Just realised its been a week since my last Blog, but I have been occupied with the new one (relating to things paranormal) and called The British Psychic and Occult Society. The link is at: http://thebritishpsychicandoccultsociety.blogspot.com/ in case anybody’s missed it. I started it really to give interested people some insight into BPOS investigations, many of which have escaped public documentation, simply because the information obtained about many reputed ‘ghost cases’ is only contained on private Society files. This should not imply that writing up such cases is to betray confidences: to the contrary, only the facts relating to psychic occurrences or experiences have been included, not personal details or information relating to the people themselves. Where name have been given, it has only been with the express permission of a particular person who do not mind their names appearing on record; where names have been changed or withheld, this has been made abundantly clear in any given report. The same principle applies in reporting psychic happenings or ‘hauntings’ that have occurred at private addresses, although often people do not object to the name of a village or town being disclosed. Whatever, all the relevant information has been retained on file, and genuine psychic investigators can sometimes be given this in confidence, with permission of the people concerned.
Call me psychic if you like! but yesterday I received a Friend request on Facebook from a person who I’d been trying to get into contact with for some time. Jennie Cobban contacted me from her new location near Pendle Hill, and informed me that she was near completion of a new book on the history of the Pendle witches who caused so much controversy in the small village so many years ago. They were cast into prison on suspicion of ‘witchcraft’ where one of them died during incarceration and I believe another two were finally hanged. It is not a case with which I am all that familiar; although some of us did visit Pendle in 2005 with the objective of obtaining some new local information. I remember it was a very wet day and the damp winds of the dales penetrated protective clothing, while the rain around Pendle Hill had succeeded in turning everything into a mass of puddles and slippery mud.
No doubt Jennie has succeeded in uncovering some more interesting facts; but again, writing about events in history when written records are often scant or simply non-existent, is no easy task at the best of times.
I first met Jennie back in 1995, who approached me over a book she was writing on ghosts in the Barnet and Enfield areas. She, in fact, had a leading advantage having qualified as a historian and having access to many private files when she worked at Barnet museum.
Her interest in myself really stemmed from an incident in which I was involved in 1972 when I was arrested in a small Barnet churchyard on night and taken to Court charged with behaviour ‘likely to offend the decency of the church’. This Act was over a hundred and fifty years old (then) and was mainly put on the Statute books to persuade people to ‘behave themselves’ as they attended church. It might seem a little ridiculous nowadays; but it was actually a serious offence then for people to sing or shout to and from their way to church, or to discard sweet papers on church property.
Myself and another person ended up being fined £10 – which was quite a lot of money in 1972!
It was also Jennie who originally founded The Highgate Vampire Society which she asked me to take over in 1997 due to pressure of work. I explained at the time that Jennie’s choice of name merely reflected the huge interest that had grown up around the Highgate ‘vampire’ case, and as the BPOS had already accumulated vast files on this case, I can only assume Jennie thought I was the best person for the job!
But I do hope that maybe Jennie may see fit to write something on this Blog. If she does, I would allow her a full post or article if she so wishes. So, Jennie . . . if you find time?!
Quiet day today, but I did sign a film contract over the weekend. No! I’m not giving any details yet. You’ll all just have to wait and see!