Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The House On North 2nd Street


For a couple of decades, paranormal activity has reportedly taken place at the 508 North 2nd Street residence in Atchison, KS...otherwise known as “Sallie House.”

In the 1990’s a popular television series called “Sightings” aired a series of specials about the events that had seemingly taken a turn from mischievous to evil while a couple lived in the home. Over the years the house has been the subject of several TV shows and has drawn many paranormal investigative teams and psychics in an attempt to unravel the mysteries regarding who or what still resides in the modest, two story, brick home.

There have been full-bodied apparitions and objects flying through the air. Items have moved, been misplaced or lost only to reappear or show up later or at another location. Phantom furniture has been heard along with thumps, thuds, knocks, scratching and the sound of animals and human voices. Although some voices have been heard with the naked ear, there have been an amazing amount of EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) captured, further depicting the voices of men, women and children. Many have experienced extreme smells. Lastly, and most famously, there has been physical harm to the occupants and investigators in the form of scratches, burns and cuts.

Investigations into this house continue, but it was initially investigated by the television show Sightings back when Tony and Debra Pickman lived there with their newborn son. Numerous psychics have entered the picture in order to help us along the way, including Barbara Conner and the world-renowned Peter James who has worked on the haunting of the Queen Mary for many years.

Some believe that what exists in the house is evil. Some believe that the entities within the house are reaching out and in need of our help. Some believe that Tony is doing it all himself (which doesn't seem like a viable assessment when the activity continues without his presence). Some believe there is much more going on there than we can imagine, and yet others think its all been a hoax.

The home was originally constructed for the Finneys. Michael Finney purchased the home and lived there with his family until his death, in the residence, in 1872. There have been many residents and several documented deaths that have occurred in the home throughout the homes history.

Michael Finney - 1872
Richard “Edwin” Finney - 1874
William True - 1918
Agnes Finney True – 1939

The name “The Sallie House” came to be from a story in which a young six year old girl named Sallie ,who was suffering from an accute appendicitis was brought to the house where the local town doctor, Charles Finney, resided and practiced. It is said that in the doctor’s “haste” he failed to fully anesthetize the young girl and she awoke during surgery in terrible pain and horror and then died from shock and blood loss. Many believe the “child spirit” heard via AP and EVP is that of this young girl.

What started out as the simple haunting of one little girl named Sallie has developed into a growing list. Some think that over the years more entities have come to resided with the walls of this houses. Do they just visit, do they call the place home, or has it become a doorway to the other side where the spirits we encounter move on after their visit?

The commonality, or lack of commonality, of all the investigations and investigators involved or associated with this house is that we are all curious about the who, what, and why of the house and its occupants. Who is there, when did they live, what do they want, why have they stayed behind, is there something they need to share with us, and what would that be? How is it that spirits or ghosts are able to move objects, show us their likenesses, and speak to us? These are just some of the questions that come to mind and to which we all seek answers.

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