Sallie House Documentary

The Sallie House Documentary made in early 2006 featuring Robbie Thomas, Michael Esposito, and Tony and Debra Pickman.  What we find interesting about this paranormal documentary is the team believes that the house is haunted by the ghost of Sal

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Is the Sallie House the Most Haunted House in America?

A team Paranormal Investigators embark upon a paranormal investigation in the most haunted house in America, the Sallie House. In 1906 a legend was born in Atchison, Kansas in what is now known as the Sallie House, which was the home of the towns doctor at the time. A young girl died in excruciating pain during an emergency operation without anesthetic and now forever haunts this accursed dwelling.

Sallie House Goes up for sale $1 million dollars

Real estate agents rarely lead with the line “Soooo, the house is haunted.” In fact, unless every horror movie ever made got it entirely wrong, homeowners tend to get a bit peeved once they find out their dream home is also occupied by some form of the undead — who doesn’t pay rent.

But then there’s the Sallie House, which is currently for sale by owner in Atchison, KS and defying all scary movie rules by openly advertising the rich — and haunted — history of the property to any and all comers.

“The value of the home is as an attraction,” says the current owner of the Sallie House, which isn’t owner-occupied but instead rented by the hour or, for the bravest, overnight.

Not a bad business, since, far from staying away, “people come from all over come to stay and investigate the home.” And that’s what the current owners are selling it as — not necessarily a tidy little home to move into (though, like many haunted houses, the Sallie House looks deceptively innocent — even charming!), but as an attraction to rent out.

Which shouldn’t be a problem, since the Sallie House has gained and kept a national spotlight after it was featured on the show Sightings, which investigated the home in the early 1990s in response to a series of inexplicably odd, and even dangerous, events. The Sallie House actually made such an impression on the crew that they made a movie about their visit.

The home’s history

Before the hairs on the back of your neck stand up any further, we’ll satisfy the burning question: What’s actually wrong with the home? Or who is knocking around inside it?

Well, that’s where it gets a little confusing. Not that the home hasn’t shown a definite propensity for … expressing itself. There have been full-bodied ghost sightings, framed pictures turned upside down, even (and most famously) a prolonged episode of physical harm (which at one possibly contrite juncture, did involve the presumed “ghost” returning a misplaced remote control).

But the real Sallie House story starts far more quietly, with the building of a modest two-story brick home at 508 North 2nd Street in 1871. Nobody named Sallie exists in its origins; a family called Finney actually commissioned the building. Over the years, the home was rented out, and while one tenant did have a daughter named Sallie, nothing nefarious happened to her.

There are only two stories that connect a Sallie to the house. In one story, a girl named Sallie is brought to the house with acute appendicitis. The doctor, Charles Finney, is said to have forgotten to anesthetize Sallie; she woke up during surgery and died of shock.

The other story involves a later tenant of the house, a little girl who claimed to have an imaginary friend named, you guessed it, Sallie. Putting two and two together, basically Haunted House 101, you might infer that the imaginary friend was the ghost of the ill-fated Sallie from years back. But again, that story isn’t well-documented.

Strange occurrences

It wasn’t until Debra and Tony Pickman moved into the house in 1992 that intense investigation began — and with good reason. Things were getting … aggressive.

Whatever energy was pointed in the Pickmans’ direction, Tony seemed to be the focus of it. He was the one a ghost presumably returned the remote control to, although most of his encounters were much more antagonistic, including Tony getting three scratches on his arm while filming with Sightings.

Quite possibly the chiller-of-all-chillers, Tony remembers dreaming about being pulled from his bed by a little girl (remember the imaginary friend Sallie?). When he woke up the next day, there were fingerprint-like burn marks on his arm.

Maybe no surprise, the Pickmans moved out of the home in 1994, and nothing of that much significance has happened since. The current owners report having “felt a cold spot, and a few other odd occurrences,” but generally things remain quiet.

