Sunday, August 7, 2022

A Response to Patrick Sean Manchester's Facebook Post

Gather for this tale of a wolf in sheep's clothing. Picture: ColouringPages101.com.

One of Patrick Sean Manchester's—aka Bishop Seán Manchester—favourite hobbies is slagging off people he doesn't like via the vast cornucopia of blogs and Facebook accounts he writes for. I am one of his frequent targets.

I usually respond to his diatribes via my Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/awampyrwalks/), but I've decided that sunshine is indeed the best disinfectant, so I'll be addressing his posts on this blog to ensure Mr. Manchester gains the audience he seeks.

Recently, after noting that Manchester is utterly obsessed with his late nemesis, David Farrant, Manchester followed up with yet another diatribe about Farrant.

He then followed that remark with all the Christian grace of a bull in a china shop:

The "slimy behaviour and overt hostility" of Hogg renders anything he has to say as invalid. Whatever vitriol he posts is nothing less than one might expect from a universally despised troll. So many have recorded the malice of this alcoholic with a penchant for foul language.

I have certainly been called a troll in my day (especially by people who don't like their lies being refuted), but "universally despised"? I'm not sure about that. I have my own fan group after all (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1650940895149151) and I admin many Facebook groups with thousands of members. I detect a whiff of jealousy.

Do I swear? Yes. Am I an alcoholic? No. In fact, I barely drink (case in point: I had a single beer while at a Thai restaurant on Friday—literally my only alcoholic beverage that week). I honestly can't fathom why he said that. In the meantime, I suggest Mr. Manchester reacquaint himself with the Scripture he's supposed to be following. Namely Exodus 20:19.

Not content with gunning for me, he turns his toward another DAWWIH Facebook group member:

Redmond McWilliams, however, should understand that if he doesn't want me to engage by posting ripostes, all he need do is not mention me in the material he publishes. I would have no need to clarify my position were reference to me not made in the first place. Almost all his posts and comments on Hogg's hate group contain a negative aside. Is he unable to raise a topic without including some barbed reference to me? Yet we have never met.

I have no problem with him posting a right of reply. He's more than entitled to it. The problem is, these "ripostes" are little more than personal attacks and mistruths (see "alcoholic" remark, above), not setting the record straight. And what makes them particularly peculiar is that Manchester has us both blocked on Facebook. So, how is he seeing our posts?

Either way, an (allegedly) Christian bishop trying to pam off his hateful posting on us flies in the face of Christ's command that one "turn the other cheek" (Matthew 5:39). Whatever he posts is wholly his responsibility.

I will admit that a lot of negative things are said about Manchester, though (readers are invited to visit/join the group to decide their extensiveness for themselves). But there's a good reason for it: he is an incredibly nasty person. Indeed, most of the replies are in response to things he's said first. Manchester thinks he can intimidate people into silence by personally attacking them behind his bewildering array of sockpuppet idents (like his "The Cross & the Stake" nom de plume his Facebook post was written under). 

He is renowned for obsessively posts about people he doesn't like (despite allegedly devoting his live to the Church), which strikes me as distinctly anti-Christian behaviour. Indeed, as someone who has been subjected to over fifteen years of his stalking, it's no surprise as to why people don't have many kind things to say about him.

The "clarifying [his] position" angle would be fair if he was a truthful, credible person. But he isn't. He lies. A lot. That is literally why people speak up about him in the first place.

To cap it off, mentioning he has never met McWilliams applies to a lot of people he attacks. Including me. Manchester has no place being on his high horse.

Manchester concludes his post with this pièce de résistance:

When McWilliams chose to throw his lot in with Hogg it puzzled me at the time and still does now. He was a longstanding friend of David Farrant, and collaborated in many of Farrant's projects, eg the so-called symposium of July 2015. No sooner did he, of the blue, form an allegiance with Hogg than Farrant understandably dropped McWilliams like a hot potato. I don't comprehend disloyalty at the best of times, but this treacherous act by McWilliams terminated his friendship with Farrant (now in his final years), and the schism lasted until Farrant's death in April 2019. Not that Hogg, the sower of discord, was bothered.

My history with McWilliams (founder of the Highgate Cemetery Vampire Appreciation Society Facebook group) pre-dates his association with Farrant. We "met" via an online forum over a shared interest in bringing an independent voice the Highgate Vampire saga.

Over time, McWilliams allowed himself to absorbed into Farrant's social circle (despite my concerns about him getting too close to his "subject") and yes, collaborated with him on various projects thereby shedding his ability to remain publicly objective (regarding the "so-called symposium," though: strange wording aside, it was an honest-to-goodness symposium that actually happened). Indeed, his association lead to a falling out between us too when I defended a former friend, Angie Watkins, from being attacked on his group without a right of reply (my administration of the group was revoked without warning after she had added me to a Facebook group of hers without my knowledge). My defense of her even got me banned from the group, too. That certainly caused a lot of bitterness for me especially as I had worked on the group since its inception. And to show how far it had gone to the dogs, I was replaced by...Farrant's wife, Della, another person in his entourage with a grudge against me. So much for independence!

