ONE - The Garwood Theory
"And so Man created God in his own
image," Professor Garwood said in the conclusion of his
Professor Kenneth William Spencer
Garwood, world renowned authority on the history and
development of religion, smiled. Nineteen year old Toby
Wolf smiled back. He had an idea.
The Garwood Theory suggested there
was no supernatural being the like of which people
called God. No god of the Christians and no god of the
Jews. Allah was just as unreal in the Moslem faith as
were the gods of Ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. Yet
they all spiritually did exist in their own time, some
still do exist. Existence was a projection from the
power of man's mind.
Man created God in his own image.
Even within the Christian religion
God takes on many different forms. The god of the Roman
Catholics is not the god of the Pentecostals and quite
different from the Methodist and the Baptists. While
man's collective mind also created the Devil his is one
single persona, he does not differ from sect to sect.
Hell is Hell, Evil is Evil and the Devil is the Devil.
Or was it ?
The Garwood Theory may have fame in
academia but Toby believed he had within his mind an
idea waiting to be developed into something of equal, if
not greater, importance. Garwood had his PhD while Toby
Wolf was still a humble undergraduate but what he wanted
to bring forward was of greater significance than Doctor
Garwood's consideration of any existence surrounding
Toby picked up a pen and began to
brainstorm his thinking.
How many people lost their lives
in The Great War ?
How many survived the conflict to
suffer for the rest of their lives the injuries they
had sustained ?
How many were killed in World War
Two and how many had to live with injuries they
sustained during these years of fighting ?
How many lost their lives under
East European Communism ?
How many individuals today live
under the flag of the European Union ?
Using they keys of his laptop and the
power of Google Toby set about finding answers to all of
Seventeen million died in World
War One with a further twenty million injured.
Sixty million died in World War
Two, that was 3% of the world's estimated population
Toby double and then triple
checked the figure of 97 million who died under
communism across the world.
Finally he found that five
hundred and eight million people make up the
twenty-eight member states of the European Union.
Had there been no first world war
there would not have been a Russian Revolution and there
would not have been a second world war, half the
continent would not have been subjected to the evils of
totalitarian communist rule. It could also be debated
that without the two world wars there would not have
been a European Union and the dissolution of national
Toby posed another question, firstly
to himself and then to the all-knowing power of Google.
What proportion of the British public are regular
attendees at church ? The answer of ten percent showed
that Great Britain is not particularly a god-fearing
country, so what would be the answer of America where
Sunday and church attendance is more central to the way
of life ? What would the result be for Italy and the
heart of the Roman Catholic religion ?
Within moments Toby had the answers.
The USA and Italy both had church attendance figures of
thirty-seven percent. The figures were much as he had
anticipated, what did come as a surprise was the
incredibly high attendance rates throughout the
continent of Africa where most were way above fifty
percent. In Britain only one in ten went to church and
allowed their minds to create a god. How many minds
projected a devil into society ? Using Garwood's Theory,
Britain had a weaker god than America but how strong was
the devil ? Where were those who created Satan and where
were those who worshipped him to make his force real ?
Applying Garwood's Theory introduced some frightening
thoughts into Toby's mind.
Outside waging war what is the most
terrible thing one human being could do to another ?
Murder, both legally and morally, has
different levels. Killing a single person, no matter
what the motivation is wrong but planning the killing of
several is evil. Planned serial killing would have to be
the most evil, either influenced by Satan or
contributing to his existence. In recent years, say the
past hundred years, who were Britain's most evil serial
Harold Shipman, of course. Toby was
still at the computer so soon found that Doctor Shipman
had ended the lives of fifteen, at least that was how
many the court found him guilty of. They may have been
Fred and Rose West ? Twelve but just
as with Shipman there could have been more.
The Yorkshire Ripper ? Peter
Sutcliffe killed thirteen.
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley ? Five.
Those were notorious killers whose
names were general knowledge but there were others. Who
Reginald Christie, yes Toby had heard
that name. Eight, possibly more.
Searching Google the name of Dennis
Nilsen appeared. He had killed at twelve.
Were all acting under Satanic
influence ? Did their killings, eight people and at
least fifty victims, contribute to the phenomena of the
devil or did the inspiration to kill come from the devil
Toby printed off a map of the UK then
plotted the general location of each killer's
activities. He then drew a line from each location to
every other. The majority of the killings were in the
northern part of the country but as each line moved to
the southern locations they crossed in one place. On the
A4 printed map it was impossible to identify the
location but again using the cyber power of Google, this
time Google Maps, Toby was able to identify the
Bedfordshire village of Clophill.
Toby felt a shiver run through his
body, a shiver that turned to fear. Perhaps he should
stop what he was doing, stop it immediately and forget
the ideas that were now forming in his mind. Making that
his intention he closed the lid of his laptop. Within
the hour he was back.
