By Charlene Lowe Kemp
Many rumours and stories of a dark figure haunting the north London cemetery began after a group of teenagers, who took an interest in the occult, started roaming the abandoned graveyard.
One member of the group named David Farrant, spent the night in the cemetery on December 21, 1969. Two months later he wrote to the Hampstead and Highgate Express about a sighting he encountered of a paranormal shadowy grey figure.
Soon after this, many other people began informing the local paper, claiming to have witnessed all kinds of creepy and scary activity there, including a figure in a pond, a tall man wearing a hat and a ghostly cyclist.
Following the reports, another man called Sean Manchester stated he believed ‘a King Vampire of the Undead’ – a medieval nobleman who had participated in black magic in Romania – was brought to England in a coffin during the eighteenth century.
The ‘vampire king’ was apparently buried in the same burial grounds, that later became as Highgate Cemetery. Sean Manchester claimed that modern-day Satan worshippers had awoken him.