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PREDICTABLY AVOIDED
 
Predictably, you have carefully avoided mentioning the first three questions about your home-made film and the true identity of the ‘vampire’ – which was, in reality yourself in disguise.  You have also avoided mentioning your job as a milkman at the same time you were claiming to be the Society president.  Also avoided was your common claim to be descended from Lord Byron.
 
I, on the other hand, have invited to be asked about the two Highgate Cemetery desecration charges and the claims which were made about ‘sacrificing cats’.
 
That’s what I thought a lie detector test was all about.
 
But perhaps we could read what you say in your self-published book “The Highgate Vampire” released in 1985. You say . . .
 
 
“In all the years I have known David Farrant, I have found not a single shred of evidence to suggest that the least of these things are true.   I do not believe that he has ever partaken in a real black magic magic ceremony, nor do I believe he is capable of harming an animal, not even for publicity.  Of the charges relating to graveyard damage I believe him to be innocent also.  Apart from being something of a nuisance to people, the only damage Farrant has been responsible for, is that that was self-inflicted.
 
Some have been less fortunate than even David Farrant in their endeavours” etc.etc  [Quote from Sean Manchester on pgs. 80 and 81]
 
Why then, one has to ask, have you totally ignored these important issues.  One is only left to wonder!
 
David Farrant, President, BPOS.
 
 

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4 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS -  IF YOU DARE!
 
It is simply not true that Mr Manchester challenged me to take a lie detector test; it was myself who challenged him to take one to  “The World of the Unexplained” paranormal Radio programme where he was telling lies about myself (just like he is doing here) on their Forum.  This is all on record and could be confirmed by the show’s two hosts, J Scott and Trent Lackey.  I made this challenge publicly and on the condition that it could be filmed and that the results be circulated as each party saw fit.
 
I suggested three questions for Mr Manchester 1)  Is it true he staked a vampire in its coffin not far from Highgate Cemetery, in North London in 1974 and incinerated its remains with igniting petrol over it?  2)  Is it true that that he staked a disciple of this ‘King Vampire’ in a cemetery near his home in Southgate in 1982 after it had changed into a giant spider’  3) Did he make a Super 8 cine film in the late 1960’s some of which was filmed on location in Highgate Cemetry which showed himself playing a ‘vampire hunter’ and a ‘decomposing vampire’at the end?  And 4) Is it true that he is directly descended from the poet Lord Byron?
 
In return I offered to answer these three questions . . . Is it true I actually performed the two acts of desecration in Highgate Cemetery in 1971 of which I was found guilty at the Old Bailey in June 1974?  (2) Is it true I have ever ‘sacrificed a cat’ during a black magic ceremony?  3)  Is it true that Mr Manchester worked as a milkman at the same time he was claiming to be the president of the British Occult Society? And 4) Is it true that he uses multiple aliases on Internet Forums and Websites discussing himself in the third person?
 
Mr Manchester immediately began to ‘stall’ about these questions saying this test should take place in private and not have a public agenda.
 
Well Sean, it was yourself who was making all these claims in public, so testing them in public would surely be the only appropriate venue for a fair resolution?
 
This still remains a genuine challenge Sean and, in the past several people have approached myself saying this could be organised in the UK, the only provision being that each party pays its own expenses.
 
So let me know if you really have the courage to participate in such a test, Sean, and I can make further enquires about trying to arrange it.  Well?  . . .
 
David Farrant, President, British Psychic and Occult Society (BPOS).

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LOST THE PLOT?
 
You seem to be having yet another memory lapse, Sean.  The reason John Bradish rushed down to your Holloway Road that fateful Saturday morning was because he had received a second letter from yourself (written on your old portable typewriter) unsigned, but giving your ‘Society’s’ address in Holloway.  It was because of these two letters that John Bradish visited your address - not the phone call to your address in Barnet.  Mr Bradish ‘kicked you in the leg’ after you’d answered the door although the court later ruled this was not an assault but the direct result of your provocation.  On advice from myself,  Mr Bradish reported this incident to the Barnet Police and handed them the threatening letters which had been sent by yourself.  This was BEFORE the Holloway police acted on your complaint and was yet another reason for Mr Bradish’s later acquittal when that case came to Court in November.
 
Mr Bradish was kind enough to stand bail for me and stay at his family home while that ‘vampire hunting’ charge was pending (I was acquitted of that, let us remember).
 