Eventually, McWilliams and I did make amends when I opened up to him about the treasure trove of Highgate Vampire-related material I had been able to accumulate through the help of colleagues. Farrant became aware of this re-association, especially when I was readmitted into his Facebook group. Farrant was never a fan of mine because I often criticised his claims and behaviours, as he had spent decades doing to Manchester. However, Farrant's attempt at portraying me as a Manchester lackey didn't quite take because (as this blog post shows), I am not in the game of taking sides between these two.

So, really, there was no "allegiance." I didn't demand fealty. I still don't. The ethos of this blog, the forum it sprung from and the Facebook group spin-off has always been about neutral turf. Whether the people on that turf want to stick to one side is up to them. But for me? I take neither side. After all, taking sides in something like this is a surefire way to kill critical thought and objectivity. I've seen it firsthand. And I've seen it used, deliberately, to this effect. The side I take is the truth.

Manchester's "disloyalty" spiel is a classic example of why this objectivity is needed. Preying on McWilliams' guilt over the fallout with Farrant is reminder that as objective as we may like to be, we are human. Feelings often get in the way of what we investigate. And people exploit that for their own ends. But Manchester's rhetoric is undermined by his own concept of "loyalty": not questioning his claims. Not inviting participation from the "other side" of his beefs. I can attest to this firsthand. This is especially risible for someone acting more like a cult leader than the head of an organisation dubbing itself the Vampire Research Society.

But on his last remark: am I bothered over their falling out? Honestly? Not really. After all, I didn't cause it.

If Farrant was willing to terminate his friendship with McWilliams because he let me back on a Facebook group which I co-founded, I don't think that spoke much for their friendship. I could go further and speculate that their connection must have been one of convenience, in that both were getting a "use" for the other that was no longer tenable once it became apparent that McWilliams was interacting with me (without even being able to clarify why it was a problem in the first place). That said, on a human level, I would prefer they had buried the hatchet. A grudge is not a good thing to take to the grave.

For my final word on their friendship, though: I wasn't part of it. That was between them. The only person who can speak for them is them—and one of them is no longer around to do that. It's not my place to say how genuine it was. And certainly not Manchester's, who very obviously doesn't give a stuff. Therefore, his bottom-scraping tactic to attack McWilliams is just another example of the depths this alleged Christian bishop is prepared to go.

And that, honestly, is a shame too, speaking as it does to the psychology of a man so deeply entrenched in hatred for people because they've questioned him or exposed his shenanigans, that he struggles to process his emotions in a productive way. I hope he seeks the help he sorely needs.

Notes

Manchester is utterly obsessed with his late nemesis, David Farrant: Hogg, "In the latest edition of 'Where Is Your Church, Anyway, and Why Do You Keep Stalking Us?' . . .," Facebook, August 5, 2022, https://www.facebook.com/groups/awampyrwalks/posts/10166872067240494/.

yet another diatribe about Farrant: Manchester [The Cross & the Stake, pseud.], "Stewart Farrar said of Farrant . . .," Facebook, August 6, 2022, https://www.facebook.com/974672275997573/posts/2676860642445386/. Subsequent quotes, unless otherwise noted, are from this post.

subjected to over fifteen years of his stalking: Hogg, "My Number One Fan," The Vampirologist (blog), April 30, 2014, https://thevampirologist.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/my-number-one-fan/.

an honest-to-goodness symposium that actually happened: Della Farrant, "THE HIGHGATE VAMPIRE SYMPOSIUM 2015," Harringay Online, latest activity June 12, 2015, https://harringayonline.com/events/the-highgate-vampire-symposium-2015. The event took place at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, on July 19, 2015. McWilliams was one of the speakers.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Mr. Manchester Does Not Want to Be Called "Mr." & Other Gripes—Part 2

A dramatic representation of Patrick Sean Manchester's recent series of complaints about the author. Picture: Sony Pictures Releasing via Nerds and Beyond.

At the time of writing most of the first instalment, I did not realise Mr. Patrick Sean Manchester had made several other posts about me on his Facebook group, The Cross & the Stake. I will now take the opportunity to address those, too.
First, there is his rebuttal to a blog post that delved into his extremist, far-right nationalist leanings and Nazi fetishism. Overlaid on an uncredited partial screencap of my post, Mr. Manchester writes "No, Hogg, you beg to differ, along with your Marxist chums, while more and more people are agreeing with †Seán Manchester that all war is pure and utter lunacy."

