On my recent trip to Savannah there was a lot of discussion about 423 Abercorn, a home which sits abandoned with it’s checkered past. The "legend" goes something like this:
A General (Benjamin J. Wilson) of the Civil War lived in the house with his wife and daughter. The wife is taken by the yellow fever epidemic and the General has to raise the girl alone. Being the cliched inept father that he is, he doesn’t like the kids his daughter chooses to play with since they are lower class and ties her to a chair in her room as a punishment. The little girl is forced to watch them play without her and since this is Savannah and summertime she dies of dehydration. The spirit of the little girl lives on and now you can see her face in the glass window looking out.
It’s certainly a spooky story, but here’s my problem – not only is this story absurd, bordering on the ridiculous, I think I’ve heard it before, or at least a variation of it. Anytime the story starts of with, "Legend has it", you might as well say, "Rumor has it". The only difference between rumor and legend is the amount of time a story’s been around. But again this story is so nutty that I can’t even begin to believe it.
But let’s get to the good part. There are pictures of this place and you can clearly see the face in the window! How awesome! It fits the story perfectly, there is a small sad looking out the window of an abandoned house.
Alas, if you study the pictures for more than a minute you will notice something. Something not quite right. There is indeed a face in the window, but it’s the exact same face in the exact same place each and every time. And I mean the exact same place, the middle pane on the bottom row in the window. The odds of that occurring naturally are unfathomable. Nothing in nature works like that. Lightning never strikes twice. When you blow up the picture it all becomes clear. When you look beyond the face and study the items in the room you can see a man made object casting a shadow and creating what people feel is a face to match the story. There is something sitting on the fireplace mantle.
All the pictures are taken from roughly the same spot, outside on the sidewalk, at night, most likely during a ghost tour. They’re all taken from street level, looking up, not eye level looking through the window itself.
I think we have a case of mistaken identity. In my mind, the story is far too vague to be valid. It lacks any and all significant detail. The building is old and abandoned. The reason it’s unoccupied are varied, but there is a pretty simple explanation I’ll get to later. Finally, something catches a person’s eye and the story takes a paranormal spin. Is 423 Abercorn haunted? Who knows, but I highly doubt it. At least, it’s not haunted with the details of this story…
Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of the house, but, all you have to do is type in "423 Abercorn" and you’ll find pictures and stories galore. So, what do you think?
Other Articles of Interest:
- Why does a coveted piece of real estate stand empty and, apparently, abandoned?
- Bird Girl as featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
- The Most Haunted House in America? Hampton Lillibridge House
- The Kehoe House – Tragic Scene, Funeral Home, Bed and Breakfast
- Ghost Adventures – Texas Horror Hotel – S10E11
- Ghost Hunters International – Argentina/Australia S02E08
- Haunted Collector – Ghost Tavern and Terror House – S02E09
- Another false start for Savannah hauntings
- Ghost Adventures – Winchester Mystery House – S12E11
- Ghost Adventures – Asylum 49 – S14E11
For this episode the guys are back in Nevada to revisit some of their favorite locations. This is where their ghost hunting adventures began and they keep coming back to unearth new evidence. They’re going back to the hotel where a woman committed suicide in the bathtub and the location where they feel they captured a disembodied arm. They also plan to investigate the Yellow Jacket mine, the scene of a fire that killed over two dozen men.
I have to admit, that was a rather uneventful episode. Considering the build up and lead in, I expected them to capture a lot more activity. The night came across as rather quiet. They previously claimed to get the sound of footsteps and a woman crying. When in room 11, they believe the capture some more energy in the form of orbs and feel they capture a voice on the Spirit Box. Zak spends a lot of time chasing around a Mel Meter spike. He believes there is spirit attaching itself to the flowers he brought in.
I was expecting an apparition and more sounds from the miners who lost their lives in the fire. Since this was a hospital it should be ripe with people willing to talk. It really didn’t come across that way. There may be some activity there, but I don’t think this episode showcased it. I was impressed by the kindler, gentler Zak who showed a lot of empathy and sympathy for the prostitute who killed herself in room 11. He even apologized for his earlier behavior where he mocked the spirit that slit it’s wrists. A lot has happened in those 7 years and I guess Zak feels some regret over those earlier investigations.
