Personal Stories

Ep 135: Sarah and the Spider Woman

 
 

“There was a spider woman on the stairs. Not the fun spider woman. She was like an old woman made of smoke and shadows and she had these very jagged spider legs coming out of her back. And she stood on our staircase and she just stared at me. She had the most angry face I’d ever seen.”

– Paraphrased quote from tonight’s guest, Sarah.

 
 
 

Background:

When people see horrific apparitions of a supernatural nature, what are they really seeing and what could be causing these images to appear?  Could it be that the demons and terrors some people have witnessed sometimes come from a strange symptom of a rare medical condition? This seems to have been the case with tonight's guest, Sarah, who was seeing beings and elements more associated with demonic possession, a haunting or even a psychological disorder, rather than with a physiological illness. It might seem easy to say all supernatural occurrences are nothing but a byproduct of a medical ailment, but many people have also reported seeing and interacting with horrific specters similar to what Sarah was seeing, who have no medical issues.  We are left to wonder then, on a case by case basis if seeing something supernatural is from a medical cause, a spiritual cause, or perhaps a combination of both.

 
 

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By Felicitas D. Goodman
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 135 Sarah and the Spider Woman.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Sound Design by Ryan McCullough; Tess Pfeifle, Producer and Lead Researcher; Research Support from the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2019 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 126: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 4

Above image is an artist’s sculpture recreation of the threatening entity that Tony Pickman saw beside his bed

 
 
 

“I've never seen that house fail to produce, and I think it does that on purpose because it wants to bring people back.”

Taylor Pickman, in his interview with us from October of 2018

 

Video and Audio Clips

 

Scott’s reply to the “Swallow your soul” evP:

https://www.astonishinglegends.com/astonishing-legends/2018/11/20/the-swallow-your-soul-evp

 
 

Location:

508 N. 2nd Street, the address of what’s become known as the notoriously haunted “Sallie House,” the most haunted house in the city of Atchison, in the most haunted city in Kansas, and possibly the most haunted town in the United States.

 

Background:

What we'd heard is that witnessing a single paranormal event can change one's life. What we know now is that this is true and often it happens when you're least expecting it. It also doesn't matter if the experiencer receives validation from others of their encounter because they don't need anyone to tell them what they experienced. On the other hand, we'd all like to share our stories with like-minded individuals, partly to gain some comfort in thinking that we've not gone insane and also to learn more about what happened to us. In that regard, tonight, in the final installment of our series on the Sallie House, we'll hear from our last two interviewees. First, Dr. Sean Daley, a professor of anthropology who has done extensive paranormal investigations at the Sallie House will discuss the overwhelming evidence he and his team have collected there. Next, we'll also hear from Taylor Pickman, whose parents Tony and Debra were on the receiving end of the most intense activity while living there. It appears that the house isn't done with them yet. Our experience at the Sallie House has been a milestone for us on this podcast, and whatever your feelings about this story, we hope that you'll continue this journey of exploration and understanding with us, with minds a little more open to the possibility of the impossible.

 

Visit Atchison, Kansas!

“The Most Haunted Town in Kansas! Join us for a unique collection of tours and events that show history repeats itself every single day in the most unusual ways.”

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  • Haunted Coach Tours

  • Murder Mystery Dinners

  • The Sallie House

  • Haunted Hop

  • Cemetery Walking Tours

  • Paranormal Investigations

  • History-Mystery Walking Tours … and more!

Follow the Sallie House and other spooky things in Atchison on

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Twitter: @atchisonhaunted

Facebook: OfficialHauntedAtchison

Instagram: OfficialHauntedAtchison

For the Full Haunted Atchison Schedule, go to VISITATCHISON.COM

To book a tour, overnight stay at the Sallie House, paranormal investigation, or for more information, send an email to: tours@atchisonkansas.net

 
 
 

Sallie House Tour Information Materials

Posted here by permission from the authors, Sean M. Daley and Ryan Goeckner, all rights reserved.

 

Josh Louis of H.O.P.E. Paranormal translates what he thinks he hears on our Track 10 EVP from the Sallie House.