Now, I'm a pacifist myself, but this response needs some context. Mr. Manchester was blaming Britain for the Nazi devastation of Europe during World War 2, i.e. if they hadn't butted in, it would have been a lot less worse: "Had Great Britain not declared war on Germany in the wake of a conveniently manufactured agreement with Poland that was designed to be violated, perhaps the sixty million people killed, which was over 2.5% of the world population, might for the most part have survived? Hitler certainly did not want a war with Great Britain on whose Empire he modelled his Third Reich. My country's action resulted in the worst and deadliest military conflict in history. It should have been avoided by every measure available."

That notion is, of course, utterly ridiculous considering Nazi Germany's Lebensraum ambitions, but not too surprising from a Nazi apologist. However, in the same post Mr. Manchester refutes this assessment: "I AM UTTERLY AMAZED THAT MY OPPOSITION TO WAR — INDEED, I HAVE PUBLICLY OPPOSED ALL WARS OCCURRING IN MY LIFETIME — CAN BE TWISTED BY ANTHONY HOGG INTO 'DEFENDING THE NAZI INVASION OF EUROPE.' I STAND BY MY WORDS (QUOTED ON TOP OF THE PAGE) AND SHALL CONTINUE TO PROUDLY ENDORSE THE SENTIMENTS THEY EXPRESS."

I'd day blaming Britain for Nazi atrocities and the scale of WW2 can be reasonably qualified as "DEFENDING THE NAZI INVASION OF EUROPE" don't you? 

Later, in third person, Mr. Manchester remarks "BISHOP MANCHESTER IS NOBODY'S APOLOGIST; HOGG IS AN APOLOGIST FOR SATANISTS." Here, Mr. Manchester clearly has a flimsy grasp on the meaning of "apologetics," in not only overlooking his own defense of Nazi Germany at the expense of Great Britain, but also wildly casting the concept around to include a nonsense statement about me being an apologist for Satanists. In what capacity, he isn't clear. The only thing I'd defend is their right to practice their faith, as we all do in a free society, and salient points they make on the hypocrisies of religion in mainstream society (e.g. the trolling and counter-protests of the Satanic Temple).

This, of course, is probably just another smokescreen for Mr. Manchester's own history with Satanism, a religion he practiced under the guise of "Lord Manchester."

Next up is a lengthy diatribe by Mr. Manchester, screencapped from some uncited Facebook post, about me and my colleague, Erin Chapman (accompanied by a pic stolen from a Vamped article she wrote, tinted with some sepia filter). Now, since Mr. Manchester's post appears sans context, I will do my best to address what he might be getting at.

It begins with a classic case of psychological projection from a man who regularly writes nasty comments and falsehoods about me: 
You write about me in the most negative, misleading and distorted manner possible, and have done so for in excess of a decade. 
I dispute that. I think I hold Mr. Manchester's claims and behaviour to the light of day. As I'm doing with this post. I provide quotes, links and/or citations so readers may have a common reference point—if I'm distorting anything, readers can easily call me on it by checking the references for themselves. This is a courtesy Mr. Manchester does not provide me, often taking my comments and material out of context specifically to smear me, as shown in this very post.
What about other people’s claims? How is it that you are not writing about them, save very infrequently, or in anything like the same abusive fashion?
Yet another falsehood. First, just on the Highgate Vampire topic alone, nearly all the posts I made on this very blog about Manchester's nemesis, David Farrant, were critical. One can easily see that by clicking on the "David Farrant" label link on the sidebar of this blog (https://dawwih.blogspot.com/search/label/David%20Farrant). That's one hundred and thirty posts in which he is a primary topic of discussion. I dispute Farrant's narrative, his criticisms, his recollection of events, the works. That's likely why Farrant wasn't a fan of mine, either.

Here, Mr. Manchester is trying to play victim; framing fair criticism as a torrent of abuse. In my view, this is a ruse to throw people off the scent of his own appalling behaviour, falsehoods and dubious claims.

When somebody confines entire websites, blogs and probably dozens of Facebook groups to attacking just one person over a period of more than ten years that, by any definition is indubitably obsessive. There is nothing “unChristian” in what I have written. What you are doing, and have done over many years, however, is unChristian. 

The lies in that post are inexcusable. First, my primary website (not counting the site dedicated to my organisation, the Vampire Studies Association [https://vampirestudies.org/], which will be undergoing some major redevelopment) is Vamped (https://vamped.org/), a general interest vampire site. Mr. Manchester has occasionally featured (https://vamped.org/tag/sean-manchester/), primarily in context with his "investigation" of the Highgate Vampire case, but he is not the website's primary topic.

