Sunday, 30 September 2018

John Pope

John Pope, once the head of the United Temples of Satan, and a self-styled successor of Aleister Crowley, supports ritual human sacrifice, but settles for animal sacrifice. David Farrant, as far back as 1973, publicly supported animal sacrifice, as revealed in the Hornsey Journal, 28 September 1973 and Hornsey Journal, 31 August 1973. In the latter he stated when interviewed by Roger Simpson: “Hundreds of years ago a naked virgin would have been sacrificed, but obviously we couldn’t do that now so we had to have an animal for the important ritual.” Often described in the media as Farrant's "lieutenant," Pope was the most active participant in his mentor's skullduggery and most prominent black magician attached to Farrant until the appearance of Jean-Paul Bourre seven years later. John Pope nevetheless remained an outspoken supporter and friend of David Farrant who, in the summer of 1974, was convicted of malicious damage in Highgate Cemetery by inscribing black magic symbols on the floor of a mausoleum; offering indignities to remains of the dead via black magic rites in Highgate Cemetery where photographs were taken of a naked female accomplice amidst tombs; threatening police witnesses in a separate case where his black magic associate was subsequently found guilty of indecent sexual assault on a young boy bearing the surname Blackwell. Pope insisted at the time it was "magick" (spelt magick à la Crowley who specialised in "sex magick").

David Farrant's associate, John Pope, always described himself as a “master of the black arts.” Farrant was convicted of theft of items from Barnet Hospital where the offender worked very briefly as a porter upon his release from Brixton Prison where he had been on remand in August 1970 following his arrest in Highgate Cemetery by police searching for black magic devotees. He was also found guilty of indecency in a churchyard two years later, and was further convicted in 1974 of possession of a handgun and ammunition kept at his address, which contained a black magic altar, complete with black candles, beneath the mural of a diabolical vampire's face that had featured in a variety of newspapers, not least full front page coverage in the Hornsey Journal, 28 September 1973.

David Farrant received a prison sentence of four years and eight months. Two libel suits brought by him resulted in the News of the World (who had quoted his girlfriend's claims that his publicity-seeking antics were compensation for him being a failure as a lover) failing to produce their principal defence witness due to Farrant making sure she remained in her native France, and him losing against the Daily Express (who had accused him of being a black magician and also of being insane) where £20,000 court costs were awarded against him. He had also brought libel suits against Canon Pierce Higgins and Dennis Wheatley (who sadly died prior to the case). These suits failed. It was now safe to describe Farrant as a black magician and mentally unbalanced. In the News of the World action, which he won on a technicality, he was awarded the derisory sum of £50 and ordered to pay costs. The newspaper’s star witness who failed to appear for their defence was Martine de Sacy, the ex-girlfriend who had been identified as the naked female in the infamous “nude rituals trial” in 1974. He persuaded her not to appear at court. This caused the newspaper to lose its star witness. 

John Pope prepares for a necromantic ritual in a London graveyard:

“For the highest spiritual working one must accordingly choose that victim which contains the greatest and purest force. A male child of perfect innocence and high intelligence is the most satisfactory and suitable victim.”

 — Aleister Crowley (Magick in Theory and Practice, Castle Books, 1969.)

“With the cross of jesus trampled on the floor …

Christians necks our footstool, Heaven itself Our throne.”

 Aleister Crowley (Collected Works of Aleister Crowley, 1906.)

Reproduced below is Pope’s description of himself, in his own handwriting and signed, that was sent to someone he perceived to be an hereditary lord. Pope was claiming to be a baronet and called himself “Sir” at the time; mistakenly confusing his self-styled “knighthood” with the status of hereditary lords:

The letter is signed “John R Pope” (his birth-name being John Russell Pope). This he changed by deed poll to “John Pope-de-Locklsey,” soon after the above was written, in honour of the legendary figure of Robin Hood from whom he claims direct descent. The above letter (with its unamended spelling, grammar and syntax) reads:

Dear [name deleted],

I heard from Mr Blood, that you were interested to know what I was doing and why I had not taken over the world?

I intend to convert people to believing in me as King of earth through Baalism, Imperial Toad, is my name its means earthly manifestation of Baal (IE God). However, I am the true King of England see my Pedigree and an article by B. Platts the “Real Robin Hood, Country life mag, Dec 4th 1980.” We Lords who’s titles are threatened by upstarts who put false claims upon them, should stick together. I had no part in Mr Berens continued aggression against you, and know little of it. For confermation on Fitzodo’s as Robin Hood see, “Rymes of Robin Hood by Proff R. B. Dobson E J. Taylor,” 1976. or Victorias History of Warwickshire 1945, not in a earlier copy. 

by for now.

Yours Sincerely

John R Pope

Bart etc.

