Clapham Wood experienced a rash of UFO sightings and unexplained events during the 1960s and continuing into the 1970s.
According to an article report of UFO sightings and pets going missing or becoming ill in the area date back to the 1960s, as do reports of inexplicable nausea, sudden patches of grey mist, and sensations of being pushed or followed there.
4 bodies have been found in Clapham Wood. In June 1972, Police Constable Peter Goldsmith went missing, and his body was found hidden in a patch of thick bramble there some 6 months later.
In August 1975, missing pensioner Leon Foster's body 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 November 1981, the body of Jillian Matthews, a homeless individual with schizophrenia, was discovered; she had been raped and strangled.
It's claimed that the woods were used for rituals by a Satanic cult calling itself the Friends of Hecate. However, when a journalist investigated this claim he found no evidence to back it up besides odd campfires and unfriendly locals.
Writers have also expressed skepticism, suggesting that Newton either invented the lurid paranormal stories, or uncritically accepted urban legends and rumors.