As to blogs, I've created a handful over the years—none dedicated to a single person. This blog, for instance, focused on the Highgate Vampire case and the personalities involved. I previously wrote Diary of an Amateur Vampirologist (http://doaav.blogspot.com/), which later morphed to The Vampirologist (http://thevampirologist.blogspot.com/) before landing on a Wordpress version of the blog (https://thevampirologist.wordpress.com/).

In what I can only class as yet another case of psychological projection gone wild, it's Mr. Manchester who has actually created blogs about other people; specifically his nemesis, David Farrant (e.g. David Farrant Obituary, https://davidfarrantobituary.blogspot.com/), Kevin Chesham (e.g. Kevin Chesham Q & A, https://kev-chesham.blogspot.com/), various perceived enemies (Antipathetic Voices, http://antipatheticvoices.blogspot.com/) and, yes, even yours truly (Hoggwatch, http://hoggwatch.blogspot.co.uk/ [site discontinued]). Sidenote: Mr. Manchester launched that blog about me under a fake identity, before revealing himself to be the true author when he issued a copyright claim against me for posting a link to it (!) on Facebook.

I think it goes without saying that Mr. Manchester's remarks on the practice of my faith are more than a little hypocritical, but I accept the notion that my remarks can't always be considered Christ-like. The difference, of course, is that I acknowledge that; Mr. Manchester remains unrepentant. And he's a "bishop" (as he likes to keep reminding us).

Notes

the first instalment: Hogg, "Mr. Manchester Does Not Want to Be Called 'Mr.' & Other Gripes," Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate? (blog), January 2, 2021, https://dawwih.blogspot.com/2021/01/mr-manchester-does-not-want-to-be.html.

a blog post that delved into his extremist, far-right nationalist leanings: Hogg, "Response to Patrick Sean Manchester's Remarks About My Political and Religious Views, and Purpose of My Facebook Group," Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate? (blog), December 27, 2020, https://dawwih.blogspot.com/2020/12/response-to-patrick-sean-manchesters.html.

"No, Hogg, you beg to differ, along with your Marxist chums": Manchester [The Cross & The Stake, pseud.], "No, Hogg, you beg to differ, along with your Marxist chums," Facebook, January 1, 2021, https://www.facebook.com/VampireResearchSociety/posts/2181196232011832.

"Had Great Britain not declared war on Germany": Manchester, Manchester, "Detractors," "The struggle can take many turns and directions." — Kevin Chesham (Dec 2009) (blog), April 8, 2012, http://kevin-chesham.blogspot.com/2012/04/detractors.html.

"I AM UTTERLY AMAZED THAT MY OPPOSITION TO WAR": Manchester, "No, Hogg, you beg to differ." The comments follow an image a sieg heiling pig, with a Nazi armband, captioned "Pig Heil"—in what appears to be a childish dig at my surname—over another caption reading "The Anthony Hogg Nazi Smear [?] Campaign," offsided with a photo of me, used without my permission.

"BISHOP MANCHESTER IS NOBODY'S APOLOGIST": Manchester, "No, Hogg, you beg to differ."

a religion he practiced under the guise of "Lord Manchester": see plate captioned "Lord Manchester chargeant le poignard du sacrifice, au cours d’un rituel magique" in Jean-Paul Bourre, Messes rouges et romantisme noir (Nice: Editions Alain Lefeuvre, 1980).

a pic stolen from a Vamped article: Chapman, "Trip to Texas: The Vampire Studies Symposium and More," Vamped, April 9, 2016, https://vamped.org/2016/04/09/trip-to-texas-the-vampire-studies-symposium-and-more. I took the picture.

"You write about me in the most negative, misleading and distorted manner": Manchester, "You write about me in the most negative, misleading and distorted manner," January 1, 2021, https://www.facebook.com/VampireResearchSociety/photos/a.974803782651089/2181200215344767. Unless otherwise noted, subsequent quotes are derived from this post.

and, yes, even yours truly: For a more detailed discussion of the blog, see Hogg, "My Number One Fan," The Vampirologist (blog), April 30, 2014, https://thevampirologist.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/my-number-one-fan.

revealing himself to be the true author: Hogg, "Suspended from Posting to Facebook for Three Days," Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate? (blog), November 26, 2013, https://dawwih.blogspot.com/2013/11/suspended-from-posting-to-facebook-for.html.

Mr. Manchester Does Not Want to Be Called "Mr." & Other Gripes—Part 1

A dramatic representation of Patrick Sean Manchester's recent series of complaints about the author. Picture: Disney–ABC Domestic Television via Mark Galer.

In the past week, I have addressed two hostile postings Patrick Sean Manchester, under the guise of "The Cross & The Stake," made about me on his Facebook group. Mr. Manchester has made the group so toxic toward me, that merely being a Facebook friend of mine is enough to warrant a ban.

