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 on: October 06, 2019, 07:11:46 pm 
Started by Hunter of the Dead, Corrupter of the Tomb, the Deadthings - Last post by Hunter of the Dead, Corrupter of the Tomb, the Deadthings
https://www.livescience.com/navy-ufo-videos-authentic-classified.html

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 on: October 06, 2019, 07:11:27 pm 
Started by Hunter of the Dead, Corrupter of the Tomb, the Deadthings - Last post by Hunter of the Dead, Corrupter of the Tomb, the Deadthings
US Navy confirms that UFO footage is genuine
Posted on Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 |


https://youtu.be/3RlbqOl_4NA


Video footage showing US Navy pilots pursuing exotic unidentified flying objects has been confirmed as real.
Back in 2017 and 2018, three videos were published by the New York Times showing US Navy pilots attempting to chase down unidentified, high-altitude objects traveling at hypersonic speeds.

The objects exhibited no apparent wings, markings or even any visible means of propulsion.

Now Joseph Gradisher, a spokesperson for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, has come forward to confirm to The Black Vault that these videos are in fact authentic.

The US Navy, he maintains, considers these objects "unidentified aerial phenomena." The videos were never cleared for release and were distributed by accident by a former Pentagon employee.

They had originally been intended for addition to an internal government database.

While it's important to remember that this revelation does not mean that the objects were necessarily extraterrestrial in nature, it does suggest that even the US Navy doesn't know what they are.

It is also likely that incidents of this nature occur a lot more often than is generally realized.

 23 
 on: October 06, 2019, 07:08:51 pm 
Started by Hunter of the Dead, Corrupter of the Tomb, the Deadthings - Last post by Hunter of the Dead, Corrupter of the Tomb, the Deadthings
Photo of alleged Bigfoot released by group
Posted on Sunday, 6 October, 2019 |




https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article235661672.html

There's something in the picture, but is it really Bigfoot ? Image Credit: Facebook / Bigfoot 911
A Bigfoot investigation group has revealed a grainy black-and-white image taken in North Carolina.
The photograph, which was snapped on the banks of Lake James, was taken during a sighting of a strange hominid skulking in the trees at around 2 a.m. last Saturday.

The group - Bigfoot 911 - has long been involved in the investigation of the Bigfoot phenomenon.

"I locked right onto this creature and knew immediately it was a Bigfoot," said member John Bruner.

"He was standing there watching us, swaying back and forth. I guess he felt safe because the four of us were in a boat and he was on shore."

The sighting lasted for approximately five minutes before the creature disappeared into the trees.

"I didn't feel we were in any danger," said Bruner. "Bigfoot are curious. They want to watch us, but also want to get away from us. They don't want to engage us at all."

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 on: October 05, 2019, 09:20:33 pm 
Started by DIVIDED WE STAND, UNITED WE FALL - Last post by DIVIDED WE STAND, UNITED WE FALL
Woman arrested over 1990 'killer clown' case
Posted on Wednesday, 27 September, 2017 |

Authorities in the US have arrested a woman on suspicion of murdering her future husband's former wife.
On May 26, 1990, Marlene Warren had answered the door of her home in Wellington, Florida, to accept a bouquet of flowers from an individual dressed as a clown when, without warning, the perpetrator pulled out a gun and shot her in the face before casually walking away.

Sadly Warren died in hospital two days later and her murderer was never caught.

Now though, almost 30 years on from the incident, new DNA evidence has implicated Sheila Keen Warren - the current wife of Ms Warren's former husband - as the person responsible.

"Witnesses were re-contacted and additional DNA analysis was conducted," the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said. "It was also learned that Sheila Keen had married Michael Warren, Marlene Warren's husband, in 2002. Both had been living in Tennessee operating a restaurant together."

"As a result of the investigation, probable cause was established linking Sheila Keen Warren to the murder of Marlene Warren."

