The Highgate Vampire Casebook – Patricia Langley
An extensive amount of research has gone into The Highgate Vampire Casebook, which finally blows the lid off of the legend, cutting away at the falsehoods, mistruths and outright lies about the Vampire and its supposed Eastern European origin. A concise in-depth study of the Highgate ‘vampire’ hoax, the book offers new insights into the truth behind the myth which have clearly been overlooked by the more gullible.
Rather than lose herself in whimsical ideas, Patricia Langley goes for the jugular, backing up facts from census records, wills & probate & the University of Cambridge archives, amongst other sources.
IS HIGHGATE CEMETERY HAUNTED?
THE SAME AUTHOR of The Highgate Vampire has claimed in his book and elsewhere that the cemetery, Swains Lane and its environs and the former house in Crouch End have all been exorcised of the ‘evil’, which produced the ‘vampire’. Indeed, he goes further to say that it was he himself, who was responsible for clearing the dismal and mysterious cemetery of its ghosts and vampire . . . but has he? Let us examine the testaments of independent people who have visited the cemetery and the other locations.
An introduction to The Highgate Vampire Casebook by its author Patricia Langley
Besides this author, other people who have visited Highgate Cemetery West, Swains Land and Crouch End have all testified to the researchers of this report that they have experienced ‘weird happenings’ in the cemetery and in Swains Lane. The researchers themselves have also encountered strange situations all involving electrical equipment, and independent witnesses to psychic phenomena have cited ‘black clouds of terror’ in Swains Lane. This latter case having been experienced by a friend of this author who had no previous knowledge of Highgate Cemetery’s ghostly reputations. On this particular occasion this author experienced a ‘time shift’ effect from the top of Swains Lane to the bottom, and emerged hungry, thirsty and exhausted, and her companion upon reaching home, slept for hours following his encounter with the ‘black cloud’. Another person out for a visit to Highgate Cemetery to fill a dull afternoon related to this author that ‘a sensation of being watched’ overcame him whilst he took part in one of the tours organised by the FOHC. He also, experienced a feeling of dread an expectation as the group passed by the top gate. Another claimed hat his mobile telephone refused to work until he had cleared Swains Lane. A female researcher, Catherine Fearnley, involved with this report, had a camera malfunction outside the house in Crouch End, which was witnessed and confirmed by three others. The same researcher had a mobile telephone malfunction inside the bar of The Flask pub, through which the ley line runs, and both she and this author spent some considerable time in Highgate Wood, and strange black figures were seen, sudden and intense heat spots experienced, sounds of a deep male voice heard when there was nobody around, and the capture of orb-like manifestations on camera. The ‘black figure’ seen in Highgate Cemetery, various pubs, flats and in Highgate Wood is certainly not the only spirit to which is drawn by the ley line. David Farrant recount to this author that he has heard steam trains travelling along the old line between Crouch End and Highgate High Level stations, a line long disused.
What then is happening today over thirty-three years after the ‘vampire’ was allegedly exorcised? Clearly nothing has happened to rid the cemetery, Swains Lane and Crouch End of strange phenomena. This may in an odd way return the area to its semblance of sobriety. Its infamous ‘vampire’ haunted the pages of a supposedly factual account, ensuring that Highgate was ever linked with a vampire and placing it firmly in the realms of myth. As far as our extensive research is concerned the area was not, and never was the haunt of such a beast, but it retains its propensity for the psychic, which is comforting: it always had a ghostly reputation and still has it, as several independent witnesses, and those connected with his report have testified. The answer may lie with the ley line theory (q.v.) a theory, which has gained purchase in recent years, by psychics and by free thinking scientists. If one considers that Highgate Cemetery West is built on the intersection of two ley lines, one positively and the other negatively charged (rather like electrical currents) then it is no wonder that the area attracts many psychic events and perceptions, and the odd publicity seeker.
Copyright Patricia Langley
Who was this mysterious nobleman from south eastern Europe? Why was he not recorded as a tenant of Ashurst House under the Caves’ occupation? Did he break in to the mansion and take up rooms illegally? Certainly his late-night movements would have alerted the judges then in residence, not to mention first-hand independent encounters with the fanged beast. If such a fantastical personage lived in Ashurst House, it would have been recorded in someone’s diary somewhere, but it is not.
If the ‘nobleman-vampire’ had hidden his coffin in the cellars of the old house, why was it not found when the house was demolished in 1830 to make way for the church? Did the vampire nobleman move it, and if so, to where? Why was this coffin described in the book as ‘newer than those on the shelves’ (when discovered in the Wace tomb)? Far from being newer, it would have appeared incredibly older, for the first Wace coffin was placed inside the tomb in 1872. The ‘vampire noble-man’ arrived at Ashurst House allegedly in the 18th century.
INTRODUCTION by Gareth J. Medway
FOREWORD – Highgate and Hornsey
The History of Highgate’s Ashurst House
The Highgate Vampire
Sarah Otway Cave
The Terraced Catacombs and the Wace tomb
The Crouch End Adventure
The Ley Line Theory
The Vampire Connection
The Giant Spider Incident
Is Highgate Cemetery Haunted?
Bibliography and Sources
|Publisher||British Psychic & Occult Society|
|Date of Publication||Dec 2010|
|Genre||The Occult & Mythology|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Country of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Imprint||British Psychic & Occult Society|
|Content Note||5 black and white illustrations including line drawings by Chrissie Demant|
|Edition Statement||2nd Revised & enlarged edition|
About the author
Patsy Langley first became interested in Highgate Cemetery during her research into the Pre-Raphaelite painters and poets for her University studies. She has a degree in Earth Sciences and Humanities, has contributed articles on ley line theory and ghostly phenomenon for ‘The Highgate Vampire Casebook Files’ magazine, and is a chartered accountant. She has one son, and is currently producing a book on ghosts and legends of Middlesex.
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