Revelations of an even more extravagant kind, if that can possibly be imagined, were published in the best-selling sequel to The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail. Pope wrote at least twice to the authors who apparently thought that they were receiving items from two separate people. Many other parties were also receiving identical material from him at this time; so it can safely be confirmed that both missives originate with Pope. Copies sent to independent sources are now in our possession. This is what was published by the three authors, Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, on page 282 of The Messianic Legacy (Corgi, 1987):

At least a dozen self-proclaimed Messiahs hastened to contact us, for reasons which none of them satisfactorily clarified. … [Pope] sent us a photograph of himself apparently suspended in mid-air and clinging to a football post ~ “to keep from drifting away.” [Pope] enclosed a genealogy intended to establish his descent not only from Jesus, but from Robin Hood as well. “I’m the person you’re looking for.” …. Still others, engaged in the perennial game of “Spot the Antichrist,” pronounced us to be his avatar(s).


Pope with Farrant in December 1973.

And this is one of the typed letters (again, with original grammar etc) sent by Pope to the authors of The Messianic Legacy, accompanied by the aforementioned two photographs of him swinging on a soccer goal post:

It has come to my notice that Richard Leigh’s book “Holy Blood Holy Grail” has certain pedigree of the descendants of Jesus Christ, the pedigree’s end with Eustace 1st Count of Boulogne, who was the brother to Odo, the ancestor of our Lord Imperial Toad John Pope. As proof his is the Messiah which Jewish law states must be of the Holy Grail blood brought to Europe after the crucifixion. By Jesus’s wife Mary Magdalene. Mr Pope has had this photo taken of himself levitating thus showing he can perform miracles. Mr Pope is holding on to the poll for support, as he may if he lets go fly away.

Pope also provides (to those who want them and equally those who do not) copies, dated 8th June 1981, of his “degrees in the Masonic lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientis” which apparently entitles him to use each and all of some thirty titles, including: “0 degree Minerval, 1st degree Man, 2nd degree Magician, 3rd degree Master Magician, 4th degree Lodge of Perfection and Holy Royal Arch of Enoch also known by the title of Perfect Magician” etc. This curious document is signed: “Baphomet XI degree OTO.”

Aleister Crowley

Together with William Antony Binding, Pope engaged in the Transworld Temple of Ishtar, having previously been appointed head of the United Temples of Satan to which Binding also belonged. No longer in Barnet, Pope now resides at Binding’s East London flat. Recorded interviews confirm Pope’s use of appellations such as “Master Therion,” “Imperial Toad,” “False Prophet” and “Son of the Beast” (the “Great Beast” being Aleister Crowley). However, Pope makes clear that he is the “spiritual son” of Crowley; unlike his descent from Robin Hood, Jesus Christ, and possibly Jack the Ripper, which, according to Pope, is genealogical. John Pope joined forces with David Farrant in 1973. Together they attempted to raise demons, including Pan, using Crowleyite rituals. Farrant’s own behaviour in the occult hemisphere would land him in prison by the end of that year. When Farrant was released from jail in late 1976, a certain degree of rivalry had generated between him and Pope, but within no time they were collaborating together again. Pope admits (during an interview recorded on 18 October 1987) that Farrant provided the formula for a curse that allegedly destroyed someone’s marriage, career and health. Thirteen years earlier, the rock musician Graham Bond fell beneath the wheels of a train. Some months previously, Bond had been invited to “exorcise” another rock personality’s home. Long John Baldry of London’s Muswell Hill had been receiving voodoo dolls and death curses from Farrant whose chosen emissary was Pope. When Baldry turned up uninvited at Farrant’s flat, he found only Pope. Farrant was either out, or in hiding. Pope nevertheless delivered in person a clay effigy in a miniature coffin to Baldry’s home. When the rock singer brought in his friend for help, Pope claims to have put a curse on Graham Bond which resulted in his death. This is confirmed by Pope in the same recorded interview of 1987. It is generally believed that Bond either committed suicide, or possibly met with an accident.

Farrant holding one of the dolls.

Pope did once marry. He later sent details about the failure of his marriage and his subsequent divorce to Farrant, who published such autobiographical comments in the sixth and final issue of an amateurish newsletter in 2000, which thankfully thereafter sank without trace. In Farrant’s home-produced newsletter, Pope revealed: 

I was married in 1987, wife Natasha, aged 19. We are divorced because of my three affairs. I have been intimate with many women over the years. I have had many girlfriends and close ties. Some are on public record. I don’t chat girls up, they chat me up.


Elsewhere in the same publication, Pope devotes an entire page to his version of the Blackwell case. Pope then ends his statement with words that do not balk at describing his unashamed satanic proclivity and notorious past:

When I had my satanic empire, I was king. I had any woman I wanted, drugs, power. … I became famous, made some money … Now it’s all gone.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Gareth Medway

Gareth Medway assisted a vendetta orchestrated by the Farrant clique for a great many years. He even took the trouble to travel all the way to Bishop Seán Manchester’s private retreat in order to clandestinely take photographs of its exterior for publication in pamphlets self-published by David Farrant with whom he colluded more closely than anyone. In these pamphlets libellous incitements of hatred against the bishop fill every page. Medway also partakes in the dissemination of malicious merchandise aimed at ridiculing Bishop Manchester. These items are sold to those with an axe to grind against traditional Christians/Catholics generally and Bishop Seán Manchester in particular. 

