Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Sunday, August 7, 2022
|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.
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
|A dramatic representation of Patrick Sean Manchester's recent series of complaints about the author. Picture: Sony Pictures Releasing via Nerds and Beyond.|
You write about me in the most negative, misleading and distorted manner possible, and have done so for in excess of a decade.
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?
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).
|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
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.
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.