But this hasn't stopped Mr. Manchester from monitoring my group and "responding" to my posts without citing them. It hasn't stopped him using my pictures without my permission. Evidentially, Mr. Manchester has strived to create an echo chamber intended to turn members against me. This, from a supposed Christian bishop.

In the latest post made to his group, Mr. Manchester has sidestepped any effort to make amends, apologise or seek forgiveness for his malignant behaviour—despite my standing offer for him to join my group—instead, he has decided to focus on a narcissistic gripe: the title people refer to him by.

"People, largely out of ignorance," moans Mr. Manchester, "sometimes address me using the title 'Mr.' I am not a 'Mr.' The correct title when addressing me is 'Bishop.' I am Bishop Manchester. I am not Mr. Manchester. I would appreciate the appropriate title being affixed when using one. I do not mind if no title is used, but using the wrong one is borderline offensive."

The timing of the post, and the other posts it follows (directed me) suggests this passive aggressive diatribe is also intended for yours truly. So, I will address the matter head on. The reason why I refer to Manchester as "Mr." is because I have as much respect for his title as he does: none.

My use of "Mr." is a protest against abuse. While I am far from a perfect Christian, I do take the responsibility of priestly roles seriously. He doesn't. And never has except as a title; one no different from dubbing himself "Lord" during his Satanist phase. Or when he dubbed himself "The Magister" when performing an occult ritual at the home of David Farrant in 1973. 

There was even the time he masqueraded as "The Commander" in 1977 where he pretended to be the leader of the imaginary League of Imperial Fascists, a neo-Nazi group in Barnet, before being exposed by journalist Frank Thorne. After being unraveled, Manchester claimed that the "Commander" was actually an Irish neo-Nazi named Terence Byrne (1942–1982)—a falsehood I exposed in my own sting, helped by photographs of the real Byrne obtained from Anti-Fascist Action Ireland.

In what should be a matter to be hashed out between him and a licensed therapist, Manchester clearly has a thing for representing himself in positions of authority without actually doing any serious legwork to earn the title. As far as I'm concerned, this includes his "bishop" title.

After all, Mr. Manchester does not operate anything recognisable as a church, with no identifiable priests operating under his wing; although he does boast of owning "three residences in the British Isles" and "three vehicles" with his only discernable income being his "bestselling" books—whose proceeds go to his church, according to their inscriptions.

The materialism of Mr. Manchester's lifestyle isn't the only sticking point; it's his constant falsehoods and baseless attacks. In the aforementioned posts written about me, Mr. Manchester falsely claimed I am

  • a supporter of [Marxist] terrorism
  • an atheist
He also claimed my Facebook group (of the same name as this blog) "exists for one purpose, ie to stalk and troll †Seán Manchester," despite the variety of topics covered. Previously, he's even insinuated I am homosexual (I'm not).

And it hasn't stopped there...

Notes

I have addressed two hostile postings: Hogg, "Response to Patrick Sean Manchester's Remarks About My Political and Religious Views, and Purpose of My Facebook Group," Did a Wamypr Walk in Highgate? (blog), December 27, 2020, https://dawwih.blogspot.com/2020/12/response-to-patrick-sean-manchesters.html; Hogg, "Response to Patrick Sean Manchester's Remarks About My Political and Religious Views, and Purpose of My Facebook Group (II)," Did a Wamypr Walk in Highgate? (blog), December 28, 2020, https://dawwih.blogspot.com/2020/12/response-to-patrick-sean-manchesters_28.html.

being a Facebook friend of mine: Manchester [The Cross & The Stake, pseud.], "IF ANYONE IS FOUND TO BE A FB FRIEND OF ANTHONY HOGG," Facebook, December 24, 2020, https://www.facebook.com/VampireResearchSociety/photos/a.974803782651089/2174647722666683.

"People, largely out of ignorance": Manchester [The Cross & The Stake, pseud.], "People, largely out of ignorance," Facebook, December 30, 2020, https://www.facebook.com/VampireResearchSociety/posts/2180377815427007.

during his Satanist phase: see plate captioned "Lord Manchester chargeant le poignard du sacrifice, au cours d’un rituel magique" in Jean-Paul Bourre, Messes rouges et romantisme noir (Nice: Editions Alain Lefeuvre, 1980).

dubbed himself "The Magister": David Farrant, "The Mysterious Magister," David Farrant, accessed December 30, 2020, http://www.davidfarrant.org/cabinet-of-curiosities/the-mysterious-magister.

exposed by journalist Frank Thorne: Thorne, "We Unmask Phoney Nazis," Sunday People (London), October 9, 1977, 2–3.

a falsehood I exposed in my own sting: Hogg, "The Byrne Identity," Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate? (blog), December 19, 2013, http://dawwih.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/the-byrne-identity (site discontinued).

