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SHAUN ATTWOOD — Charisma In An Empty Suit (Part 1)

If you spend a lot of time on YouTube and are interested in crime, conspiracies, controversies, that sort of thing, you might have happened upon Shaun Attwood whose channel currently has over 390 thousand subscribers and over fourteen hundred videos. How best to describe the former illegal drug trafficker and dealer? His strongest suit is undoubtedly his charisma, he simply oozes it,  in short he is a man who is impossible to dislike. The author of many books, he has an interesting and informative tale to tell, one that deserves to be told when he is talking about his own experiences.

Many if not most autobiographies contain large tranches of fiction or even outright lies. Shaun’s personal reminiscences do not; we can be sure of that because there are no victim narratives. Shaun has made mistakes, and takes ownership of them. There is no whining about how he was sexually abused or bullied as a kid, no passing the buck to criminal associates, no blaming his downfall on addiction…Shaun graduated in business studies from a north of England university, and at some point decided to seek his fortune in the Promised Land. The business he chose was drug smuggling and distribution, mostly ecstasy. The party lasted for around five years, but in May 2002, he was arrested at his Arizona home and spent two years on remand in the Maricopa County Jail which has been home to two of the most notorious female criminals in Twenty-First Century America: MarissaDeVault and Jodi Arias.

Like them Shaun may have been notorious, but unlike them, no reasonable person could call him toxic. He ended up with a nine year sentence, served six, was deported and banned for life from the United States. And since, in addition to carving out a legal career, he has visited schools to warn the young of following in his footsteps. Although he is staunchly against recreational drugs, he is one of a growing number of people – including judges and police officers – who realise the war on drugs is too heavy a price to pay for attempting to eradicate something which while unquestionably a social evil is also something in which people from all walks of life readily engage.

Alas, while his own story may be true, his YouTube channel and website has seen a regular stream of cranks, liars and con artists peddling all manner of lurid, exaggerated and at times fabricated tales with Shaun failing to ask a single critical question. Some of the claims these people make are dangerous. If you don’t understand why, here are a few examples from elsewhere.

In August 2005, Australian tourist Newton Thompson was murdered in his London hotel room. The police believed this was a case of mistaken identity; Mr Thompson bore a striking resemblance to the convicted paedophile Robert Excell who was kicked out of Australia about the same time.

In January 2006, American naval officer Cooper Jackson murdered Justin Huff, a man he had never met. Jackson had been told by Ashley Elrod – a woman he had never met – that Huff had raped her, a claim she would later admit was a lie.

In May 2016, at Bacchus Marsh, Australia, Paul Hogan (not the famous actor) was murdered after being falsely accused of raping Yu Tung Lo.

False allegations can and do ruin lives, especially false allegations of paedophilia, and one of the cranks to whom Shaun has given uncritical coverage is Sonia Poulton. In 2018, Poulton released the low budget documentary Paedophiles In Parliament. Low budget and low on facts.  After I published a review of this piece of trash on IMDb, rather amusingly two glowing reviews appeared in short order. Neither of the reviewers has contributed anything to IMDb before or since, obviously because they don’t exist, and just as obviously because the reviews were both written by Sonia Poulton. Poulton is an associate of the extremely plausible former police officer Jon Wedger, and the outright nutter Bill Maloney.

Like Sonia Poulton, Anna Brees is a former mainstream journalist who is long on speculation and nonsense but short on facts. Shaun has given her space to sound off on the same type of nonsense. Brees is a 9/11 Truth crank who has been taken in by inter alia the “mysterious” collapse of Building Seven, a mystery that is so transparent it has even been debunked by a comedian. Sadly, Shaun had bought into all this 9/11 garbage even before meeting Brees.

Space does not permit a detailed rebuttal of all the rubbish Shaun endorses, but the claims about Edward Heath and the VIP paedophile ring are easy to deconstruct. The thing the reader needs to bear in mind most of all is that the dead are unable to defend themselves. For those not familiar with him, Edward Heath, who died in 2005, was one of our more forgettable prime ministers. The most significant thing about him from the conspiratard perspective is that he never married. Ninety-eight men have become Prime Minister of England, only four of them never married, and Heath appears to have been the only one who never showed any real interest at all in women. For the conspiratards that could mean only one thing, but Heath became leader of the Conservative Party in 1965 when homosexuality was still illegal in Britain, and it is inconceivable that he would have become Party Leader much less Prime Minister had there been a nanogramme of truth in such a claim.

