by Rupert Insider
Thanks to the fifth column on KopTalk, I found another bunch of Oldham’s Freudian slips in my email in-tray yesterday taken from KT threads that were closed when the discussion encroached on his comfort zone.
It’s not that anyone was rude or distasteful – I mean they’re not bloggers over there, are they? Its just that he can’t tell anymore which one of them is playing with him. And some of them are.
I was particularly interested in his confession that The Insider was a fake. Well he said it was a zoo, to be exact. He didn’t want it any more. He wanted a mature site run by teenage relatives who are unwaged and rely on him for candy and other treats – Moderators and Senior Administrative staff like these:
I’m not going to go over every word of it – I mean its not the Bible is it? You can read it for yourself. I’m more interested in getting to the guts of his confession.
Why has he decided to admit that the central pillar of his website since 1998, the feature that distinguished it from honest sites, his biggest earner – is a fake? Has he got religion?
Here are the screen shots and thanks to you-know-who for sending them.
There are several reasons he is in reverse gear:
1. He doesn’t have any Insider information, never has had. But he’s too lazy now to go through the pretence.
2. The Insider confidence trick depended on a large number of bright, passionate people hoping that it might be true to the extent that they joined in the guessing game about the authenticity of Oldham various aliases – the Informer, the Wallet, the Anfield Mole, Horse – and his Biggest Lie of All:
EXCLUSIVE NEWS AND WHISPERS FROM INSIDE ANFIELD MELWOOD AND THE ACADEMY
But they’ve all left. And all he’s got is his empty-headed teenage relatives and a few old lags who themselves are tired of the Insider con. More than a thousands have left KopTalk in the last year. He says he’s banned a few troublemakers. Thats’ true. They were causing trouble for him by exposing his con and asking awkward questions. But its stretching the meaning of the English language to refer to more than a thousand as “a few”. He’s lost 80%
3. He has been advised by people more intelligent than he, that his claim to be an Insider with Inside information is a serious fraud. He has taken in scores, possibly hundreds of thousands of pounds, on the basis of a cynical lie.
And it was not accidental – not something that got out of control. From the very beginning, even before he joined Colin Seaman to develop KopTalk, he had made it clear on a Usenet group that he was not interested in hard news about sport, but gossip and rumour. That’s were the hits were, that’s were the money was. And the beauty of it was you did not need a news source – all you needed was the ability to lie and make it up, a web site and enough intelligent, articulate visitors to take it and run with it.
His hero and role model was Brian Bentley (BB) the used-car salesman from Birkenhead who overnight became an internet celebrity on TeamTalk for his outrageous Inside information about the flight number and time of arrival of Zidane’s flight and the precise houses in Southport the club was picking out for him.
Oldham admired BB’s ability to create controversy that drew hits. When BB was given the boot by TeamTalk, Oldham met with him to compare notes and and tried to persuade him to become a colunmist on KopTalk. But he failed to attract even a loveable rogue like BB. So Oldham tried to copy his style – and its not rocket science. All you need is a brass neck and no conscience about lying for money to people who have a passionate interest in a football club.
KopTalk had some form of paid Insider service from its launch. There were premium rate telephones, and the VIP thing, and the silver club and the gold club and all kinds of other levels and ranks. And there was the book “Anfield Exposed” which was supposed to be the Insider in hard copy. All those ways of selling false information.
The central con for nine years was that for X money you could be part of an elite which was constantly fed with privileged information by owners, directors, executives, players, cleaning ladies, painters, secretaries, gate men and leading journalists who would risk their reputations and their careers and put their club in jeapardy in order to satisfy the idle curiosioty of a few hundred anonmyous people whom they would never meet. And they would provide this service, not for money, but so that Oldham could make money. They had a mysterious need to show him more loyalty than they showed the club.
It was crazy con that relied on the notion that LFC was riddled with informers who had a compulsive need to please the former office cleaner and security guard from Yorksire.
No wonder people are angry when they emerge from KopTalk and for years after – not only that they allowed their passion to rule their heads, but that they fell for a cynical trap set by a work-shy con man.
And that’s why Oldham’s site did it and other sites didn’t. Because Oldham was not an LFC fan. He could care less about LFC and LFC supporters. He emerged from a background of cons and lies and dodgy deals on the internet using false aliases – as this blog has documented HERE.
So is it really the end of the Insider? Has KopTalk really turned honest?
Can a leopard change its spots?
He’s trying to put a distance between the serious fraud he conducted on tens of thousands of people for over nine years by blaming it on “former banned members” – the denizens of Est 1892 to be exact – those pesky critics who still get under his skin. But that does not mean that he will stop pretending to have Inside informaton – its what he does, it’s his life – there’s a new sucker every day.
Now he claims to be associated with L4 and the Kraft family and Steve Morgan and a director at LFC.
And we have just witnessed the peak of his career as a con man. He become the friend “almost like family” of the two new owners of LFC. They confided in him and asked his advice on how to get rid of Oldham’s enemies the “suits” at LFC. That’s what he said, that was the con.
Too bad for him that the con did not last long. In the past it would have run for years. How many people would he have conned – how much money would he have taken how much misinformation and stress would he have caused LFC if the blog had not busted that con open?
But even today there are members on KopTalk who wanted it to be true who are miffed that the blog took away their elite status as the apostles of the man who was friend and confidant of the owners.
But there is a consolation prize for them. Oldham has brought back his old aliases the Informer and the Wallet. So they can all postpone reality for a couple of months.
And as usual, every day, whether he is in mock-Greece, or his new property in mock-Paradise Island or his cottage in mock-New York or just plain old Wallsend, he continues to pretend that he knows when its “quiet at Anfield” and “Rafa and Parry are working as normal” or that Owen is coming or Bale or whoever. He does it for money. And its easy money. It only takes a scan of the forums of the honest sites to see what interest LFC supporters and what they know, or a quick peek at the S*n, the Ofificial Site or the Liverpool Echo, and then a few minutes at the keyboard dropping one of his “time bombs” before “lighting the fuse and walking away”.