The suspect has since been remanded in custody and is now awaiting extradition to Florida.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41412020

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 on: October 05, 2019, 09:11:15 pm 
Started by DIVIDED WE STAND, UNITED WE FALL - Last post by DIVIDED WE STAND, UNITED WE FALL
Family terrorized by creepy clown in Iowa
Posted on Saturday, 5 October, 2019 |




https://www.nj.com/entertainment/2019/08/pennywise-the-clown-floated-into-nj-womans-backyard-she-burned-it-then-slept-with-a-knife.html

As if clowns weren't creepy enough already... Image Credit: Twitter / @jogo78
Police have been investigating the case of a real-life Pennywise who has been menacing a mother and son.
The 'creepy clown' phenomenon seems to have been enjoying something of a resurgence this year with several stories emerging of mysterious clowns unnerving unwary residents across the US.

This latest incident, which was reported to police in Fort Madison, Iowa, occurred on September 25th and involved a woman who claimed that a man in a clown costume "was trying to attack her."

She explained that her son had been harassed by the mysterious perpetrator for several days, however neither of them knew who he was and it had left them both shaken and upset.

When police officers arrived on the scene a mere two minutes later they caught sight of the clown attempting to make his escape. While they were unable to catch up to him, they did later find his costume and mask stuffed underneath a vehicle at a nearby car dealership.

"What may have been intended as a harmless prank, resulted in the harassment of a citizen which may constitute grounds for arrest," said Chief Mark Rohloff.

"The repeated course of conduct was considered menacing, causing the victim to fear she would be attacked. It is difficult for us to determine the motives of the individual. The late hour, and the use of a mask concealing one's identity, can only use us to speculate what his/her intentions may be."

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 on: October 05, 2019, 07:23:30 pm 
Started by Victoria Liss - Last post by Victoria Liss
SHADOWGRAM UPDATE  # 429

Saturday, October 5, 2019

--MORE DETAILS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 SPECIAL DARK SHADOWS EVENT AT SLEEPY HOLLOW FILM FESTIVAL  IN TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK

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An Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM – THE DARK SHADOWS NEWSLETTER

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR SPECIAL DARK SHADOWS EVENT AT SLEEPY HOLLOW FILM FESTIVAL - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, IN TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK

 

As reported in recent editions of ShadowGram Update, there will be a special DARK SHADOWS Afternoon at the upcoming Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival in Tarrytown, New York, which takes place October 10 -13 with a variety of screenings, discussions, signings, an awards presentation, and dinner, plus other special events.

 

On Saturday, October 12, the Dark Shadows activities begin at 1:00 p.m. with a rare, restored, high-definition big movie screen presentation of "House of Dark Shadows" at the historic Tarrytown Music Hall in the town village. This will be followed by an exclusive new "Dark Shadows Behind The Screams" presentation that will include hundreds of images, many never-before-seen, taken during the production of the 1970 and 1971 films "House of Dark Shadows" and "Night of Dark Shadows," filmed in Tarrytown and the vicinity. 

 

DS actress/author Kathryn Leigh Scott will then take the stage at 3:00 p.m. for a discussion/ question-and-answer session with "Master of Dark Shadows" producer Jim Pierson and Jonathan Frid's business partner/producer Mary O'Leary.

 

Another special, surprise video will be show along with a DS premiere video and debut details of an exciting new project.  A variety of DS merchandise will also be available.

 

At 12 noon in the theatre lobby, before the DS screenings and discussions, Kathryn will be autographing a variety of DS-related books and photographs in addition to compact disc copies of the newly-reissued audio books of the vintage Marilyn Ross DS novels originally published as paperbacks in the 1960s and 1970s. Autographs will also be signed following the on stage activities.

 

Tickets for the Dark Shadows Saturday-only portion of the Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival are $18.00 for adults and $13.00 for children age 13 and under.  Tickets may be purchased online directly from the Tarrytown Music Hall ticket link site at https://tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=2345 or from the film festival website www.sleepyhollowfilmfest.com 

 

Tickets may also be purchased at the door at the Tarrytown Music Hall on the day of the Dark Shadows Saturday event.

 

Although the film festival does not have an official host hotel, recommended nearby hotels in Tarrytown and the vicinity include the Doubletree Tarrytown - www.doubletree.com - Sheraton Tarrytown -www.sheraton.com - Marriott Westchester - www.marriot.com - and the Tarrytown House & Estates bed and breakfast - www.tarrytownestatehouse.com -  which is an appropriately historical location.

