Yesterday we described a very strange and disturbing situation involving Wesley Hall, who has been claiming loud and long that a person named Paul made a death threat involving his daughter.
According to Wesley, this comes at the end of a long, strange saga in which a Manchester-area doctor and his wife deliberately sent him on a wild goose chase to Spain to scout out land where they could legally grow cannabis to make CBD oil, which they would then sell in the UK. However, Wesley claims, at some point the doctor cut off the money they were paying him, abandoning him to his fate in a strange country.
Then, he says, Paul and his wife, who are friends of the doctor and his wife, began texting harassing messages and calling him at all hours, culminating in the death threat toward Wesley’s daughter.
What really happened?
Yesterday we speculated that there might be more to this story than met the eye.
For example, we were a bit puzzled that while the text message from Paul showed him saying, “I will kill your girl…ring…ring me now”, during the phone conversation between Paul and Wesley, Paul denied any knowledge of death threats, and instead told Wesley repeatedly that “he knew what he had done” and that he had to return to the UK.
We spent a good deal of time yesterday getting in touch with various people who were able to help us understand what had happened, and whose stories checked out with one another. The following is a summary of what we learned.
Late last year, Alex, the doctor’s wife, met Wesley and was fully taken in by his claims to be a child abuse whistle-blower. She believed his stories of being hunted and having his life threatened by the Satanic paedophiles who wanted to stop him working on the Hampstead case. A very empathic person, she also believed that he was a dedicated advocate for the homeless and disenfranchised of Greater Manchester and Lancashire, and wanted to do her bit to help.
Unfortunately, she took Wesley at his word for everything. She wanted to trust him, and so naïvely did not check him out online, as a more suspicious person might have done. When people mentioned to her that he had had previous convictions, she waved it aside, believing that everybody deserves a second chance in life.
Last November, Alex began building her own business, quite separate from her husband’s medical practice, through which she planned to sell CBD oil products. As Wesley claimed to need a job, she hired him at £100 per week to build a website for the business. She also paid for storage of his personal effects and “charity gear”.
In May, Wesley decided to take a trip to Spain, where he planned to indulge in the cannabis which is more freely available there, in hopes that it would help him with the chronic back pain from which he says he suffers. However, as we reported at the time, he was arrested as he was about to board the plane, was taken to London for questioning, and was told that the charge under consideration was perverting the course of justice.
At this point he seems to have realised that he had to leave the country to avoid a possible lengthy prison sentence. He began telling Alex that the death threats against him had escalated; at one point he claimed that he was being stalked by someone who’d parked their car outside his house and was sending him texts saying they were about to murder him.
Alex, now fearful that he might actually be killed, invited Wesley to come and stay for a short while at their home. “A short while” turned into three months, during which the doctor and his wife fed and housed him. At one point when it was suggested that Wesley might leave and start finding himself a place to live, he threatened that if he had to leave he would commit suicide. This would become a recurring theme, in which he repeatedly exploited Alex’s emotional vulnerability for his own ends.
Eventually, Wesley and Alex agreed that he would be safer from the murderous Satanist cabal (remember them?) if he left the country and went to Spain. They agreed that he would continue to work on the business website at £100/week while he was there.
Wesley claimed that since the police had seized his MacBook and iPhone, all the work he’d done to that point on the website had been lost, and he would have to start over from the beginning. Alex supplied him with a refurbished MacBook and iPhone, and a brand new Android phone.
There was no talk of Wesley scouting out land for a farm; that was a complete figment of his imagination.
Would anybody here be surprised to learn that while he was in Spain, Wesley ran into crisis after astonishing crisis—stolen laptop, stolen phone, pickpocketing, and the like—each of which required a further infusion of cash? And when Alex balked, Wesley would go into full-on suicide threat mode: crying, screaming, begging, and claiming that if he died it would be her fault.
A week or two ago, Alex’s husband realised the effect Wesley’s emotional blackmail was having on his wife, and together they made the decision to stop paying him any further money.
Almost immediately, they began receiving harassing phone calls. However, the number was not familiar, and they could not prove that it belonged to Wesley. It seemed to be coming from overseas.
At this point Alex decided to contact Paul, whose company does security for their house, in hopes that he might have some advice. Understandably, Alex didn’t want to speak with Wesley again, as she found it very difficult.
Paul and his wife began messaging Wesley over the weekend, to no avail. Finally, Paul hit upon an idea: he would threaten Wesley with the loss of something he valued, in hopes of angering him and spurring him to call back thus confirming his own phone number. As Katya says, Paul told Wesley that he would have two of Wesley’s Facebook pages taken down: one which uses his daughter’s picture and another which uses a picture of an Asian boy.
The trick worked: Wesley called back, and Paul was able to hand the phone number over to police as part of a harassment complaint.
Here’s the part of Paul’s text message which Wesley didn’t bother showing anybody yesterday: And here’s what Wesley said he’d received: The address in question was not Wesley’s daughter’s, but his own address in Nelson. His daughter was never threatened in any way.
This helps to explain Paul’s confusion when Wesley accused him of threatening his daughter. It also helps to explain Paul’s allegations that Wesley was doing something wrong, and that he would be arrested when he came home.
One further mystery which we cleared up: at one point Paul says, “Look, I hope you’ve enjoyed the sun, but you need to come home, because I think you’re going to be an illegal immigrant, aren’t you?”
He’s reminding Wesley that, having overstayed his three-month limit in Spain, he will now be subject to the Spanish immigration laws. Just another reason to come home.
Where things stand now
All of those involved—the doctor, Alex, Paul, and his wife—are keenly aware of the steps Wesley will take next. He will attempt to harass and defame his victims, and he will attempt to shift blame from himself to others. They are preparing for a prolonged assault on their characters, their businesses, their motivations…anything Wesley can attack, they know he will.
As for the “blaming others” thing, that’s already begun:
So far as we are aware, no one from this blog has contacted any of Wesley’s friends or followers. However, that didn’t stop some of them from claiming we had: That’s very interesting, as none of these names are familiar to any of us.
However, we’re used to taking the blame for anything untoward that happens to any of the Hampstead mobsters or their friends, so what the hell. Bring it on.