Sallie House History and Haunting

Sallie House History

The Sallie House is one of the most haunted houses in America. The house is located on 508 North Second Street in Atchison, Kansas. The Sallie House haunting has been featured on TV shows on Sightings, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Witness, and A Haunting.  Unfortunately, many tourists and paranormal groups visit the home every year unaware of the demon.


The historical timeline of the house is typical and does not reveal any tragic events that could trigger a haunting of this magnitude.  The Sallie House is built for the Michael Finney in 1867. The Finney family lived there on and off until 1947.

Four deaths are confirmed under natural causes:

  • M C Finney 1872, Charles James Kathrens (father of Kate Finney) 1874
  • Richard Edwin Finney 1874
  • Agnes Finney 1939

After the Finney’s left the property the house was owned and rented by various people.

Stories of the house hauntings didn’t start until Tony, and Debra Pickman rented the home in 1992. The Pickman’s claim that paranormal activity in the home began slowly.  With objects moving in their child’s room, lights going on and off, and eventually a visitation by a ghostly girl. As time passed, Tony Pickman became the focus of a violent haunting.  The haunting would scratch his body, cause nightmares, and later 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. In one episode psychic Peter James concludes that a ghost named “Sallie” was responsible for the haunting.   James believed 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 to remove themselves from the haunting.

Sallie House Urban Legends vs. Fact

There is no factual evidence to support Peter James’s story. One thing we can verify is that the paranormal activity originated with the Pickman’s.

Pentagram in the Sallie House Basemnt
A Pentagram on the basement of the Sallie House

There were no past claims of the paranormal activity at the property.

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.

Shortly after the first pentagram was covered up another ritual was done.  This picture shows that Satanic Rituals have taken places at the house after the first pentagram was spray painted over.  But by whom?

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.  The luminol even found demonic sigils on the walls and apertures. In 2012, we discovered a bloody sweater in the attic of the house. Could these physical clues be the cause of the haunting?

Hauntings at the Sallie House

We have concluded that there is no single “hot spot” where the hauntings at the Sallie House are 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 haunting activity.  Some of the paranormal activity that we have documented during our live paranormal investigations on video include:

  1. Dark moving shadows that are visible to the human eye
  2. Unexplained voices that heard or captured on audio
  3. Violent physical attacks
  4. Ectoplasm
  5. Electronics failure
  6. Strange electromagnetic field fluctuations
  7. Cold spots/ hot spots
  8. Nightmares
  9. Depression
  10. Poltergeist activity
  11. Feelings of being choked
  12. Demonic possession

Sallie House Paranormal Videos

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 understood that the haunting is demonic. The demonic activity at the Sallie House is hazardous and numerous investigators from all over the country have experienced it.

Some of the types of demonic activity that we caught on video include:

Demonic Voices

Watch as demonic laugh is caught on video. The laugh was obtained in the basement during the day time at 2:11 pm.

Demon Physical Attacks

The first time Tim Wood ever challenged Sallie House Demon he was attacked. The attack occurred while he was in the master bedroom in the closet while doing a ghost box session. In this paranormal video, you can clearly hear the word “satan” right before Tim is attacked by the demon.


Demonic Possession

Tim and John Houser perform a Ouija Experiment in the basement of the Sallie House.  Watch as the experiment goes wrong.


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 attest to the damage that this house has done to him and other investigators over the years.

5 thoughts on “Sallie House History and Haunting”

  1. So i am just now reading this story and something caught my eye…(odd substances appearing on basement floor and walls, object manipulation) Funny enough at this i never read this till just now after the live feed is over Tues night at 10:45 and all this morning while Tim and Scott where sleeping in CH4 the back wall in the right look as though there was a black Shadow Shifting and going from dark to lightened all morning, i am not the only who noticed this. around 8am it seemed to have stopped. I did Email Tim about this with the times and hopefully the team will be able to see what we seen too and make out what was going on in there.

    Just thought that i would Share 🙂

    xoxo Angeleyez AKA Becky Spain

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