 

Other highlights of the film festival include a "Planet of the Apes"-themed documentary called "Making At Apes" and a conversation with the director, following the DS Saturday afternoon event at the Tarrytown Music Hall. On Sunday at the same location, the Walt Disney Company will present a 70th anniversary of their animated classic "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

 

For further details, visit the festival website at www.sleepyhollowfilmfest.com

 

During the film festival weekend, DS fans on their own and in groups of friends may also visit the historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, which was seen in "House of Dark Shadows" as well as the nearby Lyndhurst Estate, which served as "Collinwood" in both "House" and "Night of DS" films. These locations are only 5 minutes from the Tarrytown village where the DS Saturday activities will take place.

 

---- A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF VISITOR SERVICES, SLEEPY HOLLOW CEMETERY:

 

Christina Orban-La Salle, Director, Visitor Services and Sales, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, 540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591, reports that: “Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is mentioned at the end of the (SHADOWGRAM) newsletter as a place fans might want to visit.”  She recommends their Original Knickerbocker Tour that runs on both October 12th and 13th from 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon and also 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. DS fans love getting to go inside the Receiving Vault, which appears in the 1970 movie "House of Dark Shadows." Coming on this tour is the only way to go inside the Receiving Vault.

 

https://www.showclix.com/event/the-original-knickerbocker-2019

 

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This Online Official DARK SHADOWS NEWS ONLINE UPDATE is an Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM – THE OFFICIAL DARK SHADOWS NEWSLETTER

 

Marcy Robin – ShadowGram

 

Shadowgram@aol.com OR Shadowgram1@yahoo.com

 

Each ShadowGram News Update is posted FIRST through the ShadowGram Group List at Yahoo.com and each Update post is then dispersed to other social media.

 

You can join the SHADOWGRAM Group List at:  http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/ShadowGram/

 

You also can request an invitation to join the free Group List. To do so, please email Marcy Robin at ShadowGram@aol.com ORshadowgram1@yahoo.com

 

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 on: October 05, 2019, 07:22:47 pm 
Started by Victoria Liss - Last post by Victoria Liss
SHADOWGRAM UPDATE # 428 - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2019

 

--- HERMES PRESS TO REPRINT FULL 32 VOLUMES OF VINTAGE “DARK SHADOWS” PAPERBACK NOVELS AS ENLARGED EDITIONS

--- A CASUALTY OF INDIFFERENCE by David Selby

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An Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM – THE OFFICIAL DARK SHADOWS NEWSLETTER

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--- HERMES PRESS TO REPRINT FULL 32 VOLUMES OF VINTAGE “DARK SHADOWS” PAPERBACK NOVELS AS ENLARGED EDITIONS

 

Dark Shadows: The Complete Paperback Library -

 

Reprint #1, “Dark Shadows”; ISBN 978-1- 61345-190-8; $14.99; written by Marilyn Ross; paperback; 6 x 8 inches; printed text; archival edition; first in a series of 32 novels; available in January, 2020.

 

The classic Dark Shadows novels, originally published by Paperback Library in the 1960s and 1970s, return with Hermes Press' archival reprint of all 32 titles in the series. The reprint series’ namesake debut book, “Dark Shadows,” which first saw print in December, 1966, will feature the original painted artwork on the cover.

 

Each of the 32 novels will present the complete text re-proofed and error free along with the faithfully reprinted cover art. The Hermes Press reprints will present the titles in an enlarged 6 inch by 8 inch format, printed on archival paper and permanently bound for reading enjoyment without cracking or loose pages. Each book in the series is based on the Dark Shadows television serial created by Dan Curtis and was written by prolific fiction author William Edward Daniel Ross under the pen name of Marilyn Ross.

 

The forerunner to today's immensely popular vampire and supernatural themed television programs and theatrical films, Dark Shadows still garners serious attention as an iconic TV show with a devoted cult following and a new primetime series planned for 2020. Initially focusing on young governess Victoria Winters and the mysterious happenings at the isolated New England estate Collinwood, the stories gradually shift to emphasize tormented vampire Barnabas Collins.

 

Hermes Press' complete reprint of the 1966-72 series of Dark Shadows novels makes the entire collection of these classic books available once again to fans of gothic romance, suspense and alluring tales and compelling characters of Dark Shadows. Subsequent reprints of books #2-32 will follow in pairs on a bi-monthly basis throughout 2020-21.

