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David Farrant aka Allan Farrow (Muswell Hill, London), twice divorced, not in a relationship, claims up until 1982 to have been a practitioner of witchcraft, but has subsequently been regarded by his Luciferian friends such as Jean-Paul Bourre and Marcos Drake to be a Luciferian.
Farrant posing at his black magic altar with the Devil’s image.
Farrant captioned as a Luciferian on French television.
Farrant having a drink with John Pope in November 1973.
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 has claimed as far back as 1973 to support animal sacrifice 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.”
David Farrant’s close friend since December 1979, Jean-Paul Bourre, a self-proclaimed Luciferian, also has a predilection for killing defenceless animals, usually in deserted graveyards, to fulfill the depraved requirements of a satanic ceremony. Bourre can be seen doing so on a French television programme at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYtYAudHH0s
Jean-Paul Bourre’s Bourre’s Luciferian friend Marcos Drake interviewed David Farrant on French television. The interview can be seen at this link: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ezDZBOZZcVQ
What do we know about their brand of Luciferianism? David Farrant informs us in a magazine article called “Witch Report” (Penthouse [UK], Vol. 8, No. 8, 1973, page 19): “Satanists worship Lucifer, the supreme power of evil, whereas witchcraft is a neutral thing — it’s only evil if practised for an evil purpose.” Like several of his Luciferian acquaintances, Jean-Paul Bourre amongst them, David Farrant, who has stated that he abandoned witchcraft in 1982, describes himself as someone who “accepts Lucifer as an important deity” and that he “worships Lucifer.” His words can be heard on The Devil’s Fool CD (Gothic Press) which comprises thirty-two interview extracts of David Farrant.
And what of Jean-Paul Bourre? Farrant is quite explicit in his earliest self-published pamphlet from which the photograph and caption, below, appear. According to Farrant, his longstanding friend Jean-Paul Bourre is “a leading Satanist” and in the picture Bourre is seen attempting “to invoke the Devil.”
David Farrant repeats the same libel he has been hawking for decades to whoever is daft enough to provide him with a platform, including such dupes as Kevin Chesham, Kevin Demant, Don Ecker, Trystan Swale and Anthony Hogg. Farrant employs every piece of incitement against Seán Manchester that he can dream up. This includes the malicious allegation that he was once was a member and canvassed for the National Front. The aforementioned named were not slow to seize upon whatever libel comes their way without requiring a shred of evidence.
Seán Manchester’s position is quite clear. He has no interest in party politics and has at no time in his life been a member of any political party. False claims to the effect that he has been a National Front member, and indeed canvassed for them, stem solely from David Farrant; the same David Farrant who attempted to stand as a WWP candidate in the 1978 British General Election; the same David Farrant who recommended that potential voters should switch to the National Front when he stood down when he was disqualified for having a criminal record; the same David Farrant who has sought and received support from Nazi-minded individuals with far right associations to attack Seán Manchester.
Thorne wrote in his spoiler:
“[Seán Manchester] claimed to have investigated this new Nazi threat which advocated recruiting children at schoolyard gates. Pictures showed black-shirted youths wearing Nazi insignia. More sensational still was a photograph of a man in Nazi officer’s uniform, complete with swastika, iron cross and sadistic-looking riding crop. In the article Manchester described this somewhat theatrical character as ‘The Commander’ – in charge of a para-military ‘task force’ and parts of an underground national group known as ‘Column 88.’ All rubbish. Although the Commander is clean-shaven he bears a striking resemblance to the now bearded Mr. Manchester. And having done someme investigation myself I say that he faked the whole episode. When I challenged him he could not verify one detail of his so-called investigation. Unable to name one name, or nail one Nazi. This is hardly surprising. As we discovered after tracking down one of the swastika-sporting men in his pictures, taken outside a schoolyard. This man, I found is a 24-year-old labourer called John Pope. Pope is a Satanist who prefers his own ‘fancy dress’ of black magic robes to the Nazi gear Manchester persuaded him to wear. He admitted that Manchester provided him with a swastika armband to pose for the picture. ‘This was all Sean’s idea,’ said Pope at his home in Barnet. ‘I’ve not even heard of the League of Imperial Fascists. I want nothing to do with the resurrection of Hitler. I thought it would help Sean with a good story. But he’s made me out to be a Nazi recruiting officer. He conned me’.”
