16-year-old girl’s false allegation led to the suicide of Michael Isherwood (51)

Stories like this bring me close to weeping, for where corrupt gender politics has taken us. A 16-year-old girl makes a false allegation against a 51-year-old man, and he kills himself.

On p.13 of today’s Sunday Times there’s a piece on the suicide of 51-year-old Michael Isherwood, an inspecting engineer at Vauxhall’s car factory on Merseyside. He’d been accused by a 16-year-old girl of secretly filming her on his phone. There was no supporting evidence of her claim, from his phone or elsewhere. His first suicide attempt was unsuccessful, the second (five weeks after being told of the allegation) ‘successful’. From the piece in The Sunday Times:

Shortly before he died, Michael Isherwood left a hand-written note for his sister: ‘Mud sticks. No coming back from these allegations.’…

Sue Isherwood, 47, his sister, said that when she asked the police how such an investigation could be launched based on so little, she was told, ‘It happens all the time.’

‘When they said they had found no evidence on Michael’s phone, I asked whether they would prosecute the girl who had made the false allegation, and they just said no,’ she said.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Even if he did film her , why would that merit a police investigation ? By that logic, all tourists who film their holidays here are criminals.

    • Making images illegal is the sort of thing that totalitarian states do. And Britain is certainly no exception. It’s about time this “child pornography” witch hunt is exposed for the murderous greed ridden feminist rampage it is.

  • you do right publicising such horror stories

  • epistemol

    As long as there is no penalty for a false allegation they will go on, and on and on being made.
    That much is surely obvious.

    Prime minister May SEEMS, so far to be a pragmatic and determined sort (despite the infamous t-shirt affair which MIGHT be seen as just an a misjudged attempt at a sort of populist profile raising exercise – time will tell) were to support an overdue change in the law, for example, it would surely come about.

    This may (May?), of course, be little more than wishful thinking, I realise that.

  • Wonder when the BBC will report this story? (or any suicide ever caused by false allegations)


  • Reported at antimisandry.com ‘Another false accusation: another suicide’:

    One problem is that, to Sue Isherwood [the victim’s sister], it is news that false allegations happen all the time. It is probably news to her that her brother’s accuser will not be penalised despite a man dying. Why is this news? The only main media reporting this case is The Sunday Times, on page 13. Even they consider the report on Michael Isherwood’s trauma and tragic death less important than the ‘news’ that the cure to grumpiness is being happy.

    Nothing is done about our False Accusation Culture because so few people even know about it. If you weren’t reading a website that cares about men, you might never know.

    • Agreed. I was struck by the fact the Daily Mail didn’t cover it.

  • I linked this article to UKPolitics on Reddit, where someone asked
    ‘What does that have to do with “corrupt gender politics”? Where is the” corrupt gender politics” in the article?’

    For the uninitiated, it is a fair point. I can become so used to the political angle in ignoring male tribulations that I forget sometimes that others have a different starting place. So my reply was as follows but if it is incomplete, no doubt it can be added to:

    The Conservative Party’s manifesto in recent times included a promise to fix the law whereby an accuser would automatically be anonymous while making extremely serious accusations, but the person they are accusing could not be anonymous even prior to being charged, let alone prior to being convicted. This was in response to many innocent men having their property vandalised, being assaulted, evicted by a landlord, denied access to shops, et cetera simply because a vindictive woman accused them of a sexual offence. Worst of all, possibly, is that false accusations of sexual wrongdoing have become almost standard during contentious divorce proceedings.

    The closest the Conservative Party has come to explaining why they think it is just to allow a false accuser anonymity but not the person they accuse, is to do with their ‘violence against women’ policy, which in this case can be seen to directly oppose the concept of preventing violence done to men.

    The Conservative Party reneged on their manifesto, thereby leading directly to several deaths and much agonising injustice and despair.

    • Thanks Douglas, an excellent response. Reintroducing anonymity for those suspected of committing sexual offences, until and unless convicted, was actually in the Coalition Agreement in 2010, then reneged upon. I don’t think it was mentioned in the 2015 Conservative manifesto.

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  • Only faulty cultural norms can possibly create a society like this. The sooner we admit it, the sooner we can change it. Pity we find it so hard to admit.