The Legend Of The Sallie House (The Heartland Ghost)

The Sallie House is a small, two-story brick house on the bluffs of the Missouri River, widely considered to be one of the most haunted houses in the United States. Reportedly the house is haunted by a demonic spirit which disguises itself as a young girl called Sallie.

The Sallie House was built for the Finney family in 1867, who occupied the house until the last descendant, Dr Charles Finney, died in 1947.  At least four members of the Finney family are known to have died in the Sallie House. Other reported deaths on the property include Michael Finney in 1872, Richard “Edwin” Finney in 1874, William True in 1918 and Agnes Finney True in 1939. After the death of Agnes Finney True, the line of the Finney family living in the house ended and after her brother living in Topeka past away the house was rented out.

Another story of a death in the house is that of a young girl named Sallie. One story is that Dr Charles Finney was home one evening when a neighbor began frantically banging on his door while holding her young daughter Sallie, screaming in pain. Dr Finney took the mother and Sallie in and laid her on a tabletop. He believed that Sallie’s appendix had ruptured and would need to be operated on immediately. Dr Finney sedated Sallie and then began to operate, not realizing that she was still awake. Despite Sallie still being conscious, the doctor did not stop operating and she reportedly died on the table from blood loss and shock.

Another story claims that Sallie was a young girl who lived in the house with her family and also died of a botched appendicitis surgery when she was six years old. A different story claims that she was taken to Dr Finney due to experiencing respiratory issues, however, the doctor did not recognize the seriousness of her condition and she later died of pneumonia. 

After the death of Charles Finney, the house was let out and many families and residents came into the house and left. Many of them not wanting to stay long, due to unusual and paranormal happenings in the house, until Tony and Debra Pickman moved into the house in 1993.

It was not long before Sallie began to make her presence known to the Pickman family. The Pickman’s had reportedly decorated one room as a nursery and filled it with teddy bears for their newborn son when Sallie began to play with the bears herself. Sallie would take the bears off of their shelves and arrange them in neat circles in the middle of the floor, sometimes within minutes of them having been put away by the new parents. The Pickman’s would put the teddy bears away again only to come back and find the nursery room light on and the teddies arranged in a circle on the floor again.

After this event, Tony’s brother Greg picked up a camera and ‘snapped a few pictures’ of the teddy bear sitting next to the Pickman’s TV. Reportedly, as he focused on the bear he asked ‘if your here, do you want to have your picture taken’ and then, as he ‘clicked the shutter the bear spun around right before their eyes’.

Tony Pickman’s sister in law, during a visit to the house, would also report an‘ overwhelming, unsettled feeling’ in the nursery and the family dog would bark incessantly at the entrance to the nursery and their cats would stare at something the Pickman’s couldn’t see. Their newborn baby would also wake up every hour ‘as if someone was playing with him’. The Pickman’s also claimed that their neighbor would ask them why they kept the nursery light on all night, which Debra stated she always turned off at night. 

The Pickman’s decided to leave the house for a time with their son and go stay with Tony’s parents. Tony was reportedly scratched on the back by an unseen force as they were leaving the house.

Another report stated that the first attack occurred on an occasion when Tony Pickman walked into the room that was reportedly once used as a surgery room by Dr Charles Finney. Tony claimed to experience a feeling of inexplicable cold and then ‘long bloody scratches’ appearing on his arm.

Psychic Barbara Connor visited the house and claimed to have spoken with a child spirit there and reported that the spirits name was Sallie and that she was a ‘seven-year-old girl who had discomfort in her abdomen, a pain in her hand and a toothache’. Barbara also told Debra that the spirit found her to be ‘bossy’ at times and that she ‘bugged her’. Barbara apparently recommended that when the Pickman’s walked around the house that they gently remind Sallie of the rules of the house and that they give Sallie a few toys of her own to play with. 

Another of Debra Pickman’s stories of Sallie involved a toy baby doll they had gotten as a gift for Sallie and had left the box wrapped up as a present in the nursery. Debra claimed that one day she walked into the nursery to find the baby doll in the crib and the wrapping and box where it had been left and found that one of the box flaps had been ‘bent awkwardly outward’ but that the wrapping had not been removed.

The couple also reported taking numerous photographs around the house which appear show unexplained streaks and shapes. They also reportedly took photos showing a ‘bluish swirling sort of mass’ which Barbara Conner stated was a good sign and signified positive energy, ‘love and happiness’. Debra Pickman claimed to have taken a photo showing a dark mass with a ‘marbleized appearance’ in the nursery room doorway. They also took a picture from the bottom of the stairs which showed a ‘wispy looking’ area at the bottom and another taken from the top showed ‘an area of significant blackness’ at the bottom. Most of these pictures are unfortunately no longer on the official Sallie House website.

The Pickman’s also began to see apparitions of a young girl in early 1900’s period clothing and believed this the be the spirit named Sallie that Barbara Connor had communicated with.

Tony Pickman first saw Sallie early one morning when he was getting a drink from the kitchen sink and she was standing in the doorway. Tony dropped the glass that he was holding and when he looked up again the little girl was gone. He quickly sketched a picture of the girl that he had seen.

They also began to experience objects being thrown across the room and on one occasion a lamp was thrown at Tony Pickman’s mother, lights and their radio turning on by themselves, timers in the kitchen going off on their own, candles in the bathroom lighting on their own, disembodied and unexplained voices, finger marks appearing on burning candles and unused candles melted down and pictures on the wall turning upside down on their own. Debra Pickman also reported that fires would start on their own in the room that would become the nursery.

The family decided to invite over a friend of theirs who was also a psychic, Renae Leiker, to ask for help. Renae reportedly witnessed a shadow of a tall man sitting by the window, who got up and walked in the direction of the kitchen, when she arrived at the house. The house was reportedly empty at the time.

Leiker also reported feeling many spirits within the house as well as a strong presence of evil as she walked around. She instructed the Pickman’s to burn sage in each room to cleanse the house and help rid it of the evils spirit residing there. 

When Debra Pickman began to cleanse the master bedroom, Tony Pickman, who was also present, was violently attacked. He was scratched and thrown through the air, across the room into the bedroom wall and was forcibly held down by an unseen force when Debra tried to help him up. Renae is reported to have repeatedly demanded the spirit release Tony until the entity eventually released him. He also reported one occasion on which Sallie appeared next to him when he was lying in bed, grabbed his wrist and left burns in the shape of fingerprints.

After this event, Tony reported that he would often feel the presence of something evil around him and was often physically attacked by some unseen force. He reported that scratched, burns and cuts would often appear on his body out of nowhere and from no visible source. 

Many paranormal investigators have visited the house and many have reported seeing objects flying through the air, full and half-bodied apparitions of the girl claiming to be Sallie as well as other men women and children. 

