“The Mongoose That Talked & Lost For Words” In Peter Brookesmith (ed) _Open Files_. : The Strange Tale of an Extra-special Talking Mongoose (courtesy Strange Attractor), “This admittedly crude sketch, allegedly Gef’s attempt at a self-portrait, supposedly demonstrated his ability to grasp a pencil,” from Gef! "I know who I am but I shan't tell you. : The Strange Tale of an Extra-special Talking Mongoose (courtesy Strange Attractor), Alleged photograph of Gef, showing him “in distinctly cat-like form” (May 1936) from Gef! 19-27. If Voirrey knew who or what Gef was, she took that knowledge to the grave in 2005 and left the world with one of the most bizarre and perplexing mysteries of any generation. The strange saga of Gef the talking mongoose began in Autumn 1931 in an isolated hilltop farmstead on the Isle of Man known as Doarlish Cashen (Manx for 'Cashen's Gap'). It's a big Universe full of wonders. Although now a largely forgotten tale, the sensational Gef (pronounced Jeff), the ‘talking mongoose’ of the Isle of Man, or as he is sometimes known, the Dalby Spook, caused an international media stir during the 1930s.. A convenient excuse as in the build-up Price’s arrival, Gef let his feelings be known. In the early 1930s however, an even more astonishing story of the Dalby Spook hit international headlines. I know who I am but I shan’t tell you. It’s highly likely that what would happen now, happened then. The Irvings' farm was located at Cashen's Gap near the hamlet of Dalby on the Isle of Man.The story was given extensive coverage by the tabloid press in Britain in the early 1930s. : The Strange Tale of an Extra-Special Talking Mongoose (photo of the book for Hyperallergic). Attack on Lady Florence Dixie: “Saved by Her St. Bernard”. Dennis. Accept Read More, http://gefmongoose.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-story-of-gef.html, Lake Avernus Mythology, Oracles, and the Underworld, Indrid Cold: Grinning Man of 1960s American Folklore, Stingy Jack and the History of the Jack-o’-Lantern, Dark Legend of the Celle Neues Rathaus, Germany. Gef was famous about 100 years ago. Coming straight from the Mongoose’s mouth itself, the Dalby Spook was a name given to a mongoose that had managed to master the art of speech. According to reports, Gef did much more than talk. Subject: Gef, the Talking Mongoose. : The Strange Tale of an Extra-special Talking Mongoose (courtesy Strange Attractor), “Gap in the concrete step from which Gef’s voice was heard,” from Gef! When this activity became more pronounced and developed into coherent speech, the 1930s British tabloid press went into overdrive and turned Gef into something of a media sensation. Georgia Guidestones: Who Paid for It and Why? He did evaluate the family and considered them to be honest and decent people. On both sides of the Atlantic however, two early stories about real extraordinary animals emerged a generation or two ago. 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 have had the same experience as myself. Gef even drew a self-portrait for the family. That in itself is quite the testament to willpower and determination to survive anything. “I am the ghost in the form of a weasel and I shall haunt you,” proclaimed Gef, a spectral creature that became part of the Irving family’s daily life in 1931. I have not got my magic phones on.”. Yet as Colin Dickey wrote in his article on Gef! Gef the Talking Mongoose) can now be told. Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, Flipper the Dolphin, Lassie, Eddie (from Frasier), and both Mr. Cotton’s parrot and Captain Barbosa’s monkey, Jack, from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise are probably among the most famous of all, but there are undoubtedly numerous other examples people can cite. The book draws on newspaper clippings from the media frenzy around Gef, diaries, artist sketches, previously unpublished photographs, and the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature at the Senate House in London. The one suspicion that lingers is that the “hoaxer” was Gef himself. Please consider supporting our journalism, and help keep our independent reporting free and accessible to all. Once when Margaret asked him about her husband’s long absence, Gef responded: “I don’t know. He was a talking mongoose who lived on the Island of Man. I don’t like that Harry Price! The story of one of the weirdest poltergeist cases on record continues to run and run. Become a member today », “Harry Price commissioned artist George Scott to draw a sketch of Gef, based on the Irvings’ descriptions of him. Looks more like a llama!’,” from Gef! The Irvings continued to reside on the farm for another decade until James, the patriarch, passed away in 1945. This does sound all fine and dandy, but there was a darker, more sinister side to the animal. Fur samples (revealed to be that of a dog), paw prints, and photographs of James Irving pointing to his “hands” emerging from a wall, or a concrete step where Gef’s voice was heard, only add to the eeriness of the tale, rather than dispelling its myths. Isle of Man News article heralding Chistopher Josiffe's imminent book on Gef (Christopher wrote the FT Gef cover story of a few years ago.) Gef the Talking Monster, also known as the Dalby Spook or simply Gef, was an extremely bizarre and