Speaker's Corner, London, 1990. William believed he was the reincarnation of Jesus ... and Mohammed ... and the Buddha. This 'revelation' came to him during an acid trip in 1973, he confessed. Unfortunately, little of what William preached every Sunday afternoon made much sense to onlookers. So many people were cruel to him, which often made me sad. However, one afternoon this dignified (but probably demented) gent stood beside William and muttered 'hear hear' at intervals throughout William's rambling speech, which must have made William happy to believe he was making progress, maybe even a disciple.