Hoaxed

Tortoise Media

Every suburb has its secret

  • 37 minutes 12 seconds
    Introducing...Who Trolled Amber?

    Introducing..Who Trolled Amber?


    What comes to mind when you think of Amber Heard? Liar? Survivor? Narcissist? Millions of us watched the celebrity trial of the century, Depp v Heard, in 2022. Amber Heard lost and Johnny Depp was vindicated. But what if Amber was actually the victim of an organised trolling campaign? What if the online hate against her was manufactured?


    Alexi Mostrous, the reporter who brought you Sweet Bobby and Hoaxed, investigates what happened to Amber and who might have been responsible. It’s a story about how our own thoughts and opinions can be moulded without us even realising.


    The first two episodes of Who Trolled Amber are available now, with further episodes released each week. To listen to the whole series become a Tortoise member or subscribe to Tortoise+.


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    Reporter and host: Alexi Mostrous

    Producer: Xavier Greenwood

    Editor: David Taylor

    Narrative editor: Gary Marshall

    Additional reporting: Katie Riley 

    Sound design: Karla Patella 

    Artwork: Jon Hill & Oscar Ingham


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    27 February 2024, 5:00 am
  • 46 minutes 5 seconds
    Episode six: Bonnie and Clyde

    In the final episode of Hoaxed, Alexi confronts Abraham and Ella. about what they. did in Hampstead - and why. And the police give Alexi some surprising news.


    Listen to the full series today. For the premium Tortoise listening experience, curated by our journalists, download the free Tortoise audio app. For early and ad-free access to all our investigative series and daily and weekly shows, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts.


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    27 October 2022, 7:31 am
  • 27 minutes 59 seconds
    Episode five: The Healer

    Alexi and his producer fly to Morocco to confront Abraham Christie - and learn dark secrets about his past.


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    20 October 2022, 8:05 am
  • 27 minutes 22 seconds
    Episode four: Infiltration

    All 6 episodes are available to listen for free today. You can listen to the full series ad-free and get access to exclusive bonus content coming soon by subscribing to Tortoise+ on Apple podcasts or joining Tortoise as a member where you can support the investigation and get tickets to exclusive events. Just visit the Tortoise website and use the code Alexi50 for half price membership.


    For a conspiracy to spread, important people need to be listening. Alexi discovers that the perpetrators of the Hampstead hoax have friends in high places, while he and the team close in on Abraham's location. 


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    13 October 2022, 5:00 am
  • 42 minutes 35 seconds
    Episode three: The Avengers

    The perpetrators of the Hampstead hoax meet their match in an unassuming mystery novelist, who is determined to expose their lies and bring them to justice.


    Listen to the full series today. For the premium Tortoise listening experience, curated by our journalists, download the free Tortoise audio app. For early and ad-free access to all our investigative series and daily and weekly shows, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts.


    If you’d like to further support slow journalism and help us build a different kind of newsroom, do consider donating to Tortoise at tortoisemedia.com/support-us. Your contributions allow us to investigate, campaign and explore, and to build a newsroom that is responsible and sustainable.


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    6 October 2022, 5:00 am
  • 41 minutes 28 seconds
    Episode two: Ella's list

    Seized upon by conspiracy theorists, Ella’s list of alleged cult members spreads like wildfire across the Internet. Hampstead parents start receiving death threats and lives are torn apart.


    Listen to the full series today. For the premium Tortoise listening experience, curated by our journalists, download the free Tortoise audio app. For early and ad-free access to all our investigative series and daily and weekly shows, subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts.


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    29 September 2022, 5:00 am
  • 36 minutes 36 seconds
    Episode one: Secrets and lies

    Two young children make horrific allegations in a London police station, lighting the fuse on the most serious British conspiracy theories in decades.


    All six episodes are now available to listen for free. You can listen to the full series ad-free and get access to exclusive bonus content coming soon by subscribing to Tortoise+ on Apple podcasts or joining Tortoise as a member where you can support the investigation and get tickets to exclusive events. Just visit the Tortoise website and use the code Alexi50 for half price membership.




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    22 September 2022, 5:00 am
  • 1 minute 16 seconds
    Introducing: Hoaxed


    In 2014, two children told police a shocking story: that they were being abused by a Satanic cult; a cult headed by their father and by parents and teachers at their school in the wealthy London suburb of Hampstead. 

    The story was a lie. But on the internet, that didn't matter. 

    From the team who brought you Sweet Bobby, Hoaxed is an investigation into one of Britain's most serious-ever conspiracy theories. A story about a modern-day Satanic panic; about the victims whose lives were destroyed and about the conspiracists who spread the lie around the world. 


    Oh, and it's about our hunt for the perpetrators - the people who forced the kids to lie - the ones who started it all. 


    New episodes of Hoaxed launch each week, but Tortoise members and Tortoise+ subscribers on Apple Podcasts get exclusive, early and ad-free access. To access the first 5 episodes now subscribe to Tortoise+ on Apple Podcasts or join Tortoise as a member, where you will also get invites to exclusive events. Visit the Tortoise website and use the code Alexi50 for half price membership for £50 per year.


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    3 September 2022, 3:54 pm
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