Samuel Collingwood Smith

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Samuel Collingwood Smith
Charcoal Vordrak.png
Artist rendition of Samuel's Facebook photo.[1] He has filed DMCA requests over the photo itself.[2]
Age 40
Born December 30th, 1978 [3][4]
11, By The Mount
Welwyn Garden City
United Kingdom
Other names Vordrak
Matthew Hopkins
Witchfinder General
Height 5'7 [4]
Weight "A little extra" build [4]
Web Presences Matthew Hopkins News
FBicon.png Facebook Profile [archive]
OKCupid Profile [archive]
Matthew Hopkins News

Samuel Collingwood Smith is a yellow journalist specializing in Internet sensationalism, especially with accusations of pedophilia. After a brief stint as a British council member, he retired to find better paying work and to move out of his mother's house. Over the next decade, he left a legacy of smear campaigns alleging anyone he felt wronged him to be child abusers. After opening his online tabloid Matthew Hopkins News, he has declared himself a journalist, focusing primarily on GamerGate and relevant topics. Writing under multiple pen names, including Vordrak and Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, he romanticizes the English witch hunter by the same name and embellishes his position as a self-declared moral authority. Samuel's body of work is usually designed to punish and scare people he does not like, typically by labeling them "paedophiles", or directly involved with obscene material. His self-declared mission statement is "to expose corruption and terrorise the guilty without worrying too much about due process."[5]


United Kingdom Politics

Samuel was elected as the Labour Party representative for the Welwyn-Hatfield's Haldens ward in 2005.[6] He served the Council until 2008, and in 2009, he defected to the Conservative party, where he made statements attacking the Labour Party, claiming that he's sick of the infighting and the broken promise of a super-hospital planned in Hatfield.[7] He caused an uproar when he criticized the Liberal Democrat's policy on supporting drug laws, comparing them to a baby rapist. The comment was posted on a forum hosted by MP Shapps under the username "Vordrak", where he wrote: "Liberal policy poses a greater threat to our children than [child abuser] Tanya French does."[8] He later apologized for his crude comment.[9] Comparisons to child abuse, however, remains as one of Samuel's most commonly used methods to attack his opponents.[10][11]

Matthew Hopkins News

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Samuel is infamous for conducting long-term feuds with people who displease him.

Samuel Smith vs. Liberal Democrats of the United Kingdom

In 2009, after leaving office as a Welwyn Hatfield's Borough Council, Samuel sparked national controversy over changing allegiance from the Labour Party to the Conservative Party. He later made remarks that again reached national media after calling the Liberal Democrats and their policies more dangerous than child molesters.

Samuel Smith vs. Evanescence

In two years after leaving public office, Samuel had embedded himself in the Evanescence fandom. After being denied moderator positions on their official EvThreads forum, he began reporting what he claimed were drug offenders and sexual predators to the police. The band threatened legal action against him unless he signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement and stopped speaking of them. Despite protesting the contract in 2012, his petition did not reach Parliament and was not heard.

Samuel Smith vs. Twitter

After failing out of politics, Samuel opened the Matthew Hopkins News blog and dubbed himself an online witch hunter. He began harassing social justice advocates on Twitter, especially Randi Lee Harper and her Good Game Auto Blocker project. He was banned repeatedly and has written blog posts explaining how to circumvent bans. Despite his legal threats towards Twitter, his account has been permanently suspended.

Samuel Smith vs. Wikipedia

Samuel Smith vs. Kiwi Farms

On January 20, 2016, a thread on Vodrak was created on Kiwi Farms. The next day, Kiwi Farms's temporary host Drybone's father recived an email from Vodrak, urging them to stop their son from hosting the website. A second request was sent to DigitalOcean when they were hosting the site, which was treated as legitimate and caused the Farms to lose them as a host. Vodrak appears to have shifted focus mostly towards Joshua Moon , after realizing that Kiwi Farms's current host will not have the site taken down. This feud is ongoing.

Samuel Smith vs. Joshua Moon

Failing to have the Kiwi Farms removed from the Internet, he began to attack the site owner directly. Refusing to close the forum and undeterred by being called a "paedophile" repeatedly by Samuel, he advanced his attacks against: his mother, his aunt, a person who hosted the Kiwi Farms for two weeks, that man's father and also his father. Samuel's call to arms resulted in school shooting threats called in under Joshua's name resulted in {{wp|swatting}, which Samuel considered a win and further alleged Joshua had personally sent the email. This feud is ongoing.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Samuel's Facebook profile [archive]
  2. Even if you were telling the truth there are many other solutions. You might want to read this article about someone having a whole site de-indexed from Google. You had an issue a bit like that with a Lolcow wiki article today and that was just a temporary test. You have also seen your main account vanish, banned, from Twitter (to be followed by more, and soon). I have represented people in court, remember?[archive]
  3. Samuel's chooseyourstory.com profile
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 OKCupid Samuel's OKCupid profile [archive]
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named mhn-about
  6. Welwyn-Hatfield's 2005 Election Results for Haldens and Handside Wards
  7. Ex-Welwyn Hatfield councillor turns on 'Divided' Labour
  8. Storm over new Tory's baby rapist comments
  9. Tory new boy apologises for Lib Dem baby rapist comparison
  10. Matthew Hopkins comparing the left with child abuse
  11. Vordrak requesting for evidence of impicating anti-GG with pedophilia on Voat