‘Satanic child pornography’ is a fraud

The headlines were spectacular, even melodramatic: “Satanic child-porn fraudster is ‘ruthless, manipulative'”; “Court to mull fate of online child-porn ring fraudster”.

No, they weren’t referring to Abraham Christie and Ella Draper (sad to say). These headlines refer to a case last year in Johannesburg, South Africa, in which a young woman named Leone Steyn was tried and found guilty of defrauding churches and an online counselling service of R592,000 (about £35,000) in a three-year-long scam.

According to the IOL news outlet, Ms Steyn was 17 years old when she began claiming to have been rescued from a satanic porn ring:

When she was just 17, Leone Steyn allegedly laid the foundations of a fictional satanic child-pornography ring.

She begged for sympathy for the non-existent children who had supposedly been saved from the ring’s evil clutches, manipulating counsellors from an online psychiatric service to solicit donations from churches and residents.

The Star reported last month how Steyn would allegedly log on to the MOBIEG counselling service using dozens of fake names, claiming to be children kept in the safe house looking for psychological guidance.

Ultimately, she allegedly created 55 profiles of fake children, using images she stole from social media.

For three years she kept up the charade, weaving tales among the counsellors at MOBIEG of suicides within the safe house, of murders and kidnappings, and begging them for assistance.

But earlier this year, she was arrested after a year-long investigation into her scheme.

From time to time, Ms Steyn would “kill off” her fictional characters via suicide, as a bid for further sympathy—and cash. Ultimately, Ms Steyn managed to dodge a long sentence despite being found guilty; instead, the magistrate opted to keep the young woman out of prison so she could work and ultimately repay the money she’d stolen.

The myth of the ‘satanic child-pornography ring’

Ms Steyn’s fraud took advantage of a widespread but wholly unsubstantiated trope: the myth that somewhere out there in the Dark Web, there is a thriving business in which children are ritually sexually abused by Satanists, who film these encounters and sell them to an eagerly waiting audience. This idea has been so widely accepted that the churches and counselling service who were duped didn’t think to question the veracity of Ms Steyn’s claims. They willingly handed over their cash, believing that they were helping young people escape from their evil sex-crazed Satanic captors.

As commenter Justin Sanity has pointed out here, the myth of the “Satanic child pornography ring” is utter fabricated nonsense:

Analysis of commercially produced and/or distributed child sexual abuse image materials, published in forensics journals, do not use “satanic” as a category nor even as a sub-category of something like “S&M”.
 And that is because there never was any! Ask Tim Tate…he actually watched all of the commercial productions (up to a certain point in time) as research for his book on the subject, so he would know.

Justin is referring to Tim Tate’s 1990 book, Child Pornography: An Investigation. The book currently sells on Amazon.com for the jaw-dropping sum of £233.36, so we think we’ll give it a miss. But the blurb sums it up:

An in-depth investigation into the nature, extent, production and distribution of child pornography, which is the evidence recorded in magazines, film or videotape of child molestation. It ranges from apparently innocent nude photographs to depictions of serious sexual assaults and sadistic torture. The author contends that those who buy child pornography are paedophiles. Without paedophilia there would be no child pornography, but without child pornography the myriad networks of active child abusers would collapse. Child pornography is the oil in the engine of paedophilia. The author also wrote “What’s Wrong With Your Rights?”

At the time when Mr Tate was writing the book, the 1980s–1990s Satanic panic was in full swing…and yet, there appeared to be no market for “Satanic” or “occult” child sexual abuse images.

Justin points out,

There never were any, because no one would have bought such materials.
 The belief that “Satanism” has some intrinsic relationship to child abuse is a delusional fantasy obsessively promulgated by Satan Hunter conspiranoids and paranoid evangelicals, it certainly IS NOT a doctrine of any organizations or communities that self-identify with that term.

More importantly, “satanic child abuse” IS NOT a distinct sexual paraphilia – as some folks ignorantly assume.

Many of our readers will be aware of Mr Tate’s role in promoting the fantasy of Satanic ritual abuse in the years since he wrote Child Pornography: An Investigation. We have no doubt that, had he found categories of commercial child sexual abuse images that matched up with the rest of his oeuvre, he would have reported it, loud and long.

More Shurter nonsense

In the Comments section of yesterday’s blog, Justin pointed out that once again, David Shurter is, to put it politely, a lying sack of shit.

David Shurter officially full of shit, yet again, caught lying about the existence of “satanic ritual abuse”-themed child pornography.

There was indeed a LAWRENCE King lll, from WEST Ocean City, convicted of possessing & distributing child sexual abuse images. In 2011, he was “sentenced to 10 years in jail followed by supervised release for life for possession of child pornography”.


King’s stash of CSA images was modest in modern terms: “law enforcement officials recovered over 600 videos and images documenting the sexual abuse of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct”.
 Some of these depicted abuse on the extreme end of the scale:
 “The images included prepubescent children as well as depictions of sadistic and masochistic activity”, 
but no sources of information about this case ever suggested that these images depicted “satanism”, satanic cult members, rituals, ceremonies, or anything whatsoever of a specifically “occult” nature—nor was there any information suggesting Lawrence King lll had any personal involvement or interest in “satanism”, satanic cults, rituals, ceremonies, or anything whatsoever of a specifically “occult” nature.

