out of our home by then, as this case may take up to 5 months to investigate according to the investigating team.
I hope you can see the fine mess we are in as a result of being the victims on online bullying. Perhaps this news will bring joy to the many sad and angry people who seem to latch onto the Hoaxstead blog and MKD vids. The exact same thing that Hoaxstead supposedly campaigns about, that is the supposed false slandering of Hampstead residents, has now happened to us, and we are losing everything as a result. Nice work EC. I guess you got exactly what you all wanted in the end, to hurt Biggi and I, and to destroy CCN… but now all the evidence has been handed over to the police, because we have done nothing wrong and we have nothing to hide. We are in fact the victims here.
If you have any information as to who exactly is behind the MKD vids, please could you let us know, as we will at some point be accompanied by Dutch police to the UK to file charges, and any co operation in giving us information, would stand you in good stead through the course of the investigation.
EC, ever the polite coyote, responded immediately:
Thanks for your email. I’m really sorry for what you and Biggi must be going through, and please believe me when I say I take absolutely no pleasure in any of it. It’s a terrible thing to be accused of something you haven’t done, and to have to bear the consequences of people you’ve never met slandering you and attacking you based on things they’ve read online.
I probably don’t need to tell you that your story resonates rather eerily with the situation of the families in Hampstead—one day they woke up and their world had completely changed, through no fault of their own. I am not a Hampstead resident, having been drawn into this hoax rather indirectly, but over the past two years I’ve seen with my own eyes the incredible damage that online bullying can do. People draw conclusions based on “gut instinct” and “feelings”, and next thing you know, innocent people’s lives have been turned upside down.
I’ve never been a fan of bullying of any kind. In fact, probably due to my own life experiences as a victim of bullying, I’m now “hard-wired” to fight it whenever I see it. That’s part of what drew me into fighting against the Hampstead hoax.
Despite everything, I truly wish that I could help you in your current situation. However, I’ve never known the identity of MKD (who is not affiliated with this blog in any case). We have messaged one another from time to time, though I haven’t heard anything from them in well over two months now, and the channels we used to message one another were taken down when Hope Girl had their channels removed for copyright violation. I don’t know how to get in touch with them, I’m afraid.
I won’t say anything to anyone else about this, as the last thing you need is to fend off online attacks right now. I hope you’ll be able to resolve the situation with your landlord, and that you’ll be able to keep your flat.
All the best,
However, Mel would not be placated. She wrote back:
The court case was held last Thursday 8 June 2017, and we are awaiting the verdict which should be here within a fortnight. The bottom line is, we have to relocate, and still we have no funds to do it with. What came out in the hearing, which is now a matter of court record, is that the man who cut our internet line, being our now landlord (as he recently bought the building from the old landlord) did so after he found videos and posts online about us which made him believe that cutting our line was a necessary act. He also went on to repeat some of the slanderous comments that have been coming from the Hoaxstead / MKD camps in the past. Having this full on admission being now a matter of court record, the criminal proceedings for criminal damage and slander can ensue, as we have his confession in court records. Not sure how long this entire process will take or where we will end up next, but I am pretty tired of all the drama.
I get what you say about how ironic this is, considering residents in Hampstead went through the same thing, but there is one major difference, and it has to do with the law of Corpus Delecti… Meaning, no victim no crime. In the Hampstead case, you had two kids coming out with a story of abuse, making them victims of a crime. Whether or not their story is true or not is not what I am debating here. The point I am trying to make is simply this: At no point has anybody come out as an actual victim of crime committed by either Biggi or myself. There is no evidence of any harm or loss to any persons by our hand. What you and other people in the Hoaxstead group need to realise is simply this: In your attempts to seek justice for the supposed wronged people of Hampstead, other people who did not deserve it, have gotten severely hurt. The funny thing is you are not even a resident of Hampstead, but you chose to hitch yourself to the Hoaxstead bandwagon for what ever reason. I ask you to consider, and be very honest with yourself, if what you do is actually benefiting people, or just causing more harm, especially with some of the really aggressive and slanderous commentary that persists on your blog about us.
Biggi and I are public figures, but I really do hate that idea, because it makes us targets for ignorant haters who have nothing going on in their lives other than to bitch and cause trouble for other people. Sadly that shit has gone global and hit Dutch soil and now we are facing being without a place to live and work, with no funding for relocation. The way people carry on on the Hoaxstead blog is that we are hoarding gold or making lots of money, but we can’t even afford to pay our bills or relocate. From a state of poverty and struggle we still have to endure humiliating attacks and comments regarding our earnings and tax payments, which are all false, as nobody has our financial details.
I hope you and eventually the other that you rabble to your cause, will at some stage realise one simple creative principle of the universe: You create that which you fight… hence the reason I don’t fight back like Hope Girl and Angela do. I focus on my work and research.
EC decided that discretion would be the better part of valour in this case; besides which, he wasn’t sure he’d be able to contain his mirth, so he said nothing and assumed, sadly, that Mel’s brief but tumultuous love affair with Hoaxtead Research had run its course. Ah well, all things must pass and all that.
But lo! What have we here? In September, Mel seemed to have put all that unpleasantness behind her, and was asking for…a reconciliation? or something:Can you read that? Just in case, here’s the text:
Now that we have relocated our network, and now that we have settled in, I wanted to reach out to you to firstly say Hello, and hope you are well.We have relocated to Portugal, which makes getting to Lanzarote very easy for us… I am sure you know where this is going, but if you don’t, let me fill you in on my plan…
You and I and many of your blog’s followers know that Angela Power Disney needs to be brought to justice for the many lives she has wrecked, including Rupert Quaintance. I see now that Angela and her cackle of witches have now turned against Rupert, after being largely responsible for his current predicament. The endless list of people who are murdered / commit suicide, or are put into mental asylums or jail after working with APD, is growing every day.
What I am suggesting is a collaborative effort to bring this woman to justice. I am willing to go to Lanzarote to have charges filed with local police, in order to bring her to justice. What I need from you is concrete evidence, which I know you have been collecting, that I can present to the police.
I am also hoping to raise about 500 euros to cover the travel expenses for this venture, as I don’t have the funding to do this on my own.
Please let me know your thoughts, and if we can collaborate
While we appreciated the thought, this seemed to us a rather
half-baked hastily thought out plan, not the least because at the time Angela was living in Ireland, presumably having burnt her customary allotment of bridges behind her in Lanzarote. So we politely demurred, but left things open for further communication.
Imagine our shock, then, on receiving Tuesday’s missive from our erstwhile friend!
We won’t even get into the fact that the upcoming GDPR regulation doesn’t apply to blogs, but is directed at data controllers (organisations which collect data from EU residents) and processors (organisations which process data on behalf of data controllers e.g. cloud service providers), nor that we were granted explicit consent—nay, we were requested!—to publish various pieces of information on Mel’s behalf. That would be ungracious of us, and we wouldn’t stoop to mention it.
Rather, we yearn for the good old days, when Mel would unwisely cultivate relationships with narcissists, psychopaths, and general-purpose loons, then suffer the inevitable consequences of such liaisons, and turn to this blog to exact her vengeance.
À la recherche du temps perdu and all that.