Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Bishop by Any Other Name...

The use of probable aliases by Bishop Manchester was covered in "Who Is The Informative One?". Rosemary Ellen Guiley's Vampires Among Us (New York: Pocket Books, 1991) gives us a clear example of where else this has occurred:

In representing the ISAIVLR, Manchester occasionally uses the pseudonym "Ruthwen Glenarvon." The name is taken from Byronic associations: Lord Ruthven is the vampire in John Polidori's story borrowed from Lod Byron's writings...and Glenarvon is the name of one of Byron's fictional characters. Ruthwen Glenarvon is listed as the editor of The Cross and the Stake, the newsletter of the ISAIVLR. According to Manchester, the name is used to answer correspondence and protect identities of various staff of the society. He has used it for some years (and, during the Highgate vampire case, he used the pseudonym "George Byron" while investigating the cemetery where Luisa was said to be buried). (p. 126)

I should note that "ISAIVLR" refers to the International Society for the Advancement of Irrefutable Vampirological and Lycanthropic Research, or, Vampire Research Society, for short.

To my knowledge, The Cross and the Stake is no longer a newsletter, but seems to live on as a forum of the same name.

It is strange that Manchester would find recourse into employing such aliases, considering his status as a public figure and author attached to the Highgate Vampire Case. But then again, he isn't the only one:

Other vampire hunters announced their intent to find the vampire and stake it. One of them was David Farrant, born David Robert Donovan Farrant, who gave his name at various times as David Farrant, Allan Farrant, and Robert Farrant. (p. 116)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Who Is The Informative One?

In the previous installment, I covered the actions of a shady Manchester-sympathiser known as "The Informative One". I also revealed that this member's identity is protected by Dennis Crawford and Katrina Garforth-Bles, International and National Secretaries for the Vampire Research Society, respectively.

It's rather bewildering as to why this might be, especially considering the extent of his "independent research" is to regurgitate posts made by others, engage in copyright violation and stalk people critical of Bishop Manchester.

Perhaps the answer can be found in a post called "The List - Complete (Updated 20th June...again!)" by Hulk Hogan, a fellow member of the Dark Matters Radio Exploration forum.

He has published a list of usernames from various Manchester-affiliated MSN Group forums, which, he claims, all use the same ISP. Here's what he came up with:

+Seán (Superior General)
+Seán Manchester
Bishop's Chaplain
Bishop's PR Secretary
Bishop Seán Manchester
Crusader Knight
FoBSM Administration
Old Catholic Church
The Apostle
The Author
The Informative One
The Overseer

It should be noted that the last username on the list isn't me, but member of Did a Vampire Walk in Highgate? and Fiends of David Far

The implication of the list, is that they all emanate from one computer. And, more specifically, one person: Bishop Manchester himself.

Could this be the reason Dennis and Katrina are so keen to protect The Informative One's identity?


After the recent, unsigned comment by "anonymous" on my "Where You Might Find Me" post (no doubt by a member of the shady FoBSM or an associate), I've decided to only allow comments from users with Google accounts.

This will allow for more accountability (theoretically) for the claims made here and in response to my posts.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.


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