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Thought you might find this interesting to watch.

www.huntinghecate.com

UFOs. Animal disappearances. Human deaths. These are just some of the things that have haunted the mysterious Clapham Woods of West Sussex in recent times. With claims of occult activity in the area, is there any evidence to suggest this is true or is it all an elaborate hoax?
Hunting Hecate follows by day and night, local resident Charles Walker, a paranormal investigator who has been investigating a satanic cult, the Friends of Hecate, for over 30 years.

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Thank you for the link 20mm.  Charles Walker was one of the first contributors to come forward and offer an article to Mysterious Britain when we first were launched onto web, something we will always greatly appreciate.  It is good to see some of the locations mentioned in the articles he wrote.  

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Really quite unimpressed. Everything I've seen so far suggests a traditional occult group and not that of a Satanic or evil one. 10 minutes in and the presenter has given the impression these people are 'evil' and play around with 'black magic', a concept unrecognised by pre-wiccan Witchcraft. Still, not unsurprising but I'd hoped someone so involved would have done their homework properly. 

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We took a rather objective stance whilst making the documentary and focused mostly on Charles and his investigations surrounding FOH. Looking at the script I can definitely say we stuck to that objective outlook. Mentions of satanism are used to reference how the media and clapham residents portrayed the situation, often as you know disinformation can become fact when it's passed through enough people.

A lot of time was spent speaking with Charles, following him on investigations and researching various sources (His book, news articles, blogs, etc.) and to quote his very words on this site:

'It wasn’t until 1987, however, that anyone offered an explanation that attempted to tie these disparate events together. In their book The Demonic Connection, Toyne Newton, Charles Walker and Alan Brown alleged that the woods were being used for rituals by a Satanic cult calling itself the ‘Friends of Hecate’. Hecate is the triple-headed Goddess of the Greek underworld, and a central figure in modern Wicca.'

As a result the majority of documentary is based around what Charles gave us to work with.

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In support Ecardina here we did receive e-mails after Charles submitted his article about West Kennet Long Barrow suggesting that the evidence he found there did not actually point to Black Magic and we did put a disclaimer on there.  

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Let me first make one thing straight.
Charles Walker is perhaps the only occult investigator who took a methodical approach and actually performed extensive field research. I suspect he would pass all of Clapham Woods through a fine comb if he had the time and means.
The film itself is also extremely well made, so much above the usual "paranormal investigation" junk that we see even on TV, so my compliments to 20MM Productions which provided a much needed breath of fresh air.
Having said that allow me to continue.
In the book The Demonic Connection the mysterious "deep throat" from the Friends of Hekate made references to a vast, powerful and sinister occult organization. Not to sound unkind to Mr Walker (more on that in a minute) but this sort of claim is routinely made by would-be occultist leaders who do not have so much as one follower.
Of course this doesn't make these persons less dangerous: ten years ago a drug-smuggling ring was uncovered by Italian authorities. The leader of this ring was obsessed with the occult and made a point to use rituals of his own invention to force his accomplices into obedience. He killed three former members in "sacrifices" when he discovered they had a mind to "cop out" and he's suspected of other murders as well. According to authorities this ring (called, not surprisingly, The Beasts of Satan) never exceeded fifteen persons and never had "powerful" connections. This didn't make this crazed drug dealer-cult leader one bit less dangerous.

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The idea of a Black Magic group out there operating has always fascinated me on some level, but I don't have any in this field.   I first came across The Demonic Connection after reading The Black Alchemist, a psychic questing book by Andy Collins concerning a powerful individual practitioner in the South of England.  Did anyone read this?

Of course, like Mauro I would of course like to congratulate 20 mm Productions on the quality of the film. 

One think I can say about the investigation is that it must have taken one hell of a lot of guts to carry out.

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Yeh, good film 20mm.  Has anyone done any kind of research into occult rituals and links to reported psychic/paranormal phenomena?

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I should probably admit that it was The Demonic Connection and the Black Alchemist and their occult links that first got me seriously interested in actively investigating the paranormal, back when I was a teenager.  My main direction quickly shifted toward the scientific research of hauntings, but this whole topic still interests me, eventhough I do look at it far more critically now in my advancing years.

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Good to see the comments about Clapham and 'Hunting Hecate'. I was more than pleased with the way these guys treated the subject, far better than some members of the media I have come in to contact with.

It did allow the viewer to reach there own conclusions as to what they believe about the area and I can well understand that many will have doubts as to the validity of what is suggested. - Seeing is believing - and its good that people question what is said. That makes people like myself work harder on our research and in documenting any evidence found.

Thanks again to the guys for making the film.

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Has anything been happening recently with the Friends of Hecate?



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