Other reported phenomena include unexplained smells, temperature fluctuations, electronic equipment malfunction, light phenomena, furniture moving on its own, floating shadows and items have reportedly moved on their own or vanished and then reappear in another part of the house. The Pickman’s also reported that they would find ‘strange mould’ on objects in the kitchen, some of which had been used very recently, on several occasions.

Further physical attacks by unseens entities, also including hair-pulling and being pushed, have also been reported by visitors to the house although the majority of the violent attacks are reported to have been focused on Tony Pickman.

The wounds from these attacks would reportedly manifest on his arms, back, chest and stomach. He also reported that there would always be a noticeable drop in the temperature of the room before an attack started. On one occasion a team of paranormal investigators reportedly witnessed Tony Pickman being possessed by an evil spirit which wanted to kill his wife Debra Pickman. The team then witnessed scratches appear all over Tony Pickman’s body.

Tony also stated that when he was in the house he was not able to think any happy thoughts, that he felt like he was a different person and he often felt that he wanted to hurt his wife Debbie and that he had ‘planned on slitting her throat’.

A resident who lived in the house before the Pickman family reported that on one occasion she had woken up in her bed in the middle of the night and found herself facing a ‘grotesque and gaunt dead-looking individual’ lying down and facing her in the bed.

A visitor to the Sallie House, who identifies as an empath, reported seeing a dark shadow in an upstairs window of the house and, upon entering the house, feeling an energy ‘akin to static electricity, but constantly moving static electricity’. The visitor stated that they began to quickly feel ‘jumpy, nervous, fearful, shivering cold, foggy’.

Another family who lived in the house before the Pickman family reported that her young daughter had an imaginary friend named Sallie. Her daughter would apparently often tell her that things she had gotten in trouble for had been the work of Sallie, or that Sallie has told her to do it. The young girl also identified Tony Pickman’s drawing of the spirit named Sallie as her imaginary friend from her childhood.

Numerous recordings of EVP have been made at the Sallie house. These include recordings of the voices of unseen men, women, children and even sounds of animals. Unseen furniture has also been heard moving, or being moved around as well as thumps, thuds, knocks, scratching in the walls. Some of these voices and sounds are even reported to have been heard by the naked ear.

The Pickman’s also reportedly captured EVP on their videotaping of their son’s first birthday. The suspected spirit EVP can apparently be heard saying ‘birthday boy’, ‘that’s all she gets?’, ‘catfish gut’ and other indiscernible but recognizable voices speaking.

Another visitor to the house reported EVP of a young girls voice saying ‘stay put’ after they moved some toys left for Sallie to a different room. They also claimed to record the voice of a man who they believe may be a father figure, EVP of an older woman addressing Sallie by name and asking her a question and an EVP of a spirit saying ‘Tom needs to hold her hand’. Their EVP seemed to have what sounded like the voices of two women, a spirit with an English accent and a conversation between a man and a woman named Agnes in which the man says ‘Agnes I am about the same age as you’. They also claimed to hear EVP of the spirit they believed to be Agnes (possibly Agnes Finney True who reportedly died in the house) making growling sounds as well as a young child’s spirit calling her ‘mommy’.

A list of the names of the people heard or referenced to in EVP interactions at the Sallie house can be found on the official website. Some theorize however that some of these voices may be a demonic entity disguising itself as human.

Other paranormal investigative equipment used at the Sallie House includes digital and analogue voice recorders, infrared and heat-sensitive video cameras and electromagnetic meters. Investigative groups visiting the house have also attempted to communicate with and detect it’s spirits with dowsing rods, crystals, pendulums and ESP.

The other reported spirits residing in the house, that of a middle-aged woman, is said to be behind the more violent attacks on the Pickman family and visitors to the home while the spirit of the young girl names Sallie is reported to be more mischievous than malevolent and is responsible for the more benign activity going on in the house.

One reported investigation done at the house involved ‘tuning forks’ being used in the basement to ‘bring up human spirits out of the ground beneath us’ and that a ‘dark and negative’ entity or force was angered by this action. Many of those present reported feeling physically sick, fearful or a heaviness in their chest and difficulty breathing as well as disturbing nightmares for several days after.

Other investigators have reportedly suffered from misfortune in their lives following a visit to the house including ‘financial distress, damaged or failing relationships, ailments and medical issues, auto accidents and deaths of family members and pets’.

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The Terrifying Story Of The Possession of Clara Germana Cele

Most people are familiar with the movie “The Exorcism” and perhaps you are familiar with the story that inspired the movie itself. But the story of Clara Germana Cele has been seemingly forgotten in the over 100 years since it happened. I believe, though this is speculation, that this story also played quite the role in The “Exorcist” movie.

Clara was born in South Africa in either 1889 or 1890, and we don’t know much about her life before she reached the age of 16. What we do know is that she attended St. Michael’s Mission in Umzinto in the region of Natal, South Africa and that she had been adopted by the Mission at the age of 4 due to being an orphan. But she was always seen as a well behaved and good child.

What is tragic, and puzzling, was what happened on her 16th birthday. She began to cry out for help and was erratic and confused. Her words were as follows, “Get the priest! I have to confess something. Get him quickly! I’m afraid Satan will kill me before I have a chance to confess!” Father Erasmus came to hear her confession where she told him she had made a pact with Satan.

Even before this, most at first noticed the drastic change in the young girl. Some think she may have been a rebellious teenager or overly curious but really, we’ve never found out why a young Christian schoolgirl decided to do such a thing. Supposedly, many of the locals overheard her making said pact and word spread quickly.

After the pact, it didn’t take long for the consequences to manifest themselves. Her mental health rapidly deteriorated. She became angry, unstable, and regularly began to spout blasphemies and vulgar things at random. She also often acted like an animal around her family with hissing and barking and aggression. But she also demonstrated the ability to speak in languages she had absolutely no knowledge of. A nun claimed that Clara could understand any languages pushed on her such as Polish or German. This was also observed by others than just the nun. The nuns and priests tried to pray for her and give her religious items, but Clara was just not responsive. It seemed that only the demons possessing her were in charge.

But this went beyond merely speaking in tongues. She also allegedly began to manifest the ability to read people’s minds and showed immense knowledge of secrets of both strangers and those close to her. Almost as if she could see their sins… It goes without saying that it should not be possible.

But it gets worse, the presence of blessed objects seemed to drive her insane and for a crazed 16-year-old girl, she should not have been able to manhandle the nuns and beat them up. This is also common in Demonic possessions, strength beyond what the body can normally exert. The nuns also were horrified by her cries which were supposedly extremely bestial and unlike the girl. As one Nun wrote, “No animal had ever made such sounds. Neither the lions of East Africa nor the angry bulls. At times, it sounded like a veritable herd of wild beasts orchestrated by Satan had formed a hellish choir. No animal had ever made such sounds. Neither the lions of East Africa nor the angry bulls. At times, it sounded like a veritable herd of wild beasts orchestrated by Satan had formed a hellish choir.”