Join H.O.P.E. on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/hopeparanormal Spirit leads me to a Forensic Audio Expert who examines the DR60 recorder as Steve Huff and I conduct a Wild experiment with my Spirit Guide... #SpiritCommunication #Afterlife #Proof Steve Huff and I have been working together for the past 5 years finding there are many aspects of our journey similar.

 

Related Books:

Haunted Atchison The Collected Stories
Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
The Sallie House - Gateway to the Paranormal
Starring Robbie Thomas, Michael Esposito
 
 

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Check out Josh Louis’ movie, Devil’s Tree: Rooted Evil, available on Amazon Prime:

Devil's Tree: Rooted Evil
Starring Maddy Curley, Eddie Kaulukukui, Roberto Escobar
 

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Episode 126: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 4.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough and John Bolen Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 125: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 3

 
 
 

“I originally thought that it was a transducer overload, which translates into loud volume being recorded by a microphone that couldn't handle it. Based on my experience, that's how that sound would be created. I could not get the recorder to reproduce that type of a sound.”

Ed Primeau of Primeau Forensics on his first call to us after he received our recorder.

 
 
 

Location:

508 N. 2nd Street, the address of what’s become known as the notoriously haunted “Sallie House,” the most haunted house in the city of Atchison, in the most haunted city in Kansas, and possibly the most haunted town in the United States.

 

Background:

When it comes to the Paranormal and Supernatural, everyone wants proof.  And yet, not everyone can seem to agree on what would constitute this proof.  So what about evidence that might lead to proving the existence of a spirit world?  Well, not everyone can seem to agree on what is considered actual evidence either.  Since the invention of technologies like photography, and audio & video recording, there have been many purported instances of these recording capabilities capturing occurrences of a spectral world interacting with our own.  For many, this is still not enough.  We certainly didn't expect to get any evidence ourselves when we visited the Sallie House on July 20, 2018.  But now that we've captured something that at least could be considered anomalous with our audio recorder, we want to know exactly what it is and how it got there.  While we may never get a definitive answer as to what that sound is we captured, what we know is how hearing it made us feel.  We've also received a wide range of responses from listeners who have told us how hearing it themselves has affected them.  Some have perceived within the audio file a sense of rage, frustration, and sadness, and some merely regard it as random static.  Those perceptions have spurred their own emotional responses, ranging from fear and queasiness to even anger because some listeners can't accept it as anything but noise.  In some ways, it doesn't matter to us what that audio may be or if there are no words in it because a message was felt, loud and clear.

 

Visit Atchison, Kansas!

“The Most Haunted Town in Kansas! Join us for a unique collection of tours and events that show history repeats itself every single day in the most unusual ways.”

  • Haunted History Trolley

  • Haunted Coach Tours

  • Murder Mystery Dinners

  • The Sallie House

  • Haunted Hop

  • Cemetery Walking Tours

  • Paranormal Investigations

  • History-Mystery Walking Tours … and more!

Follow the Sallie House and other spooky things in Atchison on

The Web: visitatchison.com/haunted-atchison

Twitter: @atchisonhaunted

Facebook: OfficialHauntedAtchison

Instagram: OfficialHauntedAtchison

For the Full Haunted Atchison Schedule, go to VISITATCHISON.COM

To book a tour, overnight stay at the Sallie House, paranormal investigation, or for more information, send an email to: tours@atchisonkansas.net

 
 

Sallie House Tour Information Materials

Posted here by permission from the authors, Sean M. Daley and Ryan Goeckner, all rights reserved.

 

Josh Louis of H.O.P.E. Paranormal translates what he thinks he hears on our Track 10 EVP from the Sallie House.

Join H.O.P.E. on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/hopeparanormal Spirit leads me to a Forensic Audio Expert who examines the DR60 recorder as Steve Huff and I conduct a Wild experiment with my Spirit Guide... #SpiritCommunication #Afterlife #Proof Steve Huff and I have been working together for the past 5 years finding there are many aspects of our journey similar.

