Malign Hoover Campaign


For the forty-second day in a row you arrive at work and find that there is an offensive voicemail waiting for you.

“You left without paying and you will soon do so you fucking bitch. Nobody leaves without paying. Understand?”

You replace the handset and feel the sick sensation rising inside you again. Why does this keep happening. You do not recognise the voice, in fact is sounds somehow synthesised or distorted, no doubt to mask who it is. Notwithstanding this, you know where this message came from. All forty-two messages will be from the same source. The messages are always left on your work voicemail, never anywhere else. They are left at different times, always different times but at some point between 9pm and 6am, accordingly you are never at your desk when the message comes in. You would deactivate your voicemail but you need it and of course I know this. That is why the messages are always left there. You have changed your work telephone number three times and you really do not want to ask the infrastructure team to have to do it again. You saw the eye-rolling last time. It is not as if they cannot believe you, you have played the messages to them but you know what they are thinking.

“Deal with it, it is just some crank who will tire of it soon enough.”

Well six weeks have passed and there is no sign of tiring, no a sniff of fatigue. The messages are as savage and as vitriolic as usual. You changed the number but still the messages got through. Someone here is obviously telling me about the changes. Who could it be? Someone in the infrastructure team? Your secretary? Another colleague? So many potential suspects but then you always did wonder why I took such an interest in meeting so many people from where you worked. So many people to choose from, to recruit, to ensure one or more has become a lieutenant and ready to assist me in my work. It could anybody out of twenty people and you cannot go around accusing them without some concrete evidence. You can imagine the reaction if you did this and also the repercussions with human resources. This is another fact that we know and wish to exploit.

You tried to ignore the messages but after fourteen days of it, with the messages making threats about retribution and revenge you eventually confronted us. We pleaded innocence and told you that we would not do something like that. We looked shocked and concerned but then we would since you took a witness with you Still we enjoyed the fuel from you turning up at our door. We tried to get you to come in so we could discuss it further but you must have been alerted to the whine of the hoover as you stood firm. There is time yet. There is always time. We know that your defences can be breached. You just showed us this to be the case and therefore we will keep pressing, probing and looking for that opportune moment.

The messages tend to stick to a theme of punishing you and that is what makes you think it is me. You hoped your pleas on the fourteenth day went heeded, that even though we had denied it, you were on to us. The next morning you saw the red light flashing on your ‘phone indicating that you had a voicemail message from overnight. You toyed with getting someone else to listen but then it might be something else so you dialled the code and listened.

“Think you can stop the punishment do you? Never. You have sinned and you must atone.”

You sat down and began to cry as the words, each one spat out in a staccato style had their effect. You begged for a truce. Why would we agree to that when we know the effect that our words will be having on you. We may not be able to see you as you receive each one, every morning, but we know you well enough. We know you will be angered and then shocked and nervous, dreading accessing your voicemail box. We need not see your reaction. It is enough for us to know how you will be reacting and thus we achieve our aim of garnering fuel from you.

By the twenty-third day you had involved infrastructure in trying to trace where the call was coming from but they drew a blank. By the thirty-seventh day you had opted to call in her majesty’s finest to solve the problem. You had saved all the messages and handed over the audio file of this disembodied voice. You somehow managed to persuade the police to visit me and I was of course most co-operative and charming. I let them look through my call list on my mobile phone which had no evidence on it. I even produced evidence that demonstrated that I could not have made those calls even if I had wanted to on several of the nights in question and that convinced them that they were barking up the wrong tree. Of course they were, you do me a dis-service if you think I would get my hands dirty with this particular campaign. I have others to do this for me, to avoid detection and still I get to gather the fuel as I picture your frightened and shocked reaction as I still manage to penetrate your attempts to evade me.

You are wondering when it will end. Surely I will not keep this up forever? Surely I will move on to someone else and be preoccupied with them? I have someone else and they are far better than you but you still deserved to be tormented and tortured for your treachery and your deceit. You deserve to be punished. You think it must end soon. I know it won’t. Not while you continue to give me what I want. In addition, I know I have the ace up my sleeve that I can use the ending of this campaign as a way to bring you back into the fold. If you give you and me another chance, this can all stop can’t it? Make it go away by just accepting my terms and you can bring this campaign to an end. It is not time for that yet however. I feel no need to bring you back as my primary source. I have one in place, no thanks to your sudden treachery. No, there is much mileage in this malign hoovering for some time yet. This will not be ending soon.

