We’ve mentioned this before, but it’s morbidly fascinating to watch Angela Power-Disney’s apparent attempts to ensure that she is found guilty and imprisoned for her role in promoting the Hampstead hoax. Despite claiming that she is afraid that she will be charged by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Angela has shown no signs of letting up in her naming of protected witnesses, and indeed seems to go out of her way to do so.
It’s difficult for normal people to grasp what could motivate a person to continue implicating themselves over and over again, and yet that is exactly what she is doing. Her deranged rant two weeks ago when she discovered that her file had been sent to the DPP is a case in point.
Following a four-year sustained campaign of brutal harassment against a person who finally laid charges against her last summer, Angela went into what can only be described as a narcissistic rage, shouting, “How dare you? HOW DARE YOU COME AFTER ME FOR HARASSMENT? Evil, evil man!”
Clearly, Angela believes that the person in question has no right to accuse her of having hurt him or his family; rather, she posits herself as the victim. This upside-down view of the world seems to underlie Angela’s actions, as she seems to think she has the right to attack anybody she pleases, and that her victims should have no right of reply.
Just yesterday she was commenting favourably on a video by American evangelical nutbar and fellow faux-Christian Thomas Dunn, egging him on in his attacks against the person she has been stalking and harassing for the past four years, and encouraging him to show pictures of this person’s children.
A constant source of puzzlement for those who attempt to understand the motivations of people like Sabine McNeill or Angela Power-Disney is that their actions do not appear rational. However, we think the prosecuting barrister in Sabine’s trial was correct when she said that it all came down to ego.
Sabine, she said, was not motivated by money, but by the thrill of knowing that in persisting in her deranged campaign, she was winning the approval and admiration of her followers. No matter how unfair, underhanded, and malicious her allegations might be, and no matter who she hurt—or how often she was told of the effects of her actions—some internal force drove her to continue until she was finally arrested, tried, and imprisoned.
Even during her trial, Sabine was unable or unwilling to express remorse for the harm that she had caused.
At one point she claimed that she had “wept bitter tears” when she realised that she had made an error in accepting that the class list Ella had given her was actually a list of Satanic abusers. However, under cross-examination, she stated emphatically that she would never stop believing the children—giving the lie to her claim of remorse.
Similarly, Angela appears not to care about those whose lives she has damaged. Nor does she seem to feel obligated to abide by the same rules that other people must follow. While it’s fine for her to accuse people she’s never met of the worst crimes known to humanity, it is definitely not okay for anyone to call her out on her own behaviour.
When they do, she reacts with uncontrollable rage—the classic response of a narcissist whose self-illusion of grandiosity, superiority, and entitlement has been briefly shattered. (Don’t worry, narcissists always find a way to re-inflate the burst balloon, at least until the next narcissistic injury.)
While Sabine and Angela are two very different people, they appear to share a similar egomaniacal drive to continue down a completely irrational and ultimately self-destructive path. Like Sabine, Angela will only stop when she, too, is arrested, tried, and imprisoned.