 

Additionally, a Limited Edition Autographed version of Reprint #2, "Victoria Winters," signed by original Dark Shadows actress Alexandra Moltke, who portrayed governess Victoria Winters, will be available as a special collectible via mail-order directly from Hermes Press in March, 2020, with details to follow in subsequent ShadowGram Online Updates.

 

Book #1 ("Dark Shadows") can be pre-ordered now directly from Hermes Press from the online link below and buyers will be notified when the limited autographed edition of Book #2 ("Victoria Winters") will be available as well as other special DS Offers.

 

The following Pre-Order URL for the book will be "live" at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on 10-02-19.

 

https://hermes-press.myshopify.com/products/dark-shadows-the-complete-paperback-library-reprint-1-pre-order

 

 

--- A CASUALTY OF INDIFFERENCE by David Selby

David’s latest book is available in print (autographed copies are available) and Kindle editions.

 

A CASUALTY OF INDIFFERENCE:  Drugs shatter a loving family when Mary Ellen Heater’s grandfather discovers her sister’s body while searching for cans and bottles at the local garbage dump.   It appeared to him that she had been shot twice in the head at close range. The grandfather’s discovery leaves the family shattered. Against her father’s wishes, a devastated Mary Ellen, determined to solve her sister’s murder, convinces her older brother to persuade the local kingpin of a known ‘drugs for guns’ place called “Deadend,” where her brother works, to hire her. She does not inform her brother why she wants the job, other than needing money. She does not mention her determination to gain information that will help solve her sister’s murder. Mary Ellen puts her promising singing aspirations on hold and with her grandfather’s help, she sets out on her quest to avenge her sister’s murder…which will have ramifications for the whole community.

 

A tale of murder, drugs, and dirty dealing expose the terrible opioid problem crushing American families everywhere.

 

The novel received an Honorable Mention in the General Fiction category from the 2019 Paris Book Festival.

 

A CASUALTY OF INDIFFERENCE is also available in Kindle format.

 

Order signed copies:

www.davidselby.com/books/orderinginformation.htm

 

Ordering information for A CASUALTY OF INDIFFERENCE plus David's other books including LIGHT & SHADOWS, MY SHADOWED PAST, PROMISES
OF LOVE, THE BLUE DOOR, LINCOLN'S BETTER ANGEL, HAPPENSTANCE and MY MOTHER'S AUTUMN:

 

http://www.davidselby.com/books/orderinginformation.htm

 

 

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This Online Official DARK SHADOWS NEWS ONLINE UPDATE is an Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM – THE OFFICIAL DARK SHADOWS NEWSLETTER

-- Marcy Robin – ShadowGram

 Shadowgram@aol.com OR Shadowgram1@yahoo.com

 

Each ShadowGram News Update is posted FIRST through the ShadowGram Group List at Yahoo.com and each Update post is then dispersed to other social media.

 

You can join the Free SHADOWGRAM Group List at: 

http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/ShadowGram/

 

You also can request an invitation to join the free Group List. To do so, please email Marcy Robin at ShadowGram@aol.com OR shadowgram1@yahoo.com


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 28 
 on: October 05, 2019, 02:17:00 am 
Started by It Crawled from Out of the Sea, the Leviathon from the Depth - Last post by It Crawled from Out of the Sea, the Leviathon from the Depth
Naked Science - Loch Ness



https://youtu.be/mJ4Ngqj5wO0

Naked Science takes a look at the science behind the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

 29 
 on: October 04, 2019, 11:26:54 pm 
Started by Code of Chivalry - Last post by Code of Chivalry
Gef the talking mongoose
Posted on Sunday, 3 March, 2019 |
Columnist: Sean Casteel

If there were such a thing as a top ten list of unexplainable phenomena throughout history, Gef would rank right at the top.

Fortean researchers, parapsychologists and skeptics alike would have to admit that they have never encountered such a bizarre but apparently well-documented case that is so completely devoid of hysteria in the timeless annals of the unexplained.

If Gef the talking mongoose is what it is claimed he is, he should certainly turn the heads of the scientific community, who at first glance would probably consider this to be a case of mass hysteria.

