Elliott O’Donnell has NEVER been discredited. He kept detailed daily
notes in diaries and MANY papers -some of the cases unpublished that
were found amongst these after his death were put into a book by Harry
Ludlum – “Elliott O’Donnell’s CGhost Hunters”. Read his books: he moved
in circles where it was “not the done thing” to name a society person
–it’s a pain but all the details are in his notes.
While talking to the late Brinsley Lord Clancarty in the 1980s he introduced me to people who had seen UFOs but were from "society" so I could not name them.
I am currently looking at writing a new book on strange phenomena. This is where you folk out there can help. If anyone out there has read my books on phenomena you will be aware that I have a very curious interest in "creature" reports. Think "Dover Demon", Sasquatch -vaguely humanoid types. Though, of course, any strange and weird creature will attract my attention! What I'd like to ask is which case/incident or just plain creature would you think deserves a new investigation/research? I ask the same question regarding ghosts, UFOs -you name it. Obviously, I would like to hear from people closer to home in the UK for field investigations -Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset. BUT if you've seen, photographed/filmed anything odd and especially if you have encountered the strange and weird -the unexplained- yourself then I would love to hear from you. You can contact me, initially, via the Comments or by email at: email@example.com Thank You.
I've been asked for a full bio. Now THAT would take a lot of space! Instead I am going to present my Cv that I usually send out to publishers.
Saves a lot of time.
Terry Hooper-Scharf [A very brief] Biography
Born in Bristol,England,6th
June,1957,Terry became interested in nature and wildlife.While attending Greenway Boys
School, the interest in
science and mysteries of nature increased resulting into several local investigations
of natural phenomena.At the same time, having
accidentally picked up a copy of Brinsley le poer Trench [later Lord Clancarty]
“The Flying Saucer Story”, Terry began studying UFO reports and local
Between 1974-to date, Terry has acted as a wildlife
consultant to UK police
forces on exotic animals living in the UK, being a noted naturalist.Also in 1974,Terry set up the Bristol UFO
Investigation Team [BUFOIT],joined the British UFO Research Association
[BUFORA],covering much of the West of England as an investigator and Regional
Circa 1976,Terry joined the oldest UK UFO group, the British
Flying Saucer Bureau [f.1952] and became an investigator, later Head of
Research & Investigation and also editor of the UFO News Bulletin.
In 1977,as an attempt to promote more scientific approach to
UFO investigation, Terry set up UFO International [see Sachs, M., Encyclopaedia
Having established contact with Lord Clancarty and Air Vice
Marshal Sir Victor Goddard [a former head of RAF Intelligence and outspoken UFO
believer],in 1977 Terry, along with late colleague Franklyn A. Davin-Wilson, visited
London for a meeting with Clancarty ,Goddard and others having submitted a
document calling for a National Aerospace Commission [NaComm].Hooper was asked to mount an unofficial
investigation into all aspects of the UFO phenomenon –a limited fund for
travelling and living expenses was agreed upon.
In January,1978,the Anomalous Observational Phenomena Bureau
[AOP B] began its work building up a data base on every aspect of UFOs
–historical cases, trace, physio and psychological, animal disturbance, EM
cases and much more.
Original members of the AOP B were:~
Between 1978-1984 there was much unofficial assistance given
to the Bureau by professional astronomers [some publicly sceptical],former
members of the Armed Forces, Air Ministry, Ministry of Defence as well as
serving members of the Armed Forces and Police Forces.A network of UFO investigation & research
groups was set up including GUFOI&RG [Gloucestershire],Wessex UFO I&R
UFO I&R Team and so on.
Much of this cooperation continued well past the closing of
the Bureau in 1995,though Governmental changes in policy since then have
restricted any cooperation.
In 1984 a 2000 pages “British Report On Unidentified Flying
Objects [UFOs]” was completed.This was
later reduced to 1500pp on editing.Lord
Clancarty, Sir Victor Goddard and others, including members of the House Of
Lords UFO Study Group, stated that the Report was “…the closest thing the UK
will ever have to a Project Blue Book”.
