Back to FAQs: Tattoo update includes new info

From time to time we like to update the Frequently Asked Questions section of the blog, as new information becomes available, or new insights help us to better understand evidence that’s been around for ages. Today, we’re going to update the FAQ page titled “The cult tattoos”. If you think we’ve missed anything important, or would…

Is someone trying to reignite the Hampstead SRA hoax?

Over the past few days we’ve been hearing a persistent but strange rumour from multiple quarters. As far as we can tell, it started with a Twitter user named “Rose English” (@roseeng27008738):  So the story goes that at some point in the 1970s, at a place called “Leyton Green reform school” in Waltham Forest, someone…

How to monetise a hoax: Lessons from QAnon

For all the damage the Hampstead SRA hoax has done to the parents, children, teachers, social workers, clergy, and businesses it targeted, we should probably be grateful that it was not engineered by people fluent in the true money-making potential of internet hoaxes. While the combination of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress proved sufficient to…

Was the Hampstead SRA hoax the thin edge of a wedge?

Although events behind it had been brewing for some time, most people were caught completely off guard when the Hampstead SRA hoax first broke in February 2015. Prior to the Hampstead allegations, the UK’s most recent allegations of Satanic ritual abuse had taken place in 2011 in Kidwelly, where four adults led by Colin Batley…