Father Silence wrote:
[ The only plausible conclusion is... that it was not a hoax...
I don't see how it's possible, but it's still funnier every time you say it.
Please try to follow this logic. The argument hinges upon what VAM knew and what kind of person VAM is. We know from this forum that VAM is an intelligent person and is nobody's fool. We also know that she is an honest person and would not let innocent people get hurt.
IMHO the only intelligent members of this forum are those who spotted this obvious scam from the beginning.
I don't know VAM but I know that sometimes relatives give each other the benefit of the doubt, so maybe she allowed herself to be fooled. It is normal for a mother to protect her son and vice versa, so maybe she's lying.
You insist Hammott and VAM are lying now. Why are you so certain they haven't been lying all along?
I see 2 possibilities:
1. Ben Hammott and a small number of confederates, possibly including members of his family, fooled a number of credulous Magdalene enthusiasts and other RLC "experts" with £1000 worth of "hollywood magic", some cheap antiques and a shaky camera.
2. A 2000 year old conspiracy involving thousands (Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands?)of Cathars, Templars, Merovingians, troubadours, Sinclairs, a secret priory and virtually every artist of the Renaissance to protect a secret so shocking it will destroy the Catholic Church and shake Christianity to its very foundations, but which they choose not to reveal except through very ambiguous clues they leave practically everywhere.
If VAM is honest and intelligent...
Didn't Democritus say that?