A young girl sees dead people… quite literally.

An old man talking to a young girl at the front door of the house.

Heidi sees Con’s ghost

A person holding their right arm, that has been amputated at the wrist, with their left hand.

Con’s bloody hand

CASE DETAILS

An old man sitting at a table with two young girls.

Dr. Roll meets with Heidi

Is it possible to bridge the gap between the living and the dead? In the small town of Ellerslie, Georgia, eight-year-old Heidi Wyrick apparently demonstrated the astounding ability to speak with the dead. It all began in February of 1989, just after Heidi’s family had moved to Ellerslie. According to Heidi, a man named “Con” appeared at the front door:

“He had white hair and he had a t-shirt on with blood all over it. And he had a bandage on his hand with blood on it.”

Lisa Wyrick, Heidi’s mother, thought someone was trying to kidnap her daughter:

“So I brought Heidi in and I locked all the doors and I got the butcher knife out of the… drawer and I called my husband to come home.”

A headshot of James S. Gordy.

James S. Gordy, died in 1974

When Andy Wyrick arrived home, he and Lisa searched the entire neighborhood for someone who fit Con’s description. However, they came up empty handed. Then shortly after her visit from Con, Heidi told her mother about meeting another man. According to Lisa, this time the man’s name was Mr. Gordy:

“I thought that Con and Gordy was the same person, so I thought his name was Con Gordy. And that’s when I started asking everybody. Did they, have they ever heard of a name Con Gordy?”

Lisa happened to mention Con and Mr. Gordy to her sister who had just bought the house next door. As it turned out, a man named James S. Gordy was the former owner of her sister’s house. Lisa was shocked:

“When I saw Mr. Gordy’s name on the deed, I was terrified. Because I knew that the previous owners were there years ago… So I knew that Mister Gordy… had to have been dead.”

Catherine Ledford’s family had owned the house next to the Wyricks. When Lisa got in touch with her, Catherine verified that James Gordy had died in 1974:

“I knew Mister Gordy when I was a small child. And Mister Gordy owned a real estate company in Columbus and for many, many years he was a Sunday school superintendent at our church up here, Ellison Methodist Church.”

Catherine Ledford had no photographs of Mr. Gordy, but she corroborated Heidi’s description. Mr. Gordy had gray hair, always wore a suit and tie, and shiny black shoes. She brought over photographs of her family. Heidi began looking through the photos:

“I had never seen any of those people. And when I got to the bottom, there was this little bitty picture.”

A headshot of Lon “Con” Batchelor.

Lon “Con” Batchelor

In the picture, Heidi recognized a man with a bandage on his arm and blood on his shirt. According to Catherine Ledford, Heidi had identified Catherine’s Uncle Lon:

“Lon lived here when he was a young man. He died in 1957 of cancer. And he lost his hand, I would say before he was 20-years-old in a cotton gin up here in Ellerslie.”

Heidi’s mother Lisa was now convinced that Heidi’s friends were not just figments of her imagination… they were actual dead people:

“When I found out… his name really wasn’t Con it was Lon, it scared me to death because I knew Heidi was really seeing something…”

For the next four years, Heidi continued to encounter the benevolent spirits of the two men—James Gordy and Lon Batchelor—both of whom had long been dead. Then in 1993, Heidi’s mother became pregnant. Not long after, an evil spirit came to visit. Lisa Wyrick remembered Heidi’s change in behavior:

“Heidi had never been scared of anything. She had never been scared of Con. She had never been scared of Mister Gordy. But when she saw the dark figure in our hallway, she was hysterical.”

According to Lisa, the new spirit became a frequent and sometimes violent guest:

“At first we had… talked about moving. But like I told him I said I don’t think it would be so good to move. Because wherever we go, she’s just got that gift… she’s going to see people from the past, or people that have been dead.”

