Conspiracy theories spring up in wake of Epstein suicide

On Saturday morning at 6:30 local time, disgraced American financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell in New York, where he was being held without bail. Last month he pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. He faced up to 45 years in prison if found guilty. Epstein’s death came…

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…

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…