Although copies went to the Ministry of Defence and Sir
Victor kindly passed copies on to former subordinates and ex-heads of RAF
Intelligence, private UFO groups and Ufologists condemned the Report without
even having seen the Summary offered.The Report is currently being up-dated with more contemporary evidence
Terry edited the in-house AOP Bulletin which it is hoped
will re-appear in late 2006.
Apart from this work Terry has specialized, since 1974, on
Close Encounters of the Third Kind/Entity cases and provided the data for
BUFORA to contribute to Ted Bloecher’s HUM-CAT.He has also written many articles on Ball Lightning, meteor-
ites, astronomy, CE-3Ks and Alien Entity cases as well as
reporting on UFO incidents
[of which he has investigated approx. 2000 since 1974].
Terry re-opened the AOP Bureau on 1st
January,2006 to continue the original work, aligned to no other groups or
Current study includes cases involving non-humanoid
alien-entities associated with UFOs, video footage evidence and continued study
of “spooklight” phenomena.
Back in the 1970s was also a consultant for the Kentucky UFO
Investigators League, a member of the Society for the Investigation of The
Unexplained [SITU],of which he operated a UK branch –investigating the Dead
Aquatic Creatures of Canvey Island and other incidents.
Terry also maintained links with Bigfoot/Sasquatch
researcherssuch as The Bay Area Group
[BAG],Bigfoot Investigation Team, Dmitri Bayanove, etc..Terry maintains files on lake and sea
creatures, ghosts and most other unexplained or explained phenomena he has
looked into –these include ghosts and hauntings.
Terry has written three books on unsolved/solved mysteries
–Some Things Strange & Sinister (2009), Some More Things Strange &
Sinister (2011), Pursuing The Strange And Weird (2012) as well as one book on
Canids including UK
mystery canids and the history of foxes –Red Paper: Canids (2012).He is currently working on a new book
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This introduction was written for my 2009 book, Some More Things Strange & Sinister. Since that time new books on Sasquatch have appeared including Jeff Meldrums excellent -and highly recommended- SASQUATCH: LEGEND MEETS SCIENCE.
suggested that in Some Things Strange And Sinister I took the stance of a
“debunker” –someone who takes it upon himself to explain away anything unusual
or odd.I suppose that I should not have
been in the least bit surprised by that response.
The last thing I
would ever want to be is a debunker.Some “Forteans” and “cryptozoologists” were quite annoyed –several very annoyed— by the way I had “casually
dismissed” the Canvey Island Dead Aquatic Creatures incidents.Well,I have looked into those events,and
others like them,for over thirty years and my conclusions are backed up by full
were a tad upset,too.How dare I dismiss
crashed UFO cases!Well,if there was one
iota of evidence in just one case I would not.Roswell
is a big money earner yet it has been adequately explained as a non-crashed
flying saucer for a long time.The 19th
Century Aurora,Texas crash –a downright hoax.
Were I more the
cribbing and rehashing from other books type I’m quite sure I would be much
more like!However,if something is false
it needs to be shown and declared as such rather than let it continue to be
used in literature and the media and all that entails.
At times I rather
feel like that masked magician on TV revealing how all the old tricks are
done.Hated by those “within” that
circle because he hopes to push the magicians into developing new tricks rather
than continue on with the same old stuff.If we can rid cryptozoology,Forteanism and ufology of all the fakes and
easily explainable cases then we can concentrate on those that seem genuinely
With UFO landing
reports I concentrated a great deal of time on non-humanoid cases since these
seemed to hold more promise of finding a genuine,unexplainable case[s].I was very disappointed when one after
another disintegrated into a tissue of hoaxes and lies.But what was really annoying was the fact
that those who had published foreign language accounts in English language publications
knew of the follow-up
articles/reports that proved hoaxes.One
ufologist complained to me that he had just published two of the accounts [from
Some Things Strange And Sinister] in his book and that I made him look stupid.
Apparently,though,he had carried out no
research but merely taken the accounts from existing UFO book sources.My response was “Well,had you even vaguely
carried out any type of research you would not be looking stupid now!”
thirty-five years of UFO investigation,some of that while running the
officially unofficial Anomalous Observational Phenomena Bureau [AOP B],apart
from what we termed “UNP” [Uninvestigated [by science] Natural Phenomenon] no
evidence was found proving any kind of alien,or extra-terrestrial involvement.