On February 3, 1994, Heidi’s baby sister, Jordan, was born. Two weeks later, Lisa noticed that Heidi’s other-wordly visitations took a horrifying turn:

“She had just deep gashes down her face. And it terrified me. I didn’t know what it was. And I couldn’t imagine what could’ve scratched her that bad.”

Heidi’s father Andy never gave his daughter’s scratches much thought. He just assumed she inadvertently scratched herself during the night. Then, two nights later, he too woke up with a searing pain:

“I had three claw marks going around my side. The next night I went to sleep and I woke up and I had three claw marks down my back. And then it happened again the next night and I woke up and had three claw marks down my chest.”

The Wyrick’s called up a noted parapsychologist, Dr. William Roll, to investigate the unusual occurrences:

“She came up with physical descriptions and with names that she apparently could not have obtained in any ordinary way. So that immediately made me interested in the case. A couple of pictures had been found of Mister Gordy. The hope was that Heidi would be able to… identify… Mister Gordy’s picture if they were presented to her with a number of other photographs.”

Incredibly, Heidi had chosen the photograph of James Gordy. For the second time, Heidi Wyrick had correctly identified her spirits from a photo line-up. Dr. Roll was now certain that Heidi’s experiences were genuine:

“Having spoken to… Heidi and… her parents I’m even more convinced that we are dealing with genuine para-psychological experiences. Then the question comes up, why are these things happening to this little girl?”

Why indeed? Was it all just coincidence? Did Heidi simply make two lucky guesses? Or does Heidi Wyrick possess some mysterious power to communicate with the dead?

Heidi is now a young woman and no longer lives in the old family home. She reports that she has not seen Mr. Gordy for years. However, she continues to see the mysterious dark figure, as well as numerous other spirits. The sightings are so frequent that Heidi now takes them in stride. Not even the dark figure can scare her.


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season seven with Robert Stack and in season three with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

 

43 Comments

  1. Diane

    What caused the death of Andy Wyrik? He was so young? Does anybody know?

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  2. Alessandro

    I apologize for Typos etc.

    This comment is in regards to the three scratches that Heidi and her Father experienced.
    My Great Grandfather built the house of which several famliy members have lived in, even to this day (sorry, SoCal – not THE South) in a city south of Los Angeles.

    I was really close to my Great Grandmum. I was 14 when she died. She had mentioned to my Mother about conversations that I was having with someone but she didn’t see anyone, which would be scary in itself since these convos would happen inside of the house. My Mother later told me that my GGMum could sense a feeling of a pretty intense nature that would surround her in what I thought of as a change in air pressure; kind of like when you can feel a storm coming in?

    I was always sensitive to certain things like knowing someone had died in a house with me not knowing who they were. As a child I hadn’t quiet developed a well tuned sensor of how to say things and when if any. There was one time a friends of hers was talking about her deceased husband and I apparently said well, he said if you would stop yelling at him maybe he wouldn’t have left (shrugs and facepalms) My GGMum was a very devout Catholic but was well traveled which came with the understandings of different cultures, customs, and religions and even though she was Catholic she still had certain beliefs that were the results of her life experiences.

    She and I were going to visit my Grandparents (her son) and when we got to their house I knocked on the door three times and she put her hand on my shoulder and gave a small little squeeze and said in her slightly Northern Irish accent. My dear boy-o. Knock twice – only the Great Deceiver knocks thrice. My Grandfather knowing it was us at the door asked is this Master Alessandro? To which I replied NO! It is the great desteamer…yeah, so that was me when I was a kid lol.

    Flash forward probably about 10 years and I was hosting a big group of friends at our house for an after Prom Party. Knowing most of my friends for at least half my life also meant they knew my younger brother and sister as well. My younger Brother and I along with the other gents were outside in the backyard being idiots and my younger sister and all of the girls were inside.

