were written by Mol Smith to friends and associates during the week October
15th 1999 to October 22nd 1999.They form a 'field-record' of events which
took place near Chelsham, on the Surrey, Kent, borders - England. Not all
were received. I have indicated those emails written, and found on the
recovered lap-top, which Mol was unable to send due to exhausted power
he mentions digital 'stills' or 'video', I have linked to these from the
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October 17th 1999
Day 3 - Sunday - October 17th
Day 3 - Sunday 17th October 1999
Thanks to the few of you who wrote back. To be honest, it makes a
to feel in contact with you when I sign on late at night - especially
after a day
We had a bit of an incident here last night - just shortly after
I sent you my email
and turned into the sleeping bag. It is difficult to recount the
- you know how it is when you are just about to fall asleep: the
mind is half blurred
and only vaguely aware!
What happened is that there was a lot of rustling around inside the
Larry and Van's spot. It's pitch black in here once our camping
light is off so
I assumed whatever was going on was not really my business and tried
harder to sound asleep.
When I heard soft, muted, female sighs - the type that seemed as
someone was deliberately trying to subdue pleasure noises, I was
certain it was none of my business and I felt slightly embarrassed.
I wouldn't bother mentioning this normally if it wasn't for some
of the things
that happened subsequently.
Anyway - back to last night. The sighing turned to a kind of groaning
whimpering, but more than this - the sound shifted inside
the tent. It could
only have been Van of course, so when I sensed her in the dark and
right up close to me, and heard her breathing in an irregular way,
was quite worried about what she was up to!
I could sense her in the darkness very close to me and I'm certain
strands of hair brushed across my face. In the back of my mind -
what the hell what to expect next. Ever been put in a spot like
Did I mention to you about my camera? When you take a still shot,
a synthesized click. The exact intensity and sound is adjustable
and can in
fact be turned off. I know its sound quite well. I mention this
because I heard
it then, in the dark, very distinctively!
Everything went quiet afterwards.
Nothing else happened and I fell asleep.
This morning, Larry was very moody - especially towards me. I had
forgotten about the incident in the night until Larry said to me
"Mol, can we take a look at your digital photos so far?"
I felt apprehensive about playing back the shots one-by-one on the
screen. I got to the point where I had completed my set of snaps
announced - "that's it", as cheerfully as I could make myself sound
I noticed from the on-screen info that a single additional image
on the chip... and not yet played back!
Alas... Larry noticed it too :(
"There's one more." he said.
So I flicked the switch. Pop! Up came this infrared image of Vanessa,
around, naked, on the ground sheet of
the tent. Even though her face didn't
show up in the image, it was of course - her.. unless Larry or I
anatomically during the night!
Well you can imagine how breakfast was suddenly spoilt by the accusations
which ensued. Larry accused me of being a sneak. Vanessa accused
Larry and me of taking unfair shots of her while she was asleep.
hell could I accuse?! I swear to you though - I did not take that
I offered to delete the image but Larry - more by the way of additional
accusation - told me to keep it. Vanessa said she didn't care. I
more because of the mystery surrounding the incident than anything
After an hour or so - the bad feelings dispelled a bit. Larry announced
Van wanted to go and check out the odd grave at the church. I felt
told them to go on alone and I'd catch them up later! They did try
me into going but I said I wanted to wash etc., and the privacy
me a chance.
Larry asked if he could borrow the camera. How could I refuse? So
There's a stream not far from the tent, so I went and washed up.
cold experience that was!
When I got back, I went through some of the books Vanessa had brought
along - all about Witchcraft... specifically ones with a
lot of information about
the witch trials in Essex in 1645 and the renowned
According to the researcher, the Witchfinder General
from Essex after the famous trials there to this area in answer
requests for help in halting a series of dramatic incidents.
One of the books suggests that his visit here to Chelsham preceded
incidents so serious and traumatic that the 'activity', his visit,
which took place during his proceedings here, were all struck from
at the time. According to the author, there was a genuine fear that
of the incidents spread further it would cause unprecedented panic
already 'spooked' and distressed populace throughout South West
As its getting late here now and quite atmospheric - ( a night mist
descended into the forest ) - I think I will write you more about
during the daytime tomorrow when I feel in a more optimistic mood.
I eventually set off after Larry and Van and caught up with them
the church. Van was inside - apparently as it was Sunday, the church
still held service. She had met up with the local vicar as he was
He had taken a shine to her too, and he was showing her through
some church records. I left them to it and went out to meet Larry.
He said they had taken a few shots around
the grave (the one outside
the cemetery) but he seemed a bit sheepish about the details.
I didn't ask to see them - the images - (I thought more talk about
camera and images would only bring up the earlier tension, which
thankfully - had now dispelled). We came back early. No beer tonight
and we are all inside the tent as I write. It is 10.30 pm here,
are in good mood. Larry has stopped mentioning that he infrequently
spots odd lights to the far edge of the woods (did I tell you about
before?) but Vanessa is still periodically complaining of
her ears. We don't have any cotton buds but possibly she has wax
pressing on her ear drums - I have had this a few times.
I'd better close. Before we turn in for the night, Larry and Van
to discuss a set of plans for tomorrow. They seem quite serious
something they heard today (and it actually is related to Microscopy)
so I am looking forward to hearing what they have to say.
All for now. Please, please, keep sending me your emails. I miss
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ps. Steve, I've just received your email as I was about to sign
off. A good point!
I have attached and sent you the image which I swear to you I didn't
just in case it goes missing in the night. Thanks for the offer
to keep it safe. (mol)