Father Erasmus, the one who heard her confession and who had been called initially thought this was merely the consequences of a young mind rebelling against authority. So for 6 months later in August 1906. Two nuns found her curled up and much of her room ransacked and her bedframe ruined. She explained she had thrown away all of her crucifixes, rosaries, and other holy items. She was now vulnerable. She also began to attack the nuns and threw things around the room. She also allegedly said something close to the following to presumably the demon or demons possessing her, “You betrayed me! You promised me glory, but now you torture me.”

Several nuns and older sisters were made to watch over her. Many still believed her claims were false and for attention. According to one book, it was during this that she questioned the faith the nuns had in God and it turned into a very violent event. Clara reportedly beat several of them severely, tore off their clothes, and left a few of them unconscious. It was after this that the people at the Mission began to test her.

Her skin also reportedly burned when in contact with holy water even when Clara had moments of lucidity. Fire also apparently transfigured out of nothing around her, burning her room but not herself. Many of the people began to congregate around Clara to try and get rid of the demons and to help her, but she revealed the impure thoughts of those around her and the congregations quickly left. She also spoke about Father Erasmus’ travel to Rome at the time and knew details the Priest couldn’t even remember well.

It was during Erasmus’ travel to Rome that a younger priest took over the congregation and attempted to perform an exorcism on Clara. But she taunted him and revealed impure thoughts and he eventually cracked emotionally and slapped the girl. She proceeded to rip part of his vestments and beat him and choke him afterwards. She then sat in a corner and wept as the priest fled the scene. Clara was then put in a private room.

Many of the doors around the Mission including Clara’s began to shake and be beat upon with tremendous force like that of thunder and one priest even patrolled the hallways with a gun. Clara mocked him and told him the demon inside of her only took pleasure in the ordeal.

One can only imagine the horror it must have been to see demons defile and use such a young girl. But her foolishness had clearly played a part…

It was around this time she also began to physically change. Her neck would stretch and extend so harshly that visible bumps would form from the damage to her body. She also began to got to the ground and wiggle around like a snake and even bit a nun severely who was knelt praying for her. This left puncture wounds like that of a snake bite..

Finally, an exorcism was arranged for Clara with Reverend Mansueti who by this time was the director of St. Michael’s Mission and Father Erasmus, her personal confessor. The exorcism began in the morning and went on until noon then was again carried on with at 3pm and carried on until night. Clara began the exorcism by ripping off one of the priest’s collar and attempting to strangle him with it. But the priest continued un-phased.

Well over 100 people were said to have witnessed the event, specifically when Clara began to levitate.

She allegedly levitated both horizontally and vertically and her strange animalistic noises were heard by all. They put her through extreme pressure trying to exorcise the demon and finally, after hours the following day, the demon agreed to leave after levitating her 6 feet in the air and dropping her. Though the exorcism seemed to have worked.

What is truly mind boggling is that after all of that, she made another pact with Satan in 1907. She had to be exorcised a second time which was again, a success and not many details are known about it except for the room apparently being filled with a truly foul smell after the demon left.

Many still believe this was just a case of mental illness, but as far as all the sources indicate, she lived a normal life after the exorcisms. Had she been just mentally ill, this never would have happened, and she would have lived the same way for the rest of her life. Likely she would have ended up in a sanitorium or asylum. Sadly, she died of heart failure at the age of 22 in 1912. There have been speculations about whether the pacts shortened her life, but such ideas are just conjecture as far as we know.

What do you think? Was Clara Germane Cele truly possessed by a demon or even multiple demons? Or was it just a lie and bad behavior from a mentally ill orphan? I’ll leave that to you to decide.]

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The Mystery Of The Dyatlov Pass Incident

In January of 1959, ten hikers, all but one students at the Urals Polytechnic Institute in Sverdlovsk, began a hike into the Ural Mountains. They were led by Igor Dyatlov. All ten were experienced hikers. They planned a three week trip with a return planned for February 12th. One hiker, Yuri Yudin, left early in the trip, on January 28th, due to a flare up of sciatica. He had made it to the final leg of the trip getting out to the Ural mountains by sled, but had to ride back on the sled to return home. By this time, he’d already taken two train rides, a bus ride, and then the sled ride with the other hikers to get to the place where they would begin their treacherous journey through the mountains in the winter. He was disappointed to leave, but this decision would ultimately save his life.

The Ghostly Screams Of Slaughter House Canyon

Though America’s deserts are vast, empty expanses, they are filled with a brutal and bloody history that has stained not only the earth but the communities surrounded by the strange and mysterious. One such event to this day still draws the attention of those seeking adventure and the thrill of the unknown. That place, is Slaughter House Canyon, Arizona.

In the early 1800’s while the great American gold rush was taking place to the west, many families uprooted themselves in search of riches beyond their possible imaginations only to find sand a frustration. Also known as Luana’s Canyon, just southeast of Kingman county, the place in question is named after the woman who killed her children as she and what was left of her family nearly starved to death in their small wooden shack.

As I am sure many of our readers and listeners probably already know how the story goes, this could be a fun story to tell your own children by the campfire to spook them a little before bedtime. It was said that one day Luana’s husband, whom provided the food and worked for the family had gone out hunting as he always had but this time he had not returned when he was expected to be back. It wasn’t long after that hunger and insanity began to set in as Luana’s screams along with her children’s could be heard coming from within the shack. One day, Luana could no longer watch as her children suffered and out of an act of cruel mercy, ended their lives and tossed their body parts into a near by river.

What makes this story even stranger is that while she committed this atrocious act, Luana wore her wedding dress, staining its pure white fabric red with the blood of her own children. Luana, sitting by the riverbank where she had dumped her child screamed and screamed until she herself had succumbed to starvation. Though not much more information is available, there are some circles who believe that this story is the combination of other dreadful tales, such as the “ Lady in white” and other happenings of the time.

Even more interesting, It has been said that travels in search of the truth have gone to visited the supposed shack in Slaughter House Canyons and have reported hearing Luana’s and her children’s harrowing screams echoing throughout the valley.

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The Legend Of The Sallie House (The Heartland Ghost)

The Sallie House is a small, two-story brick house on the bluffs of the Missouri River, widely considered to be one of the most haunted houses in the United States. Reportedly the house is haunted by a demonic spirit which disguises itself as a young girl called Sallie.

A Portal To Hell? Bobby Mackey’s Music World

If we really get down to it I think we all need to come to the realization that we have no idea what criteria is necessary to produce haunting. From cemeteries to the everyday private homes strange paranormal happenings seem to pick and choose their place of operation at random, but be it random or not there seem to be specific criteria that for whatever reason tickle ghosts fancies. Murder, incarceration, torture, illness, and suicide are just a few examples on the uplifting laundry list of events that seems to encourage paranormal activity. As we mentioned, many haunted locations will have an associated to one of these unsettling stories, but when a location’s history is able to check a few of these off the list does the chance of a paranormal encounter increase? In the case of Bobby Mackey’s Music World, the experiences described and stories told may give that theory some credit.

