It’s far too easy to simplify the mind of someone like Edgar Hammet to labelings of deranged and crazy. Granted, his acts and teachings were heinous, but where were these thoughts derived from?
Edgar Hammet grew up in a very loving family on a farm in Langley, British Columbia. His parents indulged him often, continuously allowing his whims to dictate how they would approach the day. This level of control inspired Edgar to alter his physical form, experimenting with cutting himself and blood. Which ultimately lead to the consumption of it.
As a child Edgar wholly refused to attend school. His parents would drop him off and as soon as they were out of sight, Edgar would find a way to leave the school grounds to find somewhere dark and read. He would often stare in the mirror, every few months altering his hair.
He obsessed over vampire fiction, and as he grew up he would look further to find the historical “accuracies” within the texts he read. Slowly he developed an understanding, and with his parents forced to home school him because of his refusal to stay in school, he managed to alter his awake hours, developing a routine of staying awake at night and becoming “nocturnal.”
As a cult member, it was forbidden for anyone to argue with the maxims set out by Edgar. Members were made aware of this from the start, and stepping out of line meant only one punishment. Edgar defined his instructions as immemorial, obliging members to follow without question.
Since his conviction, he has not heard from his parents or his younger brother Marcus. Although Marcus agreed to participate in the Edgar Hammet cult documentary, “We Regret Nothing,” his parents refused to return any attempts at contact. From sources close to the family, we are told they’re experiencing problems coping with their son’s actions.
Originally introduced to Edgar Hammet by her childhood friend Brandon Smith, Remy White became one of the central members of the Hammet cult early on. She has admitted to sometimes just witnessing, but usually participating in the rituals that the group performed which included using her image to lure the cult’s victims online.
Mirrors were really a source of resentment for Edgar. Their existence was inconducive to his claims, undermining his alleged “vampire” status. Chanel Bryson labelled Remy White as suffering from “Spectrophobia,” a morbid fear of mirrors. A phobia Bryson is convinced Edgar instilled in her.
She has always found quips comparing her with the cognac of the same name particularly irritating, with one claim against her alleging that she spat in a woman’s eye for merely making a related joke.
Edgar Hammet is the delusional leader of the Hammet cult, a group of deranged individuals that through Edgar’s coaxing were lead to believe that vampires in actual fact do exist. Through various twisted rituals, Edgar managed to convince several people in their twenties to commit reprehensible acts under the guise that they were in actual fact capable of eternal life through the high and elation that other people’s blood gave them.
He acquired various health conditions through deliberate tampering with ordinary life, leading his followers to believe in the validity of what he states.
– Edgar Hammet (attempting to convince Neyla Reed)
“There is no ‘Plan B.’ ‘Plan A’ succeeds, because it’s planned.”
There are a variety of reasons why the Hammet cult assumed they were of a different “species.” One of the most prevalent was the notion instilled by Edgar Hammet that they were able to engage in near-cannibalism to strengthen themselves.
To begin with the group indulged in autophagia, otherwise known as “autophagy.” They would bite their own flesh, attempting to mimic the vampire’s they had read about and seen on screen. However, this only served as a learning curve for them as it proved ineffective.
Autophagy is more of a practice that serves bodily nutrition by consuming some of the body’s tissues, it’s used to remove damaged organelles within a cell. This is not the same as what vampires practice, obtaining their nutrition from blood. Various cult members experimented with varying levels of autophagia, none very successfully.
Edgar Hammet fully tested his theory out on some of his victims, but both Neyla Reed and Kyp Malkmus have been quoted as saying that he didn’t benefit much from his hypothesis.
The devotion behind Edgar Hammet’s delusion was quite extreme. Vampire lore set the rules that Hammet would follow, convincing his cult to do so in turn.
One of the staples of Edgar’s upbringing was the fact that his parents allowed him to be without mirrors in his room and bathroom. Other areas of the farmhouse; his brother’s room, parents room and other bathrooms included mirrors. But Edgar’s basement room and accompanying bathroom were permitted to be without. Whenever Edgar would pass a mirror, he would reel from his reflection, confused as to how he could have one with his belief being so strong that he wasn’t human.
Over time, he developed acute eisoptrophobia. For those unfamiliar with the term, “eisoptrophobia” is a fear of your own reflection such as seeing oneself in a mirror. His fear wasn’t that of a typical teenager that assumed he or she would have unruly hair or all too visible acne, his fear was that his family would notice the fact that he had no reflection and wish to report him. Neither of which could be further from the truth; he could be seen in the mirror because he was human, and his parents would never do anything to deliberately damage him emotionally.
Edgar encouraged the cult to convince themselves that “Catoptrophobia” was a reality worth recognizing. Catoptrophobia is a fear of mirrors, and within the Hammet cult’s various lairs, mirrors were forbidden in any form. Even a front facing camera on a phone was considered a mirror, and if Edgar saw such a thing, it would be smashed. Irrespective of the item’s cost.
Underneath Hammet’s tutelage, the cult developed their own set of rules and guidelines, living in almost a created world. The lairs which they shared had a specific set of regulations that had to be upheld at all times.
Edgar’s own catoptrophobia galvanized that of the group, which in turn solidified the mirrors ban.
What is “Xeroderma Pigmentosum”?
Simply put, it’s a problem with exposure to sunlight or, the genetic disorder in which an individual is unable to repair skin from UV ray damage.
Edgar repeated this term (with further explanation) to the Hammet cult, re-enforcing their trust in him through his apparent wisdom. The unfortunate thing is that the information could easily be discovered and repeated in parrot fashion by utilizing simple internet searches.
His deliberate avoidance of light helped enhance his psychological blocks and created real daylight sensitivity, especially for his eyes.
The truth about vampires is that they may well have existed. Trends support a great deal of twisted and different types of humans. Vampires are no different. The idea of who they are and what they do was partially created with accounts of real events which transformed into fiction.
But how much is fiction and how much is fact?
don’t fear vampires… fear humans