Sallie House History, Hauntings, Paranormal Evidence


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

Sallie House History

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

Four deaths are confirmed under natural causes:

  1. M C Finney 1872,
  2. Charles James Kathrens (father of Kate Finney), 1874
  3. Richard Edwin Finney, 1874
  4. Agnes Finney, 1939

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

The story of the hauntings began when Tony and Debra Pickman rented the home in 1992. 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, with the ghost scratching his body, causing nightmares, and later demonic oppression. In an attempt to get help from the haunting, they invited numerous psychics to the house and appeared on the TV show Sightings.

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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 lived at the house for several more years before finally moving out.

Tony later claimed that the demonic forces in the house once affected him so badly he wanted to kill his wife.

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

Possible Causes for the Hauntings at the Sallie House

The Pentagram – Summoning a Demon

The Pickman’s were not the only ones to live in the house, another tenant moved in shortly after them. This tenant placed a pentagram in the basement, which was later discovered by the owner, Les Smith. The tenant was then evicted and the pentagram was spray painted over with black paint.

Today, if you look closely, you can still see the black paint on the basement floor. It is believed that the tenant was trying to summon the demon Beezlebub when they placed the pentagram. People have also reported that another paranormal group conducted a ritual in an attempt to close the previous one.

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a closeup of the Sallie house pentagram

The Bloody Sweater – The Scene of a crime?

Back in 2011 we discovered a sweater that was covered in blood at the house. Could this blood-soaked sweater be the cause of the hauntings at the Sallie House? What was really strange about this discovery was that the sweater was accidentally found in the attic of the house underneath the insulation.

Subsequent luminol tests that we conducted would reveal that the sweater and the closet did have blood on them.  Weeks before the investigation of the house Tim Wood had a dream where he was sitting in the living room with a boy.

The boy walked me up the stairs and brought me to the master bedroom closet. Shortly after that in my dream I saw the boy wearing a blue sweater, chained to the pipe, and bleeding out from several stab wounds. Could this be a premonition of something that occurred in the house, or could it be just a sweater that was used as a rag?

Tim Wood, livescifi.tv

The master bedroom closet has been a hotbed of activity for many paranormal investigators in the past, with unexplained noises, feeling of dizziness, and physical attacks occurring there.  In the documentary psychic Robbie Thomas, described the closet as a portal for paranormal activity.  Could it be that he was possibly picking up on the energy from the sweater?

Some of the key characteristics of this sweater are:

  • Brand – Sears and Robuck, the label shows that the sweater was made from 1970 to 1996.
  • Puncture holes in the front and back of the sweater
  • Blood stains are more concentrated in the lower stomach region of the sweater, back, and front
  • Bloodstain on the right elbow

Could this be from the little boy ghost that multiple eyewitnesses have seen, and captured EVPs from?

Due to the fact that we found the sweater we thought it would be a good idea to test not only the sweater but the master bedroom closet for the presence of blood. Could the bloody sweater be the cause for the Sallie House haunting?

Sallie House Luminol Photos

Luminol is a chemical that glows blue when mixed with an oxidizing agent. It is a white-to-pale-yellow solid that is soluble in most polar organic solvents, but insoluble in water. Forensic investigators use luminol to detect trace amounts of blood at crime scenes, as it reacts with the iron in hemoglobin.

Biologists use it in cellular assays to detect copper, iron, and cyanides, as well as specific proteins by western blot. When luminol is sprayed evenly across an area, trace amounts of an activating oxidant make the luminol emit a blue glow that can be seen in a darkened room. The glow only lasts about 30 seconds, but investigators can document the effect with a long-exposure photograph.

Types of Hauntings at the Sallie House

We have concluded that there is no single “hot spot” where the hauntings at the 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 types of hauntings that we have documented during our live paranormal investigations include:

  • Demonic Possession
  • Dark moving shadows that are visible to the human eye
  • Unexplained voices that are heard or captured on audio
  • Violent physical attacks
  • Ectoplasm
  • Electronics failure
  • Strange electromagnetic field fluctuations
  • Cold spots/ hot spots
  • Nightmares
  • Depression
  • Poltergeist activity
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Inside Sallies Room

Many ask if the Sallie House is 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.

Sallie House Pictures

Demon on the Staircase – The first picture captured the demonic dark mist at the top of Sallie’s bedroom. The third picture shows the appearance of the dark mist slightly changing with 2 sets of eyes peering from the top of the staircase.

All of these photos are individual frames that were taken from 1.5 seconds of footage.

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Shadow figure caught towards top door picture 1
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Shadow figure caught towards top door picture 2
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Demonic Eyes on the upper right staircase and shadow figure caught towards the top door picture 3
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Demonic Eyes on the upper right staircase and shadow figure caught towards the top door picture 4

Assorted Paranormal Investigation Pictures – These Sallie House pictures were collected on numerous investigations at the Sallie House

Sallie House Paranormal Videos

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In this video Tim Wood and John Houser perform a sensory deprivation experiment in the basement of the house next to the pentagram which was used to summon demons.  During this experiment Tim is attacked by a dark, demonic energy.  Shortly after he is pulled out and holy water is seen steaming off his neck.
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In this video, Tim is recording an EVP session in the basement of the house you can clearly hear audio responses from the entity which calls itself the “commander”.  Shortly after these strange responses, a piece of brick is seen flying in the direction of Tim.
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Tim Wood uses a Frank’s Box in the basement of the haunted house to facilitate communication with the demon that is believed to haunt the house and property. A Frank’s Box is a ghost box which is a form of ITC, the device scans AM/FM radio waves continuously and it is believed that a spirit or demon can manipulate the device by speaking in real time to the operator.
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While I was contacting what I believed to be the spirit of Dr. Finney, I felt a surge of energy come through my toes, up to my feet, and through the rest of my body. 

Immediately after closing the session I lifted up the ouija board to put it aside and noticed that my shoes had left imprints of where we were doing the Ouija Session, the residue was an oily, watery substance that I believe is Ectoplasm.
Disembodied evil laugh captured on video while investigating the basement.
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The paranormal video was shot in 2011 during a live investigation of the house. Patrick Langdon, John Houser, and Tim Wood are unpacking their paranormal equipment when Tim’s phone flies across the room and slams against the wall
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Unexplained voices, and spirit communication were caught on camera, while alone in the house.

Sallie Psychic Drawings

Kristin Manning is a sensitive who has appeared on Ghost Town Terror, and is world-renown for her medium abilities and for psychic drawings. She has done numerous sketches of the dark energies while investigating the house.

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