If we are going to start from the beginning, the land located in Wilder Kentucky housing Bobby Mackey’s is said to have originally supported a slaughterhouse in the early 19th century. After the demolition of the slaughterhouse, the land became home to a roadhouse that took on various names, such as The Brisbane, until the country music singer, Bobby Mackey, purchased the location in 1978 thus birthing Bobby Mackey’s Music World. Bobby Mackey’s has been a host for country music musicians and bands for decades, but it is not until recently that the popular music venue has joined the list of most haunted locations in the United States. Although stories of paranormal activity have always been associated with the music venue, it was a visit from everyone’s favorite ghost hunter Zac Bagans and the Ghost Adventure crew that shed light on the locations many paranormal happenings and tragic history.

One story associated with the location is the tragic murder of Pearl Bryan. Originally from Indiana, the pregnant Pearl Bryan traveled to Fort Thomas Kentucky in 1896. While some believe Pearl was traveling to Kentucky to find and marry the father of her unborn child, most people say Pearl was meeting with her boyfriend Scott Jackson and his roommate Alonzo Waller to perform an abortion. As the story goes, Pearl’s abortion, which included the use of dental tools and poisonous substances, was a botch. Seeing no way out of their situation, Jackson and Waller murdered Pearl by severing her head below the fifth vertebra. Bryan’s headless body was found by a man named John Hewing launching an investigation of her death. Being such a particularly gruesome murder, the case became a bit of a sensation amongst the American people. Jackson and Waller were soon arrested and convicted of Pearl’s murder. The two were hanged behind the Newport Campbell County Courthouse on York Street. Scott Jackson and Alonzo Waller were the last people to be hanged in the city of Newport, and the gallows were torn down following their execution. Although Pearl’s body was located in a field 4 miles from Bobby Mackey’s her ghost is said to haunt the music venue. Paranormal experiences such as hearing Pearl’s voice to seeing her apparition have been claimed by visiting paranormal investigators.

Another more intimate tragedy took place inside of the actual building now called Bobby Mackey’s Music world. In the 1950’s the building was reopened as a nightclub called the Latin Quarter. Being known for their dance shows, music, and illegal gambling the Latin Quarter was a happening place to be in 1950’s Kentucky. The tragic story of the Latin Quarter surrounds the nightclub owner’s daughter Johanna. As the story goes, Johanna fell in love with one of the singers performing at the club. Johanna became pregnant which infuriated her father. Being allegedly connected to criminal activity, Johanna’s father had the singer killed leaving her devastated. Johanna’s grief led her to take her own life being five months pregnant. Her body was found in the basement of the establishment.

A poem, still preserved at Bobby Mackey’s, allegedly written by Johanna before her suicide reads…

My love is deep as the sea, that flows forever you are me where will it end, I tell you never.

My love is as bright as the sun, that shines forever, you ask me when will it end, it tells you never.

The world may disappear, like a castle of sand, but I will be waiting here, with my heart in my hand.

My love, I love you so much, now and forever, you ask me when will it end, I tell you never.

Similar to Pearl, tales of Johanna’s ghost has intertwined itself within the history of the infamous location. Although stories surrounding Bobby Mackey’s Music World seem to keep stacking up, I could not help but dig a little deeper into the folklore. 

There are many people who have disputed that the stories surrounding the Honky Tonk are nothing but misconstrued stories of the past. Investigations have failed to find public records of any such events, and research into property records, newspapers, and court files have failed to substantiate some of the claims made regarding the history of the location. A science writer and speaker known for her research into interactions between science and the public, with a large majority of her research dealing with topics of the paranormal, pseudoscience, and anomalous natural phenomena, Sharon A Hill is quoted as saying “The current circulated legend has obviously enhanced and accrued additional details in the retelling over some 30 plus years.” It seems that the more I dig, the more doubt surrounds even the most popular of haunted locations. I guess the only way to know the truth behind these paranormal happenings is to experience them yourselves. If you happen to be traveling through Kentucky and are looking substantiate these stories you should stop by and spend some time at the infamous nightclub.

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The Ghostly Screams Of Slaughter House Canyon

Though America’s deserts are vast, empty expanses, they are filled with a brutal and bloody history that has stained not only the earth but the communities surrounded by the strange and mysterious. One such event to this day still draws the attention of those seeking adventure and the thrill of the unknown. That place, is Slaughter House Canyon, Arizona.

Houska Castle – A Gateway To Hell

The mere mention of its name conjures images of fire, demons, torture, and the devil himself. But does the underworld really exist? Or is it simply myth and superstition? There is a castle in the forests of the Czech Republic where is it said that a portal to hell itself lies beneath its foundations. Join us as we discuss the spine-chilling mystery of Houska Castle, here on Mystery Archives.

During Court He Said “The Devil Made Me Do It” | Another Strange Case By Ed & Lorraine Warren

“The Devil made me do it.”

This has long been the plea of those who have been caught doing something wicked that is uncharacteristic of their usual behavior. Most of the time, we take it only as a figure of speech to brush off an aberrant deviation from the norm. However, sometimes the meaning can become all too literal. In 1981, a brutal murder occurred in a tranquil town on the East Coast of the United States; a vicious crime that the perpetrator claimed was not carried out by his own hand, but rather that of demons that had taken him over. It was a defense that would carry over into an actual court of law to become the nation’s first case of a court defense seeking to blame a crime on demonic possession, and would trigger a media blitz of this spectacular tale of menacing supernatural evil on trial.

The whole strange tale begins in the quite, affluent, and peaceful neighborhood of Brookfield, Connecticut, where an unassuming family, the Glatzels, had arrived in order to clean and put in order a rental property they had recently acquired in this scenic town of 13,000. Shortly after they arrived, a series of bizarre events began to unfurl that would mark the beginning of the madness that was about to spiral out of control. One day, about a month after they had arrived, Mrs. Judy Glatzel reported that her youngest son, 11 year-old David, had suddenly and inexplicably fallen down rather forcefully onto the bed as if he had been shoved. When questioned about the occurrence later, David told his mother that he had in fact been pushed by what he described as an old man with “burnt-looking skin,” who had pointed a finger at him and growled the word “Beware” before throwing him onto the bed.