54 thoughts on “Malign Hoover Campaign

  1. LilAng says:

    Mine ex had never sent me SUCH texts. He didn’t call me a bitch, there were no threats.

    But once I got a text: “oh, I see you are doing fine! But you know that guy you are dating is a creep? I care for you so please respect yourself! XOXO”.

    Is it malign?

    1. HG Tudor says:


      1. LilAng says:

        But maybe a little bit? I would say it’s mean (I am better then that new guy; if you date him you are cheap) but it is covered in fake concern.

        1. HG Tudor says:

          No, it is triangulation.

  2. Jude the Obscure says:

    I arrived at work Monday morning to find the red light flashing on my phone. There was a voicemail left at 10:30pm Sunday night. I should have known it was her and just deleted it straightaway. My work phone is the Achilles Heal of my No Contact – the only portal that I couldn’t close. I pressed “Delete” after the first two words, enough to know it was her. After over six months of No Contact. Creepy as Hell. I feel like there’s a wolf lurking outside my door now.

    And then I remembered reading this post a while back.

    Once again, sir, your astute words have proved to be spot on.

    Since I didn’t listen to the message and haven’t responded, am I still to consider my No Contact breeched?

    Thank you!

    1. HG Tudor says:

      It is a breach since she managed to leave a message which you heard, albeit only partially and thus she entered your thoughts too. It is a minor breach.

      1. Jude the Obscure says:

        Thank you, HG.

        I don’t feel violated.

        Can I assume that the narcissist received a modicum of thought fuel by knowing that she was able to leave a message and then presuming that I listened to it?

        The message arrived just days before an anniversary on which the narcissist would have thought (although incorrectly) that I might have been vulnerable. Thanks to you, I’m certain that was no coincidence.

        Thank you again!

        1. HG Tudor says:


      2. Jude the Obscure says:

        Sorry. That should have been “I do feel violated.”

  3. E. B. says:

    This is an excellent article explaining what a malign hoover campaign looks like and how narcissists get away with it without leaving any evidence. They will manipulate other people including the authorities into doing the dirty work. Some narcissists will put their own children at risk, if necessary. Those who barely know the target but are willing to join the narcissist in his malign campaign not only lack empathy and moral principles but also they are getting some benefits from the narcissist.

  4. ajo says:

    So, if my interactions thus far have only been malign…can I gather if I get a benign hoover, that his new IPPS is out of the picture? Or could I forever stay black. I was remembering the contrast comment from another article.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      If it becomes benign then something has shifted in his fuel matrix, for instance, his IPPS is now devalued.

  5. Indy says:

    I will say, you are a persistent one! Mine were intense in frequency but tapered off to less than daily in a matter of 10 days. Mixed malign with benign. This would have scared be deeply, as I would think I’m gonna be killed. Now, with HG weapons, I have a few ideas how I’d handle this. She did all the right things with getting her work and the police involved. She mistepped with a face to face. At this point I would have the phone number forwarded to me personal, pick it up and engage with the ass. Id feed lots of fuel, for as long as it took to get a trace in the number. Then, I’d go Liam Neeson on the person 😂 “I got a particular set of skills”….

  6. Restored Heart says:

    I thought the malign FUH’s I had were bad. I realise my location helped. If it was like this, I wouldn’t have survived.

  7. Yolo says:

    Ohh. This will and can end soon. Sick, sob’s let’s end it now. Cowards , let me see if your mother that never acknowledge you can help better yet your dad that sat idoly by while you were the invisible child. Let the games

    1. Jenna says:

      Yolo, how can u say that? U r borderline so u have much empathy! Wait, u may change ur mind in a few hrs! Lol!!
      Love u yolo! 💗

      1. Yolo says:


        I have empathy one minute and hate him the next. Not H.G. I start off on a good path. Reading, focus on positive and bettering myself.

        Then the mid and his benign hoovers and his damn lieutenants. So days I am stronger than others. After, I wrote that i called his parents house. I am happy they didn’t answer.

        I have no ill feelings against HG. I respect what he’s doing and consider him a life saver.

        1. Jenna says:

          Yolo, i know the feeling! I used to cycle btwn having sympathy for ex in the evening, and hating him in the morning. I have done this w HG as well lol! Not anymore though. Now i just have empathy, and utter respect for HG.

      2. Yolo says:

        Thank you Jenna

        Love you too❤

        Save you beautiful heart for someone that going to cherish it, stop giving that a**hole aa part of you. Beautiful pic BTW, give yourself a big hug.

        Theres confidence still in you, I love fashion but dont do makeup and you have natural beauty and dont need it.