Gareth Medway describes himself as “a priest of The Fellowship of Isis, a historian of the occult and the author of Lure of the Sinister: The Unnatural History of Satanism,” and defends the past actions and vendettas of his close friend and collaborator David Farrant with enthusiasm and vigour.

Gareth Medway (above) entering into the satanic spirit of Christmas with his Muswell Hill friend and a papier mache "decapitated head" of Bishop Seán Manchester on the table. This appeared in a video.

Just to briefly recap on some of David Farrant’s actions:

“Judge Michael Argyle QC passed sentence after reading medical and mental reports. He said that Farrant — self-styled High Priest of the British Occult Society [sic] — had acted ‘quite regardless of the feelings of ordinary people,’ by messing about at Highgate Cemetery.” (Hornsey Journal, 19 July 1974)

“The judge [Michael Argyle QC] said any interference with a corpse during black magic rituals could properly be regarded as a ‘great scandal and a disgrace to religion, decency and morality’.” (The Sun, 26 June 1974)

“The wife of self-styled occult priest David Farrant told yesterday of giggles in the graveyard when the pubs had closed. ‘We would go in, frighten ourselves to death and come out again,’ she told an Old Bailey jury. Attractive Mary Farrant — she is separated from her husband and lives in Southampton — said they had often gone to London’s Highgate Cemetery with friends ‘for a bit of a laugh.’ But they never caused any damage. ‘It was just a silly sort of thing that you do after the pubs shut,’ she said. Mrs Farrant added that her husband’s friends who joined in the late night jaunts were not involved in witchcraft or the occult. She had been called as a defence witness by her 28-year-old husband.” (The Sun, 21 June 1974)

Gareth Medway has made some bizarre representations on behalf of Farrant in an article published in a self-produced pamphlet by his friend from a series of similarly unpleasant tracts. Medway is the author of Lure of the Sinister, and has also occasionally written for the magazines Fortean Times and Magonia, which makes it all the bizarre when he throws his weight behind someone openly diabolical. Medway is quoted below exclusively from his piece, “The Highgate Affair,” published on page 4 of a highly defamatory series of illicit tracts, Man, Myth and Manchester (issue 6) where the sole preoccupation is to malign, belittle and libel Bishop Manchester (hence the pamphlet’s title).

MEDWAY: “David Farrant will not disclose his age, going so far as to state that ‘We don’t believe in linear time,’ but he has told me that he was initiated into Wicca by a High Priestess named Helen, in Barnet, north London, in 1964, and, on another occasion, said that at the time of his initiation he was eighteen. He reached the third degree in 1966, and won a reputation as an authority on occultism. So in 1967 he set up the British Occult Society.”

FACT: Mr David Robert Donovan Farrant was born on 23 January 1946 at Shepherds Hill in north London. Dark Secrets, self-published in 2001 by Mr Farrant, claims on page 16 the same period, 1964, for his initiation into wicca (or witchcraft). However, when asked about this matter in interviews given throughout the previous three decades, he invariably told reporters that he had been initiated by his mother at a very young age. The age thirteen was sometimes given. This wavered in the telling to different reporters, but any initiation into witchcraft was obliged to remain prior to 1959 (when he would have been thirteen) because this is the year his mother died.

Mr Farrant married his first wife, Mary Olden, in a Roman Catholic Church in 1967. They had a nuptial mass and papal blessing. This is a strange ceremony to choose if you are a “high priest of witchcraft.” When Mary appeared as a defence witness during his Old Bailey trials in June 1974, she affirmed that she had no knowledge of his interest in witchcraft or the occult. His Highgate Cemetery antics were described by his wife, under oath, as being nothing more than a bit of a laugh and a joke. When David Farrant began his pursuit of publicity in early 1970, he was frequently photographed in attitudes of prayer before Christian crosses and images. He posed for photographs wearing crucifixes, rosaries and holding bibles. He was still doing so in August 1970, six years after he was supposed to have been initiated according to the latest date on offer from both him and his ally Gareth Medway.

