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Manchester on Farrant

When the news broke that David Farrant, the psychic investigator who will be forever linked to the Highgate Vampire affair, had died, I waited curiously to see how his lifelong rival Bishop Sean Manchester, also forever linked with the Highgate Vampire, would react. Manchester has a reputation for being particularly surly with his critics (to be fair, so do I) and he and Farrant were feuding as far back as the early 70s. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleased to see Bishop Manchester display class and graciousness as he paid his respects to his former adversary online.

Bishop Manchester also has the reputation for being aggressively territorial of his intellectual properties, so I won’t reprint his comments here. Anyone who is interested can find them at this link. Or you can just take my word for it that the expression is a kind one. Good for you, Sean. It’s just unfortunate that the two men couldn’t have set aside their differences while Mr. Farrant was still alive. I fantasize about the documentary film that will never get made, wherein the two former rivals return to Highgate Cemetery to swap stories and to review the case all these decades later.

TheCheezman • April 15, 2019

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