Sensabaugh Tunnel

Welcome to Kingsport, Tennessee! Home of the Sensabaugh Tunnel that was built in the 1920’s, and named after Edward Sensabaugh who owned the land at the time. It has now become an Urban Legend of paranormal prominence.

There are three versions of the history of the Sensabaugh Tunnel. Which one do you feel is the most accurate.

In the first version, Edward had let a homeless man into his home. Their guest tried to steal from them, and when Edward confronted him, the man kidnapped Edward’s daughter and drowned the baby in the tunnel.

The second version claims that Edward went mad and killed his entire family. Afterwards he put their bodies into the tunnel.

The third version states that Edward lived until old age, passing away in the 1950’s, none of his children had died in their childhood. By time he grew old, vandals and teens hand used the tunnel for their fun, Edward wasn’t happy with this turn of events. Therefore he would hide in the back of the tunnel and produce a piercing eerie shriek, that would scare off anyone who were in the tunnel.

The legend around the baby cries and the footsteps inside the tunnel have been claimed since Edward died. However if you choose to check it out for yourself. Drive your car into the middle of the tunnel and turn it off. Some people have claimed that when driving through, a woman appears in the backseat of the car.

Are you brave enough to check it out?

You can find the tunnel just off Big Elm Road in Kingsport, TN. Rumors of murder, death, and satanic rituals surround the tunnel. The residents feel it is a place of evil and should be avoided. Please be safe and be sure you have permission to check out the tunnel.

Happy Haunting my Friends!

Double Feature – Casper

For our double feature, we are offering the movie, Casper. A great October/Halloween family movie, rated PG. I remember when this movie first came out, everyone wanted to live in the haunted house and be friends with Casper.

One of my favorite parts of the movie is at the beginning, a great little cameo of Dan Aykroyd. He’s one of my favorites and in more movies that you may realize. However, any preteen girl who has watched the movie will always remember the iconic line, “Can I keep you?” We all swooned when we heard those words.

Now the movie has some bigger stars in it and some animated stars too:

  • Christina Ricci as Kat
  • Bill Pullman as Dr. Harvey
  • Cathy Moriarity as Carrigan
  • Eric Idle as Dibs

No spoilers: Dr. Harvey and his daughter Kat are contacted to help spirits cross over to the other side. Yes, he’s a ghost therapist, who encourages them to finish their unfinished business and move on to their afterlife. Arriving at the house, they eventually meet the spirits living with them. But because they arrive at the most haunted house in town just in time for the class Halloween party, which gets hosted at their house.

Kids being kids, there are some rotten ones in the bunch but luckily the friendly ghost, Casper, is there to help his new friend Kat. It’s a cute story about friendship. It’s great for kids, and families to have a movie night. Be sure to have those little fun size candy bars, some apple cider, and a good time.

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Movie – Interview with a Vampire

Today’s double feature starts with a movie that I had watched when it came out, and hated. I love Anne Rice, and her books are amazing, but the movie version of this book, I disliked entirely. But I watched it a couple more times, and began to appreciate the movie more, as I slowly realized that the movie didn’t necessarily take away from the book.

There are some big names that appear in this movie:

  • Brad Pitt stars as Louis
  • Tom Cruise stars as Lestat
  • Kirsten Dunst stars as Claudia
  • Antonio Banderas stars as Armand
  • Christian Slater stars as Malloy, he is the interviewer

There are other cameos from stars who weren’t as well known at the time, and it’s an absolute pleasure to see them on the screen.

I promise no spoilers, but the movie begins in New Orleans, and finishes in San Francisco. Between the beginning and the end we are transported around the world and travel with Louis, Lestat, and Claudia for the majority of it.

But it gives us the non-romantical side of vampires. Traditionally we picture vampires in rented formal wear, with cheesy Euro accents, who try to romance the women (and men) they want to share eternity with. But like I said, this is the non-romantical side of being a vampire. We show them living(haha) as a family unit. But lest we forget, these are vampires, and there is plenty of blood, and dead bodies along the way.

The movie is rated R, so I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a “scary” movie, but I wouldn’t let my kids primarily watch it.

So if you are in the mood for a vampire movie, with enough blood, humor, and dialogue to entertain you, slip into some pajamas, grab a slice of red velvet cake with a glass of burgundy, and watch the movie, Interview With A Vampire.

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Bachelor’s Grove

I’ve talked about some cemeteries before on this site, but I saved Bachelor’s Grove for October. I figured it was a great way to start off one of the best months of the year. Let’s dig into the paranormal soil that resides inside the gates of Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery.