Are you now seriously suggesting (which you now seem to be) that I would write to him (or telephone his wife) threatening him to revoke my own bail?  I somehow don’t think so!  It seems that you have really ‘lost the plot’ this time Sean!
 
David Farrant, President, British Psychic and Occult Society.

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OBLIGITORY LIES
 
I think anybody reading your so called ‘retractions’, Sean, can see which side the hatred really lies on – it literally pours out of your posts!  I think I summed this up when I wrote this in one of my books . . . “a man (that is yourself, Sean) so eaten up with hatred that it has caused him to attempt to re-write the course of history”.  That was some 24 years ago now and I don’t think I could put that any better in the present day!  Indeed, if anything you’ve actually got worse (if that’s at all possible!).  The only difference is, you are now not raving about how you staked two vampires (one of which turned into a ‘giant spider, lets not forget!) or how you are directly descended from Lord Byron and  by  royal blood’ from James 1 of England (and how your wife is similarly descended from Charles 11 – lest we forget that one!).
 
Your long post is just heaped with obligatory lies – and deliberate  one’s at that.
 
You seem to have conveniently forgotten that when you brought that assault charge against John Bradish in my case for ‘vampire hunting’ in 1970 you had written him two letters threatening him with a ‘black magic’ if he did not revoke my bail.  There was also a phone call to the house (which his wife answered) making similar threats again her and her children unless she persuaded her husband to revoke my bail.
 
She testified to this in Court, also that she knew you from the Prince of Wales pub so recognised your voice immediately.  You stated in Court that you couldn’t have made the phone call because her telephone number was ex-directory.  That lost you the case as obviously you couldn’t have known that unless you’d been trying to find her number!
 
John Bradish was not ‘convicted’ of that charge you instigated via the police; he was given an absolute discharge.  Just for the accurate record you, on the other hand,  were bound over to keep the peace on the sum of £200 and warned in particular not to telephone Mrs Bradish again.  I hope that jogs your failing memory! Whether it does or dosen’t,  dosen’t really matter as it is all on Court record.
 
I am not going to go all through or your tedious allegations.  There is really no need.  Anybody can see if you’re capable of lying about that, how many other of your allegations are actually true!?!?
 
Well Mr Manchester, over to you . . .
 
David Farrant, President, British Psychic and Occult Society.
 
 

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EXHUMING A ‘VAMPIRE’!
 
Lets get back to the home-made movie you made on location (in part) in Highgate Cemetery Sean.
 
I am not confusing the name of this film, “The Vampire Exhumed”, you made in 1968/9 with the name of a later manuscript of the same name you sent to French journalist, Jean-Claude Asfour, in Paris in 1980.  He showed me this manuscript when I visited him at his home in Paris in that same year.  This was a precursor to your fictional  Highgate ‘vampire’ nonsense which you self-published in the UK in 1985.
 
No.  I am not confusing anything.  If you remember, I was invited to your Holloway Road flat in North London to view this film one Sunday late in 1969.  I was with Tony Hill and his (then) wife, and you were there with your (then) girlfriend Jacqueline (or ‘Lusia’ as you describe her in your self-published book circa 1985).
 
You used stills from this film of a ‘decomposing vampire’ (i.e. yourself in ‘vampire’disguise’) which you used in this same book, and which you also sent to French television   (who transmitted them on TF1). You also sent one of these stills to the English television programme “Dial Midnight” who discussed this in front of a live audience.  You have circulated and produced this same photograph many times publicly – not least on your own Internet sites and Blogs.
 
Lets be absolutely clear everyone: that picture does NOT show a ‘decomposing vampire’.  It shows Mr Manchester himself acting this part in the home-made cine film he made in 1968/9.  The name of film was “The Vampire Exhumed”.
 
David Farrant, President, BPOS.
 
 

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THE DECOMPOSING ‘VAMPIRE’!
 
So Mr Manchester would have us believe that the home-made film he made about the existence of a ‘vampire’ in Highgate Cemetery (it was titled “The Vampire Exhumed, incidentally) was never made, or even exists!  Likewise, I suppose he would deny send colour stills from this film (which was in colour) of a ‘decomposing vampire) to TF1 television who published these photographs at prime time on their programme.  The showbiz magazine “Entrevue” also published these photographs from the television, but first they did some checking of their own.  They checked with Sunday People reporter, Frank Thorne, who had done an exposé on Mr Manchester’s antics on October 9th 1977, when (he) Manchester had submitted another black and white photograph to the People of himself dressed up as a ‘Nazi Commander’ who led a group called the League of Imperial Fascists, and who had been interviewed for this fake newspaper article  by no less than Mr Manchester himself.  Manchester denied this photograph was really of himself, but the Sunday People didn’t believe him and the result was a three page exposé on how Manchester had tried to dupe that newspaper.

