Carol Stott aims crank email threats at journalist who exposed MMR scare fraud

This page is material from the award-winning investigation by Brian Deer for The Sunday Times of London, the UK’s Channel 4 TV network and BMJ, the British Medical Journal, which exposed vaccine research fraudster Andrew Wakefield | Investigation summary

During the investigation, Carol Stott, a now-terminated, temporary junior researcher in Cambridge University's psychiatry department, became demented over the collapse of the MMR attack, and launched the barrage of sick emails below. Deer had never heard of Stott, and wrote to the British Psychological Society, which, after a disciplinary inquiry, formally warned her. In 2010 she was also ousted from a US colonoscopy business called "Thoughtful House" through which Wakefield channelled her money

1: Stott's hate mails > 2: Stott's weird explanation > 3: British Psychological Society ruling > 4: Cambridge Evening News coverage


From: "Dr Carol Stott" <cs10001@hermes.cam.ac.uk>
Subject: game on
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 03:54:26

Try me, shit head.

Beleive me, you will lose.


From: "Dr Carol Stott" <cs10001@hermes.cam.ac.uk>
Subject: RE: game on
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 04:05:28

and tell Fitzpatrick whilst you're at it.

[This is probably a reference to Dr Mike Fitzpatrick, author of an outstanding book on MMR]


From: "Dr Carol Stott" <cs10001@hermes.cam.ac.uk>
Subject: RE: game on
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 04:08:35

and terence. of course.

[Who or what "terence" might be is a mystery]


From: "Dr Carol Stott" <cs10001@hermes.cam.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 04:18:16

so go fuck yourself.

Or ring....0447446 8502

Got it yet shit head.

Try me

[The phone number, checked next day, was unobtainable]


From: "Dr Carol Stott" <cs10001@hermes.cam.ac.uk>
To: "Twathead" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 04:52:20


[The addressee "Twathead" is new to this correspondence]


From: "Dr Carol Stott" <cs10001@hermes.cam.ac.uk>
To: "Twathead" <>
Subject: FW: game on
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 04:56:44

oh yes. Forgot to say. Currently talking to the Press Complaints Commission,several MPs and the CU Press Office. Stick that where it feels good.

shit head

["CU" must mean Cambridge University, but why we should care is unclear]


From: "Dr Carol Stott" <cs10001@hermes.cam.ac.uk>
To: "Twathead" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 09:34:22

well, ur a bit slow on the uptake. Give it time I s'pose. twat.

Carol Stott: "Try me shithead"

Carol Stott (left) takes a break from emailing. Stott's now-abandoned website suggested that she made money from the parents of autistic children, and by 2011 records show extra payments to her of almost 200,000 from the network of the struck-off doctor Andrew Wakefield, who rigged his MMR research. She claimed expertise in "medico-legal and educational-legal expert witness work", but is actually an academic, not a clinical, psychologist, and was paid another 100,000 by a UK lawyer desperate to find anyone to attack the MMR vaccine. We now wonder if any lawyer in their right mind would now expose her to questioning. "Dr Stott, does the expression 'try me, shithead' ring any bells?"


STOTT: Hello

BD: Hello. Is that Carol?

STOTT: Yeah.

BD: It is?

STOTT: Yeah. Who’s that?

BD: Oh, hi, it’s Brian Deer from The Sunday Times here.

STOTT: Oh, hello.

BD: Hi, there.

STOTT: What do you want?

BD: Em, well, I believe you are interested in autism.

STOTT: Yeah.

BD: And the MMR issue?

STOTT: [long pause] Why do you think that?

BD: Well, you’re the Carol Stott at Cambridge University, with the Autism Research Centre.

STOTT: [long pause, coughs, very quiet] Yeah.

BD: That’s correct?

STOTT: [very loud and sarcastic] Ye-e-e-s.

BD: Oh, I just wanted to talk to you about that subject.

STOTT: Right, okay, what do you want?

BD: Well, you’ve apparently been sending me malicious emails.

STOTT: [sarcastically] Have I?

BD: Yes.

STOTT: [sarcastically] Good heavens. I wonder how that’s happened.

BD: Well, I’m just asking. I wonder how that has.

STOTT: I don’t know. I really don’t know. Is there anything else that you want?

BD: Well, I don’t know. I just wonder if you have any thoughts about how that could have happened?

STOTT: No, I don’t really know. I’m not [inaudible] you malicious [emphasised] emails, have I? What do you mean ‘malicious’, Mr Deer?

BD: Well, I don’t know. I’ve just had these emails.

STOTT: Mmm. I see.