In fact, Heath had three great passions in his life: politics, music, and yachting, in that order. He was an extremely talented musician, and under other circumstances might have become a professional. He was Prime Minister for one term only, ousting his great rival Harold Wilson, and being ousted by him in turn. Then he was eclipsed by Margaret Thatcher, something he took very badly, but remained in Parliament until 2001, by which time he was Father of the House.  In the 1970s, no one had heard of Islamist terrorism, but the Provisional IRA loomed large from its founding in 1969, and from then until the end of his life, Edward Heath never went to the bathroom without police protection.

Heath was first accused of sexual impropriety in print in 1984, by a serial rapist named O’Dowd. When this odious individual stood trial, part of his defence was that his victim had posed for indecent photographs with children, and that Heath was involved. Again, if there had been a nanogramme of truth in this claim, he would have been finished.

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Joe
Joe
March 12, 2020

So, you are saying that anyone who finds fault with the official narrative of 9/11, or finds it strange that WT7 collapsed into its own footprint without being struck by an airplane is a crank and nutter? Yeah, right.

Joe
Joe
Reply to  TheDarkMan
March 12, 2020

No, my friend. You are saying that impossible things happen – – things that go against the laws of physics. Also, you are saying that anyone who doesn’t accept the official story of 9/11 and the paedophile inclinations of British establishment figures is a “nutter” – – you’ve just called people that, people who don’t agree with the official narrative.
It would be interesting to discover your real name and who is behind you. Anonymous bloggers lack any kind of credibility.

oldandjaded
Reply to  Joe
March 12, 2020

And he then goes on to make this ABSOLUTELY LUDICROUS assertion!

“1965 when homosexuality was still illegal in Britain, and it is inconceivable that he would have become Party Leader much less Prime Minister had there been a nanogramme of truth in such a claim.”

Joe
Joe
Reply to  oldandjaded
March 12, 2020

If this guy had any claim to credibility, he wouldn’t be blogging behind a pseudonym. Why is the Duran publishing this anonymous attack on people who question the official narrative?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Joe
March 12, 2020

That’s what I wrote too, on one of his first posts. Why hide behind a pseudonym? Every decent author signs with his first name and last name, and these are identical with those printed and stamped in his or her passport: Alex Christoforou, Eric Zuesse, Olivia Kroth, and so on, and so forth … But when I dared to write this comment, our dear dark man got so nasty and vulgar that it gave me the shudder. Since then I do not comment any more on this strange entity’s texts. I wonder who is placing them here, anyway. Somehow, they… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  TheDarkMan
March 13, 2020

Do you have any other vocabulary than “idiot”? You called me “idiot” already several times, on another post. Now you are calling Joe “idiot”. ???????????????????????? Fine that you have already learned this word. Not sitting on a tree throwing bananas any more, or are you?
????????????????????????

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 13, 2020

May I suggest a list of other words, just in case you want to keep on insulting readers and authors of the DURAN. ???????????????????????? Here is a list of suggestions for you, “dark man”: blockhead, cretin, debile, dimwit, douche bag, fool, imbecile, nincompoop, muttonhead, simpleton, twat, twit …

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 13, 2020

And liar…

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 13, 2020

No explanation for why he uses a pseudonym here. Why should I, or any other reader have to wade through the Internet to discover his name? Give us your name here, DM. What are you hiding from?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Joe
March 14, 2020

That’s right, he won’t tell why he uses this strange pseudonym, or a pseudonym at all. Why hide behind a pseudonym? Every author who wants to be taken seriously writes with his own name: Lew Tolstoi, Fjodor Dostojewski, Alexander Puschkin wrote very proudly under their proper name, although some of them were threatened by censorship and even prison. Puschkin was punished by a tsar with “home arrest”, Dostojewski was sent to a prison colony in Siberia by another tsar. He spent five years with hard labour in the harshest of circumstances, yet he would never have written his fabulous books… Read more »

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 13, 2020

He’s calling me an “idiot” because I’m idiot enough to be able to challenge and refute all his “facts”. He doesn’t seem to like that.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Joe
March 14, 2020

Joe, I feel that it is not worth while to discuss this entity’s scribble. I am only here because I want to answer you. Otherwise I would not have written a single word at all.

