The Innocence Fraud Of Serial Killer Michael Stone – Part 17d©️  

Joan Albert’s Killer.
Photograph of Simon Hall taken whilst at large and wanted by Suffolk police for a sexually motivated murder

The Illusory Truth Effect, Coercive Persuasion & Gaslighting of Innocence Fraud Killers & Their Enablers (Part 5)

A few days prior to Stephanie Bon’s correspondence with Michael Naughton (Referred to in Part 17a of Quite A Hall Tale here) Stephanie Bon emailed Andrew Green at the INNOCENT organisation, CCing in Michael Naughton.

Andrew Green

Andrew Green, who says he is a criminologist, co-founded the Manchester based INNOCENT organisation in 1993 and went on to also co-found United Against Injustice (UAI) with Ann Craven, the mother of Adrian Craven* who was convicted for rape.

Kevin McMahon, who was convicted of perverting the course of justice for pressurising a witness in the trial of Basil Williams-Rigby*, convicted for ‘sexual offences’, was/is also said to be a co-founder of United Against Injustice, as well as the founder of Merseyside Against Injustice.

*Adrian Craven and Basil Williams-Rigby’s convictions were deemed ‘unsafe’ by the court of appeal.

It states here that Kevin McMahon ‘is a film producer and former member of the Royal Military Police and Special Branch’ and states here that Kevin McMahon ‘has been an active campaigner for over 25 years, his advice has been sought in many individual and high profile miscarriages of justice cases’.

Kevin McMahon

A video published to vimeo, which is said to have been produced by Kevin McMahon, titled ‘In Search Of The Truth’, can be viewed here.

Screenshot of end credits to Kevin McMahon’s ‘film

The vimeo video here includes brief footage of unconvicted child killer Billy (William) Middleton,

who set up the now defunct WAP organisation, which went on to become a registered charity. Sandra Lean went on to became a partner alongside Billy Middleton.

There will be more on ‘fiend’ Billy Middleton to follow in this blog series as Billy was another enabler and gaslighter of Simon Hall’s fraudulent public relations campaign.

Screenshot of one of unconvicted child killer Billy Middleton’s social media posts

Prior to Sandra Lean and her partnership with Billy Middleton, Sandra had been the Scottish representative for INNOCENT.

Peter Hill has removed his original event post from the WWW but some of the following could once be found using this link;

Parliament House is just off the High Street, beside St Giles Cathedral – it’s not down beside the new Parliament Building at Holyrood. I’m rubbish at directions, and I’m sure someone will come up with better than this, but the easiest way I know is, from the railway station, go up the North Bridge to the junction where High Street/Royal Mile meet North Bridge, turn right up High Street, and it’s on your left, five or 6 openings up. 

It would be great to see lots of contributors to the forum there, but please remember to contact one of the organisers and get your name on the guest list to avoid security problems. 

John Scott:

Iain McKie:

Peter Hill:

The preliminary work in organizing this initiative has been done by: 
John Scott
John is the leading civil rights solicitor in Scotland. He is the Chairman of the Scottish Human Rights Centre. 
Iain McKie 
Iain is a retired police officer. His interest in law reform springs largely from the problems that his daughter Shirley encountered when she was a police officer, which led to an official inquiry. More details of this can be found at 
Sandra Lean
Sandra is a writer on miscarriages of justice. She is the Scottish representative of INNOCENT. Her book No Smoke contains research on a dozen cases of miscarriage of justice in particular the controversial case of Luke Mitchell. 
Peter Hill 
Peter, now retired, was the producer of the BBC TVs programme Rough Justice. In Scotland he has worked on the case of George Beattie for 25 years, taking it to two appeals. 


There will also be more on Sandra Lean to follow in this blog series as Sandra was another enabler and gaslighter of Simon Hall’s fraudulent public relations campaign.

A few months after the launch of Kevin McMahon’s campaigning group, is when Kevin McMahon perverted the course of justice.

A June 2004 article by Cheshire live headed Ex-policeman ‘claimed to be private detective’ reported on Kevin McMahon’s behaviour and subsequent arrest in January 2002. Excerpts below;

Mr Vardon has alleged that on December 11 2002, McMahon visited the witness unannounced and attempted to convince him to make a retraction statement.