It was a strange story to be sure, and at first the Glatzels wrote it off as the overactive imagination of a young boy, but David had always been a very honest boy, and his situation would get progressively worse. He began to wake up at all hours of the night sobbing uncontrollably, and when asked what had happened he would describe how he was being visited in the darkness by an old man with soulless black eyes, animalistic features, sharp, jagged teeth, pointed ears, and hooves. David claimed that the intimidating entity was continuously warning him that if they moved into the rental house they would be harmed. These visitations continued and before long were even occurring in the daytime, when David claimed the beast took on the appearance of an old man with a white beard dressed in a flannel shirt and jeans. David said that sometimes the apparition would snarl in some foreign language or threaten to steal his soul. The spooky visitations also began to be accompanied by various unexplained phenomena throughout the house, such as inexplicable footsteps, slamming doors, and disembodied voices.

The weirdness would not end there. David began to exhibit strange wounds such as scratches, cuts, and bruises on his body for no discernible reason, and his night terrors gradually worsened to the point that he would wake up howling in terror practically every night. The mother even claimed to at one point have seen her son being choked by unseen hands, or flopping about on his bed like “a rag doll.” David had also put on a large amount of weight in a short period of time, allegedly becoming extremely fat and putting on 60 pounds in only a few months. In light of the strange, seemingly paranormal events that were unfolding around them, the alarmed Glatzels took notice and became convinced that this was not a simple case of their kid trying to get out of household chores or school. They enlisted the assistance of a local Catholic priest from St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Brookfield, for guidance. The priest performed a ritual cleansing of the house, but it seemed to have no effect, as the ominous phenomena continued.

The increasingly desperate Glatzel family pleaded with the church for help, and were referred to two demonologists and exorcists by the name of Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens’ arrival seemed to mark an increase in bizarre events and aberrant behavior on the part of David. He began to have sudden seizures and fits or convulsions that required him to be restrained at times. He also would occasionally snarl, hiss, or spit at people, and it got to the point where one person was always awake as David slept, in case he should experience one of his bizarre tantrums or seizures. The boy was also known to suddenly begin quoting passages from the Bible and Milton’s Paradise Lost, or speaking in voices that were not his own. It was even reported that he would speak passages in Latin, a language with which he had no experience. Lorraine Warren, a self professed psychic, would later report that on at least one occasion she had seen a strange black mist congeal next to David. The boy also continued to repeatedly complain of being hit, shoved, or choked by unseen hands. After some time of these escalating bizarre events, the Warrens came to the conclusion that there was a malevolent presence in the house, and that David was most likely subject to multiple possessions.

It was around this time that the Glatzel’s 26 year-old daughter, Deborah, implored her fiancée, Arne Cheyenne Johnson, to move in with them in order to make them feel safer. In light of what they saw as demonic possession, the Warrens went about conducting a series of exorcisms in an effort to rid the boy of whatever malignant entities were residing within him. Three exorcisms involving the help of no fewer than four Catholic priests were conducted, during which time David would growl, snarl, curse, spit, kick, and scratch like a madman, all to no ultimate effect. The Warrens also claimed that during the exorcisms David would cease breathing for long periods of time, do rapid series of sit-ups despite his obesity, contort his body into unnatural positions normally not possible, and even levitate. The normally quiet and peaceful boy was also said to start talking of murder and stabbings, which further alarmed both the family and the Warrens. Eventually, the exorcists learned that there were 43 demons supposedly residing within David when they asked him who was there during one of his episodes and the boy gave 43 different names.

The exorcisms did not seem to be having any effect, and the evil presence within David garnered the nicknames “The Beast” and “The Master.” The family contacted Brookfield police in October of 1980 to report that they felt the situation was becoming dangerous and that the boy posed a potential threat, but at the time they were largely ignored. Debbie’s fiancée, Arne Johnson, was becoming exhausted by the whole ordeal, and started taunting the demons that were tormenting David. He is said to have shouted at them on several occasions and to have challenged and commanded them to enter him instead. Johnson was reported to have repeatedly said on numerous occasions “Come into me! Leave the little lad alone!” During one of these times he became terrified when he claimed to have seen the demons and even made eye contact with them as he looked into David’s eyes, something the Warrens has strictly warned him not to ever do. Not long after this, Johnson crashed his car into a tree, and while he was unharmed in the accident, he would later claim that the demons had taken control of him and caused him to crash.

In November of 1980, Judy and Carl Glatzel took their son to a psychiatrist to see if there was anything that could be done to help the increasingly disturbed boy or if any answers for his condition could be gleaned from the scientific community. The psychiatrist informed the family that David was normal, exhibiting only a minor learning disability, certainly nothing to account for his escalating bizarre behavior. Nevertheless, they enrolled their son in a special school for disturbed children, hoping that this would somehow cure him after all else had failed.

In the meantime, Debbie and Johnson moved out of the house to live in an apartment near the Brookfield Pet Motel, where Debbie had gotten a job as a dog groomer. The manager and owner of the pet motel, as well as the landlord of the apartment, was Alan Bono, who would become friends with the couple. In the ensuing weeks, Debbie Glatzel became increasingly concerned, as Johnson started to display strange, uncharacteristic behavior. The normally polite and even tempered Johnson would become highly irritated at the smallest things, and would suddenly go into bizarre trances during which he would growl, snarl, or convulse, and which he claimed to have no memory of. During several of these episodes he would shout out in despair that he could see “The Beast” staring at him, after which he would once again claim he could not remember such a thing happening. These weird trances became more frequent, and his behavior more erratic, until Debbie started to fear that perhaps her fiancée had been possessed by the same demons that had been inhabiting her brother, despite the fact that none of Johnson’s co-workers reported anything out of the ordinary.

On February 16, 1981, tragedy struck. Johnson called in sick to his job as a tree surgeon and joined Debbie and Bono for a lunch party, during which they all reportedly drank heavily. After the party, they returned to the apartment to hang out, and at some point during the conversation, Johnson and Bono got into a heated argument. During the confrontation, Johnson allegedly went into one of his trances, after which he started growling like an animal and pulled out a folding 5-inch knife and proceeded to viciously and repeatedly stab Bono, who would die at a hospital from his wounds several hours later. Johnson, who had no previous criminal record of any kind and had fled the scene, was apprehended several miles from the scene of the crime and charged with first degree murder. He claimed at the time that he could not remember anything of the incident.

The case was already exceptional, as it was the first murder ever recorded in the history of Brookfield, but things would take a turn for the bizarre rather quickly. A mere day after the murder, Lorraine Warren made the claim that Johnson had been possessed by demons when the murder was committed, and that David Glatzel had said he had seen the demons go from him into Johnson’s body. This was further given fuel when the family supported these claims, saying that the murder had been the “Devil’s work,” and that the beast had transferred to Johnson’s body during the exorcisms when he had taunted them to do so. These claims of demonic possession and murder in this quiet, sleepy town drove the media into a frenzy, and the story was covered extensively in various outlets.

