So you may see “Caledfwich’, sometimes things are not always so ‘clear cut’ when unqualified people read newspapers.
Caledfwlch, as already explained, does not contain an "i". The letter you repeatedly mistake for an "i" is an "l".
You appear to be saying that while you are "qualified" to read newspapers others, myself included, might not have reached those lofty heights. May I ask what qualifications are necessary for reading newspapers, as I naturally aspire to join the newspaper reading academics who share this rare talent?
For a start, my letter to the Ham and High in 1970 badly misquoted myself (not deliberately I concede). I did not say that I had seen the figure (ghost) ‘on three occassions’: I was describing a figure that I said ‘had been seen on at least three occasions’. This is true – it had. But on these occasions, the witnesses were other people whom I had witnessed by this time.
Is it really plausible that your letter was so monstrously altered by the editor of a highly respectable newspaper to mean something quite different to what you had actually written, and is it likely that you would not have insisted on having such a tampered version corrected in the following week's issue if this had really happened? There is no record of you having asked for any such correction. There is no record of an amendment appearing even though your contact with that newspaper remained ongoing for the next few weeks and into several months. There are records of you sticking with the personal "three sightings" account until October of that year when it suddenly reduced to "two sightings". Now it has become "one sighting". One is bound to wonder whether a further passing of time will establish "no sighting"?
What certainly exists as evidence from early 1970 is what you wrote in the Hampstead & Highgate Express
, 6 February 1970:"On three occasions I have seen what appeared to be a ghost-like figure inside the gates at the top of Swains Lane. The first occasion was on Christmas Eve. The second sighting, a week later, was also brief. Last week, the figure appeared, only a few yards inside the gate. This time it was there long enough for me to see it much more clearly."
The next month you stated to Today
interviewer Sandra Harris on British television: "The last time I actually saw its face."
Does this not suggest there was a time previous to the one you are referring to in that interview? I sense it does. But there is more. There is the BBC's 24 Hours
interview broadcast at 10.30pm on 15 October 1970.
Laurence Picethly’s interview with you for BBC television was sandwiched between footage of the President of the British Occult Society that had been filmed at the society’s north London headquarters and on location at Highgate Cemetery. This man representing the British Occult Society was obviously not you. In fact, the British Occult Society had distanced itself from what you were doing as far back as March of that year. The interview you gave in late 1970 is important, however, because there are no editors to blame for altering what you had written in published correspondence to a newspaper. You are speaking to the interviewer and the viewing public. The words can be heard from your own mouth and there is no escaping what you said.
Here is the 24 Hours
television interview you gave in October 1970:
Laurence Picethly: “On August the seventeenth, Allan
[known locally as ‘Allan’ ~ his correct name being ‘David’
] Farrant decided to pay a midnight visit to the cemetery to combat the vampire once and for all. At the cemetery, Farrant was forced to enter by the back wall
[footage shows David Farrant entering via the rear of the cemetery
], as he still does today. He armed himself with a cross and stake, and crouched between the tombstones, waiting. But that night police, on the prowl for vandals, discovered him. He was charged with being in an enclosed space for an unlawful purpose, but later the Clerkenwell magistrate acquitted him. Now, in spite of attempts by the cemetery owners to bar him, Farrant and his friends
[no friends were discovered by the police or subsequently identified by David Farrant
] still maintain a regular vigil around the catacombs in hope of sighting either the vampire or a meeting of Satanists.”
David Farrant: “We have been keeping watch in the cemetery for …
] … since my court case ended, and we still found signs of their ceremonies.”
Laurence Picethly: “Have you ever seen this vampire?”
David Farrant: “I have seen it, yes. I saw it last February, and saw it on two occasions.”
Laurence Picethly: “What was it like?”
David Farrant: “It took the form of a tall, grey figure, and it …
] … seemed to glide off the path without making any noise.”
Your interview ends at this point. It is reproduced above in its entirety.
You were acquitted of the charge that had led to your arrest, it being that you were found in an enclosed area for an unlawful purpose. Highgate Cemetery is obviously not “an enclosed area” and that is all you were charged with in August 1970. The BBC report now returns to the President of the British Occult Society.
Three things are of significance in that BBC television interview from October 1970.
The reconstructed footage of what you were doing on the night of 17 August 1970 clearly shows you hunting a vampire with a rosary around your neck, a large cross in one hand and a sharpened wooden stake in the other hand. There is no ambiguity about what led to your arrest in this report where you are featured reconstructing what you were doing at the time of your arrest around midnight in Highgate Cemetery.
The second thing of significance is that when Laurence Picethly asks whether you have ever seen the vampire
you do not attempt to correct him and say it is something other than a vampire. Nor do you make clear that you do not believe in vampires, or that what you witnessed was not a vampire. Indeed, this section of 24 Hours
was titled "Vampires"
The third thing of significance is that when asked if you had seen the vampire you responded: “I have seen it, yes. I saw it last February, and saw it on two occasions.”
You can be heard saying that you had two sightings in early 1970 of the vampire, ghost, call it what you will, but in your Arcadia interview you state that there was only one occasion when you saw it and that this sighting was in December 1969, not February 1970 as stated by you in your BBC television appearance some four decades ago.
A more recent interview with you on a French television channel does nothing much to clarify matters:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezDZBOZZcVQ