Charles Walker is a well known name in the Fortean community, especially amongst the generation who grew up reading The Unexplained magazine, a publication which was for many readers their first exposure to the high strangeness of Clapham Woods in West Sussex.
As far back as 1968 Charles began collating reports of UFO sightings and people’s peculiar experiences in the wood, which is notable for a distinctive crater wherein no plant life takes root, as well as an apparent ley line. As the 1970s progressed Charles’ focus shifted to the alleged use of the woods by a magical sect, referred to in 1978 by one of their members in a rare dialogue with Charles as ‘The Friends of Hecate’. Over the years Charles and his fellow researchers have connected this group with the mysterious disappearance of dogs, and even human beings. Their discoveries, which have been documented in several publications, have resulted in hexes and intimidation, an experience which closely parallels that of David Farrant upon his exposé of the use of certain tombs in Highgate for black magical purposes.
Charles and his colleagues have traced at least one person of interest during the course of their research, who claims to have been involved with a black magical group operating from a house in Highgate since at least 1965. See The Black Cathedral (downloadable PDF). It is Charles’ view that such groups manipulate the natural energy of the sites that they choose for their rituals, and that this could have some impact upon apparent paranormal phenomena in these locales.
Charles, who is a practicing Pagan himself, runs the long-established Worthing Occult and Paranormal Society, which regularly investigates allegedly haunted houses and ancient sites of mystical significance.