Famous Cases | Historical Tales | Vampires | Zombies
by Scott Harper
Highgate Cemetery was constructed in north London, England, in 1839. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s it was the site of possible vampiric activity.
Interestingly, this activity mirrors Bram Stoker’s famous novel “Dracula,” published in 1897. In “Dracula,” the character Lucy Westenra is, after being bitten by Dracula, buried in Highgate. There, she rises and begins creating her group of vampire children.
By the 1960s, the cemetery had lapsed into disrepair. Stories of strange creatures and spirits seen on the premises began circulating. Although these sightings seemed to be of a variety of phenomena, several reports surfaced of a tall dark figure. According to some, this figure was purely black and shadowy. Others described it as having a deathly pale white face.
A being matching the latter description attacked a young girl in front of the cemetery in 1971. It knocked her to the ground and clawed at her. She was saved when a car stopped to help her. The being quickly fled back into the cemetery.
In 1974, a man, after walking his dog through the graveyard, returned to his car to find what he described as a “freshly dug-up corpse” awaiting him.
Self-proclaimed vampire hunters David Farrant and Sean Manchester each devoted years to the Highgate cemetery phenomena. Mr. Farrant reported finding dead foxes, completely drained of blood, in the cemetery. He was arrested for vampire-hunting in August of 1970. Mr. Manchester has implied claims of having slain a black, shadowy, white-faced creature in the basement of a house neighboring Highgate.