There is no record anywhere in the public annals of Farrant having “won a reputation as an authority on occultism,” and there is no evidence anywhere to suggest that he “set up the British Occult Society” in 1967. Until his return to England with his wife-to-be in September 1967, Farrant had been living in France and Spain. He met Mary Olden in Bordeaux from where they went to Spain. Here they remained until their wedding in north London at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. The British Occult Society was actually “set up” circa 1860, which might explain why Farrant does not subscribe to “linear time.” Bishop Seán Manchester was its last president, appointed in June 1967, until the formal dissolution of the Society on 8 August 1988. Bishop Manchester’s appearance on Thames Television’s Today programme, 13 March 1970, witnessed the caption beneath his screen image: “Seán Manchester, President, British Occult Society.” Farrant also made an appearance on the same transmission, along with several accompanying witnesses to an alleged spectre at Highgate Cemetery. He was captioned “David Farrant.” He made no claim on BOS membership at this time. Indeed, Mr Farrant has never been a member, associate or participant in the activities of the British Occult Society, which existed for the purpose of investigating supernatural and occult phenomena. The BOS did not engage in witchcraft, magical ceremonies, or occult “religious” practices.

The following year found Mr Farrant fraudulently claiming membership of the BOS. The year after that he falsely stated that he was the “president and founder” of the BOS, all of which was hotly denied by the BOS itself. When Mr Farrant appeared at the Old Bailey in 1974, he again described himself this way. He was quoted thus, but invariably with the prefix “self-styled” to make clear that his claim was not supported by anyone other than himself. Tired of being exposed in the press as an interloping charlatan who had hijacked the name of an already extant organisation, along with the title of its current president, in 1983 he altered the name of his “society” to the “British Psychic and Occult Society.” Nobody was fooled. He had spoken to the media about his “thousands of followers” (Hornsey Journal, 23 November 1979), and even went so far as to proffer a number as high as 20,000 (Finchley Press, 22 February 1980). In the same report, however, was stated the following: “On Monday, Seán Manchester, president of the British Occult Society, disclaimed any connection between Mr Farrant and the society. Questioning Mr Farrant’s claim to have 20,000 ‘followers,’ Mr Manchester said: ‘I challenge you to find one serious individual in the whole of the United Kingdom who will support any of Mr Farrant’s claims.’ Mr Manchester believes that Mr Farrant’s activities — including the libel action [which Farrant lost] — have been publicity-seeking.”

This had been Bishop Seán Manchester’s assessment of David Farrant years earlier when he made his acquaintance through interviewing alleged witnesses of the widely reported Highgate phenomenon in 1970. David Farrant was residing at that time in an Archway Road coal cellar beneath the flat of someone, given the name “Hutchinson” by Farrant, who would later reveal some damaging facts about his tenant. It would seem that Farrant had wanted to fake a news story as early as 1968. He discussed this with “Hutchinson” (real name Hill) again the following year and it was decided to do a fraudulent piece about the supposed escape and recapture of Farrant’s macaw named “Oliver.” This was hardly original. “Goldie” the eagle had escaped from London Zoo and had been recaptured. It made the news worldwide, however, and Farrant saw a bandwagon he could jump on to gain media attention. “Hutchinson” was unimpressed by the “Oliver” story, and suggested a fake suicide attempt from Archway Bridge with Farrant being “rescued.” This, too, was unoriginal because a news story about Peter Sellers talking a depressed person out of committing suicide by jumping off Archway Bridge had also been in the headlines. While Farrant was thinking about this new suggestion, he happened to hear about rumours of a vampire in Highgate Cemetery when he visited the Prince of Wales pub, and decided to hoax a ghost. Few were interested Farrant’s claims of seeing a ghost. It was only a matter of weeks, however, before he a bandwagon was found that would catapult him into the limelight and a lifetime of infamy. He attached himself to the sensation surrounding the vampire.

“Hutchinson” was less keen on pursuing the vampire story and felt that a ghost story would be far easier to manufacture. Farrant did this by writing to a local newspaper, the Hampstead & Highgate Express, 6 February 1970, with his infamous “Some nights I walk past the gates of Highgate Cemetery” letter, ending with the statement: “I have no knowledge in this field and I would be interested to hear if any other readers have seen anything of this nature.”

“No knowledge in this field”? This does not quite tally with Gareth Medway’s misleading claim of the year 1966 when Mr Farrant “won a reputation as an authority on occultism.” David Farrant, of course, was not even in the United Kingdom in 1966! He was roughing it, picking fruit to stay alive, on the Continent where he would eventually meet Mary Olden who would become his wife.

MEDWAY: “Farrant was in addition accused by the press (though not by the courts) of sacrificing cats. … During 1973 more stories about cats being sacrificed in the Highgate area appeared in the press, and this time Farrant’s name was used. He now [thirty years later] thinks that he should have tried to deny these reports. … He supposedly confessed to sacrificing a cat, but this was incongruously juxtaposed with remarks like: ‘The power we gain is used for good as against evil.’ In fact, of course, sacrificing a cat would be totally against Wiccan ethics. Conceivably people might call themselves Wiccan and nevertheless perform blood sacrifices, but it would be exceptional. … No criminal charges ever arose from this allegation, even though the following year he would be prosecuted for everything from interfering with a corpse to stealing bedlinen. And, naturally, he denies ever having sacrificed any animal.”

