Ham&High reports… Highgate’s “vampire hunter” David Farrant died earlier this month, aged 73. Farrant lived a colourful life in and out of the headlines.
Although he always disavowed the term “vampire hunter”, Farrant, who was born in Highgate before moving to Muswell Hill, became inextricably linked with the paranormal hysteria around a potential “Highgate vampire” that got its fangs stuck into the community during the early 1970s.
After writing to the letters pages of the Ham & High in February 1970, he became an infamous local figure whose antics divided the community, not least when he was jailed for vandalising Highgate Cemetery in 1974. The charge – of desecrating tombs at the famous burial ground – is one he always denied. After a high-profile Old Bailey trial, however, he was sentenced to five years behind bars. He served three.
David became a Wiccan High Priest during the 1960s and continued to practise throughout his life. He is survived by two sons – Jamie and Danny – and his wife Della.