Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Bobby Mackey's Haunted Country Western Club
Get your cowboy hat and western boots out, it's time to go dancing in an extremely haunted, country western club.
Bobby Mackey's Music World, is located at 44 Licking Pike, in Wilder, Kentucky and they have it all. Want to ride a bull?........Have a drink?...........Dance the Two Step?...........or..... Do you want to SEE A GHOST?
Get ready for a real adventure, because some people think that this is the most haunted saloon in the country!
Constructed in the 1850's, the building became a slaughterhouse for the region. The deep ghostly well, that is in the basement , was created to dispense of the vast amounts of blood, that came from such a horrendous operation. After the slaughterhouse closed down in the 1890's, the vacant structure with it's gruesome past, attracted a group of devil worshipers, who used the blood soaked well for their evil ceremonies. Their wretched acts, added even more innocent life and blood to the rueful well.
The ghosts are many at this macabre location and the stories are riveting. It all goes back to the late 1800's, when Pearl Bryan was a beautiful young woman of 22 years and found herself to be 5 months pregnant. Pearl came from a very good family and was the youngest of 12 children. As a high school graduate, who was popular among her peers, she was much sought after by the young men of her time.
Pearl was introduced to Scott Jackson by her cousin William Scott. Young and confident, Scott was a student at the Ohio College of Dental Surgery and was considered of good enough stock by Pearl's family, to court their youngest child.
Pearl became pregnant with her secret lover's baby and in a state of panic confessed this to her cousin William. The information was then relayed by the cousin to Scott Jackson.......who together with his roommate,....Alonzo Walling, tried to preform a crude abortion on Pearl using their college dental instruments.
Pearl was screaming in agony from their botched attempt and hemorrhaging at a rapid pace,so the men decided to murder her. Pearl was alive and awake when they took her life. The despised and bloodied dental tools that had just been used to rip apart her insides, were now being used to sever her head from the body.
Pearl's body was found near the Alexandria Turnpike, a little over a mile from the slaughterhouse and she was identified to the authorities, by the stamp on her shoe. It was later discovered that Scott had wanted to continue cutting up her body and then discard the pieces in the area sewer systems. The plan got scrapped, the body was abandoned and Pearl's head was secreted away with the men. It is believed that the head was used, in satanic rituals.
Though they would never tell anyone where they placed the head, it is accepted by all that have had paranormal experiences at Bobby Mackey's, that the head must have been thrown down the well in the basement of the club.
Paranormal investigators now believe the old well , is a portal to another dimension.
Both men were offered life sentences, in exchange for the information, on the whereabouts of Pearl's head. They refused the offer and instead issued a curse on the ground. They were hung by the neck until dead, out side the courthouse on March 21, 1897.......the very last gallow execution in Campbell County.
The trial for Pearl's murder was so large, that the courthouse actually sold tickets to hear the proceedings! The overflow of angry people, which numbered in the thousands, stood outside.
Dark groups .....continued to use the abandoned structure until the 1920's, when the slaughterhouse was finally torn down. A road house was constructed on the exact same location and the WELL OF HORROR, REMAINED IN THE BASEMENT. Now a speakeasy and gambling hall, it became heavy with MOB activity. More nefarious acts, violence and murders transpired, adding to the over whelming negative energy already present, damning this piece of earth.
In 1933, the building received a new owner, ....E. A. Brady.....who turned the real estate into a casino and tavern, and called it the Primrose. It was wildly successful.
Hearing about the extraordinary success of Brady, the MOB once again came sniffing around. These thugs tried to just walk in and steal the business... but Brady wouldn't allow it. Brady was told,.......you better take on some new partners.... but he adamantly refused. Then the MOB, offered him ridiculously low amounts of money to buy the business outright ......but Brady stayed firm in his conviction and rejected the offensive offer. It is at this time that the establishment starts to get repeatedly vandalized. The local police considered harassment, and vandals a low priority, and weren't of any help. The patrons were next on the list of dirty deeds and they were getting assaulted and threatened, in the parking lot.
Brady had finally had enough and tried to kill one of the criminal thieves named Albert Materson, however he didn't succeed and was charged with attempted murder. With all faith gone in the legal system and tired of fighting the MOB, Brady finally sold out to the blackmailers and robbers,......but left them with a curse.
The curse,.............that they would NEVER PROSPER FROM HIS LOSS.
Brady killed himself in 1965.
The new name of the business was The Latin Quarter and it operated as a full night club. The daughter of the current owner was named Johanna and she was deeply in love with the attractive singer at the club, named Robert Randall. On the last night of his performance, the two love birds were going to go away together. The infuriated father found out about the plan and through his criminal connections had Robert murdered. Filled with rage and misery at the terrible loss of her love, Johanna poisoned her father and then proceeded to ingest the poison herself. The father recovered but Johanna and her baby did not. Johanna had been 5 months pregnant by Robert when she died.
Johanna took her last breath in the basement dressing room, of the cursed building and her sweet rose scented perfume can still be smelled by current guests of the club, when her ghostly figure floats by.
It seems that the curse worked, as the new owners were arrested on many occasions and the gambling equipment was confiscated by authorities.
In 1970, the building reopened as the Hard Rock Cafe, however in 1978 several murders took place on the property ,...so the area officials and local law enforcement shut it down,.........once again.
Along comes Bobby Mackey, a well loved country singer, who has recorded numerous albums,.... and his wife Janet. They purchase the building and opened up a country night club and bar in 1978 and didn't have long to wait to meet the resident ghosts.
Janet suffered a horrendous encounter ,when something physically grabbed and swirled around her,........ pulled her to the top of the basement steps, then proceeded pushed her down! Janet states empathetically, that she heard a voice say in a husky tone, " Get out,......get out!"
Janet was 5 1/2 months pregnant when she was attacked and pushed down the stairway. The baby survived and was delivered prematurely.
Bobby hired a caretaker, by the name of Carl Lawson and gave him an apartment on the second floor, over the bar area of the club. While living there, Carl felt that he was being pulled to the basement by an invisible force, on a regular basis. The paranormal activity was at it's height near the sealed up well. After many fitful nights of lost sleep, and the endless voices that wouldn't leave Carl alone, he hatched a plan. With a bottle of Holy Water in his hand, Carl went down to the basement,.... walked over to the evil well and sprinkled the water over the offending ground.
The spiritual activity seemed to explode after the blessing of the earth. Lights went on and off.....speech ....laughter......and whispers were heard everywhere. Everyone now seemed to be experiencing the phenomena.
Carl himself actually became possessed and had to have several formal exorcisms, to disengage the evil spirit.
To this very day, ghostly happenings occur at the club. The apparition of a ghost with no head has been seen walking the floors. Phantoms troll the bar area and even play music selections that are not found on the jukebox,...like the "Anniversary Waltz." Music has been heard as coming from the jukebox even when the power is turned off and the plug has been pulled from the electrical outlet. Patrons report being touched, scratched, pushed and kicked. One particular ghostly attack was so violent, it resulted in a lawsuit, which was quickly dismissed. Due to the fantastic amount of ghostly activity, a large sign was erected that reads,....
"This establishment is purported to be haunted. Management is NOT responsible and can not be held liable for any actions of any ghosts/ spirits on this premises."
The club is open to the public every Friday and Saturday,....7PM-2:30AM. There are guided ghost tours available.
Want to hear one of the ghosts at Bobby Mackey's say "spirit stalker" on tape? Watch this amazing video by the Travel Channel.
Watch this video,..............................................................................................................................