    One of my really good girlfriends was giving my sister a pedicure and we could hear them laughing when all of a sudden we hear screams coming from inside the house so all of the Lads go running to the door (we had a two story home of which the bottom portion was my apartment while the rest of my family was upstairs) and we are greated by the girls who are absolutely hysterical. My sister was crying and was absolutely terrified.
    They told me that they were inside in a backroom area all hanging out when they heard scratches coming from behind the wall. They were fsint at first and then got louder and then they heard a slightly loud thump on the wall. One of the girs knocked back and the noise behind the wall knocked back. She did it again and then nothing and they all thought it was me messing with them. A few mins went by and they heard three little knocks. My friend Claud knocked back twice really hard and then the noise from behind the wall made a noise like someone had kicked the wall really hard one time. The girls screamed but we didn’t hear them the first time.

    So, at this point they are all scared absolutely sh*tless. Claud started to reach out towards the wall and the wall made three very loud knocks about two seconds apart. They all stood up and were like wtf? Then it started pounding and didn’t stop and this is when they all came running out into the backyard.

    I of course thought it was my Mum but she was asleep. So, I went into the room was that the girls were in and made a sarcastic quick light knock three times. The guys laughed and the girls gave us all the look they give their significant others when one of them is being an arse (like me).

    I waited a few seconds and heard nothing and we all kind of laughed and when I stsrted to walk away we all heard three very small knocks. So I knocked a little louder. It knocked back a little louder than I did and then nothing. So I started to walk backwards away from the wall and the noise behind the wall pounded, like, I mean a serious serious pounding very quick together. At this point everyone lost their sh*t and the knocking didn’t stop. Three quick knocks and then 3 seconds of ailence and then repeat. I grabbed my GGMum’s Rosary that was hanging on the doorframe of my bedroom and ran over to the wall and put it up against it. Knocking stopped. Never happened again as far as I know. At least to me it didn’t until later in life when I was living with my wife and in a different State.

    In the morning when we all got back from going out for breakfast I told my Mum about the whole thing and she just stopped what she was doing and stared at me and said you didn’t knock back did you? When SHE was younger and shortly after my birth was having a bath and the whole thing in the same fashion happened to her but she was alone. Scared the sh*t out of her and she even called my GrandDa and he came down with a gun and cleared the whole house (he was an officer with LAPD at the time) because she was so hysterical that there was someone in the house.

    Flash forward to my early mid 30’s and my wife and I had just got into bed. We had only been in bed for about maybe 20 mins when we heard three very slow knocks from outside by the window that faced the backyard. It sounded like someone had kicked the windowell (with houses that have basements at least in Colorado they have a window that someone can get out from the basement incase they needed to get out due to fires etc. The window well is about 4ft deep and is about a half circle. In our case we had a fully finished basement that we used to rent out. There was a corrugated metal half circle that gave the whole structural integrity so the whole wouldn’t collapse and block the window. Hope that made sense. Not sure how else to describe it. Sooooo…

    The noise the knocking made sounded exactly like someone was trying to knock the mud off of their shoes. Just a quick knockknockknock. I asked my wife if she heard what I heard and she said yes and I shot straight up out of bed and grabbed a flashlight and a handgun thinking that someone was trying to break in. Went outside in the pouring rain expecting to see shoe prints in the mud. Nothing.
    Came inside and cleared the house on the main level. Went back and told my wife if she didn’t hear from me after I went downstairs into the basement (no one had been loving there for a few months) to call 911 and to get into the car and meet the police down the block away from the house.

    I’m freaked. She’s freaked AND she knows the story from when I was a kid and about my Mother.
    Cleared the downstairs and kept saying if anyone was there to come out. We did have a college aged girl loving in the basement and she had her estranged bf let him self in and waited for her until she came home. So, this is ezactly where my mind is going – not to what happened when I was a kid. Nothing. Checked every place down there. So, now I am soaking wet in a pair of fleece pants sitting on the stairs of the basement at the downstairs landing. Furnace kicked on and I nearly shat myself lol. My Wife yelled for me and I told her I was okay. I went through the basement and turned all of the lights off. Double checked everything and started to walk up the stairs and to this day I have only had three other times that I felt like this but I swear to God I felt like there was something about to grab my shoulder from behind. I spun around half expecting to see someone coming after me. Nothing. No one there.