FACT: In countless published interviews given by David Farrant to the press during the Seventies and early Eighties, he openly admitted to sacrificing cats, invariably adding that they were “stray cats” and that they were “anaesthetised” before having their throats slit. The one cited by Gareth Medway, ie Roger Simpson’s interview with David Farrant in the Hornsey Journal, 31 August 1973, quotes Farrant directly from his taped conversation as saying: “We rarely sacrifice animals in rituals but this sacrifice was essential to our belief as we derive power from blood. The power we gain is used for good as against evil.” There is nothing “incongruous” about this juxtaposition. It is what you would expect him to say. Aleister Crowley, for whom Gareth Medway has a soft spot, would never describe his animal sacrifices as being for evil, even if the rest of the world saw them as utterly wicked and depraved, which, of course, they did. Farrant also gave a radio interview to the BBC in 1973 where he confirmed his policy to sacrifice cats in witchcraft ceremonies. Farrant’s diabolical collaborator — John Russell Pope — in a recorded interview with Bishop Manchester on 18 October 1987 (copies of which are available), confirmed: “Yes, David Farrant believes it is all right to kill cats.” Pope, who had run the United Temples of Satan during the Seventies, was described as “Britain’s leading black magician” in Reveille magazine, 21 November 1975. The article quoted Pope as saying: “I am going to form a coven that will rule the world.” Not a coven of witches, of course, but a coven of Satanists.

John Pope believed in ritual human sacrifice provided this was possible without legal penalty. Similar sentiments had been echoed by Farrant two years earlier in his interview with Roger Simpson (Hornsey Journal, 31 August 1973) where he states: “Hundreds’ of years ago a naked virgin would have been sacrificed but obviously we couldn’t do this now so we had to have an animal for the important ritual.” In a front page headline story in the same newspaper, 28 September 1973, the following is found: “Farrant, as the Journal reported, admitted slitting a ‘stray’ cat’s throat at the height of a bizarre witchcraft ritual … in Highgate Woods recently.” There are countless quotes in the press where Farrant describes his animal sacrifice threats and their execution, eg the headline in the Hornsey Journal, 7 September 1973: “I will sacrifice cat at Hallowe’en: Farrant,” and the same newspaper, 16 November 1979: “Ritual sex act and cat sacrifice,” followed by: “Self-styled ‘high priest’ David Farrant told a High Court jury this week of the night he performed a ritual sex act in an attempt to summon up a vampire in Highgate Cemetery. He also admitted that he had taken part in the ‘sacrifice’ of a stray cat in Highgate Wood.” In another report, where Farrant is interviewed by Sue Kentish for the News of the World, 23 September 1973, he is quoted as saying: “I did not enjoy having to kill the cat, but for one particular part of the ritual it was necessary. The sacrifice of a living creature represents the ultimate act in invoking a deity. I do not see animal sacrifice as drastic as people have made it out to be. … And, at least, I anaesthetised the cat before I had to kill it.”

Gareth Medway would have us believe that all these reports have been invented by journalists, and that, at worst, David Farrant just let them publish whatever they wanted. There is a fatal flaw in Gareth Medway’s hypothesis, and that is that most of Farrant’s interviews were tape-recorded. When interviewed by Bishop Seán Manchester, soon after David Farrant’s release from prison, the entire conversation was tape-recorded (copies of which are available) with Farrant’s full knowledge and approval. Gareth Medway has heard parts of this interview, including those parts where Farrant unequivocally states that animal sacrifice is a vital part of his witchcraft practice. Moreover, whilst in prison, David Farrant wrote an article for New Witchcraft magazine (issue 4), wherein he states: “In magic, blood is symbolic of the ‘life force’ or ‘spiritual energy’ which permeates the body and in this context is used in many advanced magical ceremonies. It would not be sacrilegious to compare this to the use of wine as symbolic of blood in the Catholic Communion. Accordingly, at approximately 11.45pm, I drew blood.” Farrant’s lengthy description of summoning a “satanic force” is nothing short of diabolical necromancy: “We then lay in the Pentagram and began love-making, all the time visualizing the Satanic Force so that it could — temporarily — take possession of our bodies.”

The word “temporarily” probably proved to be incorrect in view of all that followed. Some people, including Bishop Manchester, take the view that David Farrant became and remained possessed.

MEDWAY: “At the end of 1969 Farrant heard reports of a mysterious spectral figure being seen in the vicinity of Highgate Cemetery, the north gate of which was only a hundred yards from his favourite pub, the Prince of Wales in Highgate Village. He went there after closing time on the night of the 21st of December and was rewarded with the sight of a seven-foot tall dark shape, which he felt to be malevolent, gazing at him. He repeated a Kabbalistic invocation and it vanished. … The rumour got around that the spectre was in fact a vampire.”

