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Bartholomew, Robert E. (2014). Mass Hysteria in Schools: A Worldwide History Since 1566. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. This study explores outbreaks of collective twitching, shaking, demonic possession and general illness in schools in a variety of countries and time periods. The authors survey the rich, colorful history of mass hysteria and kindred phenomena in schools, from outbreaks of demonic possession during witchcraft scares to twitching and shaking epidemics that became common in nineteenth century European schools, to more contemporary incidents of collapsing bands, itching frenzies, ghost panics and ‘mystery’ illnesses.
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Bartholomew, Robert E. (December 2012).
The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster.
Albany, NY: Excelsior Books (an imprint of the State University of New York Press).
Over the years authors, reporters, researchers and local politicians have blurred the line between fact, fiction and speculation to the point where it is no longer recognizable. What is the likelihood, as some assert, that Champ is a zeuglodon or plesiosaur: creatures that have supposedly been extinct for millions of years? What are we to make of Liz von Muggenthalar’s ‘discovery’ of a mysterious creature in the lake that uses bio-sonar to get around? What is depicted in the celebrated 1977 photo snapped by Sandra Mansi? In this book I chronicle key sightings and events through the decades, and reveal the actions and personalities of the modern-day monster hunters; their egos, obsessions and behind-the-scenes squabbles. Champ has become a chameleon-like figure representing many things to the region’s inhabitants: local icon, environmental symbol, tourist draw card, and perhaps a new or long-thought extinct species. Ultimately, the history of Champ reveals more about us than it does about him.