amazing animal-like spirit which was claimed to inhabit a farmhouse owned by the Irving family known as Cashen's Gap near the hamlet of Dalby on the Isle of Man. London: Orbis Publishing 1983, pp. In his spare time he enjoys astronomy and Xboxing. Josiffe concludes that when he started to research the case, he was “confident that a close reading of the primary sources,” combined with the recollections of the Isle of Man inhabitants, “would be sufficient to establish whether it had been a hoax, or a genuine paranormal phenomenon.” Instead, the deeper he looked, “the evidence became more conflicting, pointing on the one hand to fraud, and — at the same time — to something inexplicable.”, Examining Gef’s prints, from Gef! As the family grew fed up with the incivility, and threatened to leave, Gef calmed down. One of the more popular theories is the idea that Gef was not a real talking mongoose at all, but rather a poltergeist taking the form of one. I am the eighth wonder of the world!” Gef himself was unsure of his form, or powers, sometimes claiming to have magical abilities, or clairvoyance, which required some form of invisible technology. The depth of the slit (4″) is shown by the other knife which Mr. Irving holds.,” from Gef! What at first appears like an obvious hoax becomes something more complex, as Gef’s presence as a spirit, ghost, hallucination, possessed animal, indication of family hysteria, or a young daughter’s ploy for attention are all methodically examined. Interesting history topics are just a click away. Claiming to be a mongoose from India that was born in 1852 in India, the voice called itself Gef and always claimed it was a flesh and blood creature. A sample of fur, which analysis concluded that it was dog hair, most likely from Mona, the family dog. : The Strange Tale of an Extra-special Talking Mongoose (courtesy Strange Attractor). Other accounts speculate that the precocious Voirrey told school chums of her chatty little pal, no doubt inspired by Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a short st… The animal eventually identified itself as Gef and was first discovered by the Irving family in September 1931. The story of Gef the Talking Mongoose was one of the biggest stories of the 1930s! Though he is largely forgotten, a small but obsessive band of researchers refuses to let Gef go.The Story of Gef by Clifford Malcolm Willett"If you knew what I know, you'd know a hell of a lot!" In this episode of The Talking Mongoose, Stuart Steen McFaull chats to Paul Jones about FC IOM. The corpse that he put on display was black and white and by all accounts was considerably larger than Gef. Sometime after, the new owner shot a large mongoose-like animal which may have been the creature. Gef often helped around the house, turning off stoves accidentally left on, awaking over-sleepers, and that kind of thing. Links:Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GefGef: The 8th wonder of the world – http://gefmongoose.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-story-of-gef.html. Sometimes, Gef seemed to delight in tormenting the Irving parents. Several times in the last few decades, certain animals have obtained a celebrity status that has earned them a cult following. Can you think of another "talking mongoose"? While he’s frequently referred to as a “mongoose,” he was initially called the “Dalby Spook” (referring to his geographic location on the Isle of Man). Gef the Talking Mongoose by Thinking Sideways Podcast. Richard welcomes a TV producer and author to discuss one of the strangest cases in paranormal history: A talking mongoose that terrorized a family living on an isolated farm on the Isle of … The Irvings left the farmhouse, and Gef, in 1937. : The Strange Tale of an Extra-special Talking Mongoose (courtesy Strange Attractor), “The slit in the matchboarding through which Gef threw a packing-case needle at Capt. All rights reserved. Maybe the legend of Gef the Talking Mongoose was a collective fantasy, the product of a basic human desire for other-wordly wonder and magic. So what exactly was the Dalby Spook? Surely, Gef was a “hoax” of some kind, if only of “War of the Worlds” variety. You guessed it, he was a talking mongoose who got up to all kinds of hijinks. Les currently resides in London and is a freelance writer with a long standing passion for the unexplained and paranormal. As James would later describe, what started as a “tap, tap, tap at night” within their walls developed into an ongoing conversation with this astute, and often snide, “man-weasel” who had decided to make their isolated home his own abode. For links, you can't do better than the Gef blog or the book Gef… The farm’s new owner, a man called Leslie Graham, proclaimed that he had shot and killed a ‘funny looking animal’ in 1946. Gef became part of the family and it reminds me very much of the Bell Witch, except it was a lot less hostile - although still at times unpleasant and demanding. There's some indication the tale originated when 13 year-old Voirrey Irving, an accomplished rabbit hunter, began saying that dead rabbits she brought home were killed by her friend, a sentient mongoose, and before long she had her parents believing the tale and spreading it to their neighbors. HARRIS, Melvin. 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