FACT: The “rumour” had been around since 1965. Two years later, in early 1967, two convent schoolgirls witnessed what they believed to be a vampire through the bars of the north gate. Innumerable other passers-by and residents also saw a vampire-like spectre in Highgate Cemetery, but refrained from seeking self-publicity in the press. Peter Underwood, president of the Ghost Club and member of the bona fide British Occult Society, was also aware of the Highgate Vampire long before Farrant got wind of it. Peter Underwood, a celebrated author of over fifty books on the paranormal wrote: “In 1968, I heard first-hand of such a sighting,” adding, “Publicity of a dubious kind has surrounded the activities of a person or persons named Farrant and his — or their — association with Highgate Cemetery, in search of vampires. In 1970 a Mr David Farrant of Archway Road, Highgate, said, during the course of a television interview, that he planned to seek out the vampire in the cemetery and put an end to it by driving a stake through its heart.” (The Vampire’s Bedside Companion, Leslie Frewin, 1975, pages 76-77).

The “Kabbalistic invocation” was curiously overlooked by David Farrant in his recounting of this incident at the time; possibly because he was found wearing a Catholic crucifix and was carrying a wooden stake when arrested in Highgate Cemetery by police searching for black magic devotees on the night of 17 August 1970. When Farrant appeared in the press that year, and in a BBC interview transmitted on October 15th, he posed holding a large cross while brandished a wooden stake.

However, in his pamphlet Beyond the Highgate Vampire, self-published some quarter of a century later, he completely denied vampire hunting with a cross and stake. He merely wanted to measure out a circle, it is somewhat unconvincingly claimed by him, with the stake and a piece of string. Even so, a nine inch tall photograph of David Farrant, holding a cross in one hand and a stake in the other, appeared on the front page of the Hornsey Journal, 28 June 1974, beneath a banner headline stating: “The Graveyard Ghoul Awaits His Fate.” The picture’s caption read: “Farrant on a ‘vampire hunt’ in Highgate Cemetery.” The report began: “Wicked witch David Farrant, tall, pale and dressed all in black, saw his weird world crumble about him this week. Farrant, aged 28, the ghoulish, self-styled High Priest of the British Occult Society, was found guilty by an Old Bailey jury of damaging a memorial to the dead at Highgate Cemetery and interfering with buried remains. … Mr Richard du Cann prosecuting, accused Farrant of ‘terrible’ crimes and at one stage described him as a ‘wicked witch.’ … One of the witnesses for the prosecution was Journal reporter Roger Simpson. Farrant had given him a photograph of a corpse in a partly-opened coffin. Because of the nature of the picture, the paper decided not to publish it, and it was handed to the police.”

Gareth Medway has nothing more to say about his friend’s “vampire hunting” in his own article “The Highgate Affair,” which is hardly surprising. The facts do not stack up in David Farrant’s favour, and the more one digs the more one will exhume a host of contradictions and false claims.

Why, then, would Gareth Medway want to spread David Farrant’s disinformation propaganda? It surely casts him in a very poor and extremely questionable light, and makes anything he erstwhile has to say, not least in his book Lure of the Sinister, significantly less credible.

David Farrant, of course, has been branded a liar by the courts and by every journalist who did his homework without relying on nonsense fed to him by the subject. Gareth Medway clearly has another agenda; one that is pro-Crowley and antipathetic toward those of the Christian Faith and its representatives such as Bishop Manchester who took holy orders after having worked as an exorcist.

That earlier collaborator, “Hutchinson,” assures that not only is David Farrant a phoney witch, but a phoney everything else. “He believes in nothing except his own self-publicity,” said “Hutchinson, when asked about David Farrant. “Behind these witches’ and occultists’ backs, he ridicules them. Farrant believes in none of it, and hasn’t a sincere bone in his body. He just wants to be the centre of attention, and will do and say almost anything to achieve it.”

What about Gareth Medway who publishes so much apologia on behalf of Satanists? Medway’s correspondence is invariably care of other peoples’ addresses either in London or in Liverpool. He stays anonymous, unreachable and unaccountable for what he says and publishes. It is, therefore, nigh impossible to serve him with a writ or summons. It has to be wondered why Fortean Times magazine, or Magonia magazine, commission someone so unsavoury to contribute to their columns?

In a pamphlet self-published by Farrant, preceded by the exact location of a private residence, is found the following from Gareth Medway: “The exact location of the ultra-confidential, elusive as the door to fairyland, more highly classified than Roswell, top secret private home of … etc.” On the facing page is a photograph of the private house in question. Such are the depths Farrant and Medway are prepared to stoop in order to execute their hate campaign against whomever they take against; not least Bishop Seán Manchester, a man Medway does not know and has never met.

Yet the description of a residential address as an “ultra-confidential” location, which it patently is not, is surely applicable to Gareth Medway’s own whereabouts, which he goes to great lengths to protect.

Gross hypocrisy is never far away from the venomous pen of the author of the Lure of the Sinister, and contributor to Fortean Times, which is worth bearing in mind next time his name crops up.

