Jon Wedger bites off more than he can chew

You’ll recall that ex-Metropolitan Police officer and self-proclaimed whistle-blower Jon Wedger recently expressed his displeasure that we have been asking him awkward questions about some of his claims. As if to drive the point home, he blocked EC on Twitter for daring to question him…and then asked, “Why is Hoaxtead so mean to me?” (or…

Can conspiracy believers be helped?

The other day, EC had a private message on Twitter, asking for help. The person said they had a family member who had gone full-tilt conspiranoid in the past year or so, not just believing in chemtrails, but falling headlong into the QAnon/pedogate quagmire. What, the person asked, could they do to help their family…

Devine & Carvath: A match made in hell?

Yesterday we wrote about Andy Devine’s deep disappointment at having been abandoned and betrayed by some people he had considered his allies. Not only have the Pendragons turned on him, but now Gordon Bowden, whose Finchley Rd obsession Devine had adopted as one of his key buzzwords, has distanced himself as a result of allegations…

Drifloud suspended from Twitter, 2.0

Sometimes it’s the little things, isn’t it? In the grand scheme of things, the “Conscious Living Being” known as Drifloud is sublimely unimportant. For nearly four years, he has occupied a dank and dismal corner of Twitter, from whence he spews forth some of the most hateful and vicious falsehoods we’ve seen. Three years ago…

Readers react to Belinda McKenzie’s new job

Yesterday’s post about Belinda McKenzie’s position as manager of the London-based 160 Fleet Street Chambers generated a good deal of discussion both on the blog and on Twitter, where a number of barristers expressed dismay: Hoaxtead Research readers pointed out that not only does Belinda have no legal training or background, but that her actions would…

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…

Melanie Shaw convicted of arson charges

Following a two-day finding-of-fact trial at Leeds Crown Court, a jury took less than an hour to conclude yesterday that 48-year-old Melanie Shaw was guilty of three charges of arson. All three incidents took place whilst Shaw was an inmate at HMP Foston Hall in Derbyshire and HMP New Hall. Reporting for ExaminerLive, court reporter Stephanie…