Manipulative killers who falsely claim to be innocent and who choose to launch fraudulent public relations campaigns, utilise a plethora of psychological tactics like coercive persuasion, the illusory truth effect and gaslighting to help promote their propaganda;
In psychology, what is known as the “illusory truth effect” is a phenomenon in which a listener comes to believe something primarily because it has been repeated so often.
The illusory truth effect can cause us to become susceptible to the effects of another dangerous form of reality erosion known as gaslighting. Deliberate manipulators who gaslight with the intention of eroding your reality and rewriting history tend to use the “illusory truth effect” to their advantage. They will repeat falsehoods so often that they become ingrained in the victim’s mind as unshakeable truths.
Some murderers, especially those like Simon Hall will use anything and anyone for self-serving purposes and unfortunately HM prison and probation service do not adequately assess or monitor cunning and calculated individuals like Simon Hall, therefore these types of offenders still pose a great risk of causing psychological harm to people they come into contact with following their convictions, especially those people who are unaware of psychopathy and the varying personality disorders associated with dangerous killers.
Brainwashing (also known as mind control, menticide, coercive persuasion, thought control, thought reform, and re-education) is the concept that the human mind can be altered or controlled by certain psychological techniques. Brainwashing is said to reduce its subjects’ ability to think critically or independently, to allow the introduction of new, unwanted thoughts and ideas into their minds, as well as to change their attitudes, values and beliefs.
By the time the case against Simon Hall went to trial in February 2003, his murder of Joan Albert had been mischaracterised, as the crown prosecution service proceeded on the basis Simon Hall’s motive to his murder of Joan Albert was a burglary gone wrong, as opposed being sexually motivated as it turned out to be.
The term “enabler” generally describes someone whose behavior allows a loved one to continue self-destructive patterns of behavior.
Enabling usually refers to patterns that appear in the context of drug or alcohol misuse and addiction. But according to the American Psychological Association, it can refer to patterns within close relationships that support any harmful or problematic behavior and make it easier for that behavior to continue.
It’s not always easy to distinguish between empowering someone and enabling them. There may be little difference between the two.
Numerous people and organisations enabled guilty killer Simon Hall to launch and continue with his innocence fraud public relations campaign following his imprisonment, like for example Simon Hall’s adoptive mother Lynne Hall who, a couple of years after her adoptive son Simon had been convicted publicly, claimed;
I couldn’t still be living in the same village where all this happened, if I was not convinced my son was innocentLynne Hall via Ipswich Star April 2005
Lynne Hall chose to lie for over a decade about her knowledge of her adoptive sons burglary of Zenith Windows, which he carried out with Jamie Barker (Referred to in Part 16 of Quite A Hall Tale here) on the morning of Sunday the 16th of December 2001, not long before his murder of Joan Albert.
And Lynne Hall’s concoctions were highlighted by the prosecution during her adoptive sons trial (Which can be read in full here). For example, Graham Parkin for the prosecution stated;
Well members of the jury I’ve dealt with the shoes except in this regard. Do you remember that very small piece of evidence given by Mrs Hall in what I described and I underline as being an essentially concocted part of this case? To mislead you away from the truth. Given she’s been ill up and down during the night all the previous day, she now remembers she said to him as he past through can I clean your tan boots. 6.30am on a Sunday morning do you believe it?Excerpt from prosecutions closing speech made by Graham Parkin
More on Lynne Hall can be read at Part 7 of Quite A Hall Tale here
Lynne Hall spoke to the BBC following the court of appeals January 2011 decision to uphold her adoptive son Simon Hall’s conviction for his murder of Joan Albert.
On the 14th of January 2011, under the header Simon Hall’s mother vows to ‘fight on’ there was a video of an interview with Lynne Hall, which now appears to have been removed. The article, which accompanied the video stated;
The mother of a man from Suffolk who lost his murder appeal has said she will fight on.
Simon Hall is serving a life sentence for stabbing 79-year-old Joan Albert at her home in Capel St Mary in 2001.
There was concern over fibres found at her home which linked Hall to the scene but the Appeal Court said there was “no reason” to doubt the conviction.
Mr Hall’s mother Lynne said she would continue to fight to have him freed.Excerpts from a 14th January 2011 BBC article headed Simon Hall’s mother vows to ‘fight on’
It is not known if Lynne Hall, or a representative for Lynne Hall, have recently contacted the BBC to have the video of her being interviewed about the court of appeal’s decision removed, or if the BBC have recently decided to remove the video or of there is another reason why the video is no longer available to view online.
However following the release of the news Lynne Hall’s adoptive son Simon Hall had confessed his guilt to his murder of Joan Albert, the East Anglian Daily Times reported the following;
The mother of Simon Hall today expressed her shock at learning of her son’s murder confession.
But Lynne Hall still maintains her son is innocent of the murder of pensioner Joan Albert in December 2001.
Mrs Hall said:
“I’m absolutely shocked because I know he is innocent and I still believe he is.
“But it’s the system. If he had pleaded guilty in the beginning, he would be home now.
“I know he has been really low and in hospital recently. He’s given up.”
Hall’s parents Lynne and Phil Hall and his brother Shaun supported him through numerous appeals which were unsuccessful.
Mrs Hall added:
“I believe he feels he can’t take any more after all the fight he has put up and how brave he has been.
“If that’s his decision, that’s his decision but I will never believe that.”Excerpts by Lauren Everitt for the East Anglian Daily Times article headed Capel St Mary: Simon Hall’s mother’s shock at his murder confession dated the 8th August 2013 article
On the 10th of March 2014, three days before his brother’s funeral, Simon Hall’s older brother Shaun Hall stated to Simon’s then wife;
Simon even saw mum recently and told her all about the truth about the confession. We have access to all of these things..
You never knew the real simon and you never will now..Shaun Hall
More on Shaun Hall can be read at Part 11 of Quite A Hall Tale here and Part 11a here
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