Making the whole affair even more mysterious was that although the the Glatzels and Warrens talked about the exorcisms that had been conducted on David, the church itself went through great lengths to distance itself from these claims. The diocese officially stated that although a Father Virgulak and three other priests had indeed been involved in helping the boy through his affliction, it adamantly denied that any actual exorcisms had been performed. The spokesman for the diocese, Rev. Nicholas V. Grieco, explained that the bishop’s approval would have been required to carry out an exorcism and that no such approval had ever been sought. This sat squarely opposite from what the Glatzels and Warrens were saying, and they claimed that such approval in fact had been granted after two of the younger priests had approached the bishop personally. Making matters more complicated was that none of the priests who had allegedly been directly involved in the exorcisms were permitted to comment on the incident to reporters nor investigators, and all of them were mysteriously transferred to other parishes.

Things would get even more bizarre still. When Johnson’s trial came, his defense attorney, Martin Minnella, decided to use the alleged demonic possession as an actual legal defense for his client. It would be the first time in United States history in which the defense sought to prove innocence by arguing demonic possession and therefore a lack of personal responsibility. Media attention to the case reached a fever pitch, and the trial came to be known as the “Demon Murder Trial” and the “Devil Made Me Do It Trial.” Attorney Minella for his part extensively researched the feasibility of such an argument and found that such a defense was not unprecedented in the world. Minella put forth two cases from England in which the defense of possession had been allowed; one in which an arsonist was acquitted on grounds of demonic possession and another in which a rapist had received a suspended sentence for the same reason. The lawyer even made arrangements to have exorcists from Europe flown in for the trial. In addition, he was prepared to subpoena the priests that had allegedly performed the exorcisms on David Glatzel if they didn’t cooperate. Minella vowed:

I’m going to show the guy isn’t insane and that it’s not a delusion. The courts have dealt with the existence of God, and now they’ll be asked to deal with the existence of the demonic spirit.

The trial commenced on October 28, 1981, at Connecticut’s Superior Court in Danbury. As expected, Minella entered a plea of innocence on the grounds that his client had been possessed by demons that had passed into him from David and as such had not been in control of himself, therefore releasing him from the responsibility of any wrongdoing. During the proceedings, alleged taped evidence of the priests confirming approval for an exorcism was presented, as well as lurid photographs depicting scenes such as Johnson kneeling over David on the floor with a crucifix pressed to his forehead, and another in which Johnson is holding the boy down as the crucifix lies broken on the floor next to him. Despite this, presiding judge Robert Callahan was not convinced, and he disallowed this argument, stating that none of it could be objectively or scientifically verified through the available evidence. As a result, all of the testimony related to the demon possession defense was thrown out, the jury not permitted to consider it as a viable reason for the murder, and Minella was forced to change his tactic, changing his stance to that of self defense. After 3 days of deliberations, the jury came to the conclusion that Johnson was guilty of first-degree manslaughter, and he was sentenced to 10-20 years in prison, of which he would ultimately serve only 5.

In the aftermath of the trial, media interest in the case waned, but the story was not over yet. In 1983, Lorraine Warren helped Gerald Brittle write a book about the incident titled The Devil in Connecticut, which many saw as a cheap attempt to make a profit off of the Gratzel family’s suffering, but Warren insisted that proceeds from the book would be donated to the family. The book was re-released in 2006, by which time David Glatzel, now an adult, and his brother Carl Glatzel Jr. sued the publisher on the grounds that they claimed it gave the family emotional distress, violated their privacy, and contained a good amount of libel. Carl further said that the Warrens had lied about the events that had taken place and that the exorcism story was a hoax; a tall tale they had weaved to take advantage of and make profit off of David’s mental illness. Carl also complained that the book had made him out to be the villain of the story because he had never subscribed to the supernatural explanations for what had transpired.

For their part, the Warrens have stuck to their version of events. Lorraine Warren has repeatedly insisted that the supernatural phenomena that occurred were real and that all of the priests involved had agreed that the boy had been possessed by demons. Additionally, Debbie Glatzel and Arne Cheyenne Johnson himself have to this day continued to assert that the Warrens’ version of the events is true, further saying that the Glatzel family is suing purely for monetary gain. The priests involved with the supposed exorcisms have never come forward to officially support either side of the story, and continue to remain silent on the matter.

So what do we make of this story? Did the Devil in fact really make Johnson do it? Considering the myriad versions of the events and the conflicting claims of all involved, it is difficult to say. However, is there the potential that some dark force can compel a rational person to commit evil deeds that they would never imagine committing otherwise, and if so should they be held accountable for it? Or is this all just some wicked element of the human soul which occasionally bubbles and froths forth from some murky recess of our psyche to drive us to these atrocities, and in the end it is only us to blame for failing to be the gatekeeper that keeps the beast from getting out? Law has always had to deal with the fine line between sanity and insanity, accountability and absolution. Is there perhaps another line on which we teeter; the line between the deeds of our own mind and those of something “other”? It is unlikely that the defense tried during the Arne Cheyenne Johnson Trial will ever be admissible in court, but it can perhaps cause us to reflect upon the nature of an evil that potentially resides within every one of us, supernatural or not.

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England’s Most Haunted – The Borley Grounds

Borley Rectory

Borley Rectory was a house that gained infamy as “the most haunted house in England” after being described as such by psychic researcher Harry Price. Built in 1862 to house the rector of the parish of Borley and his family, it was badly damaged by fire in 1939 and demolished in 1944.

The large Gothic-style rectory in the village of Borley had been alleged to be haunted ever since it was built. These reports multiplied suddenly in 1929, after the Daily Mirror published an account of a visit by paranormal researcher Harry Price, who wrote two books supporting claims of paranormal activity.

Harry Price

The church (dedication unknown) is a small building of stone; the nave may date to the 11th century. Later renovations have resulted in the mainly perpendicular style of the mid-14th to 16th centuries, still visible in the chancel and the western tower. The church as it now stands consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a crenellated western tower containing three bells, two of which were cast by Alfred Bowell of Ipswich in 1926, and one from 1574 cast by S II Tonni. They hang in their original oak frame with evidence a fourth bell may once have been present. There is a topiary walk leading to the porch, with bushes once shaped like Indian chess pieces.

The path use to be flag stones, however as of 2017 a new brick, wheelchair friendly path has been installed with side lights. It is designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. Grade I is the highest of the three grades of listing, granted to buildings that “are of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important”. Not long after 1545 the manor was granted to Sir Edward Waldegrave (knighted in 1553 at the coronation of Queen Mary, died in the Tower of London on 1 September 1561) by Henry VIII. After the death of Edward, he was admitted to Queen Mary’s privy council and granted the manor of Navestock, where he moved the family seat. In addition Waldegrave was Master of the Wardrobe for Queen Mary and her husband, Philip II of Spain.