Clophill was fifty-four miles away.
Toby did not drive and public transport to such a small
village would be non existent. He had to get there
somehow, he needed to feel for himself if what he had
read was true or not. Steve had a car, if he paid him
the petrol perhaps he would take him. Toby was sure his
friend would but what reason could he offer for the
The truth ?
St Mary’s Church in Clophill is thought to be around
four hundred years old. It was abandoned as a church in
1848, when it became too small to serve the village
congregation and a new Victorian church was built in the
centre of town.
There are several myths that surround St Mary’s Church.
It is generally believed to be a church of dark magic
and orientated incorrectly. Another myth is that the
church is built on top of an ancient leaper colony where
infected villages as well as those suffering from plague
were left to die.
St Mary’s Church hit the headlines in the March of
1963. During the night ‘satanic’ graffiti had been
daubed on the church walls and several graves had been
damaged with the remains removed from the grave of the
apothecary’s wife, Jenny Humberstone, who had died in
1770. The bones were found to have been arranged on a
make shift alter and the skull impaled on a metal
spike. The press at the time leapt on the supposed
arrangement of the remains and stated that a dark mass,
witchcraft or Satanic rituals had taken place in the
There a number of reported paranormal sightings
associated with Clophill Church. Many visitors report a
chilly and oppressive atmosphere at the church even
during warm days. Visitors report watching a faint light
moving up the hill and towards the ruins of the church
before vanishing. The ghost of a monk has been sighted
at Clophill Church.
Toby showed his printed notes from his Internet search
to his friend.
"Garwood says that man
created god from his own imagination, the collective
imagination of millions make god real. If this can
happen then surely the same can happen for the devil."
Toby said." I would not take any notice at all of that
on the paper you have just read," he continued, "if it
were not for the way those lines from the serial killers
all crossed at Clophill."
"I know about Clophill," Steve said in reply. "It is
supposedly the most evil place in England."
Toby was reading philosophy at university, he was in his
second year of a BA course. He wanted to continue
through a masters and then, ultimately, take a
doctorate. Although any doctorate thesis was a long way
off he wanted to develop Garwood's Theory and suggest
not only good but also evil are projections of the mind.
In the same student year group, Steve Murphy was reading
European History. He was not thinking beyond a
bachelor's degree and did not have a lot of ideas for a
future beyond that. Toby had never heard of Clophill,
not before his Internet search directed him towards it,
so was surprised his friend knew of its fame.
"When I read that on the Net," Toby continued, "it
scared me a bit and I thought I would drop it but
sensibly it is a subject nobody has properly considered
before and it would be a good area for a thesis."
"You may be wrong there, about you being the first to
consider the mind projecting evil. What you have said
makes a lot of sense but it made sense to another before
Toby was puzzled.
"Adolf Hitler had a secret unit within wartime Germany.
It was supposedly investigating the supernatural and
looking to see if it could be used as a weapon. The
Allies covered up all they found and turned it to a myth
so no credibility was ever attached to it but that
special Nazi unit was there. Hitler, we know, was not a
religious man so I would think he may have been moving
down the same train of thought that you are."
An idea flashed into Toby's mind. "The most evil aspect
of the Third Reich was the death camps ?"
Steve pondered. "Probably."
"If we were to plot all of the camps on a map in the
same way I plotted the serial killings then connected
them with lines, where would the lines cross ?"
"Let's do it. I have maps of the Third Reich. Let's do
Together they plotted Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bergen-Belsen,
Sobibór, Treblinka and many more, Toby had no idea there
were so many. It took the two friends more than an hour
but when they drew the connecting lines between each
location there was no single intersecting point as Toby
had found with his serial killers, instead they formed a
"What's in the middle ?"
"Let me check," Steve said. "It's a place called
"I've never heard of it."
"Nor have I," Steve confessed, "and I am supposed to be
the student of European History."
"Google will have heard of it," Toby smiled.
Indeed Google had.
also sometimes referred to as the Blocksberg,
is the highest peak of the Harz mountain
range and also the highest peak of Northern
it is located near Schierke in
the German state of Saxony-Anhalt between
the rivers Weser and Elbe...................
And so read the first paragraph of Brocken's page within
Wikipedia. Both of their eyes were drawn to the next
The Brocken has always played a role in legends and has
been connected with witches and devils................
Walpurgis Night is
the English translation of Walpurgisnacht,
one of the Dutch and German names for the night of 30
April, so called because it is the eve of the feast day
an 8th-century abbess.
In Germanic folklore,
Walpurgisnacht, literally "Witches' Night", is believed
to be the night of a witches' meeting on the Brocken
"Oh my god ! How awful."
"It looks as if your theory is correct. You have
stumbled on to something."