    I gave myself a few mins to try to collect myself and finally after a min or two stsrted to stand up from sitting on a stair maybe about 5 from the top when a light turned on. Nope. Not even a little okay.

    My Wife eventually tells me that when she was a kid and was living in the house that she and her mother were renting (yes, we were living in the same house as we saved up enough for a home of our own) that she had a slumber party with her friends and one of them brought a Oija Board. They played with it. Supposedly contacted a malevolent spirit that caused loads of uneasiness for a few years after until they had a Priest come and bless the house and after that they also smudged it as well. Nothing after that she said but on occasion she would feel something but decided not to tell me about it. When she finally told me that night she said she was worried becasue she thought it wouldn’t want me there…uhhhhh…okay? More to the story but basically my Mother had to have her house blessed again. When the Priest came he talked to my Sister and her Husband, my two nephews, and my Mother about what they had experienced as individuals etc. When he was done talking to everyone he said he would like them all to wait outside because he felt a sense of heaviness (Priest lingo for there is something not friendly here). Afterwards everyone came back in and went on with their lives until when several months had gone by and things started to happen again. When the Priest came back he told my Mother that he felt that something was either attached to the house or someone in it. My youngest nephew who is Austic often has full conversations with an imaginary friend that he has drawn a few times and I can’t I exactly say that I think it was a warm and fuzzy kind of BFF. Anyway, Priest comes several times over the course of two months. When my Mother asked why he felt something was attached he then told her at the time that Satan likes to find ways to mock The Trinity. Hearing noises at 333 in the a.m. or…yup…fml…three phantom knocks, lights flocker three times etc.

    That was a really REALLY long story of the three scratch marks that the poor little girl suffered. My nephew had three scratches as well. Cats were declawed so it wasn’t them ‍♂️. Meh.

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  3. Unknown

    Hi

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  4. Theo

    The little girl who played Heidi was, undoubtedly, the cutest little girl I’ve ever seen!!!

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  5. PJ Noetling

    Interesting observations about the Wyrick family. I dont believe it was impure motivates. However, the documentary was after Blair Witch and it was great for Discovery Channel. My daughter was the little girl in the film. We were instructed travel to so and so place without any details. So my daughter and I jumped in the car and made a mad dash from Gainesville, GA  to a small country road east of Columbus, GA. As we walked crossed over threshold of front door, there was intense heavy dark presence. The producer, cant remember her name, but very nice gal, explained my daughter is playing ghost in a documentary. She was passing it off as another job, no big deal. Hindsight is 20/20, I should have declined and headed home with my daughter. But, I wanted to support my daughter and in  reality, selfishly, didnt want to travel 2.5 hours back home at 7pm.  As they were talking with each actor about their scene, I’d stroll to different place the intense vile power filled the house (i.e. hallway, bathroom, livingroom), but the most energy was between the post and fireplace and piano to the right. Filming begins and last for two days, but there was a huge problem the 6 hour battery pack drained in less than 20 minutes. There is so much to say about the house, just have time to go over everything that happened during filming. But, what I can say the entire crew, actors and everyone on the set walked away reevaluating their position on the unknown and invisible realm. My daughter enjoyed her time playing with Heidi’s sister Jordan in between shoots, the entire Wyrick were very normal family. Heidi’s father, Andy, was regular guy from the south, loved hunting. In fact, just returned from deer hunting as filming began. You could tell he was uncomfortable about the filming, didnt desire any recognition and reluctantly talked about his violent night attacks that left him powerless filled with unspoken fear. I am glad to hear the Wyrick’s sold the house, but God help whoever lives there. 

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  6. Jenny

    I just watched the episode about the little girl who could see dead people. It mentions that the girl and her father started being scratched during the night. Then the professional was called and investigated the hauntings. I am wondering what happened with the scratching? It is never mentioned again in the story. Did they find out who/what is was, and did the scratching events continue or cease? Also, how did Heidi’s dad die? He was still a young man and yet he passed away. Were they still living in the house at the time? Thanks so much!!