The witness contacted the police and officers arranged for the man to be wearing a recording device for the next meeting with McMahon.

Mr Vardon has claimed McMahon returned to his house on December 12 and suggested he was working for Williams-Rigby’s solicitor, Christopher Saltrese.

The court heard that McMahon told the witness, who is a heroin addict and convicted thief, it was in his financial interest to drop the charges. Mr Vardon said McMahon suggested to him that he should say he had wrongly identified his abuser. The court heard that McMahon was arrested on January 28 last year.

Excerpts from a 17th of June 2002 article by Cheshire Live headed Ex-policeman ‘claimed to be private detective’

Merseyside Against Injustice was launched in October 2001 and a sister of sadistic serial killer and psychopath Michael Stone, also known as Michael John Goodban, spoke at the launch, further promoting her brother’s innocence fraud and fraudulent public relations campaign. Barbara Stone set up the now defunct group Kent Against Injustice.

Neil Wilby stated in his June 2020 blog headed Dr Truthseeker loses her moral compass that Andrew Green ‘was driven out in 2016’ from the United Against Injustice organisation.

Note: Neil Wilby also stated in his blog Dr Truthseeker loses her moral compass in relation to a secondary victim of Simon Hall’s, namely Stephanie (Hall), that she is ‘a regular miscarriage of justice commentator’. Stephanie (Hall) is a ‘regular commentator’ on the innocence fraud phenomenon and the killers, rapists, fraudsters and con artists and their enablers, who choose to perpetuate it.
And Neil Wilby also stated, ‘Hall committed suicide in prison in 2013 after confessing to murder’. Simon Hall committed suicide in late February 2013, some seven months after admitting his guilt to his murder of Joan Albert.

The Innocence Fraud Of Serial Killer Michael Stone

Anne Raffarty, who presided over Simon Hall’s February 2003 trial, also prosecuted sadistic serial killer Michael Stone in 1998.

Excerpts from a media article headed I KILLED LIN AND MEGAN read;

Lin, 45, Megan, six, and Josie, nine, were attacked as they walked home from Goodnestone village primary school in Kent to their home in nearby Chillenden. 

Lin and Megan died but Josie was found clinging to life and has made an amazing recovery. 

Stone, 38, was arrested a year later in July 1997 and confessed to two prisoners while remanded in custody, said prosecutor Ann Rafferty QC. 

“He spoke of smashing an egg, of tying them up with wet towels although he hadn’t needed to as they were out of the game.” Stone – said to have demanded money from the family – dismissed them as “paupers”, the jury was told. 

Miss Rafferty added: “He constantly called them slags and whores.” 

He told one prisoner, identified only as Daly, that “one of them had tried to get away but didn’t get far. 

“He wanted one of them to watch but she closed her eyes so he hit her again and she squirmed. 

“One of the girls was disobedient and they hadn’t got what he wanted.” 

Daly had intervened when other lags hurled abuse at Stone in Canterbury prison, said Miss Rafferty. She added: “Daly was upset and said he would tell the screws what Stone told him. 

“But Stone was confident that he would not be believed and he would soon be freed because they had nothing on him.” 

Stone made another confession to a prisoner called Barry Thompson, Miss Rafferty told Maidstone Crown Court in Kent. 

“There was a discussion between the two of them about these murders and about the identification parade that was coming up shortly afterwards.” 

Miss Rafferty said there was “bitterness and acrimony” between the two and Stone allegedly said: “I made a mistake with her. I won’t make the same mistake with you.” 

She told the jury: “You will want to consider whether that is a reference to Josie.” 

It is not known why Michael Stone does not appear to have been prosecuted for his killing of Lucy, the Russell families dog.

The Faux Mask of Insanity

Michael Stone tortured animals when he was a child and ‘forced a schoolgirl to strip at knifepoint in a playground’. Michael was first sent to borstal at the age of 14, in October 1974, following ‘several convictions’ for theft and burglary. On the 3rd of January 1975 Michael left borstal and lived in a ‘care home’ until February 1975 when he was again convicted of yet more burglaries and thefts.

