Monday, 26 September 2011

President of the British Occult Society — 15th October 1970

The Highgate Cemetery vampire case coverage starts approximately 3.13 minutes into this video.

These are some edited highlights from the BBC's coverage of the Highgate Vampire case in 1970 with footage shot at the headquarters of the investigatory team having been completely deleted. The narrator's mention to Farrow as "a former associate" of Seán Manchester merely refers to their meeting at the cemetery some months earlier (covered by the Hampstead & Highgate Express, 6 March 1970) initiated by Farrow's letter to his local newspaper claiming three sightings. Seán Manchester met as many witnesses as he could and would ask them to show him where they had spotted their alleged supernatural encounter at Highgate Cemetery, but he would quickly distance himself from Farrow after realising the man was a publicity-seeking charlatan in search of a convenient bandwagon. Seán Manchester had already warned against Farrow's solitary activities and threats to invade the graveyard on a Thames Television programme and also in the Hampstead & Highgate Express, 13 March 1970. Their "association" had been little more than them meeting at the cemetery to establish what Farrow had seen. This turned out to be nothing more than an opportunity for Farrow to jump on a perceived bandwagon that he would exploit incessantly for the rest of his life.

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