In early October 2016 a relatively new (free, wordpress) blog – claiming to be associated with Order of Nine Angles (ONA, O9A) ‘insiders’ – published a post about the death of David Myatt in Egypt.
Although the post contained no verifiable information it was picked up by some ONA supporters leading to a thread containing hundreds of posts on a private ONA Facebook group and then to discussions about Myatt – some pro, some contra – on sundry internet forums including some extreme ‘right-wing’ political forums such as Stormfront. The rumor even appeared on social media platforms such as ‘Twitter’.
Just over a month after that initial blog post Myatt himself published, on his ‘official blog’, an item in which he made mention of rumors about his death: https://davidmyatt.wordpress.com/leaves-are-showering-down/
This quashing of the rumor about his death led to some ‘ONA watchers’ to conclude that some ONA ‘insiders’ has been conducting, via the medium of the internet, either some sort of ‘sinister jape’ or some sort of ‘social experiment’.
The people who responded to the initial post neatly divide into four categories. (1) The majority who accepted the announcement as genuine, many of whom lamented Myatt’s death and/or praised his life and writing; (2) a minority who were skeptical and asked for independent proof of the claim; (3) a few individuals who, via internet forums and private e-mails, embellished the initial report in an attempt to besmirch Myatt’s reputation; and (4) some other individuals who reproduced, via the internet, such embellished derogatory reports and/or believed them.
Thus those in categories (3) and (4) were left with egg on their face when it was shown that Myatt was alive and well and dwelling in rural England.
Among ‘ONA watchers’ the consensus now seems to be not only that
“the Myatt is dead affair was also a test designed to check whether the O9A fans believe everything that is written online […] If you start a rumor, other people will repeat it, adding some crap of their own.”
but also that the perpetrators of the hoax did not foresee that some mundane(s) would embellish that hoax with “such crap” as might denigrate Myatt.
Which assumptions apparently ignore what the real consequences of the hoax were. To quote someone with an actual ONA pedigree who posted this on an extreme ‘right-wing’ political forum:
“If this Myatt is dead hoax has proved anything it is (1) that Myatt is still held in high regard by at least some White Nationalists; and (2) that ZOG and their lackeys and agents still hate Myatt with a vengeance and will go to any lengths to discredit him given their motto of “never forget, never forgive”, and (3) that Myatt may still be ‘in our camp’ given that his philosophy of pathei mathos is, albeit a mystical and spiritual philosophy, still firmly rooted in the Western (Greco-Roman) philosophical tradition and thus is part of our Western culture.”
For many White Nationalists rounded on those among their ranks who had spread malicious rumors about Myatt, accusing them of being agents or lackeys of ZOG.
In addition, as a result of the hoax many more people have bought printed books by Myatt and undoubtedly also viewed his website and blog with some of them most probably downloading some of Myatt’s writing from those sites. As a consequence there has also been a splurge of interest in Myatt’s life, in his writings both past and current, and also – most certainly and most importantly – a splurge of interest in the ONA.
A juvenile hoax perpetrated by outsiders? Probably. Because there is no evidence the pseudonyms used belonged to the same people who had used them elsewhere in the past.
But does all the interest generated in Myatt and the ONA, the ‘egg on faces’, the exposure of ZOG agents/lackeys, mean that the hoaxers achieved what they set out to achieve? Possibly, even if they were just some ONA fan-girls conducting some social engineering experiment via the medium of the internet.