Excerpts from an ‘Independent inquiry’ report on Michael Stone’s ‘care and treatment’ reads;

On 1st April 1975, he was remanded in custody for taking and driving away motor cars. An application was made for him to go to the Secure Unit at Redhill but this was declined by the Department of Health on the grounds that there was no immediate vacancy and because they were concerned about the impact Michael would have in an already explosive situation there. On 28th April 1975, he was sent to a Detention Centre for the second time for a three-month period. When Michael was discharged back to North Downs on 24th June 1975, he was described by the social worker as looking most unwell. He was near to tears the whole journey home and gave the impression that everything was worthless.

Convictions for theft, burglary and stealing cars continued throughout Mr Stone’s youth, culminating in a period of borstal training being imposed in August 1975 (at age 15). His care order was subsequently discharged. Michael was initially allocated to Dover Borstal but then transferred to Feltham for psychiatric oversight as it was thought that he suffered with depression. No records are available in respect of this episode. Following discharge from Feltham in August 1976, he rapidly re-offended and was returned to borstal from March to July 1977. A borstal training report dated 10th November 1977 suggested that further offending be dealt with by imprisonment. According to Mr Stone’s later accounts he first used heroin at age 17.

Excerpts beginning from page 33 of the November 2000 Independent inquiry into the care and treatment of Michael Stone report

Further excerpts read:

On 8th October 1992 Mr Stone re-attended Dr M – GP and told him that he felt under pressure and had been taking more stelazine than prescribed (25mg rather than 15mg). He told Dr M – GP that when he came out of prison he was walking in the woods and felt like killing children. He had increased his stelazine of his own accord as he realised “these ideas were not good”. Dr M – GP was sufficiently concerned to make an urgent telephone referral to the local community mental health team (CMHT) at

Mr Stone returned on 9th October 1992 in the company of his mother. He was more calm at this second appointment, and Dr BB – Psych was able to take a lengthy and detailed history from both him and his mother. Dr BB – Psych recorded details of Mr Stone’s forensic history, noting his violence and his account of previously attacking people with hammers.

Excerpts from page 57 of the November 2000 Independent inquiry into the care and treatment of Michael Stone report

And further excerpts read;

The Michael Stone known to the caring agencies between 1992 and 1996 was a man with multiple and severe problems. The extent of these and the interaction of one with the other made him a particularly difficult person to obtain information about, to assess, treat, manage or even control. While those treating or caring for Mr Stone had considerable contact with him, the majority of his life was unknown to them. Influences from this hidden part of his life, his illicit drug use, any criminal behaviour and difficult relationships with other family and friends, all undoubtedly coloured, if not sometimes caused, the clinical picture he presented. On the one hand, in seeking what he perceived to be his best interest, Michael Stone variously inaccurately or selectively revealed, denied or even fabricated elements of his history or of events which might have been germane to his mental state at any particular time: he might behave in a particular way to create an impression or achieve a desired result. On the other hand, his behaviour could at times be driven by the combined features of his personality disorder, his substance misuse, and, possibly, by symptoms of mental illness. The significance of any one of these factors would vary.

At other times a different picture of Mr Stone is painted: a man whose life in large parts was based on a routine of watching TV and visiting his mother each day for lunch; a man who complied with advice from professionals and attended appointments made for him. The professionals interviewed said that, as far as they were aware, Mr Stone did not have a “street” reputation of being a “hard” or violent person and, except on isolated occasions, they personally did not consider that he posed a physical threat to them in their professional dealings with him. It is not within the Panel’s remit to investigate what local intelligence was held by the Kent police about Mr Stone. It is clear that no concerns about him were raised with health, social service or probation professionals by the police.

None of this is surprising in the light of his history. He had a most damaging upbringing. From an early age he was seen as a disturbed and disturbing child and adolescent. His relationships with important figures, family or carers, have always veered between being open and guarded, wanting and declining help, being amenable and uncooperative, pleasant and threatening, dependent and independent, insightful or driven by fantasy, appearing to be a damaged but intelligent and competent individual and then an unintelligent and disorganised person, being incapable of sustaining lasting relationships and being able to sustain some form of them, appearing to some as a violent and potentially very dangerous man, and, even on the same day, to others as a very disabled and compliant individual in genuine need of support from health and social agencies.