"Do you think a similar place could be found in other
parts of the world ?"
"Most certainly," Steve said. "Toby," he hesitated.
"Toby would you allow me to work with you on this. I
could assist you develop The Wolf Theory. What you have
here is far more important that Doctor Garwood's
Toby was fearful about his logic but tried to smile.
"The Wolf-Murphy Theory. The Tobias Wolf - Stephen
Murphy Theory, sounds almost as grand as The Garwood
"Toby, what are you doing for the rest of the day ?"
"I'm supposed to be working on an extended essay but the
deadline isn't for ten days so I could leave it."
"I've got a book to finished for a tutorial tomorrow but
I can read it when we get back."
"Back from where ?"
Toby decided to take a number of things with him on the
visit to Clophill: a camera, pen and notebook and a
thermometer. He could not trust what they may find to a
smart phone so opted for pen and paper. His grandmother
had given him a camera for his birthday, he would take
that along. All recorded the visit made by the friends
and all were brought back safely to the university's
hall of residence.
"You don't think it was auto-suggestion that made us
both feel the way did there ?"
"You are the philosopher Toby but isn't auto suggestion
what this is all about ?"
"That's psychology more than philosophy."
"It's still minds focussed together in one direction to
form a focal point of influence. Hitler had messianic
influence over an entire country, we have got to go to
Germany and check that Brocken place."
"What have I started ? "Toby said, "That church in
Clophill felt evil."
The thermometer Toby had taken with him to Clophill,
just a simple gardener's greenhouse thermometer had
given some odd results. He took the temperature when
they left Oxford, he took it again as they parked
Steve's car in the village. It was two degrees lower.
That meant nothing but standing in the shell of the
ruined church it was another three degrees lower.
"I am sure," Toby said, "if we had been able to measure
air pressure, humidity and so on there would have been a
difference from the village in general to the church
"You could be right. It was an odd place."
Steve was fascinated by Toby's thinking and wanted to be
a part of the research. In his own study area of
European History he wondered what the truth was
concerning Hitler's interest in the paranormal. If it
was nonsense and superstition then why did the allies
deny it ? There had been attempts to hide other
activities of the Third Reich.
"We are going to need to visit Germany," Steve said. "We
need to find out more about Brocken."
"I agree but it will be expensive."
"If we were able to present the research in a way that
interests the right people we may be able to find some
"But who are the right people ? I would not know where
to start looking."
"Neither have I bet I bet your Doctor Garwood would
"Let's look again on-line, see what more we can find out
about Brocken. Fifteen minutes later the initial fear
Toby had felt when he discovered the website reports on
Clophill was nothing to the terror the friends had for
their discovery of Brocken."
"I'm scared," Toby said.
"You and me both."
Later and alone and in his room Steve took a sheet of
paper to begin his own brainstorm of ideas. At the top
he wrote MASS HYSTERIA then underneath listed three
things: Beatlemania, The Death of Princess Dianna,
Steve's grandfather was for ever telling him that things
were better in his day. As a child he had been taken by
his paternal grandfather to Saturday football matches
where this aging relative explained there was no longer
atmosphere in the all-seater stadiums. Money had crushed
the game and removed the real spirit of being a football
fan. Steve was not particularly interested in the game
but could believe modern-day football did not take over
the hearts and minds of fans in quite the way it had
Beatlemania was something Steve cont not remotely relate
to even if he did understand what it was. It was a
female thing, perhaps his grandmother had screamed at
the Fab Four.
It was twenty years since Dianna Princess of Wales lost
her life in the Paris car crash. He knew well what had
happened and the reaction not only of the British public
but people the world over. She died before he was born
yet never a week went by without reference to her
somewhere in the media. Her influence was reaching down
through the years.
In each of these situations something connected the
minds of so many individuals then interacted between
those minds to generate the hysteria. Steve scribbled
notes on to the sheet of paper. Beatlemania, football,
Princess Di, three totally different situations
producing outwardly different reactions but
fundamentally all were the same. Mass hysteria.
Steve continued to make notes on his brainstorm paper.
It was a person or persons who generated the force. It
was clear who these persons were - the four Beatles, the
eleven football players, one member of the royal family.
But they had not generated the force had they ? Others
generated the force round them. Could there be persons
within the areas he and Toby had identified ? People
within Clophill and within Brocken who were at the
centre of the force to generate the power ? Power that
then reached out and made others do what they did ? The
death camps ? The serial killings ?
Garwood's Theory said there was no such thing as god.
Garwood always spelt god with a small and never a
capital G. God became real only because so many minds
believed in his being and projected his existence into
the world. God was supposedly a force for good -
supposedly. If he was all-seeing, if he was all-knowing
and all-powerful then he was not effective. As a power
for good god was a failure. Christians defend the
failure of their god by blaming themselves for having a
lack of faith so allowing bad things to happen in the
world. If god was what his followers claimed him to be
then he could have dealt with the bad and not stood
helplessly by watching it happen. If god loved the
world, as his followers would claim, surely he would
never allow bad and terrible things to happen.
