That's to say most of the time he just makes vague predictions and wait for his hundreds of fans to find meaning in them. These are not very impressive.
The when he wants a big impressive hit he creates a page on his website with a picture on it. He links to that picture on and e-mail and only later when events transpire does he upload a new picture displaying information that wouldn't have been publicly known when the e-mail was sent. We know he does this as the picture stores a date and time in the file which we have seen is after, for example the lottery draw that he sucessfully "predicted"
It appears that he has indeed got things done. I don't recall him claiming to have done a background check on Brian or have access to such information.
If he was to show any weaknesses then people would start to give up on him wouldnt they?!
If someone wearing gloves opened a door, picked up a child and left, they could easily leave little or no evidence.
The only evidence may simply be that the child is no longer around, and that can fit all kinds of scenarios, which is why so many conspiracy nuts can invent all kinds of fantastic explanations.
When someone believes in something and contradictory evidence comes to light they can either:
Cognitive dissonance (mental discomfort, if you like) can be reduced by adopting one of these two positions. True Believers opt for option (2) and go on blindly believing.
- Change their belief to match the evidence; or
- Ignore or dismiss the evidence out of hand and continue believing.
The first example (AFAIK) that was looked at by psychologists was a case in the 1950s where a small group of religious followers were told by their leaders that the world was going to end on a certain day with massive floods etc. The followers, of course, would be saved - by spacemen who would come down to rescue them. They gave away their possessions, quit their jobs, and such like in preparation for the momentous day.
Of course, it never happened!!
So what did the followers do? Not what you'd expect rational people to do - they actually became more devoted to their leaders!
It seems that once a belief system is bought into by many people nothing can persuade them that it's false. The cognitive dissonance that arises from contradictory evidence is simply reduced by ignoring or dismissing that evidence and the belief continues.
This is what I see with the followers of Brian Ladd.
It's quite clear to anyone with the slightest impartiality that he's a complete fraud. And what is even more interesting with this True Believer Syndrome is that the people he's defrauding are the very ones who believe in him (i.e. the ones supporting him and sending him money).
Of course the True Believers will just ignore this, but if anyone's wondering why people continue to believe someone who's known as a complete fraud, have a read of this: True Believer Syndrome. It seems ridiculous, but that's humans for you!
With respect, I don't think this thread needs to turn into a discussion about how Madeleine disappeared.
There is already one under the General section, and there are many other sites where people talk about nothing else.
Whether the Portuguese are incompetent or whether the parents are being devious, or any other talking point you care to mention, none of these has anything to do with the basic fact that Brian is a fraud. And that's what this thread is about.
Mousse from a bowl is very nice, but to put it on a person is demented!
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[LIST=1][*]Change their belief to match the evidence; or[*]Ignore or dismiss the evidence out of hand and continue believing.[/LIST]quote]
But sometimes when he writes things and says that he has had dreams and RVs or whatever about Madeline and her whereabouts this is actually the same as what other 'psychics' have been saying which is obviously making him seem more believable to his followers. Some of the things he has said about his dreams have fitted in with speculation about the case. eg. He said months agi that people on the inside of the investigation would begin to drop out and when this happens then the suspect will have nowhere to hide. Well this has happened. Investigators left right and centre have been taken off the case or resigned etc. How could he have possibly predicted that? I mean that isnt something common that happens with most investigations is it? And he wrote about that MONTHS before anything was to come out about that not days or hours.....?
We don't know that Madelaine did not cry out - we have no information at all about what happened.
There are conflicting reports about whether the apartment was securely locked or open.
There is confusing information about this 'witness statement', and the identikit picture is shockingly poor as to be worthless. If someone entered the apartment to abduct the child, it is most likely they will have watched the apartment for a time - at least to ensure the adults had left. It is unthinkable to me that they would then leave the child uncovered; walk past a more populated area; walk in the same direction they would probably have seen the adults leave in.
This case has been so high profile mainly because of how the parents initially handled it - regardless of the extra juiciness for the press of a 'helpless' british couple abroad. The parents insisted on getting her face put out globally, and pushing the profile as high as possible. It is additionally unfortunate now to hear on the news today that there are claims made as to the misuse by the parents of the money provided by the public for the reward fund.
Whether true or not, it keeps the case high profile, and further swallows up the publicity, and goodwill, that other families may be seeking in the search for their own loved ones.
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Surely the important thing is wether they can make verifiable predictions?
Brian singularly hasn't done that. His lotto prediction was shown to be a fraud.
May I ask if the verifiable part of the prediction coming true has convinced you of the remainder of this half truth?
Thinking of UK cases which stayed unsolved for years or decades, (eg until DNA started being of use), I'd imagine that in them almost all the information was found, or at least secured, within the first day or so. Beyond that point there was quite possibly little the police could have done.
I have to admit, I am a little disappointed that Brian has now been handed the perfect excuse not to go to Portugal. I was interested to see how long he could keep trotting out his excuses before his whole flock became completely disallusioned and left.
Now he has the sympathy vote, poor brian would have been arrested and so can't possibly go! His raging xenophobia against the Portuguese is justified and, of course, he must of been very close to the truth or he would never have been threatened in this way. It's a win, win situation for him and how many of his loyal band will actually bother to reclaim their donations? not many I fear.
Brian lives to con another day, reputation in tact, electricity bill paid.