BD: Well, what I’ll do then, I think probably the best thing for me to do is to call Simon Baron-Cohen [head of the Cambridge Autism Research Centre] and speak to him about it.

STOTT: If you wish to. Yes.

BD: I should say I have actually recorded this conversation, so -

STOTT: Yeah, you should actually say that at the beginning of the conversation. Are you not aware of that?

BD: Well, there is no requirement for me to do that.

STOTT: Is there not? Is that right? Okay.

BD: I think Professor Baron-Cohen will assess the situation quite clearly from this conversation.

STOTT: Okay.

BD: Now I should say to you that if you do send any more, it will become a rather serious issue.

STOTT: Will it indeed?

BD: I mean, I’m surprised that you hold an academic position to tell you the truth...

STOTT: [laughs] Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha

BD: ... from the way you are speaking to me.

STOTT: Really? Why? Why does that surprise you?

BD: Well, to send malicious emails in the early hours of the morning and then really to respond in the way that you have in this conversation is really rather surprising.

STOTT: [pause] Uh-huh. [pause] To who?

BD: Well, it’s very surprising to me.

STOTT: Yeah, well, I don’t really care about what your response is.

BD: But I would have thought that you were involved in the care of children, and involved in a very serious subject, which is the subject of autism.

STOTT: Yeah. I am.

BD: And -

STOTT: What I don’t do is take kindly to people like yourself, who are entirely malicious about the whole thing. Okay? And quite honestly you can do whatever you want to do. [pause] And it really would not faze me at all.

BD: Well, I would just have to hope you have acedemic tenure, because this is really a rather serious matter.

STOTT: Why do you think that is?

BD: Excuse me?

STOTT: Why do you think that is. I haven’t actually sent you any emails. You know I really don’t know what you are talking about.

BD: I think Professor Baron-Cohen will be able to evaluate this conversation, and establish what’s been going on.

STOTT: Yes. Okay, well try him.

BD: Okay, well, I’ll do that. I have to say I’m very surprised, and I would ask you to stop sending these emails.

STOTT: I haven’t sent any emails.

BD: Well, okay, well you’d better tell that to your university when they raise this matter with you. Okay, well, I just ask you to stop sending them, em, and we’ll take it from there. Thank you very much, anyway. Bye bye.


From: "Dr Carol Stott" <cs10001@hermes.cam.ac.uk>
To: "Brian" <>
Subject: Press Complaints
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 11:18:12

I have documented that you recorded a telephone conversation without my explicit consent. You will be hearing from Press Complaints and from my solicitor in due course. There will be many additional complaints about your despicable behaviour to follow.



Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 17:41:30
To: <cs10001@hermes.cam.ac.uk>
From: Brian Deer
Subject: To Dr Carol Stott, re your abusive emails

Dear Dr Stott,

I hope that I have given you sufficient time to sober up, recover from whatever substances you may have ingested, or in any other way come to your senses, following the malicious, abusive and obscene string of emails you have sent me. I have passed these to the University of Cambridge's Autism Research Centre, which assures me that the matter has been referred to the university's human resources department for disciplinary inquiry.

I have taken the trouble to inspect the website of your business, "The Cambridge Psychometrics and Autism Practice", and from this deduce that you have been on the payroll of the failed MMR litigation. Perhaps you have become disordered following your realization that you will no longer be able to charge fees to that litigation, and you somehow hold me responsible for your loss.

However, in the light of your conduct towards me - a person you have never met, or had any prior dealings with - I am concerned that you apparently offer professional services to vulnerable children and their families. Therefore, unless you can supply me with a complete apology and explanation for your behaviour, I propose to report this matter to the British Psychological Society, which may have a view regarding your fitness to practice.

I urge you to discuss this matter with your friends or colleagues - perhaps with your business partner, Dr Fiona Scott - and let me have your reply within 24 hours.

Yours sincerely,


Brian Deer


From: "Dr Carol Stott" <cs10001@hermes.cam.ac.uk>
To: "Brian Deer" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 22:47:05 +0100

Please see attached.

30th June 2004

Dear Mr Deer

Thank you for your letter. You are quite right. The language in my early morning emails to you was, I acknowledge, inappropriate and for that I apologise.

I am extremely angry and upset at your grossly unfair treatment of the families of children potentially affected by the MMR vaccine, and at your unjustified, sustained and venomous attacks on those who are trying to help them. I had also just returned from the USA and was very jetlagged. I am afraid, therefore, I allowed myself to give vent to my feelings in a private email, but in a rather inappropriate manner.

Yours sincerely

Dr Carol Stott

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