Manchester took his complaint to The Press Council but this Appeal was rejected in April 1978 because he had already been paid for the use of his photographs (there were more than one) by the People and so his complaint was null and void.  Mr Manchester did not pursue any further legal action; despite having been labelled as a ‘faker’ and a ‘liar’ by that Sunday newspaper.
 
So it is not really surprising that Mr Manchester should deny this film which he made when this depicts him dressed up as a ‘vampire hunter’ in Highgate Cemetery and also photographing “Lusia” with a theatrical stake through her taken in the confines of his Holloway Road flat.  Of course, he did not literally impale her,  but I suppose he thought this photograph would make good publicity to promote this film; the same reason he had sent the one of the decomposing ‘vampire’(himself) to TF1 in Paris!
 
Talk about myself hoaxing a ‘ghost’ in Highgate Cemetery.  It really is desperately pathetic!
 
David Farrant, President, British Psychic and Occult Society.
 
 

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HAUNTED BY A VAMPIRE
 
Mr Manchester is now trying to maintain that he had no public connection with the ‘vampire’  he claimed haunted Highgate Cemetery until he told the editor of the Ham and Highgate Express about it in  February 1970.  This is simply not true.  The previous year (no doubt emulating  Hammer Horror Films) he had made a home-made 88mm film which showed himself dressed up as a vampire hunter and playing the decomposing vampire himself at the cnd.  Also in this film was his live-in girlfriend, Jacqueline Cooper, who played the vampire’s victim and who ended up getting ‘staked’ (by Mr Manchester) as part of the entertainment.  It may come as no surprise that some of the locations used for the making of this home-made movie were London’s Highgate Cemetery.
 
In 1969, Mr Manchester invited a small group of us to his Holloway Road flat in North London to be shown the finished film.  It had no sound (at this stage anyway) but was filmed in Super 8 colour.
 
Also present on this occasion was Manchester’s close friend Tony Hill (who had helped in the making of this film) and his late wife Zibby.
 
Interestingly, Manchester has used several photographic stills from this film showing the ‘decomposing vampire’, which is no less himself heavily disguised by a covering of paper Mache, water and flour.  He uses this picture on his self published book on the so-called Highgate ’vampire’, first self-published in 1985.  He has also produced this photograph on at least two television promgammes, one of these being the French TV channel TF1.
 
My original letter to the Ham and High was in fact at the instigation of a staff reporter there who said this would be an good way to get information about ghosts in the area which he knew the Society was looking into.  He was fully conversant that Highgate Cemetery had been used as a location for the making of the Hammer Horror films and also of how this might have helped to give the impression that the cemetery was the haunted of a ‘vampire’.
 
David Farrant, President,  BPOS.
 
 

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LET READERS BE THE JUDGE . . .
 
Mr Manchester has linked to one of his many ‘hate Blogs’ here whose only purpose seems to be to defame other people and turn real evidence ‘on its head’.
 
For example, the fake letter he claims was written by myself, he admits was written to the address of his friend Tony Hill.  Why did I not send this directly to himself if it was written by myself to himself?  I was quite familiar with his Holloway Road address havinf been invited there for dinner and coffee on quite a few occasions.  Surely I would have posted this to himself if this was addressed to himself?
 
On one of his current Blogs which he posted a link to here, we can witness a barrage of disinformation which I refer briefly to here as it references an interview I gave to a friend of mine – Andrew Gough – who runs “ Arcadia” on his Website.  It is a disturbing read (not “Arcadia”!)  and demonstrates the manner in which Mr Manchester deliberately twists facts that might contravene his own literal belief in blood-sucking vampires:
 
“I did not say I had seen the figure (ghost) on three occasions.  I was describing a figure that had been seen on at least three occasions.  But on these occasions the witnesses were other people”.
David Farrant interview by Andrew Gough for “Arcadia” 12th December 2009.
 
Congratulations Sean!  For once you have quoted something correctly.  But wait!  I spoke too soon.  For you then go on to invent text which formed no part of the published article.
 
YOU write after this . . .
 