Inside Borley Church

The chancel contains a monument to John Durham of Norfolk. Several tombs of the Waldegrave family are found within the structure, including a monument 14 feet high, 9 feet long, and 5 feet wide, with a cornice supported by six pillars of the Corinthian order, beneath which lie full-length marble figures of Sir Edward Waldegrave and his wife Lady Frances Waldegrave née Neville (died 1599). Both tombs bear a marginal inscription in Latin and a record of other alliances of this family. On the chancel’s north wall is a devotional statue of Magdala Southcote, Walgrave’s daughter, who died 8 September 1598 (Nikolaus Pevsner notes it, but calls it “not good”). The church contains memorials to two 19th-century rectors, John Philip Herringham and his son William Herringham. John Philip was a Pembroke graduate and one of the signees of a declaration protesting the Maynooth Grant in 1845;[9] William entered Peterhouse, Cambridge. The glebe was 10 acres (4.0 ha) in the mid-19th century; in both 1821 and 1831 the parish had 195 inhabitants.

Ghost Photographed At Borley Cemetery

The church and rectory both have a history of paranormal activity., including phantom organ music, ghostly chanting, and the ghost of a nun moving about the churchyard. Tales from the church and the rectory are frequently connected to a supposed Benedictine monastery in the area.

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Paranormal investigators Ed & Lorraine Warren documented their experience at Borley with clear photo evidence.  Ed was able to capture the photo of the ghost of a monk, leafing though a book in the church.While Lorraine experienced a black mass moving past her with an undeniable evil energy.  The photos revealed a nun in their presence.

Ed & Lorraine Warren

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The “Amityville” House

The following is a short run-down of the events the way the Lutzes have said they occurred.

During the summer of 1975, George and Kathleen Lutz went to visit 112 Ocean Avenue, a beautiful three story Dutch Colonial set on the Amityville riverside.

George & Kathy Lutz

“We looked at about 50 homes over the months that we decided to combine the households,” says George in a 2005 interview. “When she (the realtor) showed it to us she said, ‘I don’t know if I should tell you now or after you’ve seen the house, but this was the house that the DeFeo murders took place in.’ We kind of looked at each other like we weren’t sure what she was talking about. And then she reminded us about Ronald DeFeo having killed his whole family — it had been in the newspapers about a year before.”

Dafeo Family Murder Newspaper Excerpt

After taking time to discuss the matter over with their children, George and Kathy decided to purchase 112 Ocean Avenue, feeling they could live with it’s tragic past. The Lutz family was set to move in on December 18, 1975.

Due to the property’s grim reputation, a friend of George’s suggests the house should be blessed by a Catholic priest. “I was a Methodist, so this was new and foreign to me at the time.”, recalls George. “Father Ray showed up shortly after we were in the process of moving in. I waved, he waved, and he went on in the house and went about blessing it. When he was done, I tried to pay him but he wouldn’t take money. He said, ‘No, you don’t charge for this, and you don’t charge friends for this.’ I thought that was a very kind thing to say, and then he said, ‘You know, I felt something really strange in that one upstairs bedroom,’ and he described the bedroom. And we said that’s what we were going to use as a sewing room. We weren’t going to use it as a bedroom. He said, ‘That’s good, as long as no one sleeps in there.’ And that’s all he said, and he left.”

The Lutz Family

Strange occurrences began almost immediately. Cold spots were discovered in random spots throughout the house. Eerie vibes pervaded the atmosphere. Jolting sounds would wake the family during the night. The escalating chain of events took their toll on the Lutzes, resulting in drastic personality changes. George, who began to seclude himself from the family, obsessed over the fireplace that never seemed to warm him enough.

Kathy also began to undergo a series of unnerving events. On more than one occasion, she described being touched by an unseen person. And most dramatically, Kathy claims that after waking from a deep sleep, her face was that of an old hag that took hours to dissipate.

Even the Lutz children began to argue more than usual, resulting in terrible beatings from their parents. The youngest child, Missy, described speaking to “an angel” that was living in her room. This angel, Missy claims, was named ‘Jodie’. Jodie was able to present itself as a “large pig” to Missy and change shape and form at will. George and Kathy claimed to have witnessed two red eyes peering in at them from the upstairs bedroom window. Missy believed it was Jodie wanting to come inside.

“I just didn’t want to leave the house.”, George says. “We would invite people over instead of going to see them. There came a point when we would invite people over to see whether we were crazy or not. Because when our friends sat in the kitchen, they could hear the people walking around upstairs after the kids had been put to bed. We’d all go up and find the kids fast asleep. There was no way it was the kids — and when your friends confirm that for you, you almost want to break down and say out loud, ‘I’m not crazy. They hear it too!’ That is such an emotional moment when someone else confirms for you what you’re hearing and that it’s not just you hearing it — it’s not your imagination.”

The “Amityville” House

“Coming back to 112 Ocean Avenue, the families that I found had resided in that dwelling place appeared to have a calamity within each one.”, recalls Kathy.

The final night the Lutz family spent in the house was, in George’s words, “the reason not to stay there anymore.”

“I was lying in bed and everyone was asleep, and Kathy lifts up off the bed and starts to slide away from the bed and away from me,” Lutz said. “I feel something get in the bed with us. I’m unable to move, I hear the kids beds continually slamming up and down on the floor and being dragged. We heard these pigeons on the air conditioner top overhead from the master bathroom, and they’re fluttering all night long and yet there are no pigeons there the next morning — or any nest or anything like that. The lights flickered. We brought the dog up to stay right by the bedroom. We tied him right to the doorknob and he’s up, going in circles, and throwing up all night.

The boys came down in the morning absolutely frightened. They were unable to get down to me, and I was unable to get up to them. Missy came in and just asked what was that all about? And Kathy had no memory of much of it. That day we spent trying to get a hold of Father Ray, and he said all the right words.”

The Lutzes fled the house the following afternoon on January 14, 1976.

The Investigation

After fleeing the home in January 1976, George and Kathy Lutz, with the assistance of Channel 5 news assistant, Laura DiDio, contacted Ed and Lorraine Warren, a husband and wife team of self-proclaimed demonologists.

Ed & Lorraine Warren

The Warrens first entered 112 Ocean Avenue on February 24, 1976. Lorraine Warren described an “overwhelming sense of sadness and depression” throughout the entire home.

After entering the basement, Ed felt a powerful, inhuman presence. “It was if I were standing underneath a waterfall.”, Ed recalls in a later interview. “And the pressure was driving me down to the floor. And I commanded, in the name of Jesus Christ, what was there to reveal it’s identity…I understood right at that point that what we were dealing with was no ghost. This was no ordinary haunted house.”

After conducting their initial investigation, the Warrens put together a group of professional psychics to assist them in their findings. The Channel 5 news team (Marvin Scott, Steve Petropolis, and Laura DiDio) covered the Warren’s investigation on the night of March 6, 1976.