        Hugs from afar..

        1. Jenna says:

          Yolo, you’re v sweet. Thank you so much. Hugs right back to u!

  8. Hope says:

    What are your terms? What do you wish her to do? And if she does what you want her to do, will that make you happy – or more enraged at her because she’s so pathetic by doing exactly what you want …. ?
    (whatever that may be.)

  9. Me says:

    No one listens to voicemail any more..leave all you want..and texts ..well we will use those against you’s called stalking and harassment..and guess one is coming to visits you in rot and deserve a cot and three hots and that’s that

    1. Jenna says:

      Me, ur so mean! 😞

      1. RS says:

        Me, ur so mean! 😞
        I know, right?! If “Me” hates HG so much and doesn’t see all the help he provides us, why even be on this blog? “Me” should read HG’s article “A bad man doing a good thing”

        1. Jenna says:

          Rs, perfect article for reference!

          1. RS says:

            I think I got the name of it wrong. I think it was “A bad man doing a good job” (not a good thing)

  10. Jenna says:

    “You left without paying and you will soon do so you fucking bitch. Nobody leaves without paying. Understand?”

    “Think you can stop the punishment do you? Never. You have sinned and you must atone.”

    Did u actually have ur lieutenant leave these vm’s to one of ur discarded ipps’s? If so, u r sooooo mean!!! 😫😫😫

    Also, won’t ur lieutenant figure out there’s something not quite right w you if u ask him to leave hundreds of such msgs?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Not when the Lieutenant has skin in the game.

      1. Jenna says:

        What does that mean?

        1. HG Tudor says:

          See answer already given, Jenna.

      2. RS says:

        What does that mean? “skin in the game”.

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Investing in the situation, having something to lose, rewards to be won.

          1. RS says:

            Thank you.

          2. Jenna says:


      3. Twilight says:

        Was the perso doing this an empath?

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Was the Lieutenant an empath? No.

      4. Twilight says:

        Thank you HG I did not think so, yet wanted to be sure fits with the image I had.

      5. Twilight says:

        HG did this person achieve the position they desired with you?

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Which person, the victim or the Lieutenant?

  11. Diva says:

    Thankfully… date……I have had no experience of this…..however my circumstances are not normal so it is probably due to this more than anything else… in the narcs mind, I have no doubt that I deserved to be tormented and tortured for my treachery and my deceit…… due to my escape………Diva

  12. Scout says:

    All that vindictiveness In an attempt to maintain a level of control over another human being. There are other ways of achieving compliance; it’s called Respect. Your kind would be amazed how far respect and humility can shape a postive outcome in all relationships. Of course it takes emotional intelligence to understand that, something NPD sufferers are not equipped with.

  13. Theresa says:

    When is *

  14. Theresa says:

    Wow so haunting. When I say your next book coming out HG? I have read all of your books and eagerly await the next one.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      There will be a number available this month.

      1. RS says:

        Yeah!! You’re just a busy, busy man, aren’t you? (I was going to say you’re a busy little beaver but it just didn’t sound right) 😉

  15. K says:

    Whether it is malign, benign, passive, proxy, silent, psychic or letterbox.

    You wrote in Chapter 49: No matter the emotional blackmail, promises or pledges; we are poison, toxic and dangerous. We are evil. Do not go back. Ever.

    I believe every word and will heed your sage advice.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Good work K.

      1. K says:

        Thank you, HG! Summer (beach time) is over, so now it is time to focus on hitting the books and learning as much as I can.

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Ah yes, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness beckons.

      2. K says:

        To Autumn, Keats. You are so well read; it is quite impressive. Lessors don’t read much and my mother got mad when I bought books. She thought I was wasting my money.

  16. Kim Michaud says:

    that’s a goddamned nightmare I hope my exnarc never stooped to something this low as I plan to not answer his next hoover which I suspect is coming soon but I know he’s capable of it as he befriended two of mY closest friends the and turned them against me one in particular who was my best friend and biggest supporter he managed to make hate me it will be a year this November since he spoke to me the friend not the narc and I can say this is the worst thing he ever did to me worse then the insults

    1. K says:

      It is awful when they turn people against you. Betrayal is very hurtful.

  17. RS says:

    This sounds like something out of a Stephen King novel! Made a chill run down my back. 😳

  18. K says:

    The last 2 chapters of Danger: 50 Things You Should Not do with a Narcissist were awesome! I especially loved The last line: ” All hope abandon, ye who enter here!”

    Splintered Malice is up next for tonight’s reading. Can’t wait.

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