Besides his personality disorder and virtually persistent substance misuse, there were occasions when Michael Stone was thought to be psychotic. The assessment of the nature of a psychosis depends upon an evaluation the manner in which the abnormal ideas and behaviour are presented, and what abnormal ideas are voiced. In serious psychotic illness, particularly schizophrenia, abnormal ideas are frequently presented in characteristic ways giving confidence that, no matter what is expressed or what action results, a firm diagnosis of a functional psychosis can be made. Even when there is doubt about the diagnosis early on, further experience of the patient and the emerging pattern of his disorder can help to clarify the picture. As most schizophrenic illnesses tend to be chronic, progressive and disabling disorders, influenced in part by medication and the presence or absence of distressing life events, a confident diagnosis can be made over time. This was not the picture presented over a sustained period in Mr Stone’s case. It is highly unlikely that Michael Stone suffered from a typical schizophrenic or psychotic illness.

Excerpts beginning from page 33 of the November 2000 Independent inquiry into the care and treatment of Michael Stone report

Just like in the case of killer Simon Hall (And as referred to in Part 14 of the Quite A Hall Tale blog series here) all media articles from around the time Michael Stone chose to murder Lin (45), Megan (6) and Lucy (The families dog) Russell, and his attempted murder of Josie Russell (9), which he carried out on the 9th of July 1996, to date, are not accurate and there are no media articles in existence which are reflective of the actual facts of the subsequent police investigation, Michael Stone’s personality, his behaviours and background, Michael Stone’s families dynamics, personalities, behaviour’s and backgrounds, the 1998 murder trial, his appeal and October 2001 retrial, the Stone families concoctions and behaviours following Michael Stone’s murderous crimes, or indeed the fraudulent public relations campaign which followed on – and continues on.

Excerpts which came under the header ‘Media interest and involvement’ read;

Quite justifiably, the media have taken a considerable interest in this case. Unfortunately, this has had a negative impact in several ways. First, various reports contained significantly inaccurate versions of Mr Stone’s history and events. Second, the attempts of some elements of the media to obtain information amounted to breaches of journalists’ codes of conduct and unwarranted intrusion and interference in the lives of professionals and patients. Third, it is apparent that some confidential clinical information which was published came into the hands of the media by unauthorised means, but it has not been possible to identify the source of this information.

The press statement on behalf of the commissioning agencies at the conclusion of the trial was made in good faith and on the advice of professional advisers and the Department of Health. It was also made in the context of unprecedented media pressure. However, it contained a number of assertions which in the opinion of the Panel were not an accurate reflection of the history of the case and included judgments which it was not the place of the agency to make. The responsibility for this was not that of any individual but the result of the collective activity of many. Few agencies have occasion to respond to such media pressure and lessons can be learned at both a national and local level. The Kent experience suggests the need for a comprehensive review of media handling in cases of this nature.

Excerpts from page 8 of the November 2000 Independent inquiry into the care and treatment of Michael Stone report

And excerpts which came under the header Background to the inquiry read;

Predictably, there was wide coverage in the media of these sensational events. Detailed histories of Mr Stone’s life, mental state, and treatment appeared. Many of these contradicted each other; some contained detail that could have been derived only from a source with access to medical records. Various concerns were raised, including suggestions that Mr Stone had begged for help, but had been refused it

Immediately after his conviction, Mr Stone lodged an appeal. At the date of writing this report his appeal has not been heard

Excerpts from page 10 of the November 2000 Independent inquiry into the care and treatment of Michael Stone report

And similarly to Simon Hall, Michael Stone remained at large for a year before he was finally arrested and charged for his murderous crimes and at some point just before his arrest, Michael Stone threatened to kill his sister Barbara Stone and one of her children and it was reported he also ‘smashed up’ Barbara’s car.

Enabler Barbara Stone ~ ‘Better The Devil You Know’

Barbara Stone

Barbara Stone, Michael Stone’s sister, has made countless telling public statements over the years, and Barbara has also demonstrated on many occasions a lack of reasoning and insight, similarly to Shaun Hall (Referred to in Part 11 of Quite A Hall Tale here and Part 11a here), which is concerning especially given the fact she is said to be a registered mental health nurse, although she has also stated she ‘can’t work in prisons or have anything to do with forensics’.

We were alike, apart from the criminal element. We had the same thought processes and sense of humour

Barbara Stone

It soon became clear the police were clutching at straws. There was not a scrap of evidence

Barbara Stone

I am proud of him to be honest

Barbara Stone

Before her serial killer brothers 1998 trial, Barbara Stone was reported (here) to have said she believed her brother Michael Stone could have been responsible for his murders of Lin, Megan and Lucy Russell and his attempted murder of Josie Russell, but at some point Barbara apparently changed her mind.

According to Barbara, when she was 14 years old she allegedly buried the knife her then 16 year old brother Michael Stone had used to carry out his murder of Francis Caesar Jegou, a special police constable who was 65 years of age at the time he was stabbed to death in a park in Maidstone, Kent on the 12th of September 1976.

Barbara Stone stated;

When I was about 14 Mick came up to me with a knife in a sheath. He said I was to hide it for him and I buried it. At the time I was just a kid and did what my big brother told me. Years later he said he knew something about the murder. I knew he was up to no good. The killing was his style – it was done by two or more people and Mick never acted alone. It would have been done to get money and, again, that’s something he’d have done

Barbara Stone  (Turner, Lucy; Shaw, Adrian (24 October 1998). “‘Brother has killed before at just 16‘”. Daily Mirror. p. 2.)

The November 2000 ‘independent report’ didn’t consider Michael Stone’s murder of Francis Jegou, focusing instead on his actual convictions;

Mr Stone’s first convictions for violence appear in February 1981 (at age 21) when he was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for robbery and grievous bodily harm. (In October 1992 Mr Stone told Dr BB – CPsych that this conviction was for “attacking people with hammers”.) On release, he remained in voluntary after-care with the Kent Probation Services, again supervised by Mr DD – PO.

A pattern of rapid re-offending after release followed with further charges (at age 23) of wounding with intent, burglary and assault in 1983. In October 1992 Mr Stone informed to Dr BB – CPsych that this conviction was for “stabbing someone.” For apparently the first time the court requested a psychiatric report before sentencing Mr Stone.

Excerpt from page 52 of the November 2000 Independent inquiry into the care and treatment of Michael Stone report

A further reference from the same report reads;

The most serious offences in Mr Stone’s history before 1992 were two robberies of a theatre box office and an armed robbery (with an air pistol) of a building society. These offences were committed in October and November 1986 within two months of leaving prison. In April 1987 (at age 27) Mr Stone pleaded guilty to these offences and was jailed for 10 years.

Excerpt from page 54 of the November 2000 Independent inquiry into the care and treatment of Michael Stone report

It was then repeated here (For example) that Michael ‘Stone committed his first serious crime in 1981’ and the author of the 1998 Scottish Daily Record article doesn’t appear to have recognised their contradiction when they stated;

Police have questioned him over the killing of a pensioner in Maidstone 21 years ago

Michael Stone also told a psychiatrist that he was responsible for his murder of Francis Jegou in 1976 and apparently remains Kent police’s ‘prime suspect’.

It is not known if Michael Stone also told his sister Barbara, his mother or anyone else of his murders of Lin, Megan and Lucy Russell and of his attempted murder of Josie Russell, but Michael Stone made many admissions about his fantasies to commit murder before he eventually chose to make his fantasies reality and commit his murders of the Russell family members and their dog Lucy in 1998.

Lionising Psychopathic Serial Killers

Barbara Stone seemingly changed her mind about her brother Michael’s guilt at some point leading up to her contact with Jayne Zito, a former mental health worker.

Jayne Zito’s first husband, Jonathan Zito, was murdered in December 1992 by Christopher Clunis, who had been diagnosed as a ‘paranoid schizophrenic’ in 1986.

It is not known if it was a calculated move on Barbara Stone’s behalf to target Jayne Zito but Janye appeared to have been vulnerable for years following her husband Jonathan Zito’s murder, as can be heard during an interview with Jayne Zito here, as well as excerpts from the website which read;

Jayne had a “complete breakdown” after Jon’s death. She was in “complete shock” and wanted to be by herself but could not look after herself. For years Jayne felt inconsolable. She felt a kind of terror and at times felt physically sick, out of control, ashamed and ugly. She had to give up her job and her course and her flat in London. She could not drive a car and felt that she could not function.