Still, the Sallie House has remained a focus of ghost hunters and paranormal investigators for years, ranking on lists of America’s most haunted places — and not entirely without cause. Check out 1:27:44 in this four-hour clip from Real Demon Hunting, and you’ll hear a voice saying “put it right there, put your hand right there.”

Whether you’re a believer or not, that clip will give you some chills. And depending on your ghost preferences, it might just entice you to make an offer.

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KS companies scaring up business with ghost tours

Ghost tours are no longer just for Halloween.

An industry has sprung up highlighting hauntings, orbs, ghostly tales and general creepiness in nearly all regions of Kansas.

Cathy Ramirez of Ghost Tours of Kansas offers 13 ghost tours in 11 cities, including Wichita. Most of her tours are in eastern Kansas in cities such as Topeka, Kansas City, Lawrence and Atchison.

Ramirez says she offers the tours nine months out of the year and takes a break from the middle of November through February.

A decade ago, it would have been unheard of to do such tours, Ramirez said.

But the popularity of shows such as “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel Channel, “Paranormal State” on the Arts and Entertainment Channel and “Ghost Hunters” on the Syfy Channel has created a local interest in things that go bump in the night.

“People are no longer fearful of sounding crazy,” she said. “I just think we are keeping up with the times. There are more people who like it than don’t.”

Ramirez’s Topeka tours feature stories about the Capitol and the men who fell from scaffolding while building it. Others tell of a suicide and of workers who refused to leave their post, even after they died, such as Capitol librarian Louise McNeal. She loved her job so much that she came to work every day, even in retirement – and perhaps from the Great Beyond.

In Lawrence, there is plenty of ghostly fodder surrounding Quantrill’s raid of the town in 1863.

Closer to home, Ramirez’s Wichita tours include tales about a couple of historic characters during the city’s early years: Rowdy Joe Lowe and Red Beard, two Delano saloon owners who were involved in a shootout. There are also ghost stories about a hotel, a tattoo parlor and theaters across the city.

Besides Ramirez’s tours in Atchison, the Atchison Chamber of Commerce has been offering its own tours for nearly two decades.

Since the mid-1990s, Atchison, dubbed the “most haunted town in Kansas” in the 1997 book “Haunted Kansas: Ghost Stories and Other Eerie Tales,” has tried to preserve its paranormal history as well as its regular history.

Each year, the city hosts a haunted homes tour aboard its historic trolley. The tours are so popular the town added a motor coach as well. This year’s events began in May and run through Nov. 8. The town also offers a history/mystery walking tour, cemetery lantern walking tours, sponsored tombstone rubbings, a Ghost Hunting 101 class, “Supper with the Spirits” and paranormal investigations of the Sallie House.

As the trolley rumbles up and down the town’s brick streets and alongside the Missouri River, narrators tell the story of Molly’s Hollow in Jackson Park.

Molly, a slave, is said to have hanged herself from a tree during the “Bleeding Kansas” days.

“Sallie the Man-Hater” is another favorite Atchison ghost story that was featured on “Sightings,” a popular television series. It’s the tale of a young girl who haunts a doctor’s house. She is said to have died while in surgery to remove her appendix and hates men who walk into the house.

Terry Rowe of Catch a Ghost Tours of Kansas concentrates on western Kansas and features tours in Ellinwood, Garden of Eden in Lucas, the Fort Larned National Historic Site, Battle Canyon in Scott County and places in Wilson, Hill City and Fort Hays.

“We do this year-round,” Rowe said. “We try to go to indoor locations so people don’t have to be out in the elements.”

In the Underground Tunnels of Ellinwood, there is rumored to be both a ghostly librarian and perhaps the specter of a prostitute, Rowe said. Fort Larned has a blacksmith that whistles as he fades in and out, and at the Garden of Eden, there’s the mad first wife of S.P. Dinsmore.

“Psychics have come, and they saw quite a few things with Frances,” Rowe said. “Some guests get an eerie feeling in Frances’ bedroom.”

