Given the recent blip in interest in the Hampstead SRA hoax from American ultra-fundamentalist Christians and their UK-based allies, a review of some of the basic facts surrounding the case seems to be in order.
We recently published a complete transcript of the first, and perhaps most telling, piece of evidence, the Jean-Clement Yaohirou audio recording. This was made on 4 September 2014, within hours of Abraham Christie, Ella Gareeva Draper, and the two children returning from a month-long stay in Morocco.
In that recording, it’s very clear that the children were being led and coached with details about the allegations Abe and Ella wanted them to make. You can also hear Abraham berating the children for infractions such as looking at him in a way he considered disrespectful, failing to eat their supper in silence, and talking to one another while they cleaned up a mess the dog had made.
The medical reports
We’ve written a number of times about the medical reports written by Dr Deborah Hodes, who examined the children twice during the police investigation.
Most true believers are unaware of Dr Hodes’ observations that prior to the inception of the hoax, while they were in Ella’s care, the children had been identified as suffering from malnutrition and neglect, and that after Abe came on the scene, they suffered severe physical abuse.
The first medical examination
Dr Hodes first saw the children on 12 September 2014, the day after they were taken into protective custody by the police. They were taken into custody because Child P had told the interviewing officer that Abraham was in the habit of giving them “licks” with a spoon.
The children had not yet retracted their allegations of sexual abuse against their father and the rest of the alleged cult. That would not come until a week later, when they had been out of Abraham and Ella’s care long enough to feel confident that they would not be punished for telling the truth.
The medical report begins with a “Background and Chronology of Events”:
Dr Hodes notes that the police became involved in Ella and RD’s domestic disputes, and that on one occasion Ella’s eldest son reported RD to the police for assaulting his mother. The couple separated in 2009.
In October 2013, when the children were seven and eight years old, a neighbour reported Ella to the NSPCC, as she had heard the children crying for long periods of time, and had found them on the balcony of Ella’s home, cold and hungry. This preceded Ella’s relationship with Abraham.
(During the Jean-Clement audio, Ella tells J-C that the neighbour who reported her was “in the cult”—however, she later admits that she is not 100% certain of the identity of the neighbour who made the report. In addition, she and Abraham claimed that the social worker who was assigned the case was also “in the cult”.)
In May 2014 Abraham Christie moved in with Ella and the children. In July 2014 the school called social services to report that Abraham had been aggressive towards the children and other children at the school.
Abe and Ella “repaid” the teachers and headmistress of the school by naming them, too, as “members of the cult”. In particular, they focused on the teachers they believed were “against” them, claiming that they had various strange physical markings and deformities—red spots all over one teacher’s penis; warts and birthmarks on other teachers’ privates.
Alleged sexual abuse was still on the agenda at this point, as the children had not yet retracted their allegations. However, it’s important to note that other concerns included physical abuse by Abraham Christie, emotional abuse including Abraham’s threat that they would go to jail; and their longer history of neglect.
Those of us who’ve followed this hoax in any depth are acutely aware of the fact that Abraham beat the children over the head and on their legs with a metal spoon. In fact, Child Q described the spoon in the Jean-Clement audio, noting that it was the type of large metal spoon used to serve pasta.
Evidence of these beatings can be seen on Child P’s forehead during the videos made while they were travelling from Morocco to London. Her forehead is clearly bruised, and she has a lesion on her chin which she said came from Abraham pressing the edge of a heated spoon into her chin.
Abraham also pushed them into walls, put his hand over their mouths and suffocated them. and punched Child Q on the side of the head, which caused his left ear to bleed and his left eye to be swollen and bruised. Abe and Ella kept him out of public view until the bruises had disappeared.
Similar to her brother, Child P had signs of physical abuse which she attributed to Abraham: an abrasion on her calf, and another on her ankle, from being pushed into walls by her mother’s boyfriend; injuries to her ear caused when Abraham pinched her and picked her up by the ear; and the aforementioned cut on her chin from Abe’s spoon.
Believers in the hoax tend to fixate on the allegations of SRA (even though the children never once mention Satan in the videos they were forced to make), but completely ignore their claims, combined with very clear evidence, that Abraham routinely subjected them to physical abuse, and that their mother was neglectful and uncaring.