 

Related Books:

Haunted Atchison The Collected Stories
Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
The Sallie House - Gateway to the Paranormal
Starring Robbie Thomas, Michael Esposito
 
 

SUGGESTED VIEWING:

Check out Josh Louis’ movie, Devil’s Tree: Rooted Evil, available on Amazon Prime:

Devil's Tree: Rooted Evil
Starring Maddy Curley, Eddie Kaulukukui, Roberto Escobar
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 125: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 3.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough and John Bolen Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 124: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 2

 
 
 

“We have seen the Sallie House... and it has seen us.”

– Scott Philbrook

 
 
 

Location:

508 N. 2nd Street, the address of what’s become known as the notoriously haunted “Sallie House,” the most haunted house in the city of Atchison, in the most haunted city in Kansas, and possibly the most haunted town in the United States.

 

Background:

Belief is a very personal thing. Challenging beliefs can lead to war amongst nations or a war within one's self. Having to reconsider what we believe about our spirituality or lack thereof, can be a very disquieting exercise but often a fruitful one as it leads to growth. But what obligation does the believer have to convince the non-believer of their story? Does it matter if the believer doesn't care what you think? In a way, our egos and skepticism protect us from feeling the discomfort when considering the impossible, because if the impossible is possible and we're not in control of our world, then who, or what is? If an experience like what you might find at the Sallie House can change your beliefs and thus change who you are as a person, how would you handle it? If one day you're challenged to stand up for your beliefs, what will you do then?

 

Visit Atchison, Kansas!

“The Most Haunted Town in Kansas! Join us for a unique collection of tours and events that show history repeats itself every single day in the most unusual ways.”

  • Haunted History Trolley

  • Haunted Coach Tours

  • Murder Mystery Dinners

  • The Sallie House

  • Haunted Hop

  • Cemetery Walking Tours

  • Paranormal Investigations

  • History-Mystery Walking Tours … and more!

Follow the Sallie House and other spooky things in Atchison on

The Web: visitatchison.com/haunted-atchison

Twitter: @atchisonhaunted

Facebook: OfficialHauntedAtchison

Instagram: OfficialHauntedAtchison

For the Full Haunted Atchison Schedule, go to VISITATCHISON.COM

To book a tour, overnight stay at the Sallie House, paranormal investigation, or for more information, send an email to: tours@atchisonkansas.net

 
 

Sallie House Tour Information Materials

Posted here by permission from the authors, Sean M. Daley and Ryan Goeckner, all rights reserved.

 

Related Books:

Haunted Atchison The Collected Stories
Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
The Sallie House - Gateway to the Paranormal
Starring Robbie Thomas, Michael Esposito
 
 

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The Dark Myths Collective  

http://darkmyths.org/

 

CREDITS:

Episode 124: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 2.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough and John Bolen Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 123: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 1

 
 
 

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home. – John Stuart Mill

 
 
 

Location:

508 N. 2nd Street, the address of what’s become known as the notoriously haunted “Sallie House,” the most haunted house in the city of Atchison, in the most haunted city in Kansas, and possibly the most haunted town in the United States.

 

Background:

Houses are supposed to be warm and inviting, friendly, a place where we can feel safe in their presence, just like people are supposed to be.  But as much as we would like to hope all people are shining examples of those qualities, we know all too well some people are not, and it is the same with houses.  Houses can have personalities, just like people, and sometimes those personalities are a spirit of joy and sometimes those personalities house a spirit of darkness and mystery.  And then there are unique houses, like the one in Atchison, Kansas which has had so much reported supernatural activity within it, that it has become notorious for being the most haunted house in the most haunted town in Kansas.  But is it the house itself or what passes through it and keeps returning that gives it its character? The house in question is known as the Sallie House, getting its name from the spirit of an eponymous little girl that is said to dwell there. Sometimes it is thought that Sallie plays harmless pranks on visitors and sometimes, something more sinister than pranks. While we may not know what goes on in the spirit realm, what seems to be true is that once you experience the spirit of a place, you can feel drawn to return, and in turn, that spirit may want to revisit you.

 

Visit Atchison, Kansas!

