Cashen’s Gap
An isolated place on the Isle of Man, United Kingdom,
known in the Manx dialect as Doarlish Cashen, that was the
scene of a celebrated haunting by a talking mongoose named
Gef. According to the Irving family, who lived at Cashen’s Gap,
this creature ate rabbits, spoke in various languages, learned
nursery rhymes, and imitated other animals and birds.
The case was investigated personally by Harry Price in company
with R. S. Lambert (then editor of the radio magazine The
Listener), but the animal refused to manifest until after they had
left. The case may have been related to poltergeist phenomena,
since Voirrey Irving, the 13-year-old daughter in the family,
was closely associated with the manifestations of the talking
mongoose. Price failed to detect any evidence of fraud.
The case was also investigated by Dr. Nandor Fodor, then
chief research officer of the International Institute for Psychical
Research. He interviewed several witnesses, some hostile to
the phenomenon, but the evidence to support it proved strong.
Fodor did not accept a poltergeist explanation and suggested
half seriously that Gef may have been a mongoose that had
learned to talk.
Many years later, after the whole affair had died down, a
strange unidentified animal was killed in the district. Some suggested
that it might have been Gef.
Price, Harry H., and R. S. Lambert. The Haunting of Cashen’s
Gap. London, 1936.