It was also interesting to see Billy come out for the investigation. He’s normally just a behind the scenes kind of guy.
I still enjoyed the history and stories of the place. Perhaps on the next visit the spirits will be more willing to make themselves known.
Other Articles of Interest:
- Ghost Adventures – Old Town San Diego – S05E03
- Ghost Adventures – Palmer House Hotel – S07E04
- Ghost Adventures – Return to Linda Vista Hospital – S06E05
- Paranormal Lockdown – Anderson Hotel – S01E02
- Ghost Asylum – Old South Pittsburg Hospital – S03E02
- Ghost Adventures – Tuolumne Hospital – S08E03
- Paranormal Challenge – Waverly Hills Sanatorium – S01E06
- Paranormal State – Return of the Dead – The Glove II – S05E06
- Ghost Adventures – Jerome Grand Hotel – S04E20
- Ghost Adventures – Lizzie Borden House – S05E05
Letchworth Village, an institution for the care of the mentally ill. And like so many of these places, it had great intentions and then it all went horribly wrong. Patients were abused and outright neglected. They were left without clothes, they weren’t fed, medicines were mixed up and ultimately patients were left to fend for themselves. The footage is horrific and all you can think is, thank God they closed this place down. Some of the stories, especially the one about the collection of brains is shocking to say the least. This is the sort of thing you dream up when writing a horror story.
As the investigation is underway, they claim to hear staticy voices and feel the presence of trapped energy all around them. Zak feels that something is following him around. He even feels that a dark energy is clinging to him. On the digital recorder, he feels a voice says, "pray your god". It’s because of this he tries to separate himself from the rest of the group. As they continue on, they feel they capture a dark figure wandering around the building. Is this the person that spoke to Zak? Is he just seeing a trick of light?
The building is horribly decrepit and is coming down around them. There is no way you could be in there and have a feel of dread or even doom. The EVPs they capture are a mixed bag. Some you can actually make out some words, while others sound like the usual static. The shadow figure is interesting. I can’t quite jump on board with it though as car headlights or some other "trick of light" could cause the same effect. Perhaps there is something there, heavens knows the place has enough malicious energy.
This episode was downright depressing. I hope the place isn’t haunted. The idea that people would be trapped in such a shit hole is hard to imagine. I don’t know what to make of the evidence they did capture, but out of all the places they been, I think this ranks as one of the last places I would like to visit.
Other Articles of Interest:
- Ghost Adventures – Missouri State Prison – S08E04
- Ghost Asylum – St Vincent’s Mental Asylum – S01E04
- Ghost Adventures – Yost Theater and Ritz Hotel – S08E05
- Ghost Adventures – Alcatraz – S08E08
- Ghost Stalkers – Springfield State Hospital – S01E02
- Ghost Adventures – Point Sur California – S07E03
- Ghost Adventures – Hotel Metlen – S13E07
- Ghost Adventures – Nopeming Sanatorium – S10E07
- Ghost Adventures – Heritage Junction – S09E06
- Ghost Adventures – Rolling Hills Asylum – s04e02
Never bring your work home with you — especially if your job involves ghost-hunting and human skulls — because you could end up with one pissed-off spirit haunting your house … and pushing your friends down stairs.
Other Articles of Interest:
- Using the paranormal to drum up business
- Ghost Adventures Fan Event at Waverly Hills Sanitorium
- Chasing Spirits: The Building of the "Ghost Adventures" Crew
- Ghost Hunters Halloween Special 2009 – It’s On!
- Some sort of crazy paranormal showdown
- Ghost Adventures gets renewed
- Ghost Adventures Halloween Special
- Ghost Adventures – Love Gone Wrong
- Oh hell, so now everyone has a book
- Ghost Adventures – The Bell Witch Caves – S10E05