This was really well written, thank you for sharing! I always fall back on motive, and I think you raised an interesting point – why create the hoax if the family was uninterested in fame and/or money? It especially doesn’t sound like Voirrey was interested in fame if she was difficult to track down in her later years. I think the lack of motive greatly reduces the possibility that this was an intentional hoax, although the fact that the hair sent to the lab was indistinguishable from the dog’s hair is the largest clue that points to hoax. I’m not really sure what to make of it! Delusion, Regulators Mount Up, Funny Halloween Witch T-Shirt hoax or paranormal? And why an oddly shaped mongoose?! I could see it being the dad wanting to make up something to entertain his daughter. Although it doesn’t seem like she particularly enjoyed it.
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That was my thought as well. Took a liking to the daughter at first, made inappropriate comments to the mother in a state of undress, eventually took a liking to the father and even spoke all the languages he happened to have experience with? Sounds like a character he invented as a joke/entertainment. Maybe he got inspired by the skittering in the walls lol. There’s a weird threatening sexual element to the whole thing, the mongoose threatening to follow the girl wherever she went, etc. I think something stank in the Irving household, Regulators Mount Up, Funny Halloween Witch T-Shirt and it wasn’t a mongoose. I’m so glad someone else thought this, because I thought I must be crazy to think that… I first suspected a trick by Voirrey, right up until the “I want you to like me Margaret”. I also think it’s very odd that his words to the little boy were to “not upset Jimo” by saying he was fake. It’s just weird that Gef’s feelings would first be to James?
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The fact that it ceased when Voirrey moved out initially seems to point to her, but then it could also point to one of the parents doing it “for” Voirrey and now their audience has left. I’m reaching here, but iffffff it was a hoax by the dad, might it be possible that Voirrey believed in it? Maybe she heard a voice in her house describing himself as a mongoose, then she saw a mongoose hanging around her farm and put 2+2 together? Whether she believed in it or not, I think her distress in the end interview is palpable. It would have been possible for her to revel in the attention, or to laugh and say “Yeah it was me, I was 13 and I thought it was funny”, but whether she’s telling the truth or not, it causes her sadness.Regulators Mount Up, Funny Halloween Witch T-Shirt Her emotions are reminiscent of that kind of abuse: she feels ashamed, unable to get married, worried people will find out, wishes she’d been left alone… that’s indicative of much more than a family joke that got out of hand.