There is – as we shall see – every reason to recognize this talking animal as the Eighth Wonder Of The World, a title for which he is wholly deserving, for it is said that Gef, an otherwise unassuming small rodent, could:

** Sing songs.

** Mimic the sounds of other animals.

** Read minds.

** Move objects through the air although he was nowhere near them.

** Chat with visitors from around the world, sometimes using vulgar language.

** Hide himself from curious eyes and become invisible whenever he wanted to. 

Whatever the powers that lurk behind the curtain of paranormal mystery truly are, they usually manifest in dark and frightening ways. They are not shy or apologetic about inducing extreme levels of terror in the hapless percipients who encounter them.

But in the case of Gef, the Talking Mongoose, it seems as though the spirits are having a bit of childlike fun, indulging in a whimsical playfulness where no one is really injured or frightened – just perplexed and made curious by a creature who crossed over from the other side and took up residence in the home of a farming family living on the Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland.

Publisher Timothy Green Beckley has done his readers a favor by resurrecting an out-of-print book about Gef that is not only extremely rare but very costly. The book is called “The Haunting of Cashen’s Gap: A Modern ‘Miracle,’” by Harry Price and R.S. Lambert, and was first published in 1936. Original copies sell for up to $1000 nowadays, but Beckley can provide not only the original text but the updated research of present-day writers like Tim R. Swartz and Hercules Invictus for the price of an everyday paperback.

Beckley’s updated reprint is called, simply enough, “Gef The Talking Mongoose,” and opens with a chapter by longtime paranormal researcher Tim R. Swartz. Swartz provides an excellent overview of the Gef saga and equips the reader with the basic facts as a precursor to the more detailed treatment by Price and Lambert.

“James Irving and his family found themselves in the crosshairs of a series of increasingly strange events,” Swartz writes, “that would dominate their lives for years to come. James ‘Jim’ Irving, an educated man, had previously been a traveling piano salesman, and although the farm was his retirement project, it was proving insufficient to support his wife, Margaret, and their young daughter, Voirrey. The farm was called Doarlish Cashen – Manx Gaelic for ‘Cashen’s Gap.’ There were no neighbors nearby nor was there a telephone or electricity.”

GEF INTRODUCES HIMSELF

Gef made his first appearance on September 13, 1931.

“According to Jim Irving,” Swartz writes, “he first saw a small, weasel-like animal in his farmyard that could bark like a dog and meow like a cat. Even more amazing, when Irving made other barnyard animal noises, the little animal would repeat the sounds back immediately. It wasn’t long before the Irvings became aware that this creature had found its way into their home, announcing its presence with random scratches, rustling and general activity between the walls and the matchwood paneling.”

Thinking the sounds were caused by rats or other pests, the family set traps but caught nothing. Jim made a last-ditch attempt by growling like a dog at the invasive vermin, only to hear something growl right back. He then realized it was the animal he’d seen outside.

“Whatever it was,” Swartz recounted, “it proved to be a talented mimic. It would repeat Irving’s imitations of various animals and birds, and soon he had only to name an animal and it would promptly respond with the appropriate sounds. At other times it made a gurgling sound like a baby that soon changed into actual words.”

Voirrey, the family’s young child, was fascinated by the new guest and would ask the creature to repeat nursery rhymes, which it would do in a clear, high-pitched voice. The family called the interloper “Jack,” but he soon told his hosts he preferred to be known as “Gef,” spelled G-E-F. He claimed to have been born in Delhi, India, in 1852, and he was brought to the island twenty years earlier when a farmer had imported mongooses to the area hoping to curb the local rabbit population. Gef said he had always understood human speech, but he learned to speak himself more recently, having been taught by Jim.

As rumors of the strange creature spread throughout the Isle of Man, it was often claimed that Voirrey was fooling everyone by “throwing her voice,” an explanation that Swartz skillfully debunks.

“This is not to say that Voirrey didn’t at times imitate Gef’s voice,” Swartz admits. “In practically every poltergeist case that centers on children, there are instances where the child is seen to throw something or bang on a wall if they think they are not being observed. Voirrey was probably guilty of this when Gef would become stubborn and refuse to make an appearance. But it is unlikely that Voirrey could have managed to keep such a long, drawn out hoax going for as long as the phenomenon lasted.”

Investigators speculated from the beginning that Gef was a haunting of some kind – possibly a poltergeist.

