Since i only recently got my laptop ,which is why i didnt know the bishop had left the website, I was very interested in reading about the weird goings in this cemetery.It would seem that these peculiar black majic type goings on are usually in some way linked to these reports of strange figures dressed in black i e the highgate phantom/vampire.I mentioned earlier that i saw a strange wierd figure that frightened me, in a cemetery near where i live.That too was after some strange occurences and goings on had taken place.Once my mother and i had the peculiar experience of finding a large black coat wrapped around a gravestone. There were,too reports of black majic and odd things happenning in the place,before i had seen the figure.I would very much like to go back to my origional idea.Could these strange figures not be simply,spirits,that protect the graveyard?I admit they are frightening one would e ven go as far as terrifying,yet this doesnt necessarily,to me indicate that they are evilP perhaps they are simply there to frighten people,and are just a force niether good nor evil? Maybe they have been stirred up by the black majic practitioners[ or whatever] and it falls on them to protect the graveyard. Its just a thought.
There are too many inconsistencies in your posts, Clarmonde, not to pass some comment. I hope you don't mind.
I'll set aside the fact that you talk about the Highgate Vampire case on a thread and topic about Abney Park Cemetery.
I'll forget that you know (because I informed you) how to put questions on Bishop Manchester's blog
but never do so; instead, preferring to mention and discuss him on this forum which he quit last year.
You have stated elsewhere on Arcadia that you don't believe in ghosts, but here you are talking about "spirits that protect the graveyard."
Who or what are these "spirits"
? Where is the evidence for their existence at Highgate Cemetery?
You subscribe to "spirits"
(which you feel have been mistaken for the Highgate Vampire) which are "neither good nor evil"
, but you offer no evidence or reason for postulating such a theory. Indeed, all the evidence points to the presence at Highgate Cemetery forty years ago being malevolent in the extreme.
Two seemingly unconnected incidents occurred within weeks of one another in early 1967. The first involved two 16-year-old convent girls who were walking home at night after having visited friends in Highgate Village. Their return journey took them down Swains Lane past the cemetery. They could not believe their eyes as they passed the graveyard’s north gate at the top of the lane, for in front of them bodies appeared to be emerging from their tombs. One of these schoolgirls later suffered nightly visitations and blood loss. The second incident, some weeks later, involved an engaged couple who were walking down the same lane. Suddenly the female shrieked as she glimpsed something hideous hovering behind the gate’s iron railings. Then her fiancé saw it. They both stood frozen to the ground as the spectre held them in thrall. Its face bore an expression of basilisk horror. Soon others sighted the same phenomenon as it hovered along the path behind the gate where gravestones are visible either side until consumed in darkness. Before long people were talking in hushed tones about the rumoured haunting in local pubs. Some who actually witnessed the spectral figure wrote to their local newspaper to share their experience. Discovery was made of animal carcasses drained of blood. They had been so exsanguinated that a forensic sample could not be found. It was only a matter of time before a person was found in the cemetery in a pool of blood. This victim died of wounds to the throat. The police made every attempt to cover-up the vampiristic nature of the death. Seán Manchester informed the public on 27 February 1970 that the cause was most probably a vampire. He appeared on television on 13 March 1970 and repeated his theory. The Vampire Research Society, whose specialist unit within a larger investigatory organisation (the now defunct British Occult Society) had opened the case twelve months earlier, established a history of similar hauntings that went back to before the graveyard existed. A suspected tomb was located and a spoken exorcism performed. This proved to be ineffective. The hauntings and animal deaths continued. Indeed, they multiplied. By now all sorts of people were jumping on the vampire bandwagon; including film-makers and rock musicians. Most were frightened off. Some who interloped became fascinated by the black arts with disastrous consequences. Meanwhile, serious researchers considered the possibility that a nest of vampires might be active in the area. Yet there seemed to be one principal source which the media had already dubbed a “King Vampire of the Undead.”http://www.gothicpress.freeserve.co.uk/The%20Highgate%20Vampire.htm
I fail to see how you can possibly consider the Highgate Cemetery Vampire phenomenon to have been something benign or "neither good nor evil"
? You have now posted this on a number of occasions on this forum and I just wonder where it is coming from? Is it just wishful and muddled thinking? Or do you refuse to accept the notion of supernatural evil?
If the latter, all the evidence is stacked against you.