Bobby Mackey's Music World – Portal to Hell
There’s something a little wild in Wilder, Kentucky. Bobby Mackey’s Music World is an old Honky Tonk club that’s suspected of having a portal to Hell in the very basement of the place. If the stories of the Devil playing a mean fiddle in the old country tunes are right, more than likely he’s visiting through the basement well at Bobby Mackey’s.
The club may currently enjoy a thriving nightlife, but the grounds on which the property stands has a tortured and bloody history. In the 1850’s, a slaughterhouse stood in the same location, and had a well installed in the floor to catch the dripping blood from the slaughtered animals. When the slaughterhouse closed, it’s suspected that a small satanic cult used the premises to worship and perform animal sacrifices, since disposal of the remains was easy.
One of the members of that small court was a prominent dental student named Scott Jackson, who found himself in the middle of pregnancy scandal with a wealthy Indiana farmer’s daughter, Pearl Bryan. Jackson attempted to perform an abortion on Pearl, using his dental tools, but he botched two attempts. Not knowing what to do with her, Jackson and his roommate, Alonzo Walling, drove to a secluded field in Kentucky, less than two miles from where Jackson secretly worshiped at the slaughterhouse. There, the two men decapitated Pearl Bryan while she was still alive, and took her head with them.
Eventually, both men were found guilty and sentenced to death, but were offered a deal if they revealed the location of Pearl’s head. Neither agreed, and to this day her head has not been found. It’s assumed that it was dropped down the well inside the slaughterhouse. These men were the last hangings to take place in the county, and before their execution, the men vowed to haunt the slaughterhouse for all time.
Later, the a popular roadhouse and casino stood on the same grounds, and histories of murders and two confirmed suicides, one from a dancer named Johanna who tried to murder her father before taking her own life, and one of a casino owner named Buck. Both ghosts are assumed to haunt the building today.
Several television series, which use ghost hunting equipment have investigated Bobby Mackey’s Music World. From Ghost Adventures to Ghost Hunters, and even an early episode of Jerry Springer in 1991, have focused on the paranormal aspects at the club. A video of an exorcism being performed on the building’s caretaker, Carl Lawson, aired on the Springer episode.
Even with the best ghost hunting equipment and the most professional paranormalist, the basement of Bobby Mackey’s Music World is only a place the bravest dare to enter. There are tours for patron’s to experience Hell’s Portal for themselves, and testimonials claim hearing disembodied voices, visions of Johanna’s ghost, and objects moving on their own. Many have reported feeling ill when in the basement, and a decreased ability to breathe, like something was covering their mouth. With such a horrific history of things that have gone into that well, it’s only expected things should come out of it.
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