Chicago, IL; home to the Willis Tower, Oprah, The Cubs, and Bachelor’s Grove. Located in Cook County, in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, you will find Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, 5900 W Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, IL 60445.

Burials at this cemetery possibly go back as far as 1833, but officially in 1836. There are 82 plots and 200 graves, some not being used. It has been suggested that the organized crime members of the 1920’s and 1930’s used the cemetery as a dumping ground, but this has not been validated.

There have been many stories and experiences of the paranormal in the cemetery including:

Photo that was printed in the Chicago Sun Times
  • Orbs
  • Phantom vehicles
  • The White Lady, she carries and infant during a full moon
  • A phantom farmhouse that shimmers, floats, and then vanishes.
  • A farmer and plow horse seen in the nearby slough
  • A two headed ghost
  • Monks, or figures in monk’s robes
  • A Black Dog, disappearing as people approached it.
  • Woman Sitting On The Grave, this is perhaps the most well known photo as it was printed in the Chicago Sun Times. A transparent woman was sitting on the grave, but was not visible when the photo was taken.

Many people have visited to capture the paranormal on film or as an EVP. But to really know and believe one has to visit. Are you brave enough to go to the cemetery at night to commune with the dead?

Happy Hunting my Friends!

Double Feature – Clue

This movie is one of my favorites, it’s one I will watch all year long. Why did I choose it for this month as a family friendly movie? Well, there isn’t any gore, sex, violence, it’s rated PG. There is some dialogue that may be a bit adult themed, but honestly it’s a movie based off a classic board game. And it stars Tim Curry.

I do reserve judgement to when people were first introduced to Tim Curry. Which movie they first saw him in. If Hollywood gets the idea to redo this movie, I will protest, this one is a classic that should never be remade, as it’s got a cast that cannot be duplicated. But enough about what shouldn’t happen. Let’s talk about what did happen.

1950’s New England. A big creepy house, a dinner party of only 6 people. A butler, maid, and cook. And the a 7th guest arrives. After dinner, there is a dead body. The remaining part of the film is the investigation into the murder, however more murders occur.

I wish that the film distributors kept the original option for the ending. Having three different endings and not knowing which one you get until you watch it. But alas, the streaming version and DVD all have the three endings of what could/did happen.

So if you want to know who killed Mr. Boddy, then please, put on your nicest outfit, sit at the table (it is a dinner party), have a sip of brandy in the library, and try to figure out who did it, with what, and where before the end of the movie.

  • Tim Curry is Wadsworth
  • Martin Mull is Col. Mustard
  • Madeline Kahn is Mrs. White
  • Michael McKean is Mr. Green
  • Leslie Ann Warren is Miss Scarlet
  • Christopher Lloyd is Professor Plum
  • Eileen Brennan is Mrs. Peacock.

Enjoy your movie, it offers some tasty treats (monkey’s brains for dinner), and some after dinner drinks to die for! Please silence all phones, and sit back and relax.

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Movie – Zombieland

Happy October!! This month is full of excitement, fun, thrills, chills, and just a little spooky horror to make it interesting. This month, you will be getting the standard fare of true crime, paranormal, recipes and skin care; but you will also be getting a double feature of movies as well. I’m trying to share both family friendly movies and ones that may not be good for the PG crowd. All with a horror or Halloween theme.

Today I’m starting with Zombieland. This may not be a scary movie as others on my list, but for younger kids it may be a little too much. I however, LOVE it!

Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee, Jesse Eisenberg as Columbus, Emma Stone as Wichita, and Abigail Breslin as Little Rock. The movie starts out in Texas, and we hear from Columbus on how the United States of America became the United States of Zombieland.

There are memorable lines, and times when you will laugh out loud. The ad-libbed Hannah Montana scene was hilarious. And it all ends at Pacific Playland, after the quartet kill an acting legend. (No spoilers if you haven’t seen it).

But will there be a cure for the plague of the 21st century? Will Columbus and Wichita finally kiss? Will Tallahassee get his God-Willing twinkie?

You will have to cuddle up, pop some popcorn, and watch Zombieland to know all that happens on a cross country road trip, with four trigger happy survivors, and one Hummer filled with guns.

Enjoy your show, Concessions available in the lobby, please no smoking or pirating.

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Fish Stick Casserole

Yes, you read that right. When I first saw this recipe I was thinking to myself, this is going to be horrible. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how good this dish actually is. We have made some adjustments for our tastes but here is the original recipe.