Jayne had support from her family and she had a counsellor from CRUSE, who was invaluable. The counsellor was helpful partly because she was interested in Jonathan’s life and his marriage to Jayne, as well as his death. After Jayne moved she found help via a woman who worked for Victim Support. The woman referred Jayne to London voluntary bereavement services. It took years for Jayne to recognise that she was a victim, a survivor, and that something had happened to her too.

Jayne Zito apparently wrote an article for The Independent newspaper headed The Michael Stones of the future can be treated – but we must start now, or at least her name appears on the article giving the impression it was written by her.

Jayne Zito’s article(?) was published on Saturday the 24th of October 1998, the day after Michael Stone was found guilty for his murder of Lin and Megan Russell and his attempted murder of Josie Russell.

Excerpts from Jayne Zito’s article(?) read;

At The Zito Trust we became involved in this case early for two reasons, The first is our role as the campaigning mental health charity concerned specifically with failures of community care for severely mentally ill people who commit homicide and violent attacks; the second is because the sister of Michael Stone, Barbara, contacted our support and advice service in November 1997, and we have had nearly a year to study the problems and issues raised by her brother’s long history of violence, institutionalisation, and mental health problems, including serious drug abuse.

It became obvious before the trial that Michael Stone suffers from a very serious personality disorder, exacerbated by serious drug abuse. There was concern that he had been diagnosed as having schizophrenia, but West Kent Health Authority say not. We have to wait for the independent inquiry to report before we know the full and correct version of the facts.

The Independent newspaper ran another story on Wednesday the 28th of October 1998, five days after Michael Stone was found guilty and Louise Jury’s article headed Why I believe my brother didn’t kill, by Michael Stone’s sister indicated Michael Stone’s fraudulent public relations campaign had begun. Excerpts read;

Barbara Stone, 36, disclosed yesterday that as someone who respected the law, she had accepted the possibility of his guilt when police arrested her brother last year. But her doubts mounted as the initial “evidence” against him fell away.

I don’t want to rub it into the Russells that it’s a miscarriage of justice. That’s not fair – it’s too soon. But unless they prove to me different, I believe he’s innocent” she said.

Ms Stone said yesterday that a great deal of information had been forthcoming and it was hoped to launch an appeal within two weeks.

At the trial at Maidstone Crown Court, testimony from three convicted criminals was the key to the case against Stone. But his sister said nobody should be convicted on the uncorroborated evidence of criminals. “I don’t feel they should convict and send him away for the rest of his life on the word of another criminal.”

Ms Stone chose to speak to The Independent yesterday at a meeting arranged by the Zito Trust, the mental health pressure group which is working with her to highlight the issues raised by the case.

As an aside, she noted that although the authorities claimed he had never been a paranoid schizophrenic, a condition considered treatable under the Mental Health Act, “schizophrenia” was the reason given for his receipt of disability living allowance.

Excerpts by Louise Jury from an article for The Independent headed Why I believe my brother didn’t kill, by Michael Stone’s sister dated the 28th of October 1998

‘Without Conscience’

Sadistic serial killer Michael Stone was, and is, an untreatable and dangerous psychopath and a reference from the November 2000 ‘independent inquiry’ report into Michael’s ‘care and treatment’ appears to suggest Michael’s psychopathic personality disorder was recognised at least as early as 1983;

In April 1983 Dr ZE – Psych(F), a Forensic Psychiatrist assessed Mr Stone in Canterbury Prison. In a very short report, she stated that she found him to be a “volatile and emotional man who found it difficult to co-operate with a psychiatric interview”. Dr ZE – Psych(F)’s report concluded that “It is apparent that he is very unstable, but there is no evidence that he has a mental illness for which treatment in a psychiatric hospital would be advisable… his very deprived and unsatisfactory childhood has led to a severe personality disorder.” Dr ZE – Psych(F) recommended that, should Mr Stone receive a sentence of more than one year, he be considered for treatment within the prison system. However, the report gives no indication of the suggested nature or purpose of any such treatment.