“Gef could produce knocks and raps all over the house practically simultaneously,” Swartz writes. “He was also fond of throwing things at the Irvings and their guests from cracks in the paneling. As well, Gef claimed to be able to travel all over the island and repeat various conversations that he had overheard. He also had a rich vocabulary of swear words and loved to sing songs that were unknown to his hosts. These antics are very similar to poltergeist pranks and even Jim Irving thought at times that Gef was more than just an ‘extra clever mongoose.’”

The case attracted attention from the media. News of the mystery first reached London in October 1931, when an item concerning a “man-weasel” appeared in the press. A newspaper called the Daily Sketch published a photo of the Irving cottage with the caption “The Talking Weasel Farm,” and the Daily Mail and other journals briefly reported strange events at Doarlish Cashen. The northern newspapers took a larger and more sustained interest in the affair because the talking animal was a near neighbor and naturally paid more attention than the London newspapers.

Early in 1932, the Manchester Daily Dispatch sent a reporter to the Irving farm in order to investigate the mystery at its actual location. He was fortunate enough to hear Gef speak.

“The mysterious ‘man-weasel’ of Doarlish Cashen has spoken to me today,” the journalist wrote. “Investigation of the most remarkable animal story that has ever been given publicly – a story which is finding credence all over the island – leaves me in a state of considerable perplexity. Had I heard a weasel speak? I do not know, but I do know that I have heard today a voice which I should never have imagined could issue from a human throat; that the people who claim it was the voice of the strange weasel seem sane, honest and responsible folk and not likely to indulge in a difficult, long, drawn-out and unprofitable practical joke to make themselves the talk of the world; and that others had had the same experience as myself.”

Jim Irving told the reporter the story of how the animal had taken up residence in the family home but denied that the place was haunted.

“There are no spooks here,” Irving declared.

WHO OR WHAT WAS GEF?

The publicity in various media outlets quickly piqued the curiosity of psychic investigators Harry Price and R.S. Lambert, who would team up to write the aforementioned paranormal classic “The Haunting of Cashen’s Gap,” based largely on their own onsite investigation of the Irvings and their mysterious houseguest.

In their introduction, the pair writes: “The following pages are an essay in the Veracious but Unaccountable. Whether looked at from the point of view of psychology, of psychical research, of anthropology or of sociology, this true story of Gef is very odd. We have been moved to set it down in as full a form as possible in order that everyone interested – including, we hope, posterity – may be in a position to form their own judgment about it.

“To believers,” they continue, “it will represent proof of a miracle; to skeptics a lesson in the laws of evidence. Some will call it nonsense from first to last; others will admit it to be at least as good as most ghost stories. Throughout we have sought to avoid mere credulity on the one hand and prejudiced skepticism on the other. There may be readers who will be disappointed that we have at the end no cut-and-dried solution of the mystery to offer, but this only suggests that the facts, as we have honestly tried to set them forth, are susceptible of various explanations.”

The authors comment that although the farm yields little or no produce and that most people would find their lifestyle nearly intolerable, the Irvings are still a “united, cheerful and healthy trio of normally intelligent persons. Nevertheless, into their lives has entered a mystery, perhaps one of the most curious and unaccountable mysteries of our times. Their solitary farm has become the scene of what is alleged to be a supernatural visitation – such a visitation as was common enough three hundred years ago, when the reality of witches and their familiars was acknowledged and feared.”

And what does Gef call himself? He cannot be relied on, the two investigators write, to tell his hosts exactly what he is. At various times he has called himself a mongoose and an “earthbound spirit.” This last description, they write, is a “purely spiritualistic term,” adding that Gef is thought to be afraid of dying, so he cannot be assumed to have made the transition to the world of the dead.

The Irving’s did not see Gef as a frightening creature but more like the family’s pet, one who could feast on biscuits, chocolate and bananas and helped them keep the stoves lit. But to others he was considered a “monstrosity,” a freak of nature, an abomination to God.

Gef himself seemed confused about his identity. He once said he was from another dimension, that he was a spirit, but took that back by intimating, “If I were a spirit, how could I kill rabbits?” When quizzed on why he was so reclusive, Gef said he was not a pleasant sight to behold. That some might be frightened and see him as a “real freak.”

Gef suddenly took to singing and speaking in strange tongues. The authors were told that “the voice is extremely high-pitched, above the human range, with a clear, sweet tone.” He began to sing more and more: songs, hymns and ballads. Some of these the Irvings knew, some were new to them. His singing became almost a nuisance.

ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY?

Though the Gef phenomenon seemed at times to center around Voirrey, she told the authors that she had no great love for him. However, she saw more of the animal than anyone else and was the only one to see all of him. Her parents frequently pleaded for him to show himself fully but were always refused. They sometimes saw a portion of him sitting on a beam or glimpsed something flashing past a gap in the hedge, but that is all. When they asked him to come out in the open, Gef answered them by saying, “I am a freak. I have hands and I have feet, and if you saw me you’d faint. You’d be petrified, mummified, turned into stone or a pillar of salt!”

That last remark about a pillar of salt led the researchers to speculate that Gef must have attended Sunday school somewhere. Gef also found enough amusement in his living situation to make the Irvings familiar with the sound of his laughter.

“If laughter indicates happiness,” the two researchers reasoned, “then Gef must be supremely contented in the bosom of the Irving family. He laughs all day. He possesses an extensive repertoire of laughs. To quote Jim’s description, ‘Sometimes it resembles the tittering laugh of a precocious or mischievous child; at other times I would say it was the chuckling laugh of an aged person, and another distinct type is one which I would say was satanic laughter, or the laughter of a maniac. We all have a most intense dislike to this last laughter, as it is very trying. But, fortunately, we do not get this kind very often.’”

TRYING TO EXPRESS THE ULTIMATE TRUTH

Price and Lambert can only offer three possibilities as to ultimate reality of Gef. First, Gef exists and haunts Doarlish Cashen, substantially as the Irvings say he does. Two, that Gef is a product of hallucination and fantasy. Or three, that Gef is a product of conscious deception. Acceptance of the first conclusion rules out the other two, but the second and third conclusion are not exclusive of each other and may be entertained together or separately.

In assessing the reality of Gef, the authors are unwilling to sweep away the many trustworthy outside witnesses who heard Gef and were certain of his independent existence. They take very seriously the findings of people who also visited the farm, such as spiritualists, teachers, hikers, relations and neighbors, and are unwilling to discount their statements.

Given the reality of Gef, the authors speculated that had he been rather more docile and agreeable in his behavior, less elusive in his manifestations, and more pleasing in his personality, he might have become in time the center of a sort of cult. In spite of his deficiencies, he gained a circle of admirers eager to hear his latest doings, ready to pay periodic visits to his shrine, and to bring small gifts to win his good will.

“It is the stuff of which oracles are made,” Price and Lambert write, “and the foundation on which temples are built. Gef rejects spiritistic interpretations of himself, and yet will not or cannot reveal his own identity. He has no message to give out, no real miracles to work. It is certain that ‘doubters’ will abound and that the faithful themselves will be able to do little more than acclaim Gef, with all his wit, malice and tomfoolery, as A VOICE AND NOTHING MORE.”

But what a fascinating voice! Whether it came from a “clever” mongoose or a poltergeist in animal form, reading “Gef The Talking Mongoose” will more than satisfy occultists and students of the supernatural like few other works available today. This priceless reprint of 1936’s “The Haunting of Cashen’s Gap” coupled with the 21st century efforts of Beckley and his pool of writers is a must-have item for both collectors and newcomers to the subject.

Oh, and by the way, there is even an account in the book of a talking stove – yes, I said talking stove – that goes well beyond the boundaries of Gef’s abilities as an animal to speak. The universe gets stranger all the time. Where are John Keel and Charles Fort when you need them the most?

SUGGESTED READING

GEF THE TALKING MONGOOSE – THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

WEIRD WINGED WONDERS: THE TWILIGHT WORLD OF CRYPTID CREATURES

AMERICA’S STRANGE AND SUPERNATURAL HISTORY

YouTube Channel (400 plus interviews posted) – “Mr. UFOs Secret Files”

Sign up for Facebook group Gef The Talking Mongoose

Article Copyright© Sean Casteel

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 on: October 04, 2019, 09:46:51 am 
Started by Black Dog Sun, the End of the Ancient World, Antediluvian X - Last post by FLOR DE LIZ
Hello , always the Atlantis must be near British cost? it's my comprehension that is not real , because the documentary's aren't correct , please show us images , real images , that we can 100% believe.

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