“As one police officer of 20 years, I had the opportunity of actually sitting with the mother in this case for 3 hours. I can absolutely tell you with my experience of interrogation over 20 years period as a former detective sergeant she was speaking 110% truth. I know there’s been no investigation, there’s been no proper police statement taken from this woman because of the way she’s been harassed. I also know that we have child abuse in this country to epidemic levels. I was on Saturday sitting with a former MP from the Home Office who categorically stated to me that we’ve got now about 1 in 10 children being abused, and we have a police force that’s in denial”. “It comes from Senior levels, we now need to recognize this and start acting on it to change the ethos of what is wrecking so many childrens lives and costing so much deprivation and degradation to the way we live on this planet“. “We have a former Home Office minister who has said that we’ve got 1 in 10 children being abused, and it is going on now, it’s not historic, it was historic, but it’s happening now. And Ella and those 2 childrens case is not unique, I sat with her for 3 hours and what she shared was 100% truth. And I know, no police officers have properly investigated this” (Retired Police Sergeant Ray Savage).
The yummy mummy, a ‘satanic sex cult’ and the smears that terrorised a very swish London suburb: Yoga teacher forced her children to make false abuse allegations against teachers, priests and their own father
- Ella Draper forced children to lie about sexual abuse and torture
- Accused dozens of people in Hampstead of being part of ‘sex cult’
- Judge called the internet campaign was ‘evil’ and ‘baseless’
- She said couple may have fed children cannabis soup to gain compliance
- More than four million people have viewed the ‘fantasy’ online material
Ella Draper belonged to that glamorous breed of women sometimes referred to as ‘yummy mummies’ in the affluent North London suburbs in which she lived — you can perhaps see why from the holiday photo.
Home for this fortysomething mother-of-three was a smart Victorian terrace, with a Jaguar parked on the gravel driveway, on the outskirts of Hampstead.
She was a familiar face in the upmarket shops and cafe bars there. Her two youngest children were pupils at popular Christ Church primary school. She had brought them up alone since splitting with their father, a former actor who appeared in a number of Hollywood films, shortly after they were born.
Lies: Ella Draper and her partner Abraham Christie forced her two children to lie about sexual abuse and ritual torture in Hampstead, North London
To the outside world, at least, Ella Draper was a doting and caring mum. Her son and daughter, aged eight and nine, seemed to want for nothing: they had private violin and swimming lessons.
Their mother was well-known in the area because she was a yoga teacher. Well-heeled women attended her classes and received lifestyle advice from her.
A video advertising her services on the internet is entitled: ‘Face rejuvenation and anti-ageing tips.’ They say, though, that appearances can be deceptive — but surely never more so than in the case of ‘glamorous’ Ella Draper.
Today, her children are in the care of social services and she has fled abroad.
For only now has the misery she inflicted on her own flesh and blood emerged, along with the devastating impact her wickedness has had on the lives of countless other residents in this affluent corner of the capital.
Many say they are ‘living in fear’ because of her. These are not our words, but those of a High Court judge last week.
Shamed: The two children falsely accused their father, actor Ricky Dearman, of leading the cult
Behind them is a deeply disturbing story that almost defies belief: one that, apart from anything else, demonstrates the chilling speed at which malicious gossip and unfounded allegations about anyone, anywhere — however innocent — can spread online, masquerading as the truth.
To that extent, the story of Ella Draper has implications for all of us.
It is a story that began in August last year, when a film clip from a mobile phone recording, featuring an angelic-looking brother and sister, appeared on the internet.
The youngsters were, in fact, Draper’s children.
Much of what they said is too vile to repeat. But, in essence, they claimed that they, and many others, were abused by a satanic sex cult operating in Hampstead.
The claims against ‘blameless’ people included drugged babies being sent by courier services such as TNT and DHL to London from abroad to be sacrificed.
Cult members were said to have drunk their victims’ blood and danced around with the babies’ skulls.
Their own father (‘papa’), they said, was the leader.
The short clip was one of 16 that were posted online. In some, Draper speaks to the camera to identify other ‘members’ of the 100-strong satanic ring.
Her children’s headmistress is implicated (‘Runs lucrative child pornography and snuff movies business’), together with a senior colleague (‘lives in Highgate’), the local priest and dozens of local parents including company directors, advertising executives, small business owners and a national TV reporter — all of them branded child abusers.
Contact details, including phone numbers and home and email addresses, were published next to their names.
The videos, and websites supporting these grotesque allegations, have been viewed by more than four million people.
The claims might seem outlandish today — preposterous, even — but, at the time, the police had no option but to investigate, especially in the post-Savile era. Six officers were assigned to the case. Ella Draper’s children took detectives on a tour of the neighbourhood in an attempt to pinpoint specific locations where the abuse was alleged to have occurred.
The local church, for example, where some of the sickening practices were supposed to have taken place, was searched for incriminating material.
Police were also deployed at Christ Church primary (rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted) to reassure parents, who considered removing their children because they feared they were at risk.
In short, Hampstead was gripped by hysteria.
One mother we spoke to said that it was like a modern-day version of the hysteria that gripped Salem in the 17th century, when the small Massachusetts town became convinced that witches were living in its midst. Eventually, however, a different — but perhaps even more shocking — version of events than the satanic claims was revealed to the police by the Draper children: they had been pressured, they eventually admitted, into making up the claims by their mother and her boyfriend.
