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Re: More tales from the living dead.
« Reply #180 on: May 24, 2022, 05:14:PM »
David/NGB1066:

I'm not condoning his behaviour, but I think if you take a step back from this, you'd have to acknowledge that there is a responsibility on people to perform their own due diligences and think for themselves.  I don't personally believe everything people tell me, whether it is mainstream news or somebody claiming credentials or expertise.  I check people out.  I look into things.  Then I form a view.  If you tell me you're a barrister or an architect, and you are asking me to rely on this in some business we are doing, I will ring up the relevant body and check that you indeed hold the relevant qualification and are in good standing.  I'm that type of person. 

When I first heard about Mr Harrison while finding his book and reading it, I was immediately suspicious.  His biographical claims didn't add up.  If you say you were an Essex police officer who worked in specialist units and was a criminal profiler with the FBI, and you're Britain's real-life 'Cracker', or whatever else he was saying about himself (crackers more like), yet you aren't with a major publisher, you don't have a university degree, and I have never heard of you before, something there doesn't quite add up, and I am going to be contacting the FBI in the United States and the relevant police forces in Britain, and various other sources, to verify your claims. It's probably just as well for Paul Harrison that I wasn't around at the time, as I would have exposed him quite quickly.  But why didn't other people check up on him?

Obviously, I appreciate that if you're just somebody buying a ticket for an event, you'll rely on the due diligence of the organisers.  That's quite reasonable.  If it turns out the person you went to hear speak was a charlatan, all you've lost is a few pounds, i.e. the ticket price and your travel to and from the venue.  I'm not saying it's OK for people to behave like that, but it's not a big deal.  You can have a good laugh about it and forget it.  I would maintain that most of the people he entertained at these events came away satisfied and won't have given it a second thought.  If they have any complaint, it should be against the organisers of the event and anybody else who enabled him without verifying his claims.

Similar with the book.  I realised he was a pure charlatan, but at the same time, I don't begrudge him because I realise he's not the full shilling and it is what it is.  Life is short.  He's exposed.  He's not going to be conning anybody else.

He tried to frame a member of this forum for sending a threat letter and also defamed NGB in the press by implying he would have him killed for JBs sake.

And that's probably just the tip of the iceberg of what he has done to other people.

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Re: More tales from the living dead.
« Reply #181 on: May 24, 2022, 05:37:PM »
He tried to frame a member of this forum for sending a threat letter and also defamed NGB in the press by implying he would have him killed for JBs sake.

And that's probably just the tip of the iceberg of what he has done to other people.

The newspaper published that story and it appears half of it was indeed true: somebody did offer to disclose an e-mail list to him.  As for the threatening letter, it's obvious that he is a suspect and it was written by him.  Significantly, the police never saw the letter and probably the newspaper didn't see it before publishing the story.  Does/did he actually live in Orkney or is that another lie and it's a council flat in Leeds?  The newspaper story doesn't say that the Forum member was behind the threats and gives that Forum member an opportunity to comment.

I don't understand why he wasn't looked into.  He was making all sorts of ridiculous claims for himself that anybody with half a brain can see don't stack up.  Why didn't the newspaper demand to see the letter and the Essex postmark?  Why didn't Police Scotland contact him and demand to see the letter? 

Come on David, you have to admit that the whole thing is just a series of people not carrying out due diligence and proper scrutiny of claims.  Everybody failed, from people who got sucked in by him, to people who have a duty to check things out and didn't. 

I've run into characters like him all my life, which is why I'm so suspicious of people and always ask questions and check things.

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Re: More tales from the living dead.
« Reply #182 on: May 24, 2022, 06:01:PM »
The newspaper published that story and it appears half of it was indeed true: somebody did offer to disclose an e-mail list to him.  As for the threatening letter, it's obvious that he is a suspect and it was written by him.  Significantly, the police never saw the letter and probably the newspaper didn't see it before publishing the story.  Does/did he actually live in Orkney or is that another lie and it's a council flat in Leeds?  The newspaper story doesn't say that the Forum member was behind the threats and gives that Forum member an opportunity to comment.

I don't understand why he wasn't looked into.  He was making all sorts of ridiculous claims for himself that anybody with half a brain can see don't stack up.  Why didn't the newspaper demand to see the letter and the Essex postmark?  Why didn't Police Scotland contact him and demand to see the letter? 

Come on David, you have to admit that the whole thing is just a series of people not carrying out due diligence and proper scrutiny of claims.  Everybody failed, from people who got sucked in by him, to people who have a duty to check things out and didn't. 

I've run into characters like him all my life, which is why I'm so suspicious of people and always ask questions and check things.

NGB was onto him as early as 2015.

https://jeremybamberforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,6891.msg321197.html#msg321197

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Re: More tales from the living dead.
« Reply #184 on: December 09, 2023, 10:00:AM »
The BBC have made a documentary on PH

David Wilson's Crime Files: Series 4 - Scams and Scandals: Episode 3.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0gh5gqx/david-wilsons-crime-files-series-4-scams-and-scandals-3-imposters

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/23847427.carlisle-authors-bogus-claims-feature-bbc-programme/

Thanks for posting the link to this.  It is well worth watching and it exposes Harrison very effectively.  I liked the conclusion presented that Harrison should have been prosecuted for fraud.  I am not sure why he was not prosecuted, but it is a pity he was not.  His crimes were not victimless and as well as being a fraudster he was a thoroughly nasty person.

 

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Re: More tales from the living dead.
« Reply #185 on: December 09, 2023, 11:14:AM »
Thanks for posting the link to this.  It is well worth watching and it exposes Harrison very effectively.  I liked the conclusion presented that Harrison should have been prosecuted for fraud.  I am not sure why he was not prosecuted, but it is a pity he was not.  His crimes were not victimless and as well as being a fraudster he was a thoroughly nasty person.

 

Ironically he has become the subject of his own self proclaimed expertise. Criminal psychoanalysis.  :))

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« Reply #186 on: December 09, 2023, 12:02:PM »
Ironically he has become the subject of his own self proclaimed expertise. Criminal psychoanalysis.  :))

Yes, with a diagnosis  of narcissistic personality disorder which seems very accurate to me, having had the misfortune of having to deal with him and being on the receiving end of his behaviour.  It really is a shame he was not prosecuted. I suspect however that he had civil action taken against him by his publisher and  event promoters.