The source of King’s CSA image collection was specified both in the indictments against him and in his plea agreement: 
”King admitted to downloading thousands of images of child pornography from the Internet, which he stored on his computer”. King’s CSA images WERE NOT given to him by a homeless relative of David Shurter, as he has publicly claimed.

Which brings us back to Leone Steyne and her version of the “Satanic child pornography ring”. Like David Shurter, Belinda McKenzie, Abraham Christie, Ella Draper, and others of their ilk, Ms Steyne made use of an old, tried-and-true public misconception to wring money out of people who were only too willing to believe her lies. We know she’s not the first, and she surely will not be the last to dine out on that pernicious myth.


This article was first published on 9 August 2017.

78 thoughts on “‘Satanic child pornography’ is a fraud

  1. There does seem to be a lot of belief in witchcraft and Satan in Africa still. I’ve seen a documentary about a little village that was made up of women of all ages that had to leave their homes after being accused of being a witch or casting spells on people. It’s kinda hard to prove you aren’t a witch.

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  2. God, the antics of Leone Steyne are a disgrace! Some people know no shame. And sadly she’s not alone. Some of the elements of her scam bring to mind Abe & Ella, Becki Percy and Angela Power-Disney, to name but three.

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  3. Isn’t it time someone sued her for libel?
    With her attitude to the courts she’d be lousy at defending herself and she has got a load of equity left in that house ….

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  4. “Maybe she has a nut allergy”. Well i guess i had better not tea-bag her then. Dip, dip, potato chip.

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  5. The troofers have a thing about the term ‘walnut sauce’. The adrenal glands have a similar shape to walnuts and the sauce, they believe, is a reference to adrenochrome. Hey, it’s all in the troofer dictionary!

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  6. Lord preserve me !.
    Has anyone noticed the remarkable resemblence between Satanic hoaxer Leonie Steyn and the inventor of the revolutionary perpetual motion free energy QEG machine / grifter HopeGirl?. Are they perchance related?.

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  7. The lady doth protest too much. I reckon Arthur is onto something. There *IS* something demonic about APD’s behaviour. 😈

    I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t laughing at her getting a taste of her own medicine. 😇

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  8. As far as I know hunter s Thompson, in fear and loathing in Las Vegas. Started the adrenochrome thing as an urban myth that people would kill to get high. Somehow this has found it’s way from classic modern novel to urban myth in the twilight world of the paradelusionoids keen to expose the lizard overlords and liberal baby eating cults they live in mortal fear of. It’d be funny if they weren’t so obsessive and dangerous.

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  9. Have they a single shred of evidence of just one single body with the pineal gland removed ? Or a single vial of adrenochrome found ? I seriously doubt it. Actually thinking about it I need to either re read falilv or watch the terry gilliam film again. The police drugs convention scene is very close to the conspiritards own presentations with it’s bizarre descriptions of drug fiends. In fact once ec is back from Portugal, and it’s delightful barrel museums and squid depositories, might just want to compile a post on the history of the adrenichrome myth and how hunter s Thompsons parody of the hippy hating right became part of their rhetoric.

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  10. Watching the film now. Adrenochrome makes pure mescaline look like ginger beer. They name it’s supplier as a Satanism freak. I’ll double check with the book later but I think I’ve hit the (walnut) source of this myth. You’re welcome.

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  11. I see from the screenshots below that the bumblefucks can’t make up their minds whether they’re talking about the adrenal or pineal gland. Whatever.
    Neither looks anything like a walnut, but “believing easily-disprovable nonsense” is a purity test one must perform to prove that one is a True Believer..

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  12. I’ve long thought that this bunch of nuts have mistaken certain classic films as documentaries: Rosemary’s Baby… The Devil Rides Out… The Omen… Devil’s Advocate… Race With The Devil… The Blood On Satan’s Claw… Witch-finder General… To The Devil A Daughter… and now with our Walnutters, I can add a personal popcorn favourite of mine Dark Angel.👽

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  13. Encouraging a mentally ill woman to torch a car. What could possibly go wrong?

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  14. I think I remember EC once mentioning that that Lauren Stratford woman, as well as being a fake SRA claimant, went on to be a fake Holocaust survivor!

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  15. A true friend would not encourage her to set fire to a car nor call up innocent receptionists just to hassle them on Neelu’s behalf, as they have done in the past. It wouldn’t shock me to learn that some of her so-called friends purposely try to wind her up to do something stupid and get herself into even more trouble.