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 pound bag of frozen hash brown potato cubes, thawed
    • 10 3/4 oz. can cream of chicken soup
    • 10 3/4 oz. can cheddar soup
    • 1 cup mayo
    • 2 Tbl. sweet pickle relish
    • 1 Tbl. lemon juice, fresh or concentrate
    • 2 tsp. dried minced onion
    • 2 tsp. dried parsley
    • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
    • 2 cups Mexican four blend shredded cheese
    • 12-24 whole fish frozen fish sticks
  • Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together well the condensed soups, mayo, relish, lemon juice, dried onion, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and sharp cheddar. Fold in your thawed potatoes. **Be sure they are thawed or they won’t bake properly**
  • Dump mixture into the baking dish, pat into corners.
  • Sprinkle the top with the shredded Mexican cheese. Top with as many fish sticks as you can fit. **Any extra you have can be baked separately**
  • Place into the oven, bake for 35 – 40 minutes, until lightly browned and bubbly.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Happy Eating my friends!

The Blood Countess

There have been many names synonymous with vampires. Bram Stoker created Dracula. Nosferatu. Vlad Tepes (The Impaler). Anne Rice gave us a whole world of vampires in her Interview With A Vampire series. And one of my personal favorites, Laurell K. Hamilton and her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. But another historical figure, and this one a woman, is also one we need to file into the vampire mythos, Elizabeth Bathory.

Countess Elizabeth Bathory

Born in August in 1560, her family were wealthy and members of the nobility, in high standing. A fact that would later help Elizabeth during her murderous campaign. Elizabeth suffered from epilepsy as a child, believed to have been a result of the inbreeding in her family, which was a common occurrence in European noble families. Cures for epilepsy were more folklore than actual science. It was believed that if a sufferer rubbed the blood of a non-epileptic on their lips, or ingested a mixture of non-epileptic blood and a piece of skull after a seizure that this would help cure them. None of these “cures” were founded in science and do not heal a person with epilepsy. Please do not attempt these.

The Bathory family were cruel. They punished wrong doers harshly, and impressionable Elizabeth was raised in the environment, exposed to such cruelty. Some claim she was raised to be a murderer. Other family members were involved in witchcraft and Satanism, and claims have been suggested that Elizabeth was taught these secrets as well. This is something that is unsubstantiated.

Count Ferenc Nadasdy

At 10, Elizabeth was engaged to Count Ferenc Nadasdy. Again as custom, it was believed this engagement was for political reasons. As Elizabeth was a higher ranking noble woman than her husband, she refused to change her name, instead Count Ferenc assumed the surname of Bathory.

An often disputed rumor started when Elizabeth was 13. The rumor claims that Elizabeth gave birth to a child that was conceived by a peasant boy. The child was given to a woman whom the Bathory’s could trust, and she raised the child, in Wallachia. This did not prevent her from getting married at age 15, her groom, Count Ferenc was 19. Upon her marriage, Ferenc gifted Elizabeth with his estate. The Castle of Csejte, the Csejte country house, and 17 adjacent villages.

At 18 years old, Elizabeth’s husband was commanding the Hungarian troops against the Ottomans, and Elizabeth handled and managed the castle estates and money. She was responsible for not only the Castle, but for the local people, medical care and defense of the estate from invaders.

Castle Csejte

Ferenc became ill in 1601, the illness was not known, but it caused debilitating pain in his legs. Eventually he would become permanently disabled. He died in January of 1604, entrusting the care of his heirs and widow to Gyorgy Thurzo. Elizabeth and Ferenc were married for 29 years.

Before the death of Ferenc, rumors had started about Elizabeth’s blood lust, cruelty, and torture. Some say she began to murder young girls to help cure her epilepsy, but other say she enjoyed the sadist acts of torture and murder. It is unknown when she may have started, but according to the 300 witness testimonies some of her first victims were girls aged 10 – 14 years. She normally chose peasants as her victims, as in her mind, who would miss them. But eventually the victim pool ran out and she wasn’t able to procure her victims from the peasantry any longer. She then moved onto the daughters of the lesser nobility. Those daughters who were sent to her to learn etiquette. Elizabeth also abducted several of her victims as well.

The atrocities mostly consisted of severe beatings; burning or mutilation of hands; biting the flesh off the faces, arms and other body parts; freezing or starving the girls to death. The use of needles was also mentioned by the collaborators in court. And according to the Budapest City Archives, the girls were burned with hot tongs and then placed in freezing cold water. They were also covered in honey and live ants. Elizabeth was also suspected of cannibalism.

Due to the high ranking of her family officials were hesitant to pursue the claims that surrounded Elizabeth. Eventually they had no choice. She was arrested while having dinner, by the same man whom her husband had entrusted her care to after his death.

