As noted in a recent blog entry (Hogg 2013c), I’ve been temporarily suspended from posting on Facebook due to an intellectual property claim issued against me. It means I can’t post items, can’t reply to them or even “like” posts, either. Thankfully, I can still chat with people on my friends list. I can also add members to my Facebook groups (see this blog’s Facebook page), but I can’t welcome them as I usually do. Sorry to all the new members who’ve joined.
The claimant, Sean Manchester—author of The Highgate Vampire (1985; 1991), From Satan to Christ (1988), The Grail Church (1995) and The Vampire Hunter’s Handbook (1997)—reported me after I posted a link on my “Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate?” Facebook group in context with ways my writings on the Highgate Vampire case are stymied by attacks on my credibility.
I added a link on the thread to a blog called Hoggwatch, as an example. It is dedicated to smearing me and uncovering my personal details so they may be hosted online; a typical intimidation tactic. I was reported not for posting content from it, mind you, just a link to it. I captioned it “An example of an attempt at silencing my work”. Irony.
The blog’s author was originally listed as “Vebjørn Hästehufvud”—who also went by the name “Arminius Vámbéry”—but changed it to “B.O.S.” [British Occult Society] in the immediate aftermath of an exposé I wrote about Hästehufvud’s authorship and false identities (Hogg 2013b).
But the true identity of the blog’s author was revealed when Facebook stated “We received a report from a third party that the content you posted infringes or otherwise violates their rights”. Here’s a screencap of the suspension notice I received from Facebook:
In other words, “Vebjørn Hästehufvud”, “Arminius Vámbéry” and “B.O.S.” are all the same person: Sean Manchester, in disguise. He is Hoggwatch‘s true author, cowardly hiding behind a sockpuppet(s),
an online identity used for purposes of deception. The term—a reference to the manipulation of a simple hand puppet made from a sock—originally referred to a false identity assumed by a member of an internet community who spoke to, or about, himself while pretending to be another person (“Sockpuppet [Internet]” 2013).
The hypocritical audacity of Manchester’s intellectual property claim is not only heightened by the fact that he’s a flagrant plagiarist (Hogg 2013a), but that he’s also a (supposedly)¹ Christian bishop.
Yes, a bishop: Manchester is “Bishop & Primate” of the “Church of the Holy Grail” (n.d.), which he established in 1973. However, it probably won’t surprise you to know that its history has also been plagiarised (Hogg 2010).
¹ I say “supposedly” due to some hair-raising revelations about Manchester’s penchant for Nazism and Internet censorship tactics, which are discussed on a blog by his former friend, Kevin Chesham. A sample:
His modus operandi as he described it was to create an argument, then argue against it under up to 4 or 5 aliases until the conversation got so heated that the forum was closed down. He bragged that he had had ‘many successes’, especially when he used the ‘incitement to religious hatred card’ as he laughingly referred to it. Sean’s justification for complaining to all internet forums where David Farrant’s opinions about the supposed ‘Highgate Vampire’ were freely admitted, was framed in the words of Adolf Hitler: ‘As soon as by one’s own propaganda even a glimpse of right on the other side is admitted, the cause for doubting one’s own right is laid.’ I remember this was another favourite quote of his (Chesham n.d.).
Chesham, Kevin. n.d. “Kevin Chesham – The Autobiography – First Extract.” Kevin Chesham – Triathlete. http://kevchesham.blogspot.co.uk/p/kevin-chesham-autobiography-first.html.
“Church of the Holy Grail.” n.d. Holy Grail. Accessed November 26, 2013. http://www.holygrail-church.fsnet.co.uk/Church%20of%20the%20Holy%20Grail.htm.
Hogg, Anthony. 2010. “Is His Title Valid?” Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate?, February 6. http://dawwih.blogspot.com.au/2010/02/is-his-title-valid.html.
———. 2013a. “The Element Encyclopedia of Plagiarism?” The Vampirologist, September 26, https://thevampirologist.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/the-element-encyclopedia-of-plagiarism/.
———. 2013b. “Podcast Criticism (1).” Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate?, March 15. http://dawwih.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/podcast-criticism-1.html.
———. 2013c. “Suspended from Posting to Facebook for Three Days.” Did a Wampyr Walk in Highgate?, November 26. http://dawwih.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/suspended-from-posting-to-facebook-for.html.
“Sockpuppet (Internet).” 2013. Wikipedia. Last modified on November 21, at 22:23. Accessed November 26, 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sockpuppet_%28Internet%29.