John Pope afterwards complained to the Press Council about everything attributed to him and about him by Thorne. The following signed and witnessed statement transcribed from his original taped recollection was made at the insistence of Pope’s father, Fred Pope, who resented his son’s treatment by the newspaper:
“On the evening of 6 October 1977, two men called at my home at [address deleted], Barnet, Hertfordshire, and without identifying themselves demanded to see me. My father thought they were police detectives by their manner. When invited to come inside, they refused and insisted that I accompany them to a nearby car. That is when they first revealed themselves to be working for the Sunday People. One, calling himself Frank Thorne, tried to make me say that a photograph of a man in a Nazi uniform was Seán Manchester. They showed me a copy of the Borehamwood Post and tried to make me say that the article called ‘The New Nazis’ was false. But they would not let me read any of the article and did not refer specifically to the ‘League of Imperial Fascists.’ They told me that I would be guaranteed future mention in their newspaper if I co-operated, but I was not prepared to let them use me in this way. The following evening I telephoned the Sunday People and asked to speak to the News Editor. I complained to him about his reporters’ methods, especially Frank Thorne, and reminded him that I belonged to a survivalist group that had political connections, further about which I did not wish to elaborate. I did not seem to get any satisfactory replies, so I spoke to him again on the telephone on Saturday morning, 8 October 1977, by which time I had been told by Seán Manchester what Frank Thorne had alleged I said on Thursday evening, which I knew to be false. I did not identify any person in the photographs shown to me.”
A statement (ref; CFW/SP/P6282/6/3/78) issued by Mike Clarke, editor of the Borehamwood Post, was noted by the Press Council. This greatly respected newspaper editor denied all the remarks attributed to him by Frank Thorne in the Sunday People article. He underlined the fact that he had most definitely not said the words, nor anything similar, to the effect of “I’m afraid I’m left with egg on my face. I shall be taking legal advice.”
The following complaint was lodged by Seán Manchester with the Press Council:
“The Sunday People newspaper concocted an inaccurate article about me which they did not correct when presented with Mr John Pope’s statement and other evidence which showed none of Frank Thorne’s allegations against me to be true. Photographs belonging to me were used in an article without my permission. I was, however, promptly paid a sum of money for their use, which, unwisely, I accepted as compensation for what amounted to copyright theft. From the start I had made clear to Frank Thorne that I had no wish to ‘collaborate’ on the Nazi story as (a) it was my work, and (b) the Sunday People’s ‘treatment’ of my work, as proposed by Frank Thorne to me, was one I found to be unacceptable. Frank Thorne then threatened to use my material with or without my permission. None of the quotes attributed to me are true. I did not state to Frank Thorne that the ‘Nazi recruiting picture of John Pope’ was ‘faked.’ I did identify the person in the picture [of the ‘Commander’]. This was ignored by Frank Thorne.”
Farrant published on his personal blog, 2 July 2009: “I first met [Seán Manchester] in late 1967 in a pub called the Woodman in Highgate.” On the same blog one week later, 9 July 2009, Farrant claimed: “You asked how I first actually spoke to [Seán Manchester] … I believe it was in early 1969.” Such revisionism and the layering of one falsehood on top of another falsehood reminds me of Farrant’s self-proclaimed sightings of the vampire phenomenon at Highgate Cemetery. His earliest published statement was in the form of a letter he wrote to the editor of the Hampstead & Highgate Express which appeared on 6 February 1970. In that published letter, Farrant claims to have witnessed “a grey figure” no less than three times:
“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 gates. … I have no knowledge in this field and I would be interested to hear if any other readers have seen anything of this nature.”
If we roll forward some thirty years and read Farrant’s self-published pamphlets, forum messages and blog comments, we discover he claims to have had only two sightings. Now roll forward almost four decades from that first letter to a local newspaper and listen to an interview Farrant gave on blogtalk radio in 2009. Lo and behold, Farrant now apparently claims to have had only one sighting of what became known as the Highgate Vampire. That, at least, is what he told Steve Genier when interviewed in 2009. The reality is rather more prosaic. Farrant probably had no sightings and merely boarded what he perceived to be a convenient publicity bandwagon.
Let us return to Farrant’s blog of 9 July 2009 because in it he continues when he allegedly met Seán Manchester in “early 1969” (having suddenly revised his “late 1967” claim from a week earlier):
“He [Seán Manchester] said that the ‘ghost’ I had been reported as witnessing at Highgate Cemetery might indeed be one such ‘real’ vampire!”
Yet David Farrant first “reported” his ghostly apparition in February 1970, not late 1969. And he did so to the Hampstead & Highgate Express. This was his overture in the press before which he had not reported anything to anyone. The casual observer is obliged to agree with Seán Manchester. They first met in March 1970.
 Correspondence to Seán Manchester (Kevin Demant, 20 May 1990).
 Correspondence to Seán Manchester (Kevin Demant, 13 August 1991).
 Correspondence to Seán Manchester (Kevin Demant, 5 August 1991).
 Correspondence to Seán Manchester (Kevin Demant, 17 February 1991).