I witnessed a number
of UNP –on one occasion within 100 yards of me and though very impressive it
was quite obviously not “alien”.I’ve
climbed around giant rock conveyer belts in quarries,forests,buildings and much
more looking for physical traces left behind following UFO incidents but found
nothing.I’ve chased hoaxers over fields
and other places.I’ve advanced by
myself toward a supposed landed UFO with occupants while three squad cars full
of police hung back “this is your speciality” I was told.
that I ought to point out that I was with about forty other “truth-seekers” at
Cradle Hill, Warminster,in the late 1970s when a red light moved about the copse
there.Myself and Franklyn Davin-Wilson
realised there was something “off” about it and we moved forward –to shrieks
and calls from the other folk there not to
go toward the “UFO”.As I said
loudly,”What the hell is the point of trying to find proof of what is going on
if you stand like lemons and don’t confront
anything head on?”It turned out to be a
hoaxer anyway but better the mad dash than add more junk to ufology.
I have never
hidden in conversation or writing the fact that I firmly believe that there are
probably unknown large species,commonly referred to as “sea monsters” awaiting
discovery.That is if we are lucky.The seas and oceans usually take care of dead
–rather like jungles and forests can see all remains of a large deer vanish in
a little less than a month.
Whether the number
of such aquatic unknowns is falling we can only guess as by looking at other
large species such as whales,etc..Depleting fish stocks as well as pollution and destruction of aquatic
environments probably mean there are not as many “sea monsters” as there used
to be.Unlike in the old days of sail
when a ship might look,from below,like a whale or other sea animal,today we
have sonar and much more,including very noisey engines,that might scare off
unknown creatures –probably why the number of sightings have dropped from the
mid-20th century onward.
I would hope that
noise pollution at sea was a better explanation than recent extinction.But science will not be happy until it can
kill and dissect any such creature.It
is the way of science sadly,for that reason,I’d hope –hope— for a dead beasty
washed ashore.The nature of these
things is that you might kill a good specimen for study but it could be the
last breeding male/female of a species just holding on.
I’ve also been
told that I seem to sit on the fence regarding hairy hominids such as
Bigfoot/Sasquatch,the Yeti and so on.Well,although I used to be in regular contact with hominologists back in
the 1970s-1980s,my AOP Bureau work meant I had to restrict some things.Sadly,a number of those early credible
investigators are now no longer with us.
The late Ivan T.
Sanderson produced what we can call the first real technical field book on the
subject .I was shocked to learn that
out of 101 people professing to be investigators or researchers into
Bigfoot/Sasquatch,only three –three— had read Sanderson’s
book!It should be the book read by anyone interested or involved in that
I have always been
a little “iffy” when it comes to the Yeti. A hairy hominid travelling,occasionally,to
higher snowy ground..maybe.But when you
come to the kingdom
of Nepal you have a
different situation.Nepal is a land
of geographical extremes and these include near sea-level elevations in the
southern Terai to the world's highest mountains.And the country contains a variety of eco-systems;from
the tree-less sub-alpine pastures and dense fir forests of the high valleys,the
oak and rhododendron woods of the middle hills,and the tall sal forests of the
south. Along the southern borders of Nepal are preserved much of the
lowland jungles and grasslands that once covered this part of the sub-continent
and here you can see birds and mammals found nowhere else.It should be noted that, although animal
habitat has been somewhat depleted as a result of agriculture,deforestation and
other causes,because of Nepal's extensive and effective park and reserve system
the country still has more varied flora and fauna than any other area in Asia.
An unknown biped is possible.
The Orang Pendek
is a hominid that reportedly inhabits remote,mountainous forests on the island of Sumatra.There is the highly likely possibility that this is some unknown form of
primate and research certainly seems to be attracting a lot of people from
others,of course.Certain islands
covered with jungle and rarely if ever visited could hold a few more surprises
in this field.
Bigfoot/Sasquatch.John Green  and
many others who know what they are doing,have looked at everything from food
and habitat to possible migratory routes throughout the year.The food and habitat aspect is the real stuff
of any study because if any animal is real it must have a diet –specialised or
otherwise.When you look at some of the
habitat consisting of dense forest running into thousands of square miles and
into which only a few venture you see that any large hominid could exist.
take a prolonged investigation of a year or so to draw conclusions or gather
evidence and I think that there are certain locations that would be perfect for
this,but it takes money!
In the former
Soviet Union,research into hominology and the Almas has always been taken seriously and
Dmitri Bayanov is a well known and internationally respected researcher.And in the Peoples
Republic of China rsearch and investigation
into the Yeren is taken just as seriously and there have been officially
sanctioned investigations,some yielding interesting results.The United States seems to have lagged behind
because until more recent years anyone involved in serious science who even
suggested that there might be “something interesting in this Bigfoot business”
could see a good career suffer.
So,no,I do not
dismiss hominology as a very interesting subject worth delving in to.
When it comes to
ghosts –as opposed to poltergeist activity—I have to admit to really wanting to find evidence.I think most of us would like to find proof
of life after death.My mother always
said that if there was anything after death she would do her best to let me
know.Years have passed and
nothing.I’ve known others who have said
the same thing but still nothing.Franklyn A. Davin-Wilson was a solid believer in ghosts and the
paranormal and had a brilliant mind and we both agreed that,whichever one of us
“popped off” first,would come back to prove there was life after death.Over twenty-five years later I still wait on
the agreed anniversary of death but Franklyn still hasn’t shown up.
I think my views
on poltergeist activity were adequately explained in Some Things Strange And
technology every particle of dust,pollen or other mundane minute piece of
debris became “orbs” –“energy amassing before a ghostly event”.It just shows how ignorant people are of the
technology they use and I think the mass of amoebic-like orbs I photographed
and reproduced in my last book proves a point:use a digital camera in a dusty
[even seemingly dust-free] environment and the flash will reveal “orb central”.
The point is
that,some 99 per cent of the things I look into sound incredible and
unexplainable but turn out to be wild goose chases.However,I am still holding out for that 1 per
cent that will prove that there are genuinely some things strange and,possibly,sinister
out there.That one case
or,hopefully,several cases,that will show that this is not a seemingly mundane
world devoid of things to stimulate the human mind and further research.
While working with
the University of Wales Swansea Exotic Cat Group,I delved into more 18th,19th
and early century newspapers and publications than I care to think about.However,what these sources revealed were
truly astonishing because most modern wrtiters/researchers do not carry out this type of work.Finding something interesting by accident while reading a book or
picking items reprinted for the umpteenth time seems to be the norm.
in captivity prior to scientific discovery –such as “Jenny”— or The Beast of
Faudiere,Girt Dog of Ennerdale or Beast of Gevaudan:the facts are all
factions of Forteanism,Cryptozoology and Ufology try to keep the cult of
personality alive for their own kudos or to become a “character”,the idea of
rolling up your shirt sleeves and getting to work in the field or in research
takes a backseat.Certain “field
investigations” tend to be more reminiscent of adventure holidays than anything
So,I am definitely
not a debunker.I am certainly not a “Ufologist”,”Fortean” or
“Cryptozoologist”.I am an investigator-researcher
Never be too shy
to share your opinion.And if you can
add anything new to any of the subjects within this or the previous book I’d
very much like to hear from you.If you
have seen,filmed or photographed anything unusual I would definitely like to hear from you!
I hope I have a
few more years left in me for research and investigation even if my home does
appear to be solely decorated with files and folders with some very unusual
titles on them.
Here’s to a few
T.,Abominable Snowman:Legend Come To Life,[reprinted]
2.Green,John,Encounters With Bigfoot,Hancock House Publishing,1980.
Indeed, far too long. Some were even asking whether "The Professor" had mysteriously vanished! No, I am still here and hoping to start work on a new book in 2015 though my UFO work is still, sadly, subject to an unofficial "gagging order".
