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RETURN OF THE
KING:
IS ELVIS
STILL ALIVE?
SPEAKING IN TONGUES
FOREIGN LANGUAGE SYNDROME
VAMPIRES OF ATLANTIS
THE MEDITERRANEAN UNDEAD
‘R’ MARKS THE SPOT
THE WEIRD REDISCOVERY OF RICHARD III
ELECTRONIC CROP CIRCLES • CUMBRIAN WERE-SHEEP • NEW BERMUDA TRIANGLE • INEPT CRIME
tHe WoRLD’s
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neWs stoRIes
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the world oF
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contents
‘R’ marks the resting place of Richard III; foreign language
and foreign accent syndromes; shark on the golf course;
dog attends mass; lucky inds; scary squirrel; high seas
drifers – and much more.
12 ARCHæOLOGy
13 CLASSICAL CORNER
14 GHOSTWATCH
17 ALIEN zOO
19 KONSPIRACy KORNER
20 NECROLOG
23 STRANGE DEATHS
24 THE UfO fILES
the world of strange phenomena
features
cover story
26 invasion oF the diddymen
SD TUCKER asks who, or what, could possibly have been
behind the supposed invasion of Liverpool by leprechauns
in 1964 – was it elves, aliens, Beatlemania, mass hysteria
or even Ken Dodd?
34 elvis: the comeback special
It’s 36 years since his death, but the King is still seen
in shopping malls and supermarkets all over the US and
even popped up at President Obama’s inauguration.
Now, the saga has taken a new twist, with the emergence
of DNA evidence and a woman claiming to be Presley’s
half-sister. TED HARRISON reports.
34 elvis: the comeback special
did the king leave the building in 1977 – or does dna evidence suggest he’s alive?
44 dr dingwall’s casebook part one:
a sceptical enqUirer
Eric John Dingwall, author, anthropologist, librarian,
psychic investigator, and, to some, the ‘British Kinsey’,
is less well known than his erstwhile colleague and
sometime adversary, Harry Price, but is a igure of equal
interest, says CHRISTOPHER JOSIffE.
reports
40
dictionary oF the damned
No. 49. Ancient astronauts
by the Hierophant’s Apprentice
72
Fortean traveller
No. 84. Santorini: Vampires of Atlantis
by Paul Devereux
76
stories From the illUstrated police news
No. 20. Dick Schich, female errand boy
by Jan Bondeson
25 storm warnings
what links migraine, lightning and UFos?
18 criminally stUpid
cretinous cops and rubbish robbers
forum
51
Electronic crop circles
by Guy Lyon Playfair
52
Cosmic habituation
by William Ashton
regulars
78 READER INfO
79 PHENOMENOMIX
80 TALES fROM THE VAULT
02 EDITORIAL
55 REVIEWS
67 LETTERS
26 invasion oF the diddymen
liverpool’s 1964 leprechaun invasion
20 a real-liFe indiana jones
we bid farewell to ivan mackerle
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spirited away
the mysterious dr dingwall
The world of psychical research is full of fasci-
nating but forgotten igures, so it gives us great
pleasure to present in this issue (pp44-49) the
irst instalment of a two-part proile of Eric John
Dingwall – author, anthropologist, librarian and
psychical investigator – a man of vast and varied
accomplishments who has never been as widely
known as his erstwhile colleague, co-investigator
and sometime intellectual sparring-partner
Harry Price.
Where Price was
an often lamboyant
character who never
shied away from pub-
licity if it could further
his career, Dingwall
remained – outside
the world of psychical
research – a shadowy
and rarely-glimpsed
igure, largely through
his own choice. It was
not out of any sense of
false modesty that he
avoided being photo-
graphed, for instance,
but to protect his
identity and allow him
to attend séances and
spiritualist meetings
incognito and carry out
his investiagtions with-
out fear of alerting any
potentially fraudulent
mediums to his pres-
ence. Christopher
Josiffe has enjoyed
access to the Dingwall papers at Senate House
Library, and shines a long overdue light onto the
life and career of a man who, in his own way, was
as intriguing and interesting an investigator as
Harry Price himself. Even now, though, enigmas
remain. Dingwall wasn't sure – and we still don’t
know – when he was actually born – was it 1890 or
1891? His old friend Alan Gauld recalled trying
to ascertain Dingwall’s date of birth, only to ind
that the relevent records in the Sri Lankan reg-
istry ofice had been eaten by termites! Rather
ironic, for a man who dedicated so much of his
life to preserving and cataloguing documents.
We’re proud to say that Dr Dingwall even
offered some encouraging words to
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, just a few
years before his death in 1986, writing: “I know
[
Fortean Times
] well and take this opportunity of
congratulating you on your skilful editing and
judicious selection of material.” Praise indeed.
missing spiritualist millions
Eric Dingwall would doubtless be spinning in
his grave had he read an article that appeared
in the
Guardian
newspaper on 25 January this
year (you can read the full story at http://bit.ly/
W7LlRN). According to reporter David Leigh, the
Spiritualist Association of Great Britain (SAGB)
has divested itself of its London headquarters, a
grand Georgian mansion at 33 Belgrave Square
that it purchased back in 1955 for the sum of
£24,500. Nothing wrong with that, you might
think; no doubt the upkeep of such an impres-
sive but ageing building was a major drain
on resources for a charitable body such as the
SAGB, and the thought of turning the property
goldmine on which it was sitting into hard cash
must have seemed like an eminently sensible
idea.
The Devil was in the
details of the sale,
in which the SAGB
logged its Belgrave
Square HQ to an anon-
ymous offshore buyer
in the BritishVirgin
Islands, a notorious tax
haven, for £6 million;
this secret buyer imme-
diately resold it for £21
million to a third party
– another BVI offshore
company controlled,
it is reported, by the
super-rich Barclay
Brothers, owners of the
Ritz and the
Daily Tele-
graph
, and no strangers
to tax investigations.
This outit, claiming
it had no knowledge
of the seller’s identity,
then put the mansion
back on the market
for £26 million. It all
sounds pretty shady
and means that £15
million proit was, excuse the pun, spirited away
offshore, leaving the SAGB with only a fraction
of what the charity should have realised through
the sale.The Charity Commission is looking
into the affair, but a related matter that has
exercised those interested in the Spiritualist
heritage is the fate – currently unknown – of the
SAGB’s extensive library previously housed in
Belgrave Square. Surely this would have been a
case for that psychical researcher and librarian
extraordinaire, Dr Eric J Dingwall?
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