Goodness gracious me, I had goose bumps on my goose bumps recently as I sat and listened to Jack Sim talk about infamous crimes and local historical ghost stories. In the company of my beautiful wife and about 30 other enthralled listeners, Jack recounted the 1964 murder of Captain William John Sturmey - viciously beaten in Hawthorn Park on the southside of Brisbane. Captain Sturmey was an octogenarian retired sea captain who spent his days roaming the pubs around east Brisbane in search of rum. And, it turns out, the murder has never been solved so the murderer is still out there – albeit he would be a fair age by now.
But this wasn't all we got! When he finished with the story of Captain Sturmey, Jack went on to describe how his grandfather used to sit on his back stairs and have a smoke with the ghost of a long dead railway worker – all I can say is, 'Spooky!'
Jack has published true tales about our own Queensland crime scenes, ghost stories and prison history of Boggo Road Gaol and once you've heard Jack's tales or joined a tour you are going to want to keep the details to the fore and you can do that through any of his the many publications.
All these books can be purchased online for $22 - $25. Or, if you like your thrills in large numbers obtain a compendium of three books for $49.99. You will also be able to purchase books at the Boggo Road Jail Shop or at any of Jack's local guest speaking events.
My opportunity came to enter Jack's macabre world with an invitation to the talk on Captain Sturmey at the Bulimba Library. If you think you and your friends would also like that opportunity then contact your local library and ask them to organise a similar free talk. You might be lucky and have had a gruesome murder in your area for Jack to bring to your attention. See what events are coming up in your area on the Jack Sim Presents Facebook Page.
If you are interested in a ghost tour you can take your pick of Jack's various Brisbane Ghost Tours and get the thrill of actually being there and feeling the chill winds blowing all the way from the spirit world. Even non-believers will be enthralled with the fascinating and eerie recounts of our local history.
Charters Towers, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7.00pm, purchase tickets; and Ravenswood, when you have a group of 15 or more click here to book
For more information or to make your booking you can call the office on 0401 666 441 between 10.30am and 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. For private groups and groups of 10 or more call 0401 666 441 or fill in the enquiry form at the bottom of the web page. (OK, who noticed that phone number? '666', this just gets scarier and scarier!)