A friend of the Warren’s, Mary Pascarella, traveled along to the house during the March 6th investigation. Mary considers herself a “time-walker”, a person who is able to sense, and sometimes visualize, past events in a particular location. The house at 112 Ocean Avenue was no exception.

“I began to say my prayers and I was saying the ‘Our Father'”, recalls Mary Pascarella in a 2002 interview. “I looked out of the door…and as I was saying the ‘Our Father’…there was a group of figures saying the ‘Our Father’ backward.”

Mary was not the only one who experienced strange events that night. Channel 5 cameraman, Steve Petropolis, reportedly suffered a rash of heart palpitations and shortness of breath while climbing the staircase. The Warrens say they also felt a “cold spot” on the staircase, a detail George Lutz has since says he also experienced.

During the first seance, Mary Pascarella also became ill and was ushered out of the room. “There seems to be some kind of black shadow that forms a head, and it moves”, Mary claimed. “And as it moves, I feel personally threatened.”

Another psychic, Alberta Riley, made similar claims during the seance: “It’s upstairs in the bedroom. What’s here makes your heart speed up. My heart’s pounding.”

The “Amityville” House

“Whatever is here is, in my estimation, most definitely of a negative nature. It has nothing to do with anyone who had once walked the Earth in human form. It is right from the bowels of the Earth.”, insists Lorraine Warren. “Whatever is here, is able to move around at will. It doesn’t have to stay here, but I think it’s a resting place.”

The Warrens felt the house could only be saved through a cleansing performed by an Anglican exorcist or a Roman Catholic priest. George and Kathy Lutz say they were not willing to take on this responsibility. “They’d be putting their life in jeopardy…how can you go and ask someone to do that for a house?”, George laments.

George and Kathy decided they couldn’t risk moving their children back into the home. They returned the property to Columbia Savings and Loan on August 30, 1976.

George & Kathy Lutz

For the remainder of their lives, George and Kathleen Lutz maintained that their experiences in Amityville were real.

“Some people have called our testimony about Amityville a hoax. There is nothing that I could say to them…there is nothing I could show them that would be new evidence that this is the truth. It is the truth. It is my testimony. It is where I came from. And to judge another’s testimony, not having experienced it, not having gone through it, or been touched by it…you don’t have the right to. Yours’ is just an opinion…and the opinion doesn’t hold water.” Kathleen Lutz, the year 2000.

“It’s my prayer that everyone in this room never go through such a thing. But if you know someone that does, the hardest thing for those people is the loss of being able to communicate with anyone else about it. Not being able to find anyone that can intelligently help them. It’s not talked about. It’s not understood…and when it happens to you, you become an alien to everyone else.” George Lutz, the year 2002.

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The Unnerving Cemetery In Kansas Where Each Headstone Is Just A Number

Asylum Bridge outside of Osawatomie Mental Hospital.

There’s something about this cemetery that sets it apart from others we’ve visited in Kansas in the past. Everyone who wasn’t claimed by families at this mental hospital was buried as just a number. However sad it is, this cemetery in Kansas is equally unnerving.

We do not recommend visiting any cemetery after regular hours of operation, or causing any damage to the cemetery itself. You are in charge of obtaining appropriate permissions for visiting this location.

Osawatomie Mental Hospital

In a time when many men were returning from the Civil War damaged, the “Kansas State Hospital for the Insane” was there to help families and the war-haunted with their problems. The first building here was built in 1860, right after families were legally able to transfer care of a person to a facility such as this. Today, the old hospital building itself is blocked off from the public, and remains a slightly creepy reminder of what once was.

The Cemetery

Over the years, this mental hospital buried many who died, but 346 of them are only marked with a number (in order of death) because they were never claimed by family members and thus had no one to see them off.

Some of the last numbered burials happened in the 1950s, and only two have been replaced by family who wanted their names known at their last resting place.

Names on tombstones, as well as quotes or dates lived, are pieces of life’s puzzle that many visitors to cemeteries read. Throughout this cemetery, you see hundreds of numbers, and it’s almost like playing a game of Guess Who? where you don’t know who lies where. Each stone is a life, but a life unknown and mostly un-remembered.

To think that all of these lives ended while at a mental hospital, away from any family members, is a little heartbreaking. However, it’s also a little unnerving and creepy to think of what they went through and how one is unidentifiable from the next one over.

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The Cursed Film “The Exorcist”

“The Exorcist” Film Poster

Few Hollywood films have caused as much controversy as The Exorcist. Its theatrical release in 1973 terrified and outraged audiences with a grotesque tale of possession. But what you might not know about the movie is the supposed curse surrounding it, and what lead the cast and crew to believe in such a thing.

Going Up In Flames

Some crazy things happened during the film’s production. For instance, the set burned down. Everyone was home for the night when the film’s production manager called director William Friedkin and told him not to bother coming into work the next day. Rationally, Friedkin thought he was being fired for some reason, but that wasn’t the case. There wasn’t much of a set to which Friedkin could return.

Everything was torched except for Regan’s possessed bedroom, which remained intact. To be fair, the room was a separate set from the house, but both were near each other, located in the same building. The fire caused production on the film to shut down for six weeks. The official insurance reports claim a pigeon must have flown into an electrical box, short-circuiting the thing and sparking the blaze. That was a stretch; the closest thing to evidence for the theory was that pigeons were present in the building. The production crew must’ve been worried that the film was being assailed by an evil presence, because they called in a priest to bless the set, according to CBS.

Lightening From The Heavens

The weird happenings continued after the film was completed. The initial premiere in Rome provoked something. As the film played in a cinema between two churches, lightning bellowed from the sky and a 400-year-old cross was struck. The cross then collapsed onto the cinema and caused an evacuation!

Several People Died During And After Filming

Hollywood curses typically surround a production that’s plagued by a string of deaths, and The Exorcist’s cast and crew saw plenty of that with the film. At least one of those deaths happened before the movie was finished. In total, according to The Guardian, nine people who were connected to the film died before it was even completed.

The first to die was actor Jack MacGowran, who played the fictional director Burke Dennings. MacGowran didn’t die in real life by having his head twisted like a wind-up crank before being thrown from a window, like his character did. MacGowran died from complications with the flu. According to CBS, the rest of the deaths included everyone from actors to a night watchman to a special effects expert.

The Movie Was Based On A True Story

The story written by author William Peter Blatty was based on a true story of exorcism that took place in St Louis in 1949. Find out more here:

More Than A Coincidence?

It seems like there were too many happenings to call all of the strangeness purely a coincidence. But that’s just our opinion. There are a lot more strange stories of activity that happened on set of the film. Including equipment malfunctions and more.

If you’d like to learn more, watch this video below.

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During an exorcism in Connecticut with the attendance of Ed & Lorraine Warren. Bill Ramsey begins to physically change into a werewolf..

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