The Hauntings of the Sallie House

In 1906, Dr. Charles Finney awoke to the knock of a desperate mother with an ill daughter. After examining the girl, he noticed an infected growth on the child’s abdomen and insisted on operating. Whether Finney was a sadistic doctor that performed an unnecessary operation or demons botched Finney’s operation, the death of the little girl that fateful night became the catalyst of the legend of the “Sallie House”.

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The Sallie House. As it looks from N. 2nd St.

Legend says that the girl, dubbed “Sallie” believed she died at the hands of torture and would seek revenge on men who entered the house. Paranormal investigations have discovered demonic entities along with spirits of the deceased.

The hauntings at the “Sallie House” first became public by the accounts of Tony and Debra Pickman. First, the hauntings remained in their newborn’s room. Dolls would be taken from the shelf and placed in a perfect circle. Neighbors would inquire why the Pickman’s kept the nursery light on all night. In reality, the Pickman’s had moved their son into their room and left all the lights off.

The couple knew a psychic named Renae Leiker and insisted that she visited the house. When she arrived with the Pickman’s, she saw a man sitting by the window get up and walk to the kitchen. No one was in the house.

Renae felt spiritual energies throughout the house. She insisted that Debra started burning sage cast away evil. Debra smudged all rooms’ doorways and window. When she got to the southwest window to the master bedroom, Tony was scratched then thrown against the room. Debra ran to help him get up, but the force was holding him down! Renae repeatedly demanded the spirit let Tony go in the name of God.

Tony began to feel demonic feelings and got scratched by unseen hands.The attacks escalated when the crew of the 1990s’ television show, Sightings was invited to the house. The team caught none minute worth of footage of Tony being scratched. In one instance, Tony was burned as the crew attempt to collect electric voice phenomenon. When Tony felt possessed to kill Debra, he insisted that the family moved.

Was it the ghost of young Sallie attacking Tony? Accounts actually prove there have been multiple entities. Tony reported seeing an apprehension of a young girl in the kitchen who appeared more afraid of him than he was of her. Tony’s only account of visibly seeing an attacker was a young woman. The woman formed from light particles. She shouted at Tony as she walked through the room, disappearing before she could strike him.

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A screen shot of the Sallie House video. The words “Go up” plays through the Ghost Box.

The ghost of the young woman is believed to be Joanna Barnes, Finney’s relative who lived next door. She was institutionalized throughout her life. Kate Pelzer reported her son seeing black monsters while living in Barnes’ house. Kate recalled looking into the Sallie House. Bricks flew at her friends and an unseen force grabbed her as she looked into the window.

Famed psychic, Robbie Thomas visited the house in 2009. He claimed to see Finney surrounded by a dark mass. Thomas saw two girls named Emily and Anna and a third entity they claimed was “The Devil”.

No one lives at The Sallie house; however, it attracts visitors as part of a ghost tour. TripAdvisor customer report experiencing various types of phenomenon.

The Sallie House, hosted by the Pickmans
The documentary, “The Sallie House: Gateway to the Paranormal” featured on UFO TV.
Sallie House on Trip

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Jim Harper

Jim has always had a strong passion for travel, archaeology, and history. He feels fortunate to have been able to visit many of the ancient wonders that he read about in history books. As the founder of Historic Mysteries, his goal is to share with you the secrets of our past.

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