The Friends of Hecate and the Clapham Woods Mystery

The Friends of Hecate and the Clapham Woods Mystery

May 6, 2015  Mysteries 0 Comments 168 Views

How many times in your life have you used the word Panic? Uncountable right? Well, if you’re the average English speaker, you have probably done so without ever having bothered to look into the dictionary to see where that word actually comes from. if you did, you would be surprised. Panikos was the Greek God of flocks, forests, meadows, and shepherds. He was described as having the horns and feet of a goat, and heads, chest and arms of a man. Yes, that would make him your classic Minotaur. You probably haven’t heard of “Panikos” before his alternative English name “Pan” may ring some bells.Now as I was saying, Pan was the protector of the forests, and was often reasoned for causing a strange feeling of terror and, well, panic, in the minds of humans who ventured into the deep woods.Turns out, the Ancient Greeks weren’t the only ones to have ever associated fear with forests and wild landscapes. I mean, no one knows fear of the woods like a modern-day New Yorker, right? But seriously, has it never occurred to you that you ventured into the wild with a keenness towards exploring, only to find yourself scared, running as fast as you can for the nearest sign of civilization.

Notwithstanding the risk of sounding “girly”, I’ll say that the forests have always had a strange and rom

antic impact on me. The enchanted woods were the moonlight beams, where faes and gnomes come out to play, where little night birds sing chirping lullabies as the

wilderness takes its own, magical form. It’s not a feeling I can shake out of me. But that’s all personal talk. Now let’s come to the mystery at hand: (or should I say: time to creep the hell outta ya romantics!)

Satanism isn’t innately bad or evil. Nor is there any reason to believe that everyone who calls themselves a Satanist turns into a ghoulish murderer of small kids at nightfall. But at the risk of sounding politically incorrect, I must admit that some of the most heinous of crimes and serial killings have taken place under the veil of Satanism. It’s not the religion itself, it’s just people. What shall now follow is the horrendous chain of events that circumvented the forest of Clapham, located north of the

Clapham village in West Sussex, England. Was their Satanism involved? Probably.

Any plausible conspiracy theories without sounding like a complete basket case? Yep.

The Clapham Woods have always been a mysterious bunch. To sum it all up in a single sentence, Martin J. Clemens says “Perhaps the most mundane feature of Clapham Wood is it’s abundance of UFO sightings”. The woods are a full package, really. From strange UFO sightings to unexplained fear and discomfort in visitors. but the real reason we’re even talking about them is actually the satanic cult activity that surrounded the mystery woodlands.

It all started with the spontaneous disappearance of people’s pets in 1975:

Three cases of which were covered widely by the press. They told of two dogs that went missing without a trace and a third that suffered a mysterious paralysis. The son of Peter Love, while walking their family chow in the wood, watched as his dog ran amongst the trees of the forest and disappeared, never to be seen again. The following week, farmer John Cornford’s collie disappeared in the same place. A third dog, a golden retriever owned by Mr E.F. Rawlins was found partially paralysed after running into the woods, the cause of which was never determined and which eventually led to its being euthanized. This was only the tip of the iceberg however.

However, there was something else that was alarming the village folk too. In 1972, the body of an unidentified woman turned up in the forest. police investigations tried to determine the identity of the woman, as well as the killer, all to no avail. Infact, Police Constable Peter Goldsmit, who was currently investigating the case, himself disappeared under mysterious circumstances. He was last sen walking down the rolling downs near the town church, and then after 6 months, his body was discovered in the same Clapham Woods, hidden in a patch of bramble.

In July 1975,  pensioner Leon Foster turned up missing, only to be recovered as a corpse in the woods, by a couple who were actually searching for their lost horse, also disappeared without a trace. On Halloween 1978, the vicar of Clapham, the retired Reverend Harry Snelling went missing.  His body was found three years later by a Canadian tourist.  Again, no cause of death could be identified. Again in 1981, a homeless schizophrenic by the name of Jillian Matthews disappeared, and was found dead in the forest, raped and strangled.

With no culprit, or even a suspect turning up for all these crimes, theories have been abound, particularly about a satanic cult called the Friends of Hecate. Paranormal investigator Charles Walker got involved in the mystery, and went as far as to be approached by a mysterious caller via telephone, who arranged with him a late night meeting at the Cross-Roads.

When Charles reached the meeting point, he could find no one, but heard a voice calling from behind the bramble. The voice identified itself as a member of the Friends of Hecate Satanic cult. It assumed all responsibility of the mysterious pet disappearances, although he carefully avoided speaking of the human deaths involved. Then there was the booming warning:

“There are people in high places involved, holding positions of power and authority, who will tolerate no interference. We will stop at nothing to ensure the safety of our cult.”

As for the cult itself, they were a pagan cult, not exactly Satanic, the worshipers of goddess Hecate:

Hecate or Hekate (/ˈhɛkətiː, ˈhɛkɪt/; Greek Ἑκάτη, Hekátē) is a goddess in Greek religion and mythology, most often shown holding two torches or a key and in later periods depicted in triple form. She was variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, dogs, light, the moon, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, ghosts, necromancy, and sorcery


While this is an enduring mystery in itself, clamp it up with the series of UFO sightings and other paranormal activity, and boom: you’ve got one of the most haunted places in England.

A creepy, abandoned forest loaded with UFO activity, strange feelings of nausea and panic, then a series of murders and pet disappearances, all to the conclusion of an awful Pagan cult sprawling over unsuspecting village people. What do you think, guys? Your hit list for next Halloween?

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