"three residences in the British Isles" and "three vehicles": quoted in Hogg, "The Hypocricies [sic] of Bishop Manchester," Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate? (blog), April 19, 2010, https://dawwih.blogspot.com/2010/04/hypocricies-of-bishop-manchester.html.

he insinuated I am homosexual: Hogg, "Bishop Allows Derogatory, Hateful Comments on His Blog, but Censors Comments about His Own Deceitful Ways," Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate? (blog), February 8, 2010, https://dawwih.blogspot.com/2010/02/bishop-allows-derogatory-hateful.html.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Response to Patrick Sean Manchester's Remarks About My Political and Religious Views, and Purpose of My Facebook Group (II)

Excerpt from ADL's page on the Celtic Cross, a symbol often associated with white supremacist groups. A version of this symbol is seen on an armband Patrick Sean Manchester is wearing in a photograph in his infamous "Nazi room." Picture: ADL.

In reference to my response to Mr. Patrick Sean Manchester's claims about me, in which I refuted his allegation that I support Marxist terrorist groups; the false claim that I am an atheist; a troll; the false representation of my Facebook group, Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate? (https://www.facebook.com/groups/awampyrwalks), existing to "to stalk and troll †Seán Manchester," Mr. Manchester could only muster a single reply (after copy-pasting my response, sans credit). Unfortunately, it wasn't an apology.

Instead, he sought to address my reference to Mr. Manchester's far-right leanings and Nazi fetishism, by countering: "* 'far-right nationalist leanings and Nazi fetishism: As documented by Kevin Chesham' who is himself a Neo-Nazi with close associations to other far right extremists, eg Kerry Bolton. It would certainly seem to be the case that Hogg can only find Nazis and hardcore Satanists to source smears of †Seán Manchester being a 'Nazi feteshist.' Risible!"

Manchester supplemented this allegation against former friend, Kevin Chesham, with a link to Manchester's blog, Kevin Chesham Q & A (https://kev-chesham.blogspot.com). But this attempt at deflection is somewhat questionable.

Apart from not denying his own far-right leanings and Nazi fetishism, the blog's content is questionable at best. For example, in a blog post attempting to refute Mr. Manchester having a room dedicated to Nazism, he states "The room was not a Nazi room. It was a storeroom for books and items that had accumulated down the decades. My library is on the ground floor. These books were in a room on the first floor. They comprised mostly history books, biographies and autobiographies which concentrated on the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s."

However, a cursory scan of the room's contents expose the falsity of this counter-claim: the wall is mounted with Nazi/fascist regalia and photographs, the shelves lined with books on vampirism, British history, folklore, Nazism (including a copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf) and a few others. But most tellingly, a tabletop features a silver framed article cut-out: "One in Four Germans Admires the Nazis," Daily Mail (London), October 18, 2007. 

Another wall features a photograph of a young Mr. Manchester (wearing sunglasses) in an armband representing the Christian Nationalist Movement. The Celtic cross symbol in Manchester's armband is  associated with white supremacist groups. Indeed, Mr. Manchester's own pseudonym, "The Cross & the Stake" (the same name of a newsletter he used to edit) echoes The Cross and the Flag, a magazine published by the Christian Nationalist Crusade (my italics)—which promoted Holocaust denialism. 

I should also point out that Mr. Manchester has previously dabbled in Nazi apologetics himself. On discussing the devastation wrought by World War 2, Mr. Manchester saw fit to lay the blame not on the Nazis who initiated the war, but a place closer to home: "Had Great Britain not declared war on Germany in the wake of a conveniently manufactured agreement with Poland that was designed to be violated, perhaps the sixty million people killed, which was over 2.5% of the world population, might for the most part have survived? Hitler certainly did not want a war with Great Britain on whose Empire he modelled his Third Reich. My country's action resulted in the worst and deadliest military conflict in history. It should have been avoided by every measure available."

History begs to differ.

Notes

my response to Mr. Patrick Sean Manchester's claims about me: Hogg, "Response to Patrick Sean Manchester's Remarks About My Political and Religious Views, and Purpose of My Facebook Group," Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate? (blog), December 27, 2020, https://dawwih.blogspot.com/2020/12/response-to-patrick-sean-manchesters.html.

"* 'far-right nationalist leanings and Nazi fetishism": Manchester [pseud. The Cross & The Stake], "* 'far-right nationalist leanings and Nazi fetishism," Facebook, December 28, 2020, https://www.facebook.com/VampireResearchSociety/posts/2177265469071575.

