So, the sorry saga continues. As I wrote the other day, the loathsome blackmailer ‘Loki’, who tried to coerce a university into stopping one of its students from arguing with ‘Cure the NHS’ on Twitter by revealing a spent criminal record and threatening to go to the newspapers if the student wasn’t silenced, appears to be one ‘phyllisstein2’ – a mentally-ill woman diagnosed with Munchausens by proxy. If you want to see how her admission of sending the blackmail message exactly matches Loki’s claims, see this article and this one.
‘Loki’ has attempted to claim that she and Phyllis are not the same, but the evidence of the admissions outlined in previous articles seems clear. Dr David Drew, who has had some personal interactions with Loki, also let slip that she is a female:
(It was never a ‘safeguarding issue’, as the blackmail email made perfectly clear, but note the ‘Doesn’t she claim’).
I blocked Loki on Twitter (she’s started following my blog today, so hi Phyllis), but she has apparently been issuing certain challenges to me that bear a brief response here as a counterbalance to the weird, defamatory campaign and because they shed an interesting light on the mindset and tactics of some Cure supporters.
And then I hope to consign her entirely to the dustbin of ‘people you’d rather never have encountered’.
But first, it’s worth a brief look at her behaviour. Loki has an account on Twitter that has, to date, contained 190 messages – of which about 90% are about me. Her description of herself betrays her obsession, as well as her habit of twisting the truth:
The whole account is now devoted to spreading a particular, twisted article about me – and currently claims that I called her a ‘mentally ill turd’. This is grossly misleading, as I called ‘him’ (as I then thought) a turd in a particular moment of irritation at ‘his’ cowardice:
As you’ll see, no reference to ‘mentally ill’, nor would there be, since I take a particular interest in mental health issues and believe that mental illness should not be stigmatised. As in so many things, ‘Loki’ has to conflate completely separate issues to try to make her point.
When she got the ‘Loki’ account temporarily suspended for abusing it by sending dozens and dozens of unsolicited messages to other people about me, she then created another account, calling herself ‘Mr Low Quay’, to continue stalking and harassing.
That account currently carries another 125 messages – again overwhelmingly about me – including this slightly sinister one:
Many of the other messages, on both accounts, involve Loki writing to almost anyone who has either attacked me on Twitter (to send them a link to an article she claims will help them attack me), or to send the same link, to the same twisted blog article, in the hope of turning them against me. Here are some examples:
And so on, message after message. A few people have unfollowed me, having seemingly fallen for the twisted tale. Some have called it what it is, such as ‘SturdyAlex’:
For which I’m thankful. Most have simply ignored her, which may be the wisest course.
Anyway, that’s enough background to give you a fair idea of what’s going on.
Now to those challenges. In the latest version of her vile blog, Loki has denied being a supporter of Cure:
I am aware of Cure The NHS and feel sorry for anyone who has lost a loved one but I could in no way considered to be a supporter.I am aware of Cure The NHS and feel sorry for anyone who has lost a loved one but I could in no way considered to be a supporter.
When I responded on Twitter that the first version of her blog said differently, Loki made this challenge:
Hmmm, ok. ‘Loki’ wrote a first version of his vile article, which she then deleted. She clearly assumes no one has details, but a copy was made. Here is the key sentence from that original article:
And, on her latest article – in which she tries to deny being Phyllis – she also tries to explain away the earlier statement, so she knows full well she said it, in spite of her challenge to me:
The next challenge was why I haven’t responded to her ‘points’ on her blog about the blackmail incident. So, Phyllis, since I know you’re watching, here’s a response:
you tried via the comments on my blog to claim that the letter didn’t exist, because you knew it was an email and were splitting hairs. At that point, I didn’t know that, so based my comments on it being a written letter. I’m not interested in hair-splitting. Letter, email or smoke-signal, it was vile, cowardly and beneath contempt.
That will have to satisfy you, because you make me want to be sick and you’re a coward who tries to use some supposed danger to excuse your use of a pseudonym in order to make vicious, craven attacks on people who are unable to defend themselves. As you can see, I don’t fall into that category, and I consider you beneath contempt and your points not worthy of fuller discussion.
Loki’s behaviour is an extreme, to be sure – but still on the same spectrum as the mobbing, threatening, bullying response with which Cure the NHS responds to any criticism or dissent. In that regard, at least, it serves a purpose – and if you consider I’m being unfair to them, a reading of the timelines of members and supporters, or that of anyone who ventures to disagree with them, will soon put you straight.
Ms Bailey claims to have been hounded out of Stafford, but to those unfortunate enough to be acquainted with Cure’s tactics, it’s clear that the ‘hounding’ goes in only one direction. The escalation of that against me, and against others, since the truth about Mid Staffs went mainstream for the first time last week, makes it more obvious than ever.