Most Haunted House in America
On a quiet street in the small town of Atchison, Kansas sits one of the country’s most well known “haunted” houses, the Sallie house. The Sallie house is located at 508 North Second street, across from the Glick Mansion. Over the years, the Sallie House haunting has been the subject of several TV shows, (Sightings, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Witness, A Haunting). Due to the attention that it has received from TV shows and the story that the high profile victims of the haunting, the Pickman’s, have told, the home has drawn many paranormal investigative teams and psychics in an attempt to further document the haunting in the home. Many researchers have come to the conclusion that it is one of the most haunted houses in America.
Sallie House History
The historical timeline of the house is very normal, and does not reveal any tragic events that could trigger a haunting of this magnitude. The Sallie House was originally constructed for the Michael Finneys in 1867. In fact the Finney family lived there off and on until 1947. Four deaths are confirmed to have taken place under natural causes: M C Finney 1872, Charles James Kathrens (father of Kate Finney) 1874, Richard Edwin Finney 1874, and Agnes Finney 1939. After the Finney’s left the property the house was owned and rented by various people.
Oddly enough, stories of the house being haunted didn’t start until Tony and Debra Pickman rented the home in 1992. The Pickman’s claim that paranormal activity in the home started off benevolently, with objects moving in their child’s room, lights going on and off, and eventually a visitation by the ghost of a little girl. However, as time passed, Tony Pickman became the focus of a violent haunting which manifested in the form of scratches on his body, nightmares, and demonic oppression.
In an attempt to get help from the haunting, the Pickman’s invited numerous psychics to the house and the TV show Sightings. During the filming of the Sallie House episodes, world-renowned psychic Peter James was sent to the house to investigate. James claimed the ghost to be a young girl, and he was the first investigator to call her Sallie. James picked up on visions that Sallie died from acute appendicitis at the hands of Dr. Charles Finney. The Pickman’s, after living at the house for two years, eventually moved from the home in an effort to remove themselves from the haunting.
Haunted History vs Fact
Unfortunately, there is absolutely no factual evidence to support Peter James’s story. His”visions” regarding the Sallie House are completely unsubstantiated by historical research except for one thing: Dr. Charles Finney really was a doctor. One thing we can substantiate is that the paranormal activity originated with the Pickman’s. Until they moved in, there were no claims of the property being haunted.
So the big question to be asked is simple: why is the Sallie house haunted? Unfortunately, it’s impossible to say what triggered the paranormal activity. Is it due to a demon summoning ritual ? We do know that a pentagram was found in the basement by the current owner Les Smith after the Pickman’s moved out. There are no pictures of the pentagram before it was covered up with black spray paint.
However, there are pictures that show the pentagram clearly demonstrate that the pentagram was placed on top of the black spray paint. We have been told by anonymous sources that the second pentagram was created in the presence of Tony and Debra Pickman during a subsequent visit to the house. Could it be that the paranormal activity that exists in the home is due to the Pickman’s practicing the occult? Debra, by some accounts, claims to be a sensitive. Is it possible that she picked up a demonic attachment while living at the house?
Regardless, there’s physical evidence that we’ve gathered during our numerous investigations that we can substantiate. According to luminol tests we have conducted in the house, there’s evidence of blood splatter in the master bedroom closet, demonic sigils traced on the walls and apertures throughout the house, and other Satanic markings. In 2012, we discovered a bloody sweater in the attic of the house. Could these physical clues be the cause to the haunting?
Could this be why the house is haunted?
Paranormal activity at the Sallie House
Throughout our investigations over the years at the Sallie House we have concluded that there is no single “hot spot” where paranormal activity is more likely to occur. Any part of the house can be active at any time with unexplained phenomena. The master bedroom and closet, Sallie’s room, staircase, living room, kitchen, and basement all can feature extreme amounts of paranormal activity at any time. Some of the paranormal activity that we have documented during our live paranormal investigations on video include:
- Dark moving shadows that are visible to the human eye
- Unexplained voices that heard or captured on audio
- Violent physical attacks
- Electronics failure
- Strange electromagnetic field fluctuations
- Cold spots/ hot spot manifestations with no known environmental causes
- Poltergeist activity
- Feelings of being choked
- Demonic possession
Sallie House Paranormal Videos
Below are a few paranormal videos that were shot on location at the haunted Sallie House, in Atchison Kansas. The Sallie House is know to be one of the most haunted locations in the United States due to the wide variety of paranormal activity that can be experienced there. When Tim Wood first investigated the house in 2007 with KMPS, the house was believed to haunted only by human spirits. However over time, and with more research it is believed that the haunting is demonic in nature. The demonic activity at the Sallie House is extremely dangerous and numerous investigators from all over the country have experienced it.
Some of the types of demonic activity that we caught on video include:
In the paranormal video below which was captured in 2008 you can clearly hear a laugh. The laugh was captured in the basement during the day time at 2:11 pm. It said that the black spot on the floor is where the pentagram and the Satanic rituals occurred. When this laugh was captured you can clearly hear Tim Wood and the other paranormal investigator react. Shortly after the demonic laugh our camera malfunctioned and Tim felt something latch on to his back, and found it extremely difficult to breath. He only felt comfort once he exited the basement, and the house.
Demon Physical Attacks
One of the very first times that Tim Wood ever challenged the demon at the Sallie House he was violently attacked. The attack occurred while he was in the master bedroom in the closet, while doing a ghost box session. Many psychics such as Robbie Thomas believe that the master bedroom closet is one of the areas of the house that provides a “portal” for energy to go in, and out of the house. In this paranormal video you can clearly hear the word “satan” right before Tim is attacked by the demon.
This paranormal video was recorded at the Sallie House on Halloween in 2012 and was live broadcasted on Yahoo. It clearly shows a real demonic possession take place during a Ouija session. The livescifi.tv conducted an experiment that utilized the Ganzfeld experiment, and the Ouija Board. The Ganzfeld deprives Tim’s of his senses (smell, vision and hearing) which in theory is believed to make him more receptive to psychic energies, both good and BAD. The experiment lasted for just under 30 minutes, and went terribly wrong. Tim Wood and John Houser were on the board, while Scott Di Lalla filmed the session.
Is the Sallie House safe to investigate?
Don’t let looks fool you. The house is extremely dangerous and can cause both physical and psychological harm. Tim Wood and his team can clearly attest to the damage that this house has done to him and other investigators over the years.