“The Most Haunted Town in Kansas! Join us for a unique collection of tours and events that show history repeats itself every single day in the most unusual ways.”

  • Haunted History Trolley

  • Haunted Coach Tours

  • Murder Mystery Dinners

  • The Sallie House

  • Haunted Hop

  • Cemetery Walking Tours

  • Paranormal Investigations

  • History-Mystery Walking Tours … and more!

Follow the Sallie House and other spooky things in Atchison on

The Web: visitatchison.com/haunted-atchison

Twitter: @atchisonhaunted

Facebook: OfficialHauntedAtchison

Instagram: OfficialHauntedAtchison

For the Full Haunted Atchison Schedule, go to VISITATCHISON.COM

To book a tour, overnight stay at the Sallie House, paranormal investigation, or for more information, send an email to: tours@atchisonkansas.net

 
 

Sallie House Tour Information Materials

Posted here by permission from the authors, Sean M. Daley and Ryan Goeckner, all rights reserved.

 

Related Books:

Haunted Atchison The Collected Stories
Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
The Sallie House - Gateway to the Paranormal
Starring Robbie Thomas, Michael Esposito
 
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 123: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough and John Bolen Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 101: ARCapalooza! Part 2

 
 
 

"Well, we’re officially live.  We have 11 brave followers on Twitter and 66 likes on our Facebook Page.  Let’s see what happens.”
Scott Philbrook, in an email to Forrest, from Oct 1st, 2014

 
 
 
 
 

LOCATION: 

One of several possible locations rumored to be the mysterious recording "studio" known as "Blanket Forteana."

 

Background:

As we wrap up our 100th episode celebration with "ARCapalooza! Part 2" we'd like to thank the terrific people who have come together to form the Astonishing Research Corps for their efforts, friendship, and sharing their personal stories, demonstrating their generosity and a fair amount of bravery.  We'd also like to thank another crucial member of this project, and that is you, our listeners.  We're astounded, humbled, and most importantly grateful for the support you've shown with your continued listenership.  It's why we keep going.  We've always meant for this podcast to feel less like a lecture and more like a conversation between friends who share an interest in fascinating topics.  With that spirit in mind, we hope you continue to feel like a part of this group of friends and a cherished member of the team.  And now on to the next 100 episodes!

 
 

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Credits:

Episode 101: ARCapalooza! Part 2.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

BONUS Episode 2: Listener Q&A

"Everything is Connected" artwork submitted by listener Zoe Boyd.  Copyright 2017.

 
 
 

Background:

Since it's no mystery that we can blather and prattle on for hours upon hours, it should come as no surprise that we ran long on Part One of our ARCapalooza 100th Episode Celebration!  The result is this commercial-free, Bonus Episode, where lead A.R.C. researcher Tess Pfeifle poses questions to us submitted by listeners.  We hope you enjoy this candid discussion where we talk about everything from our thoughts on show topics to producing the podcast.  

 
 
 

Credits:

BONUS Episode 2 – Listener Q&A.  Moderated by Tess Pfeifle; Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 100: ARCapalooza! Part 1

"ARCapalooza!" poster art contributed by listener Francesca Waits.  Copyright 2018.

 
 
 

"Well, we’re officially live.  We have 11 brave followers on Twitter and 66 likes on our Facebook Page.  Let’s see what happens.”
Scott Philbrook, in an email to Forrest, from Oct 1st, 2014

 
 
 
 
 

LOCATION: 

One of several possible locations rumored to be the mysterious recording "studio" known as "Blanket Forteana."

 

Background:

This podcast wouldn't be as complete or as much fun to work on if it wasn't for the help of a special group of volunteer contributors, collectively known as the Astonishing Research Corps, or ARC for short, who have now become good friends as well as valued collaborators.  So we figured it would be fitting to salute their efforts for our celebratory 100th episode by having some of the ARC's founding members tell their own strange and mysterious tales.  We hope you find their stories entertaining and engaging, which we believe also serve to reinforce an Astonishing Legends adage, that if you personally haven't had an encounter with the paranormal, you probably know someone who has.