Clapham Wood Mystery
|Location||West Sussex, England|
The Clapham Wood Mystery refers to local folklore surrounding Clapham Wood, West Sussex, England. Fortean authors and paranormal enthusiasts believe the area to be a locus of UFO sightings, Satanic cult activity, deaths, and lost or sick pets.
According to Fortean Times magazine, reports of UFO sightings, claims of nausea, sudden patches of grey mist, and sensations of being pushed or followed have been made since the 1960s, as well as a number of reports of pets being sick or lost in the area. Four deaths have occurred either in or close to the woods. In 1972, missing Police Constable Peter Goldsmith's body was found hidden in a patch of thick bramble. In August 1975, missing pensioner Leon Foster was found in the woods by a couple searching for a lost horse. In 1978, the missing Reverend Harry Neil Snelling's body was found by a Canadian tourist. In September 1981, the body of Jillian Matthews, a homeless schizophrenic was discovered, having been raped and strangled.
In their 1987 book The Demonic Connection, authors Toyne Newton, Charles Walker and Alan Brown claimed that the woods were used for rituals by a Satanic cult calling itself the "Friends of Hecate". Journalist Will Storr investigated this claim in his book Will Storr Vs The Supernatural, but found no evidence beyond odd campfires and unfriendly locals.
- Robins, Danny "Danny Robins Investigates: Episode 2 - The Mystery Of Clapham Wood", Channel 4 Radio, Channel 4
- Brownlow, Nick (2005) "Fortean Traveller: Clapham Wood", Fortean Times