YOU CLAIMED TO HAVE SEEN A GHOST-LIKE FIGUREINSIDE HIGHGATE GATE IN FEBRUARY 1970.  NEXT YOU CLAIMED IT WAS ON TWO ACCASIONS IN OCTOBER 1970 BY WHICH TIME YOU HAD LATCHED ON TO THE ENTITY BEING A VAMPIRE – AND IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS YOU CLAIMED TO HAVE SEEN IT ONLY ONCE.  YOU ALSO ORIGINALLY CLAIMED TO HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT SUPERNATURAL PHENOMENA, BUT MUCH LATER CLAIMED TO BE SOME SORT OF EXPERT AT THE TIME OF THE TALL GREY FIGURE.  THERE’S NO RECORD OF YOU BEING ANYTHING MORE THAN A LONE INDIVIDUAL WHO WROTE TO A LOCAL NEWSPAPER ABOUT SOMETHING YOU WOULD LATER CONTRADICT WHEN INTERVIEWED.  NO EVIDENCE EXISTS OF YOU BEING A PART OF AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION. 
 
“I really have to say no comment”
 
[The paragraph above and the line below it all written exclusively by Mr Sean Manchester].
 
But not content to stop there,  Mr Manchester continues with this farce taken from his Blog . .
 
DO YOU BELIEVE IN VAMPIRES?
 
“In a word ‘NO”.
 
WHY NOT?
 
“Because Hammer Horror type vampires – i.e. that sleep in their coffins by day and arise by night to feast on human blood: that can be repelled by the sign of the crucifix or holy water and which can be destroyed by a stake through the heart simply do not exist”. [I indeed said this so glad you didn’t alter this bit Sean].
 
SO WHY WERE YOU PRETENDING TO HUNT A VAMPIRE IN 1970?
 
“Mmm.  I’m not going to answer any more questions on this subject”
 
[Last two lines written an inserted by Mr Manchester].
 
Perhaps now people can see how Mr Manchester will deliberately twist and insert text if somebody disagrees with his ridiculous vampire claims i.e. to have staked to real vampires near Highgate Cemetery, one of which first changed into a ‘giant spider’ (the size of a full grown cat!
 
Similarly,  he twists statements I made to newspapers so as to be unrecognisable.  For example I did not tell the Ham and High newspaper that I . . . had no knowledge in the supernatural field.  I was being asked by a reporter on the phone about the ghost being a ‘vampire’ as claimed by Mr Manchester and had previously been reported in that newspaper.  I said I had no knowledge in the field of ‘blood-sucking vampires’.  Which is true, I do not.  How is it possible to ‘have knowledge’ in the field of something that doesn’t even exist?!
 
Of course nobody can, but Mr Manchester seems to have conveniently left that out of his equation!
 
On his confusion about the entity’s sightings, it is true that (at the time of those sightings) that entity of spectre had been sighted on at last three occasions by unrelated witnesses.
 
Mr Manchester seems almost desperate to re-create the fictional vampire created by himself in the first place!
 
You’ll have to do better than that Sean!!  Well, we can let Readers be the judge . . .
 
David Farrant, President, BPOS.
 
 
 
 

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LET READERS BE THE JUDGE . . .
 
Mr Manchester has linked to one of his many ‘hate Blogs’ here whose only purpose seems to be to defame other people and turn real evidence ‘on its head’.
 
For example, the fake letter he claims was written by myself, he admits was written to the address of his friend Tony Hill.  Why did I not send this directly to himself if it was written by myself to himself?  I was quite familiar with his Holloway Road address havinf been invited there for dinner and coffee on quite a few occasions.  Surely I would have posted this to himself if this was addressed to himself?
 
On one of his current Blogs which he posted a link to here, we can witness a barrage of disinformation which I refer briefly to here as it references an interview I gave to a friend of mine – Andrew Gough – who runs “ Arcadia” on his Website.  It is a disturbing read (not “Arcadia”!)  and demonstrates the manner in which Mr Manchester deliberately twists facts that might contravene his own literal belief in blood-sucking vampires:
 
“I did not say I had seen the figure (ghost) on three occasions.  I was describing a figure that had been seen on at least three occasions.  But on these occasions the witnesses were other people”.
David Farrant interview by Andrew Gough for “Arcadia” 12th December 2009.
 
Congratulations Sean!  For once you have quoted something correctly.  But wait!  I spoke too soon.  For you then go on to invent text which formed no part of the published article.
 
YOU write after this . . .
 