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 14, 2020

I suppose we shouldn’t give him credibility by responding to him, but, nevertheless, his imaginings have to be challenged, when they are so wrong and malign people such as Mr Malone, in this “article”.

Joe
Joe
Reply to  TheDarkMan
March 12, 2020

I need to know your real name and who is behind you. Who are you fronting for?
Anyone who hides being a pseudonym can not be believed. Let’s have your name. What are you afraid of?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Joe
March 12, 2020

This is exactly what I asked, too. But dear dark man went out of his way to insult me, calling me horrific names (some I had never heard of). Maybe he comes from another planet? This is a strange entity posting here.

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 13, 2020

He also calls the claims against Edward Heath “ludicrous”, but doesn’t tell us why he thinks so. I should think that investigating Heath would be a good thing: for his own legacy to remove doubt, if it were proved to be a false accusation. And what about Cyril Smith and Lord Jenner, Dark Man? How about doing an expose on this pair – – were they also paedophiles? (These were British politicians, too, Olivia, Lord Jenner the most recent, in case you weren’t aware). The Profumo Affair, I remember it well, having lived through it. It’s imprinted on the memory… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Joe
March 13, 2020

And he also calls all kinds of people “idiots” who ask him for his real name. This is a truly strange entity.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  TheDarkMan
March 13, 2020

Yes, yes, yes, ???????????????????????? Thanks for the much needed and appreciated lesson in “true journalism”. In Germany, we have a saying: “Ohne dich wüssten wir gar nicht, wie man die Kartoffeln ausgräbt”. – Without you, we wouldn’t even know how to dig up potatoes. ????????????????????????

Joe
Joe
Reply to  TheDarkMan
March 13, 2020

And you, my friend, should provide your real name on all articles. And refrain from lies and propaganda. Now, your real name please. What are you hiding from?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Joe
March 14, 2020

Who knows, who knows … who really wants to know?

Joe
Joe
Reply to  TheDarkMan
March 13, 2020

There you go again: anyone “who shows politicians in a bad light” is a “crank”. I should have thought that politicians do enough, on their own, without any help, to show themselves in a bad light.
What you mean, is anyone with whose views you disagree, is a “crank” for the temerity of expressing their views.
Now, Mr DM, tell us your name: who are you propaganising for? How much are you paid?

Joe
Joe
Reply to  TheDarkMan
March 13, 2020

“Final word”: does this mean you won’t be posting any more ridiculous, fact challenged “articles”? Thank God for that!

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Joe
March 14, 2020

I am afraid he will keep on spamming the columns of the DURAN with more junk. Which of the editors is placing this stuff here? Is it “Seraphim Hanisch”?

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 14, 2020

No, not him. He has a different style and was able to respond to me at my email address which he was able to extract from my comments to his articles.

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 13, 2020

He hasn’t tried to insult me, but I am not put off by ad hominem attacks. Anybody who uses them has already lost the arguement.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Joe
March 13, 2020

This is true.

Joe
Joe
Reply to  oldandjaded
March 13, 2020

Several British politicians were homosexuals at the time it was still illegal and it didn’t seem to affect their careers. David Steel, the leader of the Liberal Party, was propably the best known.

the mountebank
Reply to  Joe
March 13, 2020

On the second part of this, he made the even more ridiculous comment that anyone that was a Nazi could not possibly be a homosexual, and would never have sex with a jew!

Joe
Joe
Reply to  the mountebank
March 13, 2020

Didn’t read it: the first part was ridiculous enough, without wasting my time reading any more of it.

lobro
April 2, 2020

As result of DarkMan’s relentless ad hominem against Attwood, I actually went and listened to the entire interview of Wilfred Wong and it struck me as highly informative, well argued and sourced, e.g., at least 10 trials in the UK where the defendant accused of SRA was convicted as charged, all part of official, publicly accessible record. Didn’t at some point Wong mention the SRA motto; “the guarantee of our tomorrow is today’s perception that we don’t exist”, suspiciously sounding like Charles Baudelaire’s dictum: “Satan’s finest trick is to have convinced you that he does not exist”. So, even though… Read more »

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