Steve wrote one word on his brainstorm paper which was
now almost covered with scribbled text. IMPOTENT. God
Steve knew how Christianity had been a constant
influence throughout the history of Europe and how it
sustained the existence of Hell for the unbelievers and
sinners. Only the righteous could expect to be allowed
into Heaven. Could it be that Christianity itself
projected the devil through its relentless presentation
of Hell ?
The pentecostal sect tapped into the mass hysteria and
generated the same results within its church as Steve
had noted for beatlemania, football and Dianna, there
wasn't any difference. However, by a long way the
majority of christians lack enthusiasm for their belief
has turned church into religious club. The church's
outlook on life, the way christians set themselves above
others, quick to condemn anyone and everyone for the way
they live their lives, probably encourages the existence
of the Devil.
Steve realised that while he was observing Garwood's
methodology of using a small G for god he was spelling
devil with a capital.
of the people.
Steve turned over his sheet of paper then wrote that at
the top of the page. He knew from his studies that the
full quote from Karl Marx translates as:
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the
heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless
conditions. It is the opium of the people.
When Enver Hoxha tried to make Albania a fully atheistic
state it could be argued he was doing the right thing.
European Communism had, save for Albania, tolerated
religion but would have preferred it to simply have gone
away. Pope John Paul, of course, came from the Polish
Steve's mind returned again to the way superstition had
been used to keep the masses in place. The threat of
hell, damnation and the Devil were then real and more
present, if only as a threat, in people than was god.
Could it be the collective mind over so many centuries
had created the Devil, not simply projected him but
actually created him as a real entity ? Could the same
be said about god or was Garwood's Theory right. The
Roman Catholic Church projected one version of God,
Anglicans another, Baptists, Methodists and all the
minor radical sects had their own. There was no single
united god so he did not exist. There was a united view
of the Devil and so, yes, he could exist. In all
probability he did exist.
The Devil existed and god did not.
Toby's room in the hall of residence was in a different
part of the building. Steve raced there, his brainstorm
sheet of paper in his hand, he had to share his
CHAPTER TWO -
When Ian Flemming needed a name for his fictional head
of MI5 he chose M. Likewise
le Carré his the identity behind his character naming
In the twenty-first century, just as Toby and Steve, had
used the Internet for their initial research it takes
but a few strokes on a laptop keyboard to fid out the
name of the person leading MI5 within Britain's Secret
Intelligence Service. But while this may be a real
person he is just as much an enigma as the fictional M
Throughout the service code names are in daily use.
Lloyd Barrington-Ford is RAV6 and Daniel De Richleau is
JAG4. The headquarters, in so far as the general public
is aware, is there for all to see on the banks of the
River Thames in London but this is not where the
leadership is to be found. It is also not where RAV6 and
JAG4 share an office.
Hanslope Park, if not secret, is a highly secure area
in North Buckinghamshire. Once a manor owned by the
Watts Family it became part of Britain's secret decoding
operation during the second world war and has been the
headquarters of the country's secret service since the
mid nineteen fifties.
"Just a couple of adolescents playing," RAV6 suggested.
"They are getting a little too close to the truth,"
JAG4 commented, "I do not like the website they have set
"Perhaps we should put them on the watch list, no harm
in being careful."
"If we put our ideas on to a website and ask people to
share opinions it would help. We could use social media
to get people to help us. We may even be able to
generate some funding to support what we want to do."
"What do we want to do ?" Steve asked.
"Win the Nobel Prize ?" Toby smiled. "No seriously, to
prove the theory."
"We still need to decide what that theory is."
Very soon two followers joined the website's Twitter
account, SirVax and Jogfagu. When Facebook friends were
sought they both added themselves in, at the same time
subscribing to the website blog.
SirVax and Jogfagu were typical of social media names,
there was no hint at all that SirVax was RAV6 or Lloyd
Barrington-Ford or that Jogfagu's true identity was JAG4
and Daniel De Richleau, both of Her Majesty's Secret
Intelligence Service Department Thirty-Four.
Soon there were more, many more followers but within
their numbers was a small group who had masked heir
identity in a far more sophisticated way than had MI5.
Sophisticated but not so sophisticated that the team at
Hanslope Park was not completely aware of them. Aware
but awareness not sufficient to appreciate what the full
extent of their activities were.
Jeremy Mottrill had every intention of making capital of
the boys' research. He could use them but he could not
allow them to use their thinking in anyway outside his
absolute control. There had been those in the past who
had tried. Tried and failed. failed and then disappeared
without a trace.