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  7. John Cavaquinho

    Most of these replies are so badly written I’m not even going to try to guess what they mean.

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  8. Ronald R Delby

    Things will happen from time to time. Im sitting in Va right now at a table and window behind laptop where from outside a visitor a niece too photos from outside and a man is peering out from this window. Im not scared but sometimes it gets spooky up here. He could actually be watching me type this as i type it. I have lived here longer than even the ones who built it in 1895. I guess im senior here now. I use to be very afraid but now im more intrigued. Im strong and they do not bother me here I love this old house….I hope im granted to stay on the property when I pass away.

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  9. Tina

    When the scratches appeared to both father and daughter, that was indeed a demonic attack.

    If Lon and Mr. Gordy were both decent, Christian men, why were they ghosts on the property and not resting in peace, in Heaven?

    I believe what Heidi saw, but I wonder if Mr Gordy and Lon (Con) were ghosts or “demons, pretending to be ghosts”. That house was a hot spot for activity, and was possibly a portal. I believe that some demons are more evil than others and there are some that just like to pull naughty pranks on vulnerable people, because they can. Some seem hell bent on wanting to tell present residents of people that used to live on their property, years before. That’s usually what hauntings are about: someone or something is telling the present living people about others who had been there before.

    Heidi’s father, Andy died back in 2012. He died very young; in his mid forties. Being stressed out and scared over these things happening probably took a toll on that poor man’s life.

    I hope Heidi and the rest of her family has found peace and are able to move on and be happy.

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    • Kelly

      It’s sad when people believe that all spirits are evil. I believe that spirits sometimes stick around due to unfinished business or that they are just trying to help.Mr Gordy seemed to know that some dark force would plaque the family eventually so he stayed around to help.To me that is a true neighborly Christian.

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    • Concerning Post

      Tina we have limited views on what happens after we die . You have no idea if those men were actually the two men in question or something else – I’m guessing they were who they claimed to be by their nature , the interactions were friendly.

      Some people claim deceased spirits can travel freely from this world to the next –

      One more thing – man enters heaven only after the return of Christ not before – reread that Bible

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  10. lawanda blake

    MR GORDON IS A GHOST AND LON BATCHELOR LIVE IN GEORGIA DID MORE FAMILY IS ALIVE NOW 2019

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  11. Dany Mercury

    I am almost certain that I found Lon Batchelor.

    He was Alonzo Nathan “Lon” Batchelor, who was born in Georgia in 1884, married Clara Bell in 1911 and died in 1957, aged 73. He also lived for a while in Alabama.

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  12. Chatham

    Well I saw this episode and she is a sidekick she can contact the dead and see them or most kids can see the dead like a seven year old boy that can see a girl that was murdered and it has unfinished business and it can contact the other side of the living to finish her work that kid has a gift

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  13. Dan Mercury

    I have always been interested in knowing more about Lon Batchelor, but nobody seems to care about him. I cannot find him on findagrave or in newspapers, and I am unsure if I ever saw him on ancestry.

    Details are scarce. He had a hand injury before he was 20 years old, and he died in 1957.

    His niece was Catherine Kelley, which therefore probably means that they were related through marriage, and that makes it harder for me to connect them.

    I believe that Catherine died in 2016.

    Does anyone have exact dates for his birth and death, at the very least? Anything else, like a wife’s name?

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  14. Correction

    Her she is correct! She was 4 in 1989 when it started. This segment was filmed in 1993 which would make Heidi 8 years old. Male sure you are resting the story correctly before commenting.

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  15. Kuturar Holmes

    I remember as a little girl my grandmother took me to one of her friends house in Ellersile Ga to pick Collards Greens. And the lady saying Glorann you know we got a hank (ghost) around here and they sat on the porch talking abort mr gordon as little girl i was scared sh*@less

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  16. Tactics

    I found Heidi a superheroin.Nothing can scare her?Impossible!