Still, very interested in hearing from people who have encountered strange phenomena -if in and around the City of Bristol, UK all the better!! firstname.lastname@example.org
The terror and mystery created by “Jack The Ripper” has been the
subject of countless books, magazine articles as well as movies and TV
documentaries. Ask anyone if they have ever heard of Jack The Ripper
and it is doubtful anyone would respond with a “no idea.”
By that same token, ask people who “Spring-heeled Jack” was and you
would be lucky to find anyone who had ever heard of him.
Jack was the subject (loosely) of a film The Curse of the Wraydons
(1946) and Dominic Keating also appeared as Spring Heeled Jack in the
2010 film Sherlock Holmes by The Asylum film company. The character has
also featured in both American and British comic books and a number of
books, for both children and adults.
But the fact that the Springald held the country –not just London– in a
grip of terror much longer that the Ripper did is all but forgotten
except for some half-truths and fanciful theories.
Now be prepared to read the full story of Spring Heeled Jack!
Up-dated 2011 edition includes
section on sarcoptic mange in foxes and treatment plus a list of
wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK.
By the 1700s the British fox was on the verge of extinction and about to
follow the bear and wolf into history having been hunted for sport for centuries.
The first solely wildlife book by the noted naturalist.
The answer was to import thousands of foxes per year for sport. But
foxes kept dying out so jackals were tried. Some were caught, some
Even wolves and coyote were released for hunting.
The summation of over 30 years research -all backed up with full
references including from books and papers by famous British "fox
hunters" and manuals and game keeper guides to keeping foxes for
hunting- reveals the damnable lie of
"pest control" hunting but also reveals the cruelty the animals were
subject to and how private menageries as well as travelling shows helped
provide the British and Irish countryside with some incredible events.
The legendary Girt Dog of Ennerdale, a favourite of cryptozoologists and mystery writers, is also dealt with in detail.
Arctic foxes, coyotes in Essex and many more near forgotten mysteries of
wild nature in the UK and supported by illustrations and photographs
once thought to have been lost many years ago. Trawling newspaper
archives does pay off.
Low price until 24th December, 2014
Some Things Strange & Sinister
Profusely illustrated with photographs, maps and illustrations.
After more than 35 years as an
investigator and more than forty as a naturalist, the author has opened
some of the many files he has accumulated dealing with such things as
The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn, The Ghosts Of All Saints
Church, Dead Aquatic
Creatures of Canvey Island, captured bigfoot like creatures in India -all
exclusively presented for the first time and with new
added research previously unseen.
PLUS a vastly expanded section on
and up-dated to make 358 pages looking at Things truly Strange and
Sinister. The cryptozoologist, Ghost Hunter,Ufologist or Fortean will find this
book has something for everyone -including the just plain inquisitive!
Follow-up to the hugely
successful Some Things Strange & Sinister.
For those interested in
Ufology, cryptozoology, hominology, unusual natural history, ghosts and
mysteries in general.
The secret history of gorillas in the UK -before they were officially 'discovered'. The history of the Wild men
of Europe, the UK and US: something that in the 1800s become very "pop culture"!
Hominology. Sasquatch and Bigfoot -is there evidence for their existence? You might be surprised.
Giant snakes. Amazons. The Giant
serpent of Carthage. The Girt Dog of Ennerdale -another big cult
'creature' amongst paranormal and cryptozoological circles. The Beast
of Gevaudan -what was it and were there really descendents of the
creature in the 19th century?
Believe it or not more than one incident of historical crocodiles cases in the UK.
And, after more than a century of claims by 'researchers' that it no
longer exists: Silent City of Alaska and the near legendary photograph
taken of it.
And much more. Updated with extra pages and photographs.
Low price until 24th December, 2014
Pursuing The Strange & Weird:A Naturalists Viewpoint
We've all seen hot air balloons. All shapes and sizes and though we
might sometimes look at them and wonder what it's like to fly one -or
fly in one!- what do we know of the history of ballooning?
If you have any interest in
history or the development by the pioneers of hot-air
ballooning, including the first use of parachutes in the 1800s ,then this
collection of articles by John Lea from 1905 and illustrated by H. J.
Hodges,is for you.
There you go -far more than comic albums and graphic novels!
And please note: prices on some books will be increasing after Christmas.