Excerpt from page 53 of the November 2000 Independent inquiry into the care and treatment of Michael Stone report

A 2019 article for The Augustus Chronicle reported some insights from Hervey Cleckley, who wrote The Mask of Sanity (Which can be read here), The Three Faces of Eve and The Caracture of Love: A Discussion of Social, Psychiatric, and Literay Manifestations of Pathologic Sexuality, and Robert Hare , who wrote Snakes in Suits, Without Conscience and Psychopathy: Theory and Research.

Screenshot of the cover of the revised edition of the book Snakes In Suits

Some excerpts by Perry Smith, a retired U.S. Air Force major general, for The Augusta Chronicle article headed Psychopaths among us: Insights from Hervey Cleckley and Robert Hare read;

For the past three years, I have been conducting research on the contributions that Augusta native Hervey Cleckley and his protégé, Robert Hare, have made to the fields of psychiatry and psychology. Here are some insights. I hope they are helpful to you.

Research suggests that psychopaths may be over-represented among the following occupations: CEO; lawyer;media (TV/Radio); salesperson; surgeon; journalist; police officer; clergy; chef; civil servant.

Psychopaths may be under-represented in these professions. Care aide; nurse; therapist; craftsperson; beautician/stylist; charity worker; teacher. creative artist accountant

On reflection, I personally have dealt with 12 individuals who probably were psychopaths: two general officers, two high-level politicians, an assistant secretary of the Navy, two senior officials in national media organizations (at CNN and at CBS), the CEO of a university, a pastor (not in my church) and three officials in nonprofit organizations.

These individuals had much in common: smart; charming; little empathy (bullied others orally); lacked loyalty (often cleverly undermining their boss); highly ambitious; risk-takers; cleverly told lies; and unwilling to accept criticism or undergo therapy. Of the 12, 11 were men.

Screenshot of the cover of the of the book Without Conscience

It is not known how many of the people who choose to also commit innocence fraud, like killers Simon Hall and Michael Stone, and those people who choose to knowingly promote the fraudulent public relations campaigns have undiagnosed psychopathic personality disorders but Perry Smith includes Robert Hare’s “Psychopathy Checklist – Revised” here and he urges people ‘to read Robert Hare’s Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us’.

Some Parallel’s

Like Simon Hall, Michael Stone had sexual relationships with both men and women and both alleged they were sexually abused, as referred to in Part 13 here

Michael Stone made ‘explicit threats about decapitating children and other acts of unprovoked violence’. Simon Hall also spoke of ‘fantasies about having sex with a child, killing the child and burying the body’, as referred to in Part 14 here.

There was also an October 1993 reference in the November 2000 ‘independent inquiry’ report to Michael Stone having ‘said he had slashed his arms and wrists in the police station; he had lost control and felt he could kill someone’.

Simon Hall also ‘slashed’ his wrists whilst serving time in a young offenders institute, after having been convicted ‘for violence, an assault in McDonalds in 1997 and another for wounding’, as referred to in Part 14 of Quite A Hall Tale here and Simon Hall also deliberately cut his arms in 2003 after having been found guilty of his murder of Joan Albert, as referred to in Part 17a here.

It has been suggested that Michael Stone ‘attempted to commit suicide on at least two occasions’. Simon Hall also attempted to commit suicide several times during his incarceration and his final attempt proved fatal.

Simon Hall and Michael Stone both spoke about their murderous crimes to other people at some point during their imprisonment.

Michael Stone asked to be put in Broadmoor hospital and Simon Hall asked to be put in Broadmoor or Rampton Hospital.

Another reference from the ‘Independent inquiry’ report into Michael Stone’s ‘care and treatment’ reads;

Despite Mr Stone repeatedly reporting his history of having been in social services care as a child, his social services records were neither requested by or made available to any of those working in the health service who were involved in his care and treatment from 1992 to 1997.

Excerpts beginning from page 55 of the November 2002 Independent inquiry into the care and treatment of Michael Stone report

Similarly to Michael Stone, Simon Hall’s ‘social services records’ were not requested by any of ‘those working in the health service who were involved in his care and treatment’, throughout either Simon’s time in a young offenders institute or following his arrest and subsequent conviction for his murder of Joan Albert. Some of Simon Hall’s social service records are referred to in Part 3 here.


