Questions mount for Jon Wedger

Usually this time of year is a bit of a snooze-fest in Hoaxteadland, as even SRA hoax-pushing conspiracy theorists like to take a bit of down-time between Christmas and New Years. Into this year’s vacuum, though, has galloped a face that became all too familiar to us last year: yes, Jonathan Wedger, alleged police whistle-blower,…

Eddie Isok & friends indulge in witness intimidation

We’re on stand-by today, waiting for news about Sabine McNeill’s sentencing hearing. While we wait, though, we thought we’d tell you about an interesting bit of fallout from Sabine’s trial, which will no doubt have further repercussions for those involved. Readers who followed our reporting of the trial might remember that a full day was…

More thoughts on battling irrational beliefs

We have often pointed to the comments section on our blog as a source of intelligent insight and excellent ideas, and the responses to yesterday’s post about attempting to control the spread of toxic conspiracy theories was no exception.  MC Spanner pointed out that SRA claimants bear an uncanny similarity to those who fake illness…

How to stop the satanic panic

Last week we mentioned a conference in Dundee, attended by über-fundamentalist Christians Thomas Dunn and Russ Dizdar. Speakers at that conference included Sarah Nelson, author of Tackling Child Sexual Abuse: Radical Approaches, who spoke on the topic of satanic panics. Actually, her topic was titled, “The Myth of the Satanic Panic”. Ironically (or perhaps not), in…

Melanie Shaw verdict rouses Tommy Robinson crew

In our post yesterday about Melanie Shaw’s conviction on three counts of arson, we alluded to, but did not elaborate upon, the Tommy Robinson/fringe right wing  connection. Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) adopted the #FreeMelanieShaw mantra last month, which initially puzzled a great many people who failed to see the connection between Robinson’s case and…

Are we giving undue attention to nonentities?

Over the past few days, we have devoted considerable time and attention to a rather ordinary (if louder and more poorly groomed than most) American evangelical Christian from Ohio, named Thomas Dunn. Dunn, who styles himself a “filmmaker”, first came to our attention thanks to Angela Power-Disney nearly three years ago, and we’d probably have…