Rowe said his group offers something that most others don’t:

“We are unique in that other teams put you on a trolley and go around and tell you about ghosts,” he said. “We let you get out, take pictures. We offer classes on different metaphysical techniques to protect yourself, and then we let you use our equipment to explore.”


▪ Moonlight Ghost Hunts – Offers midnight hunts in the Delano neighborhood Sept. 19 and 20. Guests are given equipment to investigate hauntings. Cost is $35.

▪ Kansas Aviation Museum – The musem is sponsoring Fright Flight at 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Tickets to the event, which ends at 1 a.m., are $20 per person and include music, food and a walk through the museum. For reservations, call 316-683-9242.

▪ Ghost Tours of Historic Delano – On Oct. 2, the historic Delano neighborhood is sponsoring its own version of Ghost Stories of Historic Delano. Two trolleys will run Oct. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call Nancy Lawrence at 316-640-2453 or e-mail

▪ Ghost Tours of Kansas – Two tours are available in Wichita, one on Oct. 11 and one on Oct. 31. Tickets are $20. Call 785-851-0856, or go to

▪ Atchison – Visit and click on “Events” and then “Haunted Atchison” for events sponsored by the chamber of commerce.

▪ Catch a Ghost Tours of Kansas – Tours include cities in western Kansas. Call 785-425-7350 or go to

Ghost Hunter Claims to Find Paranormal Activity at Sallie House

Known as the most haunted house in America, the Sallie House has been widely reported to be a center for paranormal activity. After investigating the house several times from 2010-2013 and being face to face with extreme paranormal and demonic activity, Tim Wood, creator and lead ghost hunter, decided to visit the house again this Halloween season. This weekend, he will be back at the haunted house practicing his unique brand of live ghost hunting and offering a stream of the ghost hunt online for all to see. While performing his extreme paranormal investigation techniques, Wood will be cataloging any new conclusive evidence or sightings that occur in order to be featured alongside the proof of paranormal activity he encountered during his previous stay. Tim will be conducting a Ouija board session at some of the paranormal epicenters in the house as well as conducting ghost box and EVP sessions. Any Paranormal Evidence he uncovers will be posted as paranormal clips on the LiveSciFi paranormal YouTube channel.

Created by Tim Wood, the LiveSciFi ghost hunting team is known for conducting more extreme investigations than your average cable TV show. Their show has streamed on Yahoo!, YouTube, UStream, and, where they routinely smash online records for views and minutes-watched-per-viewer.


Ghost Hunters Search for Paranormal Activity at the Sallie House

ATCHISON, Kan. – To many it’s known as the scariest house in America — the Sallie House in Atchison, Kansas.

But starting on Tuesday night through Wednesday, a ghost hunting crew is live streaming their experience in the spooky house – one they say the skeptics can’t ignore.

The Sallie House looks homey, welcoming even, but many say once you get cozy, Sallie gets sinister.

“Whatever it is, it doesn’t play nice,” said Tim Wood, director of

The house was once owned by a doctor, who had his operating room downstairs.  The story goes a little girl named Sallie died there, during an emergency appendectomy, but these ghost hunters from say something worse than an innocent little girl  is inside.

“This place is infested with demonic activity,” Wood explained.  “It’s not a place that I would tell a lot of people to come to.”

Tim Wood and Scott Dilalla have been in the Sallie House several times before, which is why they’re prepared with religious symbols.

The last time they were here, they say they were choked, and Tim says he’s been scratched, which they say isn’t uncommon in this house.

“It is by far the most creepiest place I’ve ever been to and the most active,” Wood said.

The crew says the scariest places are Sallie’s room, where toys move around, or the basement where people say they’ve been attacked.

“The energy down there is super negative, we’ve been attacked down there,” Wood said.

To up the creepy factor, the crew even brought a dibbuk box downstairs. For 36 hours, the crew is live streaming their experiences in the house, tracking every move.





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