In early February this year, yet more of Michael Stone’s innocence fraud did the rounds via the media and his sister Barbara Stone was seemingly contacted for an interview. In one of her Facebook comments on the United Against Injustice innocence fraud Facebook group, Barbara replied to Kevin McMahon when she was apparently getting ready for an interview;

Barbara stated in part, ‘…I have to go and play’

Barbara did not comment when she was asked why she chose to use the word ‘play’, however the definition for the word play in the Oxford dictionary is;

engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose

Barbara Stone also chose to comment on an 18th of July 2022 Facebook post made by charlatan and fraudster Sandra Lean, again referred to in Neil Wilby’s June 2020 blog headed Dr Truthseeker loses her moral compass.

Sandra Lean’s name also appears in a screenshot (Taken from the West Midlands Against Injustice website) under the header ’Who we are’, which was included in Part 17c here.

Sandra Lean

As previously stated there will be more on Sandra Lean to follow in future Parts of this blog series, as Sandra Lean was another enabler and gaslighter of Simon Hall’s fraudulent public relations campaign and included a chapter on him in her now discredited book ‘No Smokehere. The publisher of ‘No Smoke was fraudster Stephen T Manning.

However in one of Sandra Lean’s public statements on one of her Facebook accounts, and which appears to be part of yet another of her orchestrated and malicious smear/hate campaigns, this time aimed at a crime writer in Scotland, Sandra Lean stated in part;

Diabolicals appear to be incapable of separating fact from opinion and often offer personal opinions as fact

Barbara Stone chose to comment underneath Sandra Lean’s original statement and Sandra published the following in response to Barbara;

Mick’ being psychopathic serial killer Michael Stone, with Sandra Lean attempting to suggest psychopathic serial killer Levi Bellfield was responsible for psychopathic serial killer Michael Stone’s murderous crimes.

Hornswoggler William Clegg, who represented Michael Stone, recently referred to Michael’s fraudulent public relations campaign and innocence fraud as ‘a 26-year saga’. In a February 2022 article for the Telegraph headed I don’t believe Levi Bellfield’s ‘confession’ – but Michael Stone’s conviction still troubles me William Clegg stated;

My mind returned to that gruesome case over the weekend, when I read about the latest twist in what has now become a 26-year saga. It was revealed on Sunday that serial killer Levi Bellfield has confessed to the Chillenden murders in a four-page letter, according to Stone’s solicitor. Bellfield is already serving a life sentence in prison for the murders of three other women and girls (and the attempted murder of one more), including 13-year-old Milly Dowler, who was abducted and killed near Walton-on-Thames in March 2002.

Bellfield claims he was wearing yellow Marigold washing-up gloves at the time of the Chillenden attack, with a hammer in his right hand. “There was blood everywhere and all up my legs, arms and shorts,” Bellfield is said to have written.

Bellfield’s claim is newsworthy. If true, it would mean that my client Michael Stone is currently serving three life sentences for crimes he did not commit.

But we should treat Bellfield’s claim with extreme caution. If I was ever to speak to him, I would not believe a word he said. He could easily be a fantasist, an attention-seeker. 

Excerpts by William Clegg for the Telegraph article headed I don’t believe Levi Bellfield’s ‘confession’ – but Michael Stone’s conviction still troubles me dated the 7th of February 2022

William Clegg also represented Jill Dando’s killer, renowned serial stalker and predatory sex offender and rapist Barry George.

Nick Ross, a friend of Jill Dando’s and co host of the BBC’s Crimewatch TV programme, recently gave an interview here with Piers Morgan who made numerous false and bizarre claims, including claiming that Barry George was released from custody ‘an innocent man’ following his re-trial, which he wasn’t. Although Barry George was found ‘not guilty’ at the end of his 2nd murder trial, he was not found to be ‘innocent’ he was simply found ‘not guilty’.

Plus Barry George was placed under MAPPA restrictions immediately following his second trial for his murder of Jill Dando and is still being monitored under MAPPA type restrictions due to his personality disorder(s) and dangerousness, in particular towards women.

Also more to follow on killer Barry George’s innocence fraud and his fraudulent public relations campaign and his enablers, in future Parts of the Quite A Hall Tale blog series.

Link to Part 6 of The Illusory Truth Effect, Coercive Persuasion & Gaslighting of Innocence Fraud Killers & Their Enablers here

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