Kristie Sue: Garbage in, garbage out

A couple of days ago we examined how a series of lies, half-truths, and ignorance combined to help Charlotte Ward create the completely false idea that RD had been “forensically proven” to run commercial child sexual abuse sites online. Charlotte was all too willing to accept the word of an anonymous “web expert” who turned…

Eavesdropping on the Hoaxtead mob

There’s a certain fascination in listening in on a conversation amongst those who have decided to believe in the Hampstead SRA hoax: they blurt out the most bizarre stuff with the intense earnestness of a group of three-year-olds who are utterly convinced of the reality of the Easter Bunny. Take this recent convo from Kristie…

McMartin and Hoaxtead: More alike than you might think

If the Hampstead SRA hoax has a spiritual predecessor, we’d have to say it was the McMartin Preschool case, which heralded the 1980s daycare Satanic panic. We’ve talked about McMartin here before, and would like to draw your attention to this post from August 2015, which details what happened to one of the alleged McMartin…

Kristie Sue Costa, the defective detective

It’s a bit of a truism around these parts that Kristie Sue Costa is not exactly the world’s greatest detective. We first realised that when she started her blog, Dearman Does Hampstead, with an article claiming that pretty well everyone who didn’t believe in the Hampstead SRA hoax was one person, and that one person…