"The room was not a Nazi room": [Manchester], "Alleged 'Nazi' Room," Kevin Chesham Q & A (blog), May 30, 2019, https://kev-chesham.blogspot.com/2019/05/alleged-nazi-room.html.

a cursory scan of the room's contents: see photos in  "Kevin Chesham - The Autobiography - First Extract," Kevin Chesham - Triathlete, accessed December 27, 2020, http://kevchesham.blogspot.com/p/kevin-chesham-autobiography-first.html.

a tabletop features a silver framed article cut-out: Hogg, "Ja, mein Bischof!," Did a Wampyr Walk in Highate? (blog), March 5, 2012, https://dawwih.blogspot.com/2012/03/ja-mein-bischof.html.

which promoted Holocaust denialism: Wikipedia, s.v. "Gerald L. K. Smith," last edited December 1, 2020, at 23:47, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_L._K._Smith.

Celtic cross symbol in Manchester's armband: "Let's Play Dressing Up!," Kevin Chesham - Triathlete, accessed December 28, 2020, http://kevchesham.blogspot.com/p/lets-play-dressing-up.html; and "Celtic Cross," ADL, accessed December 28, 2020, https://www.adl.org/education/references/hate-symbols/celtic-cross.

"Had Great Britain not declared war on Germany": Manchester, "Detractors," "The struggle can take many turns and directions." — Kevin Chesham (Dec 2009) (blog), April 8, 2012, http://kevin-chesham.blogspot.com/2012/04/detractors.html. For further analysis of Mr. Manchester's use of racist sources and Nazi apologetics, see Hogg, "Rebutting the Nazi Room," Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate? (blog), April 9, 2012, https://dawwih.blogspot.com/2012/04/rebutting-nazi-room.html.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Response to Patrick Sean Manchester's Remarks About My Political and Religious Views, and Purpose of My Facebook Group

The author posing with Drew Sinton (left), former proprietor of The Haunted Bookshop, Melbourne, at The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar, Melbourne, on September 21, 2019, posted on The Anthony Hogg Fan Group. Patrick Sean Manchester pinched this photograph for an overtly hostile diatribe against me on his Facebook group, The Cross & the Stake. Picture: Anthony Hogg/The Anthony Hogg Fan Group.

I would like to take this opportunity to address several remarks made about me on Patrick Sean Manchester's Facebook group, The Cross & the Stake.

Anthony Hogg supports the Marxist terrorist groups Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA, and, while unconvincingly pretending to be a non-conformist "Protestant," is actually an atheist sympathetic and supportive of Satanists, eg Drew Sinton and others. Sinton was a senior member of the Church of Satan, but resigned because it was not extreme enough. 

Lots to unpack here.

First, I don't support any terrorist groups. I support the Black Lives Matter movement and I support anti-fascist movements. Who wouldn't? Mr. Manchester, unfortunately, mischaracterizes both: neither Black Lives Matter or ANTIFA are "terrorist groups"; they are decentralised movements that, yes, have extremists within them. Like any movement. 

I suspect Mr. Manchester's remarks stem from his own extremist, far-right nationalist leanings and Nazi fetishism.

On the claim that I am atheist; that is false. I am a non-denominational Christian. Mr. Manchester would do well to remember Exodus 20:16: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour."

Regarding Mr. Sinton, Mr. Manchester has taken the matter out of context: the "support" I gave him were multiple efforts at averting the closure of The Haunted Bookshop, an establishment Mr. Sinton ran in Melbourne for twenty-two years (closing in 2019). I supported him for two main reasons: 

  1. nostalgia: my non-fiction vampire book collection was stocked by many books purchased from Mr. Sinton's shop many years ago, even though I had since moved onto buying books mostly online
  2. principle: after facing closure from higher rent, Mr. Sinton pursued another prospective shop front in Melbourne, only to be turned away on religious grounds (citing his his Satanist beliefs). In our home state, Victoria, turning away prospective tenants on religious groups is illegal. I'm Christian, but I'm also an advocate for social justice.
I know little of Mr. Sinton's background with the Church of Satan, so I'm not sure where Mr. Manchester has gotten that information from, or whether it is accurate. Regardless, unless Mr. Sinton was engaging in illegal activity, I don't see the relevance: I was trying to help prevent the closure of a Melbourne institution, not summoning the Dark Lord with him.

The other support I gave Mr. Sinton (represented in a photograph I did not give Mr. Manchester permission to reproduce) was attending "Tonight! Haunted Bookshop Wake + The Narcoleptor 12" launch," an event held at The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar, Melbourne, on September 21, 2019 to commemorate the closure of the shop. 

Before the shop closed, I also bought a batch of books for my non-fiction vampire collection, for old time's sake and to give a little financial support for the shop's closure.

