And in the end…

Alert readers might have noticed that I haven’t been around much of late. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond my control have been taking up my time and energy, and I’ve been forced to the conclusion that it’s time to close down this blog. I’ll also be closing off the comments section, as I’m currently unable to monitor…

Elegy for Hoaxtead Research

In the beginning was the Hampstead Hoax. It started online, as is customary these days, and within days it had smashed into the lives of its victims, leaving them frightened, uncertain, and dazed. Parents found pictures and descriptions of themselves, and worse, their children, smeared across the internet and indelibly linked to the most vile…

On flame wars and ‘Hoaxtead trolls’

In the four years that this blog has been online, we’ve occasionally found our name wrongly associated with activities that we didn’t commit and don’t endorse. An extreme example would be John Paterson’s claim that someone “from Hoaxtead” punched him outside Southwark Crown Court during Sabine’s trial, and his subsequent barrage of threats and demands…

Changes at Hoaxtead Research

Changes are afoot at Hoaxtead Research! After nearly four years of daily posts, 1.9 million page views, and a whole lot of really pissed off hoax promoters, we’ve decided that it’s time to shake things up just a bit. But don’t panic, we think you’ll like the results (unless you’re a hoax promoter, in which…

Time to mend the nets

It happens from time to time: things go quiet amongst the Hampstead hoaxers and their followers, and we are left twiddling our thumbs and wondering what to write about. In the past we’ve busied ourselves with tidying up various areas of the blog, and right now we’re facing a tidy-up of epic proportions: we need…

A note from the management

This whole “let’s do a transcript of the Jean-Clement Yaohirou audio” idea is turning out to be The Project that Would Not Die. Not that we’re complaining, because we think it’s important to have this material documented, but sheesh. EC spent most of yesterday checking the transcript one last time against the recording, and then…

The time has come, the coyote said…

Well, it’s that time of year again, and EC is packing his bags, stocking up on sunscreen, and humming to himself as he prepares for his annual vacation. But never fear, dear readers! In lieu of our daily posts here, we’ve scheduled a carefully curated series of repeats from the Hoaxtead Research vaults: we’re calling…

Hoaxtead Research: Three years on and going strong

We confess it’s hard to believe, but three years ago today, Scarlet Scoop hit “publish” on the very first post here at Hoaxtead Research. At 2,298 posts, nearly 1.3 million hits, and 94,000 comments from our readers, we’re going stronger than ever. Our goal, which we stated on the blog’s first birthday, is “to stand up and say…