Gef the Mongoose will always have a special place in my heart.
I read that story long ago, and find it fascinating even now. From what I can
remember, the investigator, Harry Price, concluded that it may have been the daughter, Voirrey, throwing her voice to produce "Gef."
Logically, that sounds about right. For example, Voirrey apparently used to hunt for rabbits to supplement the family's food (they were poor). Gef
used to also hunt rabbits for them, and line the carcasses for the family to find.
"Gef never had a personality or existence independent of Voirrey. He brought home rabbits, as did Voirrey. His favorite foods were also Voirrey's
favourites. He shared her strong interests in mechanical things. Moreover, Gef was never heard unless Voirrey was out of the room or so placed that
her mouth could not be watched. The voice itself was described by one observer who believed in Gef as 'like a girl's voice of 15 or 16 -- a striking
penetrating voice.' In other words, just the sort of voice that Voirrey could easily assume. [..] ("The Mongoose That Talked & Lost For Words", by
Melvin Harris *).
However, Gef apparently knew things that were unknown to the family. He would go out and spy on people in town, I presume, and report back what he
heard. Gef may have been a mongoose, but he was a bit of a gossip gander as well. Moreover, Mrs. Irving reported seeing him face-to-face, along with
the daughter. She even pet him once, and cut herself on his sharp teeth. Mr. Irving also reported glimpses of a creature here and there. Gef also used
to throw items at them, and was even reported to light a match once. Plus, during times when Voirrey was not in the house, Gef would be there anyway,
Furthermore, when interviewed decades later by Walter McGraw for FATE magazine, Voirrey denied any involvement, and seemed rather bitter about the
whole experience, stating, "It was not a hoax... Gef was very detrimental to my life. We were snubbed. The other children used to call me ’the
spook.’ We had to leave the Isle of Man, and I hope that no one where I work now ever knows the story. Gef has even kept me from getting married.
How could I ever tell a man’s family about what happened? She continued by saying that Gef "made me meet people I didn't want to meet. Then they
said I was 'mental' or a ventriloquist. Believe me, if I was that good I would jolly well be making money from it now!" **
Overall, it's rather hard to conclude just what the heck was actually happening in that tiny house on the Isle of Man.