But why Mr. Manchester conflates support and Satanism to me may be a switch and bait tactic intended to distract group members from Mr. Manchester's own background with Satanism—for a "spell" in the 1970s, Mr. Manchester dubbed himself "Lord Manchester" and identified as a Satanist, as documented in Jean-Paul Bourre's Messes rouges et romantisme noir (1980).

Hogg of Melbourne, Australia, is also an infamous troll, as well as being a Facebook friend of Jamie Farrant, the latter being a member of Hogg's FB group Did A Wampyr Walk In Highgate, which exists for one purpose, ie to stalk and troll †Seán Manchester. The group's title is poached from a newspaper headline, 27 February 1970, featuring †Seán Manchester. Hogg was not born at the time of that headline. Jamie Farrant would have been less than three years' old when it was published.

While it's true I have a reputation as a "troll" in some circles (specifically among people who's views on vampirism and politics I have criticised), the remaining portion of Mr. Manchester's post is a pitiful attempt at orchestrating a conspiracy.

I am a Facebook friend of Jamie Farrant, the late David Farrant's son, but his membership on my group—and Mr. Manchester's characterisation of the group itself—is patently false. 

My Facebook group, Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate? (https://www.facebook.com/groups/awampyrwalks), is an offshoot of my blog of the same name (the one you're reading now). Its intent is the same as this blog's: to provide a neutral platform for those interested in the Highgate Vampire case, and to critically examine and discuss the events documented and claims made by people associated with it. Indeed, I have invited Mr. Manchester to join on multiple occasions—an offer that does not extend to me. 

In fact, Mr. Manchester claims that not only am I banned from his Facebook groups (which doesn't stop him from repeatedly making hostile, negative remarks about me), but anyone who is also my friend on Facebook is also banned—further evidence of Mr. Manchester's extremist leanings.

As to the group's/blog's title it is, indeed, a reference to the headline article, "Does a Wampyr Walk in Highgate?," Hampstead & Highgate Express, February 27, 1970. Which, sadly, is only one of two accurate statements made in the post. 

The other accurate statement is the timeframe of my birth; it is true I was not born at the time the event was reported, but I also wasn't born when the Titanic sunk. That doesn't stop me from being aware of it or commenting on it. Indeed, Mr. Manchester does not seem to level this criticism on people who believe his claims about hunting a vampire at Highgate Cemetery (for which there is no reliable evidence), suggesting this reference was intended to be an attempt at undermining my research and commentary on the case, but only succeeds as an own goal.

Notes

several remarks made about me on Patrick Sean Manchester's Facebook group: Manchester [pseud. The Cross & The Stake], "Anthony Hogg supports the Marxist terrorist groups," Facebook, December 24, 2020, https://www.facebook.com/VampireResearchSociety/posts/2173670736097715.

neither Black Lives Matter or ANTIFA are "terrorist groups": See Ashley Cole, "Black Lives Matter: Decentralised Leadership and the Problems of Online Organising," The Conversation, July 15, 2020, https://theconversation.com/black-lives-matter-decentralised-leadership-and-the-problems-of-online-organising-140897; and Stanislav Vysotsky, "What – or Who – Is Antifa?," The Conversation, June 9, 2020, https://theconversation.com/what-or-who-is-antifa-140147.

far-right nationalist leanings and Nazi fetishism: As documented in "Kevin Chesham - The Autobiography - First Extract," Kevin Chesham - Triathlete, accessed December 27, 2020, http://kevchesham.blogspot.com/p/kevin-chesham-autobiography-first.html.

turning away prospective tenants on religious groups is illegal: For further information on this case, see Josephine Winter, "Melbourne’s Haunted Bookshop Lease Not Renewed Because of Landlord’s ‘Spiritual Beliefs,’” Wild Hunt, July 11, 2019, https://wildhunt.org/2019/07/melbournes-haunted-bookshop-lease-not-renewed-because-of-landlords-spiritual-beliefs.html.

an event held at The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar: Hogg, "Went to Tonight! Haunted Bookshop Wake + The Narcoleptor 12" launch yesterday," Facebook, September 22, 2019, https://www.facebook.com/groups/AnthonyHogg/permalink/2410407639202469. This is the post Mr. Manchester took the photo from, sans credit.

but anyone who is also my friend on Facebook is also banned: Manchester [pseud. The Cross & The Stake], "IF ANYONE IS FOUND TO BE A FB FRIEND OF ANTHONY HOGG," Facebook, December 25, 2020, https://www.facebook.com/VampireResearchSociety/posts/2174647759333346.

for which there is no reliable evidence: Erin Chapman, "5 Reasons Why a Wampyr Didn't Walk in Highate," Vamped, February 27, 2015, https://vamped.org/2015/02/27/5-reasons-why-a-wampyr-didnt-walk-in-highgate-cemetery.

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