The haunted Bobby Mackey’s has said to be haunted for about 40 years and is one of Kentucky’s primary locations for paranormal investigators.
Today, the haunted Bobby Mackey’s Music World is an active nightclub in Wilder, Kentucky, with country music, line dancing, a mechanical bull and regular ghost tours. Yes, you read that correctly. The haunted building has ghost tours outside of the nightclub hours which have earned popularity from the building’s incredibly dark and sinister past.
The club stands on the same site that was open as a large slaughter house and meat packing facility in 1850 and operated until the 1890s. At that point there was said to be much sinister activity there, according to researchers who have looked into its history.
There was said to be a Satanic cult that performed dark rituals around the building’s well that was previously used to store the blood and guts of the slaughtered animals during its operations. The well may have even been used to dispose of human corpses after sacrifices.
The haunted Bobby Mackey’s was claimed to be a place of darkness in the late 1800s and early 1900s and a place of secret meetings where humans were murdered for ritualistic purposes.
In 1896, Scott Jackson, a student of the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, urged his girlfriend, Pearl Bryan, to come up to Cincinnati where he would perform an abortion with the help of his room mate, Alonzo Walling, but not surprisingly the operation went wrong and the two men needed to cover their tracks in order to avoid a murder charge.
In hopes of their failed operation not being discovered, they surgically removed Pearl’s head and left her body in a field just two miles from the slaughterhouse.
They were discovered after forensics traced the murder back to them because they left Pearl’s shoes on, otherwise they would have gotten away with it, but whilst Alonzo was facing the gallows, he swore to haunt the area forever and Jackson had ties to a Satanic cult ↗️ and Pearl’s head may have been used for one of the dark rituals that were held near the well of the slaughterhouse.
There’s no telling how many human rituals were carried out at the slaughterhouse or what exactly happened there, but the cult operated in the shadows and Satanic worship and human rituals and sacrifice are not something you shared with the outside world.
The building was actually demolished in the early 1900s and the site was bare for two decades, likely harboring the spirits of the victims until the 1920 when a new casino and nightclub was built there.
After mob interference who tried to muscle in on the casino, it shut down and reopened as a nightclub in the 1950s. The daughter of the new owner, Johanna, fell in love and fell pregnant by a singer there, whom she intended to run off with, but her father had the singer killed.
This led Johanna to poison her father and then take her own life in the nightclub’s basement, not far from where the slaughterhouse’s well was situated. Though the method and poison is not clear, it may have been similar to the compound used by Guilia Tofana.
After a series of shootings, local authorities were forced to close the business in 1978, but a few months later it was taken over and re-opened to become Bobby Mackey’s.
The nightclub is still operating today and the violent and dark history has subsided, but the paranormal phenomena has led it to become well-known as the haunted Bobby Mackey’s and is one America’s greatest hotspots for investigators of the subject.
There have been a mountain of reports of supernatural occurrences to cement the haunted Bobby Mackey’s in the paranormal world, from a former caretaker claiming to be demonically possessed who had an exorcism performed on them by a minster, to mysterious footsteps being heard on the steps near the historic well to people seeing ghosts in many of the rooms.
There have even been two references to Pearl Bryant and Alonzo Walling.
Bobby’s wife claims to have been grabbed round the wrists and even pushed down the basement steps by a spirit that resembled sketches of Alonzo Walling who was screaming ”get out”. She refuses to return to the building.
There has also been reported from many people claiming to see a headless ghost dressed in 1890s clothing which matches historic photos of Pearl Bryan. Some still believe that the building’s basement hold a gateway directly to hell.