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  17. Melanie Camacho

    Can anyone explain to me what Connecticut has to do with anything if this all took place in Georgia? I’m frustrated trying to do research about this. I live in the middle of three cemeteries in CT so I’m hardly a skeptic, but I am a writer and I prefer the facts. Having trouble making sense of this connection. Somebody please help me because my research has hit a dead end. Terrible pun, I know, but every respect intended to those surviving their gifts. God bless and thank you in advance.

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  18. Crissy B

    I found the story very interesting, I was trying to find the episode in which a girl/woman by the name of Kathie was possessed by a demonic spirit. An exorcism was performed and she was last quoted as saying she could now obtain and retained employment and was much better. If anyone knows the season and episode, please let me know. I have searched Google and YouTube but to no avail.
    Please Help! Didn’t get to see the full episode but my husband talks highly of it. Thank you,

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    • Unsolved Mysteries Post author

      Hi Crissy – that sounds like the segment about HOPE, which is streaming in S10:E8 with Robert Stack and in S1:E2 with Dennis Farina. It is also in SP002 on Lifetime and Escape.

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  19. steve bull

    I have watched this episode many times. it is a very interesting story. I think it is one of the most known ghost stories. I have talked to other people and they knew of ‘mr. gordy’.

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  20. shelby

    this is not the rile store heidi it not 8 years old she is 4 years old … She meat gordy first not con …. gordy was not the owner of of Lisa’s sister house he was the caretaker of the owner …. this store is so messed up … i am sorry but this dome

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  21. Bill

    So excited that Unsolved mysteries returned to lifetime today! July 5th!

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  22. Anonymous

    I have the real srory, and another one in Connecticut. I understand the connection its hard not to be afraid but having control over your fear is the most important thing, once that is accomplished nothing can frighten you. to Heidi, god bless.

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  23. Hello

    The channel Destination America has the story as told by the family. It’s called a haunting in Georgia. You might find it online

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  24. Billie

    I wish they would talk more about the little girl ghost

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  25. anon

    my last name is wyrick……

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  26. Black Bieber

    This Ghost Story was very interesting to me, as a Christian. This (comparatively modern) story pretty much confirms the biblical statements that there are good spirits & evil spirits. Mr. James S. Gordy (who was also a Sunday School superintendent) & Lon “Con” Batchelor were apparently good, Christian men who went to heaven, as they were very kind to Heidi. However, I could see right away that the 3rd spirit was demonic, as he had “darkness” surrounding him (in contrast to the first 2 ghosts’ “light” surrounding them) and would use violence to hurt & scare Heidi & her family.

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  27. katie

    I love this Haunting. I was born in July of 1989. I’m so interested in ghost I even talk to them sometimes

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  28. Wilcenys

    Wow i saw the movie but i did not Know the Movie was true

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  29. Cotner

    There’s a small independent station in my home town who would love to air the Bob Stack narratives. Who shall they contact?

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  30. Colleen Buck Guillot

    I saw the movie.it was good.does anyone live in the house now? my group and i would love to investigate the whole property if possible.where is the family now and how are they doing?i wonder if they would let us interview them?if so ,we can be reached on our FB group page ”Guillot Paranormal Investigations”.we’re based here in New Orleans.

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  31. Otis A

    The Mr. Gordy story made into a movie. I think it’s a great story,but I hate dark evil spirts

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    • Bridget

      i hate that the movie isn’t true to the original story . I didn’t dislike the movie , it was quite tragic , but the original happenings are far more interesting . Could have done without the theatrics Hollywood ….. Thanks for ruining an amazing story !

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  32. cotner

    Can you go back to using the Bob Stack naratives please?

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  33. Pota

    Have all the videos of this story been removed from the internet for some reason? I am trying to find the video because I saw it years ago and wanted to show my Brothers the story. P

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