Friday, 28 September 2018

"Della Farrant"

"If you are a citizen of the UK you can legally call yourself whatever you wish and use any title so long as you do not attempt to defraud. Titles have no legal reference to sex, gender or marital status. I can call myself Lady Letitia Farrant right this minute via an announcement in the press, then go on to open bank accounts or whatever in that name. Or I can change it online by deed poll for a modest fee in around ten minutes or by statutory declaration at any solicitor's or notary public for a tenner. Really, Della's name or lack of one is irrelevant and it proves nothing about the Farrant's wedding or absence thereof." — Felix Garnet (friend, supporter and sympathiser of David Farrant, 11 August 2015)

What does prove whether or not a wedding took place, however, is the Public Records Office. There is no record.

But the question still remains: who is this woman who publicly uses the nomenclature "Della Farrant"?

One person who claims to have known "Della Farrant" before she became a public figure is Angie Mary Watkins who had already by that time visited David Farrant on a variety of occasions at his Muswell Hill Road bedsit.

These are a few of many comments about "Della" that Angie Mary Watkins has posted on Facebook:

"Her ['Della's'] name is Anna Hinton, and she is an attractive lady with long dark hair.Yet she uses a false name and won't be photographed. And when she is, it's her ...ahem... body parts we see. Lets face it, there is something distinctly dodgy about the whole thing. At first, no one believed he HAD a wife, or girlfriend, because he kept rabbiting on about her 'bear shoulders in the moonlight' and other such crap - and playing the whole thing for laughs! Once, years ago, Farrant's friends were treated to his liaison with a mysterious lady - called, above all things, Veronica Lake. This turned out to be non other than one of his mates [Rob Milne] dressed up! Quite why Farrant pulled this childish stunt was never revealed. Yet pulled it. He said when his liaison with Della was first bought out into the open, 'Why does no one believe I've got a wife?' With his track record, it's hardly surprising." (11 August 2015)

"Well after all her crowing that she didn't want the Bishop following her or doing whatever dastardly deeds she imagined he's going to do, I'll wager he's not even interested? She seems to have this over-inflated opinion of herself that no one else shares. Her real identity, after all the posturing and preening, is of a 'nobody' and a petulant 'nobody' at that. A nobody who is such a silly little twat that she goes mad every time someone does something outside of her circle. Like, for example, befriending those she seeks to smear as her 'enemies'!" (8 August 2015)

"Well, it WAS written, you have to remember, by someone who lived in a complete fantasy world? I got to know the real Della - her real name and quite a good deal of everything else that she chose to tell me about,backwards of 3 years ago. And all I can say is that this person came up with such a lot of rubbish in my chat box, about talking mongooses haunting her home etc, that it was clear to me she was absolutely doolally." (17 June 2015)

"I'll see you all in court! That should see a packed gallery.What I don't get is all this about eating lobsters, acting all refined, with David [Farrant] portraying himself like some kind of posh bloke. The Della I encountered (and I've no reason to doubt that she WAS the same Della) was someone the complete opposite to posh - she had had lesbian encounters, was a single mother who had to move out of her home through lack of money, ate ice cream, had experienced pretty dark things happen in her past, went to the pub, and had an ASBO! Mystery, indeed! With a capital M!" (7 December 2014)

"What was the asbo for? Probably trying any means of attracting attention to herself - when she kept popping up in my chat box - that was the impression I got. That she was the kind of person who just wanted to be noticed. ... In spite of not encouraging her at all she constantly popped up - and each time told a different tale - whether it was about being haunted by a mongoose who lived in her house to things she got up to with women. Not surprisingly, after being fed a diet of this on a regular basis, I got fed up with her and told her to bugger off. Which bought the response 'I'll talk to you in the morning when you are less annoyed'!" (8 December 2014)

A five-page threatening letter was sent by "Della" and David Farrant by recorded delivery to Seán Manchester's private address on 27 April 2015. He was out at the time. Somebody signed for it in his absence. When the envelope was passed to him he knew immediately who had sent it because "it stank of cigarette smoke." 

The highly derogatory and abusive rant was signed by "Della Farrant" and David Farrant. Though the envelope was postmarked 27 April 2015, and the correspondence within was likewise headed with the same date, the senders dated each of their signatures as having taken place on 27 February 2015. Probably a Freudian slip! For it was on that day and in that month in 1970 that Seán Manchester first came to prominence on the front page of the Hampstead & Highgate Express, prompting him to remark: "I awoke and found myself famous." This was quickly followed by television appearances and coverage in a host of periodicals. David Farrant caught a brief ride on his coat-tails before quickly turning toxic with an addiction to meaningless self-publicity for its own sake.

"Della Farrant," Anna Hinton or whoever she is, was, of course, not yet born. That would be some years away.

