Sallie House Haunting: A True Story

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This is the firsthand account of what Tony and Debra Pickman and their newborn son Taylor experienced in the now notorious Sallie House, from the day they moved in to the turn-of-the-century haunted house until they finally fled in terror. The story of the Sallie House and the fire-starting ghost girl who haunted it has sparked endless rumors and theories of murder, cover-ups, racism, and abuse. But the Pickmans know the real story because they lived it—and barely made it out ...

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Overview

This is the firsthand account of what Tony and Debra Pickman and their newborn son Taylor experienced in the now notorious Sallie House, from the day they moved in to the turn-of-the-century haunted house until they finally fled in terror. The story of the Sallie House and the fire-starting ghost girl who haunted it has sparked endless rumors and theories of murder, cover-ups, racism, and abuse. But the Pickmans know the real story because they lived it—and barely made it out alive.

Now, for the first time, Tony and Debra reveal untold stories from their ordeal. They describe Sallie’s seemingly protective fascination with their baby, and tell what it was like to live with menacing entities that scratched, bit, and terrorized their family. Along with historical research, the Pickmans share personal photographs and journal entries from their time spent living in the nightmare house that still haunts them today.

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Sometimes things that you wish for materialize into nightmares that you don't expect. Kansan Debra Pickman always wanted a personal ghost, but she should have realized that even the best-intentioned spirits don't arrive on your own terms. When she and her husband moved into a century-old house in Atchison, she had bargained for an onslaught of intrusive ghosts who insisted on making their presence known in any number of frightening ways. Within a year, what began in shock and awe became unbearably terrifying.... An unforgettable true story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738721286
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 8/8/2010
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 247,870
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Debra Pickman (Atchison, Kansas) lived in the Sallie House with her family over a year. In addition to attracting paranormal investigators and psychics, the home has been featured on television shows Sightings, Unexplained Mysteries, and A Haunting, and was the subject of a Showtime movie called Haunted Heartland. For more information, visit www.thesalliehouse.com.

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

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    A True Tale of "Supernatural Phenomenon"

    "The Sallie House Haunting" by Debra Pickman is an extraordinary read. What makes this ghostly tale unique and more terrifying than most - it is documented as factual. They describe in detail showing documentation, and providing eerie pictures of their supernatural haunting. Tony and Debra Pickman along with their newborn son, Taylor, have attracted the attention of paranormal investigators, psychics, and the media. Using detailed accounts from her journal, Debra reveals terrifying and haunting circumstances as they occur. Facing perturbing ridicule by many skeptics, the Pickman's ultimately decide their story must be told.

    The infamous Sallie house stood nestled between two other houses just two blocks from the Missouri river. Records later revealed that it was the oldest house on the block. Newlyweds and expecting their first child, the Pickman's desperately needed a spacious house that provided specific amenities such as, a large yard for their growing family, and preferably in a safe location. They would find their dream home - or so they thought, following a tip from Tony's brother. Debra reveals that upon entering the house for the first time she felt a peace of calm, no indication of the terror that would soon follow.

    Soon after they moved in - thirty days to be exact, the Pickman's began to notice some strange happenings such as, lights slowly dimming then blasting at full wattage. Changing the bulbs, fuses, and still experiencing electrical problems, they hired an electrician to inspect the problem, but upon inspection, no problem was to be found. At this point, they still had no reason to suspect their house might be haunted. One evening their dog, Sasha, followed Tony upstairs, stopped dead in his tracks in front of the nursery doorway, growling and baring her teeth. They could not understand what would warrant such a reaction as the room was empty - a reaction that would occur several more times throughout their stay.

    Soon after the author speaks of one particular night, about 3:30 a.m., being awaken by a blood-curdling scream, then hearing several loud thumps from down stairs. Before she could go investigate, something unforeseen struck her body and face. Paralyzed with fear she screamed awakening her husband. After regaining composure, they would investigate and find nothing out of the ordinary.

    On June 26, 1993 their son, Taylor Jacob was born. After several sleepless nights due to their newborn's excessive crying, Debra opted to ask for help and called upon her sister in New York. The day before her arrival, Tony agreed to help with the vacuuming and rearranging of the nursery while Debra and the baby relaxed in the room across the hall. Suddenly, he burst into the room shouting that the teddy bear mobile had started play on its own - again no explanation could be found.
    The nursery seemed to be the so-called hot spot for eerie occurrences such as, finding stuffed animals and toys levitating, disappearing and then reappearing in different locations of the room, lights flickering on and off by themselves, and eerie shadows appearing moving around the room. The demonic behavior would soon surface by attacking Debra's husband, Tony, and leaving deep scratches across his body - documented with pictures and witnesses.

    Whatever one may believe, this documented tale of supernatural phenomena will keep the reader captivated and wanting to learn more about this experience.

    Reviewer, Barbara Watkins - Book

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Very Interesting

    I could not put this book down from the moment i started reading it. This book eas awsome!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Great book.Pulls you right in as tho it's happening to you.Having been to the Sallie House I can tell you the house is truly haunted.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Who was Sallie?

    I give the couple a lot of credit for moving into this house and trying to solve the mystery of what/who haunted their home. I don't want to be a spoiler, so I won't say much. There are some discrepancies between this book and some of the documentaries made about the house. But I do not know if that is Hollyweird tweeking reality for sensationalism
    I do recommend the book. It will keep you flipping page after page and wondering if you should sleep with the light on!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    SALLY

    Love this book it gave me chills

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    The author comes across as a b---- as she allows her husband to

    The author comes across as a b---- as she allows her husband to be repeatedly scratched/slashed all over his body by an unseen entity for the purpose of having the media record it. She is indifferent to her husband's trauma and suffering at the hands of an evil spirit, whom she thinks is a "little girl ghost" that scratches people when she is upset or frightened. Her husband should have taken their baby and left long before the situation became so physically violent. The author comes across as very insensitive and somewhat naive. The reader is more disturbed by the author's behavior at times, more so than by the spirits.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    Not very scary, but interesting story for sure

    Not very scary, but interesting story for sure

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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