 Correspondence to Seán Manchester (Kevin Demant, 20 February 1992).
 Correspondence to Seán Manchester (Kevin Demant, 27 February 1992).
 Correspondence to Seán Manchester (Kevin Demant, 7 September 1992).
 “Suspended in Dusk” by Kevin & Christine Demant (Udolpho, Summer 1997, p32).
 Correspondence to Seán Manchester (Kevin Demant, 23 March 1992).
 Correspondence to Seán Manchester (Reggie Naus, 21 March 1996).
 Correspondence to Seán Manchester (Reggie Naus, 15 May 1999).
 Correspondence to Seán Manchester (Kevin Demant, 19 August 1993).
 Correspondence to Seán Manchester (Kevin Demant, 14 August 1992).
 “The Highgate Vampire Revisited” by Lyndall Mack (Udolpho, September 1994, p30).
 Correspondence to Seán Manchester (Jennie Gray, 9 November 1994).
 “Growing up by the Boneyard” by Jennie Gray (Udolpho, Summer 1997, p6).
 The Ghost Story Society Newsletter (issue 7, 1990).
 Beren directed by Guy Godefroy (Lancelot Productions, France).
Farrant with holy water in one hand and a stake in the other.
Farrant in “vampire hunting” mode in 1970.
John Pope intended to “form a new coven that will rule the world” and “abolish the system whereby children are forced to learn Christian worship,” according to an interview he gave Reveille magazine, 21 November 1975. When this failed to happen, he became increasingly unstable, declaring direct blood descent from Jesus Christ, Dracula, Robin Hood and Jack the Ripper. Farrant would frequently refer to Pope behind his back as a “silly little imbecile.” Today Pope provides “horror tours” to paying voyeurs who want to see the haunts Jack the Ripper in London’s East End where Pope now resides, and the house of the sexual pervert and serial murderer Dennis Nielson, which is located just around the corner from the Muswell Hill attic bed-sitting room occupied by Farrant since his release from prison on parole in 1976.
“By 10.00pm the hundreds of onlookers were to include several freelance vampire hunters, including a history teacher, Alan Blood, who had journeyed from Billericay to seek out the undead being.”
He had seen the report on television some hours earlier and immediately set off for Highgate. On his arrival in Highgate Village, he entered the Prince of Wales pub on the High Street for a drink, whereupon he recognised an unkempt individual who had been one of several alleged witnesses interviewed by Sandra Harris. By this time Seán Manchester was already inside the cemetery with his research team. Blood thereby was obliged to settle for Farrant quaffing pints of ale in the Prince of Wales. He listened to bizarre claims of “a seven foot tall vampire that hovered by the cemetery gate,” and wanted to be shown exactly where this occurred. Oddly enough, Farrant declined and continued to drink his ale. Blood left the pub to join the steadily growing crowd of several hundred people in Swains Lane. When the pub eventually closed, Farrant also joined the throng outside the cemetery’s north gate, but, like Blood, made no attempt to enter.
It was while in Swains Lane, wearing a Russian-style hat, that Blood was noticed by an Evening News photographer and a reporter. They spoke to him, and also to 27-year-old Hampstead resident Anthony Robinson who had ventured to the north gate “after hearing of the torchlight hunt.” Robinson is alleged to have told the reporter: “I walked past the place and heard a high-pitched noise, then I saw something grey moving slowly across the road. It terrified me. First time I couldn’t make it out, it looked eerie. I’ve never believed in anything like this, but now I’m sure there is something evil lurking in Highgate.” Yet it was Blood, who saw and did nothing, whose photograph was to appear on the front page of next day’s Evening News. Farrant must have been livid. Blood is described at the head of the report as “a vampire expert named Mr Blood who journeyed forty miles to investigate the legend of an ‘undead Satan-like being’ said to lurk in the area.” Alan Blood, of course, claimed nothing of the sort, and would confirm in a more soberly conducted interview that he was “by no means an expert.”
Seán Manchester would add in The Vampire Hunter’s Handbook (pages 66-67):
“Interestingly, Jeanne Youngson’s name crops up in Bunson’s acknowledgements as having assisted with this book [The Vampire Encyclopedia]. Why does that come as no surprise? Peter Hough follows in Bunson’s errant footsteps in Supernatural Britain (1995) and repeats the misinformation that David Farrant ‘teamed up’ with Alan Blood (something neither ever claimed) whilst ignoring the actual investigation. When contacted through their respective publishers, neither deigned to reply. Their publishers also refused to answer any correspondence on the matter.”
