One of the most stupid emails I have ever received was the following, concerning Neil Foord, who I mention in my online book because he claimed that his rape conviction was based on a false allegation:
"Neil Foords name came up on google at the very beginning, on your site when I searched for him. Unfortunately I do not have the time to search thru all your documents to find out why, but would be very interested as to why you have this person on what I would have thought was a reputable organisation site?
Look forward to your feedback.
The reason why this person had searched for Neil Foord on Google was that Neil had featured on the television consumer programme Fair Go. In a dramatic deathbed interview (he died of cancer the next day), he handed over a cheque for $1,000.00 for the young people who had apparently been clients of his talent agency Real Kiwis but had not been paid. I did not see any of the Fair Go programmes about Foord, but I saw part of the interview on the news.
Apparently, he had been the subject of three Fair Go investigations into his allegedly fraudulent practices over the years. In this interview, he apparently admitted not paying the young people, but said that he had not set out to be a scammer. I assume that means that he was claiming that the young people were not paid because he couldn't afford to pay them at the time.
As to his rape conviction and the allegations of indecent assault against him, he continued to claim that they were based on false allegations:
"Iv'e been subjected to a campaign of filth for a long time. None of it's true. This is not a deathbed confession or anything like it," he said.
Here is why I say the above email was so stupid, together with some other background on Neil Foord: