View at Your Own Risk – Demon House

Overview

In 2011 Latoya Ammons and her family moved in to a small house in Gary, IN.  What happened next would turn into one of the most documented cases of demonic possession in history.  The Ammons moved out of the house in the Spring of 2012 after just a few short months of living in the house. Latoya ended up having 3 separate exorcisms performed on her, one of which went viral. The house became known as a Portal to Hell. ZakThis gained the attention of paranormal investigator Zak Bagans, better known from his Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures.  Bagans purchased the house over the phone, site unseen.  The next week he and a film crew went to Gary, Indiana to start filming.

 

Fact or Fake

Through out the document the question gets brought up a few times.  Was this all a hocus and just a way to earn some money and fame? At times, some of the people do seem to be very financially motivated, while others truly seem to be terrified and have legitimate experiences to talk about.  Bagans does a great job at separating out what is fact from what is fiction used for financial gain.

 

The Experiences

Since the documentary released, numerous people have reported strange happenings in their house or even in their dreams.  Immediately after watching it, our crew all began to hear strange knocking sounds through out an otherwise quite house. One of the strangest things that happened that night was the vison issue that we all started to Hell is Realdevelop.  Which is very strange considering that it directly correlates to an experience that Zak has during the final moments of the film.  I ended up watching Demon House a second time, and that night I was fast asleep and I had an odd dream. It wasn’t even a nightmare, it was just a simple dream about picking a black dog up ofF the side of the road. I thought that it was a stray so I put it in my car and drove it to a shelter. When I got out of my car I went to the back to get the dog out. Upon opening, I quickly realized that the dog had died. I woke up out of a deep sleep in a panic. I was truly terrified. Since then I have not really experienced anything else.

 

Final Thoughts

Overall, the documentary is very well put together. The experiences that happened to Bagans, his crew, the experts that he brought in and several other people all lead to a very believable case of demons. The house may not be the so called Portal to Hell but something was definitely happening there. The facts and experiences far outweigh anything that could have been made up. Even if some of Latoya’s story was fabricated for fame and money, things happened in that house that caused real life-long issues for everyone involved. In all honesty, it is one of the best horror documentaries that I have ever seen.

 

 

Demon house is available on iTunes VUDU Amazon Video and all other major VOD sites.

 

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_House

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4130484/

 

All photo credits go to IMDB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Ridge State Park – Investigation Video

Haunted Trails of Big Ridge

Ghost House Trail

There are several claims of activity involving the Ghost House Trail.  The first has to do with Maston Hutchinson’s daughter Mary. Mary’s loved ones claimed to hear her cries coming from the bedroom just hours after she had fallen victim to tuberculosis.  People walking near the spot where the house used to stand claim to still hear Mary’s 17430933_10208791478605245_910868593_ocries.  A phantom dog has also been spotted on the trail.  This claim dates back to the same night that Mary died.  Her family and friends were traveling along the road leading to the where house once stood when a dog appeared out of the woods and crossed the path.  Park goers claim to hear the panting of the dog coming from the woods.  The final claim about this trail revolves around the family cemetery.  Many claim that if you take a picture near the graves you can see the silhouettes of the long dead standing behind them in the picture.  The name Ghost House Trail certainly seems to be a fitting name for this trail.

Indian Rock Trail

17408026_10208791479005255_1680745878_oThe trail leads past the spot where Peter Graves was ambushed, scalped and killed by
Native Americans.  On many occasions, hikers have claimed to see the mutilated body of Peter walking around the area where he was brutally murdered.

Old Mill Trail

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Norton Grist Mill marks the spot where a young girl was hung by her father.  She had been accused of being a witch.  Her sprit is said haunt the trail that leads to the mill.  Not much else is known about this haunting.

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On many occasions, park visitors have seen a man walking in the woods far from the nearest trails.  This man has been spotted by park rangers, who describe him as being middle-aged and wearing a red flannel shirt and gray work pants.  He never speaks, just simply materializes and vanishes with out a trace.  No one knows who this man is or if it is even paranormal.

Our Investigation:

For more info, check out these sites:

https://rootsrated.com/stories/exploring-east-tennessees-eerie-trails

http://archive.knoxnews.com/news/local/haunted-hikes-planned-in-big-ridge-state-park-ep-402840410-357467771.html

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/tennessee/haunted-tn-hike/

History of Big Ridge State Park

Overview

Big Ridge State Park was created in the 1930s as part of the Norris Project.  The project was developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), National Park Service, and the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The Norris Project turned into three state parks (Big Ridge, Norris Dam, and Cove Lake).  The park officially opened in May of 1934.  Big Ridge is located about 25 miles away from Knoxville in Maynardville, TN.

 

Sharp’s Station

In 1783, a man by the name of Henry Sharp established a pioneer fort beside Norris Lake in what is now Big Ridge State Park.  When the fort was established it was part of Hawkins County, today it is located in Union County.  Sharp brought his family as well as the families of his neighbors.  Many of these families are still prominent members of Union IMG_0532 (2)County including Sharp, Graves, Hinds, Gibbs, Loy, Miller and Rice.  Sharp’s Station was part of a network of trade routes and safe stops for travelers en route to Jacksboro . Some of the other stations in this network included: James White’s Fort, Well’s Station, Gibbs’ Blockhouse, Raccoon Miller’s Blockhouse, and Holmack’s  Station.

 

The Ambush

On November 13, 1794  a settler from Sharp’s Station by the name of Peter Graves was IMG_0506 (2)ambushed by Native Americans on top of Big Ridge about a half-mile away from the station. The Natives where hiding between two huge boulders.  Peter was killed and scalped.  Peter was laid to rest in Lon Sharp Cemetery.  He was the first settler to be buried there.  A few weeks later the station was attacked.  Fighting went on well into the night, by morning, none of the settlers were harmed and several attackers were wounded. The raiding party withdrew across the river.  Fighting continued sporadically until the summer of 1794.

 

Norton Grist Mill

The mill was constructed in 1825 by Tim McCoy, who transferred operations to Lewis Norton and his sons.  In the 1930s the TVA purchased the mill and surrounding lands as part of the Norris Project.  People from all over the area relied on the mill to turn their corn into corn meal.  The owner of the mill would take one gallon of meal out of each bushel ground into corn meal as payment.  The mill wasn’t just for grinding corn, it was aIMG_0549 (2) spot for social gatherings.  Locals would gossip with neighbors, traded knives and horses, played music, and sometimes told fairytales.  The mill that stands today is not the original mill.  The park service reconstructed it in 1968, vintage features from the original still remain including the raceway, gears, wheel shaft and mill stones.

 

The Hutchinsons

In the 1800s Maston Hutchinson and his family settled in the Big Ridge area.  While living in the area Matson’s daughter, Mary, was stricken with Tuberculosis.  Like so many that contracted this disease she did not survive.  Maston continued to live in the area until his death in 1910.  He was laid to rest in the Norton Cemetery located just down the trail from his family home.

 

L.B. & Della Hutcheson

IMG_0476 (2)Lewis Bratch Hutcheson and his wife Della where amongst the settlers living in the Dark Hollow region of Big Ridge.  L.B. was a Sheriff of Union County from 1930 until his death in 1935.  L.B. was killed in the line of duty in May of 1935 when a group of criminals that had just escaped from the Cocke County Jail opened fire on road block L.B. had sat up on the Highway 33 bridge.  After L.B.’s death, his wife Della was selected by the Union County Court to be the new Sheriff.  She was the first female Sheriff of Union County and only the third in the state of Tennessee.

 

 

 

 

 

Legends of Sensabaugh Tunnel

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Sensabaugh tunnel has been a part of Tennessee folklore for years. Built in the 1920’s in Kingsport, TN and named after the man that owned the land, Edward Sensabaugh. A stream flows around and through the tunnel and the walls are covered in graffiti.

There are several claims of activity in Sensabaugh tunnel.  One of the most frequently reported ones is the sound of a crying baby.  It is also said that the apparition of a women will appear in the back seat of your car while driving through.  Another one of the most common claims of activity, suggests that if you turn your car off when you are in the middle of the tunnel, you will not be able to turn it on again until you push it out of the tunnel. Many tales are in circulation about Edward and how the tunnel became haunted, every one of them differs depending on the source.

The Act of Kindness

Ed once let a homeless man into his house as an act of kindness.  Shortly afterwards, the man tried to steal jewelry from Ed’s wife.  Ed grabbed a gun and confronted the man. The man grabbed Ed’s infant daughter and ran from the house.  It is said the he drowned the baby in the tunnel during his escape.

Crazed Madman

One tale revolves around Ed being a madman.  Legend has it that, one night, Ed went crazy and murdered his wife and child.  Ed proceeded to place the bodies inside the tunnel.  No one really knows why he snapped.

“Get Out of My Tunnel”

Ed was always very protective of his land.  In the 1950’s teenagers started to use the tunnel for many devious things.  This upset Ed greatly.  So, he started hiding in the woods and when a vandal would show up, he would let out a shrill that would echo through the tunnel.  Needless to say this would scare off any unwanted visitors hiding inside.

Shelter from the Storm

One stormy night a mother and her child where driving through Kingsport.  As the storm grew worse the mother decided that the roads where no longer safe to travel.  When she came upon Sensabaugh Tunnel she stopped.  They would not survive the night.  The next morning their bodies were discovered inside the car, which was parked in the middle of the tunnel. Nobody knows exactly what happened to cause their sudden deaths or if it is even true.

                                                                                                                                                                    

 

What we found…

Regardless of the origin story, we visited Sensabaugh Tunnel for an investigation.  During the investigation we tested the claim of if you turn your car off in the middle of the tunnel.  We tired turning the car off several times, in both directions, and the car always started back. After spending several hours there and having not felt or experienced anything, we concluded the investigation.  During the review process, to our amazement we found an EVP that sounds exactly like a baby crying.  We hope to visit the tunnel at a later date in hopes that we can prove or debunk some of the other claims of activity.