This is how the five-page threatening letter to Seán Manchester, 27 April 2015, signed off: 

Seán Manchester didn't want to touch it, much less read it, and had somebody copy and forward it for the archive. He either filed it away or disposed of the original, but not before making a copy available for publication.

The five-page letter includes allegations which, in truth, apply to David Farrant, eg copyright infringement, defamation and harassment etc, and once again reveals the true face of these people. The correspondence is deeply offensive and insulting. David Farrant and "Della Farrant" clearly object to the fact that they can't exploit Seán Manchester's work and abuse him in the process with impunity. He will take action as required.

Here is an example to give their hypocrisy some sort of context. A single thread on a Fascist blog, believed to have a direct connection to Farrant's chum and collaborator Kevin Chesham, finds Farrant posting over thirty comments from February to April where Seán Manchester is personally attacked, abused, threatened, defamed and quite obviously harassed to a degree seldom experienced by anyone on the internet. The incitement of hatred is quite unbelievable and many of Farrant's comments are copy and pasted rants, each running into hundreds of words. There is not one rebuttal from Seán Manchester (or anyone sympathetic to Seán Manchester) to the onslaught of comments from Farrant who is joined by cronies such as Redmond McWilliams who, as often the case, posted anonymously.

Every time Farrant is interviewed on a podcast, programme or video he attempts to smear Seán Manchester who has only once mentioned Farrant in a transmission, and that was on 13 March 1970 on Today (Thames Television), which was to warn against him unwisely venturing into Highgate Cemetery at night, something Farrant proposed to do, as intimated in the Hampstead & Highgate Express, 6 March 1970. Farrant did not heed Seán Manchester's advice and consequently lost his liberty when he was arrested and held on remand at Brixton Prison after police searching for black magic devotees found him around midnight in Highgate Cemetery on 17 August 1970.

Ever since "Della Farrant" first manifested in the public consciousness in 2010 she has been posting disparaging, derogatory and defamatory comments about Seán Manchester; especially on other people's websites, but also on her own blog. She and David Farrant are believed to be the creators of a Facebook page called "Bishop Bonkers" where, together with the familiar anti-Seán Manchester brigade of assorted stalkers and trolls who are also listed, they subscribe to libellous incitements against the man she is now hyprocritically issuing a complaint against. In fact, libel against Seán Manchester has become her stock-in-trade. A perfect example would be Steve Genier's "Nocturnal Frequency" podcasts where she and David Farrant have repeatedly been given a platform to malign and misrepresent the bishop and exorcist. 

Ironically, the threatening letter sent in April 2015 refers to "mental health issues" and "psychiatric reports" and a "pattern of behaviour which spans decades." What is being witnessing is a classic case of transference. Both "Della" and her mentor Farrant are thought to have mental health issues. Back in 1970, David Farrant was the subject of psychiatric reports when he was examined by two psychiatrists who could not agree on his state of mind. One declared him insane while the other felt he was fit to appear in court and face criminal charges.

David Farrant has evinced a pattern of behaviour since 1970 (when he first came into contact with Seán Manchester) that can truthfully be described as obsessive, compulsive, harassing, deceitful, abusive, cruel, vindictive and malicious. He has admitted sending voodoo death dolls to total strangers he took against, and there have been others he knew personally who received his "curses" and threats.

David Farrant and his colluding sidekick are now trying to play the victim, but it will not wash.

Decades of abusive and threatening material from David Farrant is on record, including illegal uploads and copyright theft on a monumental scale. His stream of self-published pamphlets, booklets and books include stolen material lawfully owned by Seán Manchester. This is the tip of a massive iceberg that would sink their boat if they ever tried to seriously launch any attempt to silence those who provide an honest alternative to their lies.

What Farrant and his latest collaborator are trying to achieve by way of intimidation is the censoring of any individual who knows the truth; those who were around in Highgate circa half a century ago and remember what really happened, and those who today authoritatively raise questions Farrant cannot answer, and would definitely not want mentioned, much less talked about openly in public.

The image (below) reveals the normally secretive "Della Farrant" photographed by Polly Hancock in a local newspaper, the Hampstead & Highgate Express, at Hallowe'en 2013. One year later her book from Farrant's perspective, Haunted Highgate, was published. In July 2015, she organised "The Highgate Vampire Symposium" over a pub in Highgate Village where a paying audience listened to Seán Manchester's name be traduced. Misrepresentation, mockery and defamation was meted out at every opportunity from the likes of Paul Adams and Redmond McWilliams who, along with David Farrant, sat at desks on the platform throughout. Anyone associated with the cleric in past years was similarly treated, eg someone called Welch whom Adams and Farrant (neither of which had ever met the man) libelled outrageously. 

Then the person fraudulently describing herself as "Mrs Della Farrant," having established her Left-hand Path credentials and interest in Crowleyanity, Masonry, Luciferianism, witchcraft, indeed every imaginable aspect of the dark occult, faded back into the murky shadows from whence she came.


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