Bunson and Hough were followed by Liverpool disc jockey and freelance journalist Tom Slemen whose paperback Strange But True (1998) erroneously claimed that “Alan Blood organized a mass vampire hunt that would take place on Friday 13 March, 1970. Mr Blood was interviewed on television. … The schoolteacher’s plan was to wait until dawn, when the first rays of the rising sun would force the vampire to return to his subterranean den in the catacombs, then he would kill the Satanic creature in the time-honoured tradition; by driving a wooden stake through its heart. … In an orgy of desecration [the crowd] had exhumed the remains of a woman from a tomb, stolen lead from coffins, and defaced sepulchres with mindless graffiti.”
None of which is true. Blood did not “organize a mass vampire hunt.” Blood organised nothing at all. He was just an interested onlooker. It was not the “schoolteacher’s plan to wait until dawn.” This was the supposed plan of Farrant. There was no “orgy of desecration” etc. No damage whatsoever occurred on the night of 13 March 1970. What Slemen is referring to is an entirely different incident that took place five months later, as recorded on the front page of the Hampstead and Highgate Express, 7 August 1970, where the discovery of the headless body together with signs of a satanic ceremony were made by two fifteen-year-old schoolgirls as they walked through the graveyard on a sunny August afternoon. Police viewed this desecration to be the work of diabolists and investigated it as such. Weeks later, Farrant was arrested prowling around the graveyard at night.
These misleading reports by Bunson, Hough and Slemen contaminated some other accounts, needless to say, but few would be as inaccurate as Leonard R N Ashley’s in The Complete Book of Vampires (1998). This self-styled occultist and colleague of Jeanne Youngson stated: “A typical, if overblown, time was around 1970, when David Farrant got in trouble charged with disturbing the neighbours if not the corpses and trespassing.” Referring to Seán Manchester as “the now late Seán Manchester,” Ashley falsely describes his presence in the cemetery as being “attended by as many press and television reporters as he could muster for the event.” He added: “I never met Seán Manchester.”
For the record, neither did Bunson, Hough, Youngson, or Slemen. None of these people communicated with Seán Manchester in any form, not even through a medium, which, if Leonard R N Ashley is to be believed, is the only way possible. No newspaper or television reporter attended anything Seán Manchester conducted in Highgate Cemetery on that or any other night. Moreover, Manchester’s reluctance to deal with the media is precisely what led to the more unscrupulous among them resorting to Farrant and his publicity stunts. Ashley unsurprisingly sings the praises of his collaborator and source Youngson on the same page.
The tomb of the vampire was located in August 1970, as revealed in the 24 Hours programme – a BBC television film documentary transmitted on 15 October 1970 – and later confirmed in Peter Underwood’s anthology The Vampire’s Bedside Companion (1975) and Exorcism! (1990), plus J Gordon Melton’s The Vampire Book: Encyclopedia of the Undead (1994), and Seán Manchester’s The Highgate Vampire (1975, 1976, 1985, 1991). Three years and three months following the BBC documentary, the primary source was effectively exorcised with the help of Manchester’s research team. Several 35mm photographs, some of which are reproduced in The Highgate Vampire book, were taken of the corporeal form in its final moments of dissolution. These images were later transmitted and discussed on various television programmes in the UK.
 The Vampire Book: Encyclopedia of the Undead by J Gordon Melton (Gail Research, 1994, p298).
 The Vampire Encyclopedia by Matthew Bunson (Thames and Hudson, 1993, p121).
 Strange But True by Tom Slemen (Paragon Books, 1998).
 The Complete Book of Vampires by Leonard R N Ashley (Souvenir Press, 1998, p80-81).
The above photograph of Farrant with wooden stake raised above his head and wearing a rosary plus a crucifix was published in the Evening News, 29 September 1970. On 19 August 1970, along with most other newspapers, the Daily Express reported the case of “Allan Farrow”:
 The Highgate Vampire by Seán Manchester (Gothic Press, 1991, p105) quotes Donald F Glut’s use of the Reuters report.
 Beyond the Highgate Vampire by David Farrant (British Psychic and Occult Society, 1991, p5).
The Highgate phenomenon was nevertheless a story about to snowball. This had the unfortunate side effect of dragging Seán Manchester into the forefront of something he had hitherto decided to keep a lid on. Hence Manchester felt it incumbent upon himself to make some sort of statement in view of all the press speculation created by Farrant and others. Thus, on 27 February 1970, following batches of readers’ letters, Seán Manchester appeared on the front page of the Hampstead & Highgate Express to summarise the findings of the British Occult Society, an organisation which investigated paranormal and occult activity. It did not make easy reading for a lot of people; especially as some of his comments were embellished by the newspaper. Two weeks later, he featured on Thames Television’s Today programme for the same purpose.
 The Vampire’s Bedside Companion by Peter Underwood (Leslie Frewin, 1975, p77-79).