But why? That question was finally answered by High Court judge Mrs Justice Pauffley in a family court hearing a few days ago. The judge had been asked to examine the facts by social services.
Evil: Draper, seen in one of her ‘anti wrinkle’ videos on YouTube, accused dozens of local parents, teachers and church workers in Hampstead of being part of the ‘sex cult’
Her damning conclusions were contained in a 22-page judgment. Ella Draper and her partner, Abraham Christie, had ‘tortured’ and ‘brainwashed’ the youngsters into concocting the depraved story to prevent their father from gaining custody of them.
But, the judge said, they also ‘derived a great deal of personal satisfaction from attracting interest to their spiteful work from many thousands of people.
‘It’s akin to the sensation, I imagine, of a Facebook user receiving an indication that some posting or other has been “liked”.’
In the process, the children had suffered ‘incalculable harm’, psychologically and physically — they had suffered beatings at the hands of Christie to get them to comply.
Needless to say, their father, Ricky Dearman, was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Mr Dearman — who, as well as minor roles in a string of Hollywood films, has appeared in a prestigious production of Chekhov’s The Seagull — met Draper in 2003.
The couple separated three years later and had been involved in a custody battle over the children — that was his only ‘crime’.
The allegations against him, and all the others named as ‘abusers’, were utterly baseless.
But the names of those individuals are still circulating online. Supporters of Ella Draper — and, yes, unlikely as it seems, such people do exist — have continued to upload the defamatory material on the internet in defiance of court injunctions.
One such document is called ‘Justice Denied’. It contains a list of around 50 local people who have been smeared; Draper knew some of them personally.
Among them is a Hampstead woman — and mother — who works in advertising.
She told us: ‘This woman [Draper] has made our lives a living hell. I am one of the people named online.
‘Since all this started, I have been receiving unbelievably hateful emails every week, saying things such as “Your days are numbered” and calling me “paedophile scum”.
‘To say it has been distressing to be publicly associated with child abuse and, crucially, to have your child’s name published online, too, is an understatement.
‘The school had to take security measures — and some of the parents falsely implicated the most have taken personal security measures, too.
Evil: Draper ‘tortured’ and ‘brainwashed’ her children into concocting the depraved story to prevent their father from gaining custody of them
‘All my social media feeds are now private. Other people have changed their mobile phone numbers.
‘I have given a witness statement to the police. They are obviously trying to build a case against her [Draper].’
The repercussions have not been simply confined to intimidating and threatening emails. At morning service at the church attached to Christ Church primary school yesterday, parishioners were confronted by a group of between 20 and 30 of Draper’s supporters, who hurled abuse at them and held up their mobile phones to film them as they arrived.
‘Paedophiles,’ screamed one of the protesters. The group — or ‘mob’, some might say — were eventually moved on by the police.
Some of those who attended the church service were left visibly upset by what happened. Remember, this was a Sunday morning in genteel Hampstead. So, what else do we know about the woman who sparked those ugly scenes outside church, and whose toxic legacy is having such a corrosive effect on the local community?
Originally from the city of Rostov in southern Russia, Ella Draper — or Ella Gareeva as she then was — attended Moscow State University, where she graduated with a masters degree in history of art.
It was in Moscow in the Nineties that she met a British banker who would become her first husband. She became pregnant and moved to Britain around 17 years ago to raise their son; he still lives with his father in the Home Counties. The marriage eventually ended, but she kept her married name and went on to have two children with the actor Ricky Dearman.
How could he — how could anyone — have predicted the events that you have been reading about?
Those who know Ella Draper point to the growing influence of her fortysomething boyfriend, Abraham Christie.
The pair met three years ago and were living together in a redbrick Victorian terrace in North London. Parents at Christ Church primary school told how he would sometimes turn up bare-chested to collect her children.
On one occasion last year, he became ‘loud and aggressive’ and accused teachers of ‘poisoning the children’.
Neighbours also noticed a discernible change in the youngsters since he arrived on the scene.
‘On one occasion, I found the little boy sitting on the step outside in his underwear,’ one resident recalled. ‘But no one had any idea that they were being abused.’
In fact, Ella Draper could not have chosen a less suitable partner. Abraham Christie describes himself as a ‘nutritionist’ and has an interest in the health benefits of the hemp plant.
Within a month of moving in with Ella Draper, he had registered a business with her called Hempstar Dynamics with, it is understood, the aim of selling hemp health food products.
The hemp and marijuana plant are related, but seeds of the former are typically used to make oil, protein powder and even butter.
Christie has a history of criminality, which is spelled out in Mrs Justice Pauffley’s judgment, including offences for violence, dishonesty and drugs.
Tests on her children showed they had both ingested cannabis in the months before being into taken care.
It was impossible for analysts to say if this was via passive smoking or oral ingestion, but both of the children had described in police interviews how hemp was made into soup in their home using the juicer.
Their mother, of course, has now disappeared. We have established that she has, indeed, fled abroad, fearing she may face criminal charges if she returns. She is believed to be in her home country of Russia.
Her children remain in care, and it is understood their father sees them once a week. Attempts by the Mail to contact him failed.
Meanwhile, police say inquires are ongoing.
The word Mrs Justice Pauffley used to describe Ella Draper was ‘evil’.
It is an over-used description, but few would disagree that it belongs next to this woman’s name, whose behaviour has blighted — and continues to blight — so many lives.
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