Reports from a number of his online friends confirmed yesterday morning that Robert Green had died the previous night. We were aware that Green had been in hospital suffering from cancer, and so the news did not come as a complete surprise.
Green may have been best known for his role in aggressively promoting the Hollie Greig hoax, which resulted in 22 people in and around Aberdeen being falsely accused of sexually abusing a girl with Down Syndrome. With the support of conspiracists such as David Icke and Belinda McKenzie, the allegations went viral on the internet, in a grim foreshadowing of the Hampstead SRA hoax.
According to The Herald, reporting at the time, “Those named included a prominent sheriff who supposedly abused children at the home of his sister, despite the fact he does not have a sister”. Alleged victims of child sexual abuse were named online, despite laws which protect such victims from having their names publicised.
One such alleged victim was “already an adult, and a successful footballer, by the time her mother made friends with Hollie and Anne Greig” says The Herald: “‘I wasn’t a victim of child sex abuse,” the 37-year-old said…. “I was playing half-back for Scotland and travelling the world.'”
Green, then 66 years old, was jailed in 2012 for harassing those he had falsely accused. Following his release from prison, he claimed that he did not regret his actions, and maintained that he had been “protecting children from suspected paedophiles”.
He would be jailed once more, and sentenced to 250 hours of community service, for his efforts in promoting that hoax.
More recently, Green gained a small amount of national prominence in September 2017 when it was revealed in a Sunday Times article that former Chief Constable Mike Veale of the Wiltshire Police had contacted him in relation to his attempts to prove that Edward Heath had been involved in sexually abusing children.
Green would later reveal that the “information” he had been sharing was the notorious RAINS list, a hit-list of alleged “Satanic ritual abusers”, many of whom had insulted or otherwise offended Dr Joan Coleman.
While Green seems to have lived a relatively uneventful life until his early 60s, he spent the last decade dedicating his time and efforts to conspiracy-related activities, which he referred to as “campaigning against child abuse”.
We would like to express our sympathy to his family for their loss. We would also like to acknowledge the suffering of those whose lives were disrupted by Green’s misguided “campaigning”.
May all, in the end, have peace.