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  16. Here’s an interesting insight: in his second post in that sequence, he writes “ALAN – as long as you bat for VAN GELDER … you’re a Putrid child RAPING” … etc etc.
    Effectively that suggests that when ALAN stops “batting for VAN GELDER” he won’t be “a Putrid child RAPING” whatever. So really, he’s very much aware that calling somebody a child rapist is merely an insult and not actually a reflection of whether he actually thinks that’s a true description of the person.
    Conclusion: Joseph ElHawayek simply uses terms like “child rapist” as an insult. It’s just playground bullying behaviour.

    (We share the fourth floor with the HM government’s psyops specialists!)

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  17. Only the likes of someone who believes the “pizzagete” nonsense would see ‘Walnut Sauce’ as disgusting. Too funny!

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  18. You know what won’t shock me, though – when Facebook inevitably tells me that egging on a mentally unhinged woman to set fire to someone’s car doesn’t breach their community guidelines…

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  19. Well said and it also completely devalues the importance of the work of real anti-child abuse campaigners and is a monumental insult to child rape survivors.

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  20. Yeah. The book is from 1971, uk edition first published 72. The attourney character gives a speech saying he got the adrenochrome off a ‘satanism freak’ who was short of cash, clear link between Satanism and harvesting pineal glands. The walnut sauce tag must have been added later. I wonder how these truther clowns would react knowing the myth of adrenochrome harvesting devil worshippers was a gag from a novel savagely satirising the American dream ? They really fell for it bigtime.

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  21. Only idiots with no critical thinking ability and zero inclination to research anything and blindly swallow whatever crappy rumour is doing the rounds give any legitimacy to these crackpot stories. If hunter s Thompson was alive he’d soil himself laughing about it.

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  22. Born there, but raised in stoke on Trent before going to California, where he’s resided ever since. Interesting to note his divorce and gnr reforming occurred pretty much simultaneously. Funny how a massive bill of half of everything leads to selling out completely. Shame. The old slash would just have handed her the house and the cash and left to take up on someone’s sofa. Used to really like slash before he sold out wholesale with that retarded lacklustre comeback tour.

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  23. And the obligatory death threats….

    Hey Dan and Phil, don’t you know thats supposed to be ‘our’ thing????
    Well according to such reliable sources as APD etc….
    After all shes got ‘pages’ of them shown on her blog…
    She said so!!!

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  24. Ultimately the “adrenochrome” fabrication goes back to the “endogenous schizogen” theory of psychosis, which is that sometimes people’s bodies secretes its own version of LSD. it was popular in the 1950s, though no-one could decide whether the magical mystery molecule was adrenochrome, or ceruloplasmin, or the Mauve Factor a.k.a. kryptopyrrole a.k.a. Malvaria, or taraxein.

    The “Mauve Factor” sounds like a minor movement of rebellious fin-de-siècle poets; or an early-80s art-school band that once played as the warm-up at a Durutti Column concert. Its alternative name Malvaria was later used for the mute female assistant in the third Doctor Phibes movie, engendering the copyright issues and lawyering-up that are responsible for the movie remaining in legal limbo to this day.

    Anyway, that sad little saga of scientific self-deception inspired Terry Southern’s droll story, “The Blood of a Wig”. Which HST was riffing on when he came up with the ‘Adrenochrome’ episode. in FALILA.

    Of course no good fabrication is ever abandoned by scammers, and there is still one lot of grifters promoting the Mauve Factor as the cause of autism, and another circle of charlatans pimping kryptopyrrole as part of their blood-test fraud.

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  25. This is only speculation, but it is possible that the dumb lady believes ‘Predator’ to be a documentary, having watched it on bad drugs.

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  26. It’s a shibboleth as well as an insult… its use is a signal to others in truther / alt-reality circles that Joseph is one of them. Same way as the alt-right neo-nazis use “cuck” as an insult, not really meaning or caring whether the target is actually a cuckold, more as a way of waving a little flag of allegiance to the cause.

    When Elon Musk was annoyed with the British divers who’d been risking their lives rescuing kids from caves in Thailand instead of paying attention to his minisub masturbation, and “pedo” was the first insult that came to his mind to throw at them, that was definitely a signal that Musk hangs out with the Pizzagate conspiracies-for-fascism crowd.

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  27. Protected witness ? Not protected from eviction I see. Wonder what the next chapter of her ongoing saga will be like. She gonna move in with family ? Take up in a dosshotel full of junkies ? Maybe she’ll invest in a crappy old boat and take her lunacy on a tour of the canals and rivers ? Oh the opportunities are endless. One thing she won’t get is the psychiatric help she desperately needs if she’s ever to get her live back to some semblance of normality. Thank you tory government for your austerity measures in mental health.

    Wonder how much this charade cost the taxpayer ? And how much emergency housing will also cost us?

    Yes, I know she’s an idiot and she’s caused a lot of trouble but I can’t help feel she’s been failed by the system and the end cost will be a lot more than dealing with her properly in the first place. Surely the longer a deluded idiot who’s brain snapped is left untreated the less likely they are to return to normalitude.

    Anyway, bet her neighbours are enjoying the peace and quiet.

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  28. Yeah, good read that. Entire show was a series of proven scammers and whackos. As if we didn’t know already.

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