Child sex abuse profiteers piggyback on QAnon/Trump link

On Thursday, 11 July, Donald Trump retweeted a sycophantic message from an admirer. This isn’t exactly news: Trump loves it when people say nice things about him, and those who crave a bit of extra Twitter attention will often say things like “BEST PRESIDENT EVAH” to attract his trigger-happy RT finger. Like this: If the…

Video share: The truth about adrenochrome

Adrenochrome, made famous in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, has gained a reputation amongst conspiracy enthusiasts as the “elite drug” behind the murder of thousands of infants. Believers in QAnon, Pizzagate, and the Hampstead hoax all claim, with straight faces, that this mysterious drug is an elixir of life for the…

The pain of living with a conspiracy cultist

An interesting feature of WordPress (and most likely other brands of) blogs is that the admins are able to see the sites from which visitors are referred. We don’t bother with it often, but yesterday we just happened to notice we’d had a number of visits from Reddit. Our curiosity piqued, we went to check…

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…

The stoopidest troofer: Tere Joyce on Hampstead

It’s been a busy week, so it took our transcription team a while to get round to giving American alleged stand-up comedian Tere Joyce’s take on the Hampstead SRA hoax a listen. (They are currently lying down in a dark room with cold compresses against their temples, but recovering well, thanks.) We learned of Tere’s…