New HBO docu-series names head of QAnon as conspiracy theorist Ron Watkins, the son of 8Chan owner

A new HBO docu-series has named the head of QAnon as Ron Watkins, the son of the founder of 8Chan. 

Q: Into The Storm is airing on HBO Max on March 21. Its filmmakers name Watkins, the son of 8Chan founder Jim Watkins, as Q, the head of the right-wing, pro-Trump conspiracy theory group. 

Ron Watkins is interviewed as part of the series as his father and other members of the group.

It’s unclear why filmmaker Cullen Hoback thinks he is Q. Holback says he spent three years studying the right-wing group and he is interviewed for the series. 

In a trailer for it, he told the filmmakers: ‘So you’re making a list of who might be Q? 

‘Let’s continue then.’  

Ron is the administrator of 8Chan (now known as 8Kun), an online message board where QAnon sprouted roots in 2017 and gained followers. 

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Q: Into The Storm is airing on HBO Max on March 21. Its filmmakers name Watkins, the son of 8Chan founder Jim Watkins, as the Q, the head of the right-wing, pro-Trump conspiracy theory group.

Q: Into The Storm is airing on HBO Max on March 21. Its filmmakers name Watkins, the son of 8Chan founder Jim Watkins, as the Q, the head of the right-wing, pro-Trump conspiracy theory group.

Q: Into The Storm is airing on HBO Max on March 21. Its filmmakers name Watkins, the son of 8Chan founder Jim Watkins, as the Q, the head of the right-wing, pro-Trump conspiracy theory group.

Ronald's father is Jim Watkins (left). He now owns 8Chan, now known as 8Kun, the online messaging board where QAnon took its roots. Frederick Brennan (right) founded 8Chan and he quit in 2018 as he watched it become increasingly right-wing. He has previously said that Jim Watkins or his son is Q

Ronald's father is Jim Watkins (left). He now owns 8Chan, now known as 8Kun, the online messaging board where QAnon took its roots. Frederick Brennan (right) founded 8Chan and he quit in 2018 as he watched it become increasingly right-wing. He has previously said that Jim Watkins or his son is Q

Ronald's father is Jim Watkins (left). He now owns 8Chan, now known as 8Kun, the online messaging board where QAnon took its roots. Frederick Brennan (right) founded 8Chan and he quit in 2018 as he watched it become increasingly right-wing. He has previously said that Jim Watkins or his son is Q

Ronald's father is Jim Watkins (left). He now owns 8Chan, now known as 8Kun, the online messaging board where QAnon took its roots. Frederick Brennan (right) founded 8Chan and he quit in 2018 as he watched it become increasingly right-wing. He has previously said that Jim Watkins or his son is Q

Ronald’s father is Jim Watkins (left). He now owns 8Chan, now known as 8Kun, the online messaging board where QAnon took its roots. Frederick Brennan (right) founded 8Chan and he quit in 2018 as he watched it become increasingly right-wing. He has previously said that Jim Watkins or his son is Q

Many of the Capitol rioters were QAnon followers, including Douglas Jensen, who is shown storming the Capitol wit h a Q shirt on

Many of the Capitol rioters were QAnon followers, including Douglas Jensen, who is shown storming the Capitol wit h a Q shirt on

Many of the Capitol rioters were QAnon followers, including Douglas Jensen, who is shown storming the Capitol wit h a Q shirt on 

It exploded in the final months of Donald Trump’s presidency, bolstered by the unproven theory that widespread voter fraud won the election for Biden amid widespread conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It’s unclear if ‘Q’ – if it is Ronald Watkins – could face any criminal charges in relation to the January 6 attack on the Capitol. 

Many of the some 500 who stormed the Capitol were QAnon followers and so

8chan was originally created by Fredrick Brennan but he quit after the Watkins refused to remove the racist manifesto of the Christchurch, New Zealand, shooter, in 2018. 

He has been trying for years to get the site taken offline and says it is now out of control and dangerous. 

He previously named either Ron or Jim as Q, saying: ‘I definitely, definitely, 100 percent believe that Q either knows Jim or Ron Watkins, or was hired by Jim or Ron Watkins.’ 

Only Jim and Ron have verified ‘Q’s posts on 8Chan, which has fueled speculation that one of them is the leader.

Many of the rioters from the January 8 attack on the US Capitol were QAnon followers and some even wore ‘Q’ branded clothing. 

The rioters were irate and incredulous when Trump lost the election, and deduce that the only explanation for it was that he is being victimized by a secret organization of powerful pedophiles and child traffickers who had arranged widespread voter fraud to secure the election for Biden. 

Among the wild theories tied to QAnon is Frazzledrip – a farfetched theory that claims there is a video of Hillary Clinton and her former aide Huma Abedin mutilating a young girl and drinking her blood as part of a satanic ritual. 

QAnon also believes the Pizzagate theory – that a pizzeria in Washington DC was being used by powerful politicians and leaders to sexually traffic children.  

What began as a marginalized, online group of niche followers has now spread into the world of politics.  

Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has said in the past that she believes some of what QAnon teaches, and some voters factored it in when deciding how to cast their ballots this year.   

Watkins lived with his father in the Philippines in the early 2000s.  It’s believed he is now living in Japan but it’s unclear where. 

It is also unclear how old he is.  

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