Bobby Mackey’s – Beyond The Demons
If you are a paranormal enthusiast, you’ve probably have heard of Bobby Mackey’s Music World.
Bobby Mackey’s is probably the most researched site by paranormal investigators. The Ghost Adventures team and Ghost Hunters crew have investigated the music world with mixed results.
If you go by Zak Bagans and the Ghost Adventures team, Bobby Mackey’s house is the gateway to hell, and demons are stalking the bar.
The truth gets lost when the emphasis is finding demons and a gateway to hell. Is there a well in the basement? There is, but the slaughterhouse employees used the well to throw away blood and entrails from animals killed.
In 1850, a slaughterhouse once existed where Bobby Mackey’s Music World sits. The slaughterhouse closed in 1890, but I’m sure the energy of those poor animals’ pain and fear permeated the walls of that building and the land itself.
Negative energy attracts even more lousy energy – enter Pearl Bryan.
Rumors of satanic rituals flourished in the six years following the closing of the slaughterhouse and the gruesome death of Pearl Bryan. Yet, no proof or evidence supported those rumors. What is true is that Pearl got pregnant by a man she loved; however, he didn’t want the child.
Pearl was born in Greencastle, Indiana, and everyone who knew her loved her. The Greencastle citizens found Pearl pretty and her personality amiable. That was the problem. Pearl’s personality was too friendly, which is why Scott Jackson was able to worm his way into her life.
Scott moved to Greencastle with his mother after embezzling money from his college. He had lofty aspirations to become a dentist when he met William Wood, Pearl’s cousin and confidante. William introduced Scott to Pearl, and the relationship progressed quickly.
Once Pearl discovered she was pregnant, she begged Scott to marry her. Scott refused, using the fact he was going back to college as his excuse. Scott then told her she needed to get an abortion. While Scott was back in college, he wrote to Pearl through William. Those messages were not missives of love but ways to have an abortion.
Through William, poor Pearl wrote back to Scott that his suggestions weren’t working. When Scott visited at Christmas, Peal was beginning to show, and he got nervous. Once back at college, he sent a message to Pearl to meet him in Cinncinatti, Ohio, where he would “take care” of her.
Pearl believed that meant he would marry her and happily planned her trip. She told her parents she was going to Indianapolis. She arrived in Cinncinatti and met up with Scott, who brought his roommate, Alonzo Walling. Scott told her he was not marrying her. Then he with Walling tried performing an abortion on Pearl without any pain medications.
They wound up torturing the defenseless girl with their inept attempts and beheaded her instead. The coroner’s report stated that Pearl fought like hell, but she still lost her life. However, the men’s ineptness made it easy for the police to apprehend both men and sentenced them to hang for Pearl’s murder.
Rumors have it that Walling swore he would haunt the area after he died. Is he one of the spirits haunting the Music World?
A local farmhand, Johnny Hewling, tripped over Pearl’s headless body on his way home less than two miles from Bobby Mackey’s Music World. The men claimed to have thrown her head into the Ohio river, but the authorities never found it.
Rumors state Pearl is one of the spirits haunting the bar. Another one is Johanna.
In the 1950s, a man bought the building and opened the Latin Quarter’s Nightclub. He had a beautiful daughter named Johanna, a dancer in the club. The story goes, she fell in love with a singer named Robert Randall.
She became pregnant by Randall, and when her father found out, he had Randall killed. Johanna was upset, killed her father, and hung herself in the club.
Janet, Bobby Mackey’s wife, who was five months pregnant at the time, had an incident in the basement. An unseen spirit allegedly attacked her. It was even more coincidental that both Johanna and Pearl were five months pregnant when they died.
Janet claims to have heard a woman screaming hysterically, “Get Out, Get Out.”
Witnesses report seeing a headless woman in the basement near the well.
Are there demons stalking Bobby Mackey’s Music World? In my personal opinion – No!
The music world is still open and doing great business, which is not likely to happen if there are demons. Witnesses report the spirits are still there but not bothering anyone unless they don’t like the band playing. However, they didn’t specify which bands the spirits didn’t like.
So, how did the satanic ritual rumors get started? The 1980s and 1990s birthed satanic horror rumors which absorbed Pearl’s horrendous murder.
Face it; Pearl murdered in a satanic ritual sounds more interesting than being murdered by a man who didn’t want to be a father.
The problem is that rumors take away the truth when promoted to be fact. Johanna and Pearl are the victims in this story. Enabling demons steals from their tragic stories that these women died young while carrying their unborn children.
It is their spirits that I believe haunt Bobby Mackey’s Music World.