YOU CLAIMED TO HAVE SEEN A GHOST-LIKE FIGUREINSIDE HIGHGATE GATE IN FEBRUARY 1970.  NEXT YOU CLAIMED IT WAS ON TWO ACCASIONS IN OCTOBER 1970 BY WHICH TIME YOU HAD LATCHED ON TO THE ENTITY BEING A VAMPIRE – AND IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS YOU CLAIMED TO HAVE SEEN IT ONLY ONCE.  YOU ALSO ORIGINALLY CLAIMED TO HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT SUPERNATURAL PHENOMENA, BUT MUCH LATER CLAIMED TO BE SOME SORT OF EXPERT AT THE TIME OF THE TALL GREY FIGURE.  THERE’S NO RECORD OF YOU BEING ANYTHING MORE THAN A LONE INDIVIDUAL WHO WROTE TO A LOCAL NEWSPAPER ABOUT SOMETHING YOU WOULD LATER CONTRADICT WHEN INTERVIEWED.  NO EVIDENCE EXISTS OF YOU BEING A PART OF AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION. 
 
“I really have to say no comment”
 
[The paragraph above and the line below it all written exclusively by Mr Sean Manchester].
 
But not content to stop there,  Mr Manchester continues with this farce taken from his Blog . .
 
DO YOU BELIEVE IN VAMPIRES?
 
“In a word ‘NO”.
 
WHY NOT?
 
“Because Hammer Horror type vampires – i.e. that sleep in their coffins by day and arise by night to feast on human blood: that can be repelled by the sign of the crucifix or holy water and which can be destroyed by a stake through the heart simply do not exist”. [I indeed said this so glad you didn’t alter this bit Sean].
 
SO WHY WERE YOU PRETENDING TO HUNT A VAMPIRE IN 1970?
 
“Mmm.  I’m not going to answer any more questions on this subject”
 
[Last two lines written an inserted by Mr Manchester].
 
Perhaps now people can see how Mr Manchester will deliberately twist and insert text if somebody disagrees with his ridiculous vampire claims i.e. to have staked to real vampires near Highgate Cemetery, one of which first changed into a ‘giant spider’ (the size of a full grown cat!
 
Similarly,  he twists statements I made to newspapers so as to be unrecognisable.  For example I did not tell the Ham and High newspaper that I . . . had no knowledge in the supernatural field.  I was being asked by a reporter on the phone about the ghost being a ‘vampire’ as claimed by Mr Manchester and had previously been reported in that newspaper.  I said I had no knowledge in the field of ‘blood-sucking vampires’.  Which is true, I do not.  How is it possible to ‘have knowledge’ in the field of something that doesn’t even exist?!
 
Of course nobody can, but Mr Manchester seems to have conveniently left that out of his equation!
 
On his confusion about the entity’s sightings, it is true that (at the time of those sightings) that entity of spectre had been sighted on at last three occasions by unrelated witnesses.
 
Mr Manchester seems almost desperate to re-create the fictional vampire created by himself in the first place!
 
You’ll have to do better than that Sean!!  Well, we can let Readers be the judge . . .
 
David Farrant, President, BPOS.
 
 
 
 

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AMUSED!
 
As I have already explained both here and elsewhere, the black and white photograph or photographs of myself taken at the top gate of Highgate Cemetery in the snowy winter of 1970 (photographs taken by Mr Manchester himself incidentally, hence his knowledge of the same) were a small group of us left the Prince of Wales pub in Highgate Village en route for a Christmas fancy dress party about half a mile away.  To get to the house, we walked down Swain’s Lane, a steep hill that runs past Highgate Cemetery.  As fairly regular visitors to this pub, both Mr Manchester and his close friend, also accompanied this group, although were not going to this party (I don’t believe they’d even been invited by the couple who lived in the house).  This would have been around 10 O’clock at night and several people were in fancy dress: indeed as I myself was as can be seen in these photographs.  Nobody in this group were intent on ‘hoaxing’ a ghost story as Mr. Manchester in now trying to maintain.  Indeed we were all just having a good time and looking forward to the party.
 
As to the question of the purported letter supposedly written ‘by’ myself in which I am supposed to be praising Mr Manchester and asking for his help in a then pending court case concerning ‘vampire hunting’, this letter is clearly a fake and somebody was obviously playing a joke on Mr Manchester (possibly Mr Hill himself who was always getting up to such pranks.  Either that or Mr Manchester engineered the whole thing himself, which really would not surprise me!
 
Pull the other one, Sean.  Its got ‘church bells’ on it!
 
David Farrant,
President, British Pshchic and Occult Society  (Amused!)
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