Patrick J Gallagher has edited and compiled several books bringing together original newspaper accounts concerning a number of unusual topics, mostly rangning from the late 19th to the early 20th Century.
The reason for taking this path stemmed from a frustration that most modern publications featuring these accounts have a tendency to cherry-pick, paraphrase and massage the original information to suit the author's pet theory on the subject. The books featured here present no theories, just the original evidence as it was originally presented, in the voices of the time. The reader is left to draw their own conclusions based on this evidence.
All the books are available for purchase from Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle formats.
The Guyra Ghost
Original Newspaper Accounts of Australia's Most Prominent Poltergeist Case
APRIL, 1921 - GUYRA, NEW SOUTH WALES
For over a month in 1921, the tiny town of Guyra in northern NSW was the focus of national attention as events unfolded that would form the basis of Australia’s most prominent poltergeist case, as the home of the Bowen family was bombarded by stones from nowhere, and the walls were pounded on by unseen hands.
Here, for the first time, is a collection of all the available newspaper articles that were published regarding the incident at the time. From this evidence you may draw your own conclusions. Hoax? Or a true case of paranormal phenomena...?
LOCH NESS: From Out of the Depths
Original Newspaper Accounts of the Loch Ness Monster 1933-1934
In 1933 “Nessie” erupted into the public consciousness with a deluge of sightings of “something” in the waters of the 22 mile long and 700 foot deep Scottish loch. Since then the Loch Ness Monster has captured the public imagination more than any other cryptid creature.
Gathered in this book are the original newspaper accounts from the years 1933 and 1934, when “Nessie Fever” was at its height. Not just sightings, but plans for monster hunts and government responses to the appearance of this unknown creature are presented here.
A number of the sightings documented here, possibly too “mundane” to be sensationalised by the national press, are seeing print for the first time since the 1930’s, after languishing in the archived pages of the small local newspapers in which they first appeared. Whatever your stance on the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, these accounts provide a fascinating insight into the happenings and opinions that swirled around Loch Ness in the early part of the 20th Century.
LOCH NESS: Back Into The Depths
More Original Newspaper Accounts of the Loch Ness Monster - 1935-1955
The 1930s were most definitely the boom years for the Loch Ness Monster, that enigmatic cryptid which supposedly dwells in one of Scotland’s deepest lakes.
The imagination of the world was excited by the apparent emergence of the creature in 1933, with dozens of sightings reported by people from all walks of life. The high volume of sightings continued through 1934, making these two years the all-time peak in “Nessie” sightings.
But then, gradually, the number of reported sightings in the press began to taper off. Never again would “Nessie Fever” grip the Scottish Highlands in quite the same way. There were occasional spikes in reports, but nothing to match those original two years. That decline is reflected in this volume, which contains original newspaper accounts pertaining to the Loch Ness Monster between 1935 and 1955.
THE TANTANOOLA TIGER
And Other Australian Big Cat Sightings
Original Early Newspaper Accounts of Anomolous and Mysterious Big Cat Sightings in the Australian Bush
At the end of the 19th Century, and even into the early 20th Century, large areas of eastern Australia were still in a state that could be regarded as “wilderness” despite the proximity of cities and towns. Dense scrub, rough bushland and imposing mountains all combined to create places that had little appeal for human habitation by any but the hardiest of souls.
It’s probably little surprise then that it was easy to give credence to stories of strange, unknown animals roaming the populated fringes of the country. Legendary creatures, such as the Yowie (Australia’s answer to Bigfoot) and the Bunyip, received their share of accounts in the newspapers of the time. But the most common “strange animal” reports concerned creatures that would be somewhat more mundane in comparison were it not for the out-of-place nature of their appearances.
Tigers and lions.
Presented here is a collection of original newspaper reports of “big cat” sightings spanning the years 1885 to 1955. In cryptozoology circles, these creatures are known as “Alien Big Cats” or ABC’s. The “alien” in this case refers to something foreign to the environment and not something from space.
Whether it was a case of mistaken identity, people seeing thylacines (the marsupial ‘Tasmanian Tiger’, not yet declared extinct at the time), or people had not yet come to terms with how large feral cats could become in the wild, there were many sightings of something prowling the Australian bush.
THE FORGOTTEN RIPPER
Original Newspaper Accounts of the Thames Torso Murders: 1887-1889
As far as the British press were concerned, the year 1888 was very much the year of “Jack the Ripper”. The still unidentified killer stalked the ill-lit streets of Whitechapel, brutally slaying five prostitutes between August and November of 1888 before slipping back into the shadows from whence he came.
But while “Jack” was one of the earliest, and undoubtedly the most famous serial killer, he wasn’t the first to fit the profile. In fact, it would appear that even at the time that “Jack the Ripper” was chalking up his bloody tally, another serial killer was stalking the streets of London.
Between May 1887 and September 1889, the dismembered remains of four women were found in, or in the vicinity of, the Thames River.
Collected here are the original newspaper accounts of these murders, tracing, in the voices of the time, the events, theories, and pursuit of a “forgotten Ripper”.
The number of leads are few, the number of theories just as thin on the ground. But the case of the “Thames Torso Murderer”, this “Forgotten Ripper”, is one which holds just as much mystery, if not more, as his more famous counterpart.