Her family would have been disgraced has her crimes been taken to trial in court. Therefore it was agreed that she would be imprisoned within her own castle and that further punishment would be avoided. Elizabeth was bricked into her rooms in the castle, leaving only a small space to push food through.

She lived in this bricked room until her death on August 21, 1614. Her body was originally laid to rest in the Csejte Church. The villagers were in an uproar that she was laid to rest in their village. Eventually her body was moved to where she was born in Ecsed, and interred in the family crypt. Her current remains are unknown.

As horrible as her crimes, her name and the stories surrounding her live on. Do you think she was guilty of murdering almost 300 young women and girls? Or was it simply because she was a wealthy, land owning woman and wasn’t reliant on a man to care for her?

Stay curious my friends!

Steven and Katie

Today I bring you a case that has creeped me out since I learned of it. It involves a baby, a father, and a daughter. It starts off normal, get’s happy, becomes unhappy, and then it moves well past that into creepy, and then ends deadly.

Alyssa was 17 years old and pregnant. Her boyfriend at the time, Steven, was in his 20’s and she had met him online. The couple eloped in New York City, and they had a baby girl, which they named Denise. Steven was an aggressive and abusive man not only to his teenage wife, but to his infant daughter as well. Many times Steven had locked baby Denise in a cooler to muffle the sound of her crying, and he would pinch her hard enough that she was covered in bruises.

Steven being the primary care giver to Denise, did not hold nor bond with his daughter. He did not have a job, and Alyssa held down several jobs to provide for the family. Finally Alyssa could no longer tolerate her husband abusing their daughter, she make the heartbreaking decision to put Denise up for adoption to save the child from further abuse and possibly death. Alyssa would later explain that she put the child up for adoption due to depression.

Denise was adopted to a couple in New York and her name was changed to Katie Fusco. After she grew up, she became curious about her biological parents. She reached out to the then unknown Steven and Alyssa and eventually began exchanging messages with them. When Katie was 18 years old, she finally went to their home in West Virginia to meet them.

Not only did Katie get to meet her biological parents, she also met two sisters she didn’t know about. They were 6 and 11 years old when Katie rejoined the family. Alyssa also decided to tell Katie the truth behind her being put up for adoption, she had informed Katie; “Your dad abused you.” However Katie didn’t have a reaction to this and got along extremely well with her biological father, Steven.

After a month of staying there, Steven began to sleep on the floor of Katie’s room. And then his behavioral patterns changed, and also his image. Alyssa had planned to separate from Steven around the time Katie came to stay. Alyssa opted to stay with her father after her mother and sisters moved out.

Nothing good seems to come about when a teenage daughter and her father are left alone, and this relationship is no different. Learning that Steven had informed his younger daughters to now call Katie, “Mom” instead of “sister” at first confused Alyssa. But then she found a drawing from one of her daughters showing a woman with a large stomach.

In September of 2017, Steven called Alyssa and informed her he planned to remarry and start a family with someone else. That someone else being his biological daughter, Katie Fusco. Alyssa then realized that the two had been having an incestuous affair almost the entire time that Katie had been staying with them.

July 20th, Steven and Katie married. The bride was pregnant, and photos shared on social media showed the couple kissing, and a wedding photo of the couple standing between Steven’s mother, and Katie’s adopted parents. Everyone was smiling.

Four months later, Katie returned to New York to her adopted family. She wanted out of the relationship, and they had recently been arrested for incest. It was a class five felony and carried a maximum 10 year sentence. This event set Steven into a rage.

He made the decision that there was only one way out of this situation: suicide. The only problem was he had some unfinished business to deal with; Katie, and their 7 month old son, Bennett. As Katie had said their relationship was over, Steven was furious.

In March of 2018, Steven was released from jail on bail, with the condition that he not make contact with his biological daughter. Bennett was in the care of his paternal grandmother. He picked up his son from his mother, and said he was taking him to visit Katie. Unfortunately Steven would kill Bennett, before driving to Connecticut and shooting not only Katie, but her adopted father, Tony, as well. Both died in the truck they were sitting in from their attack.

Driving back to Virginia, Steven called his mother and confessed to what he had done. And then he killed himself with a bullet to his head.

It’s sad that an innocent child was murdered by his own father/grandfather, and a girl who was trying to reconnect with her biological family was murdered for not wanting to continue an incestuous relationship with her father. Another innocent victim was Tony Fusco, who was being a father and helping Katie put her life back together.

It’s easy to point the finger of blame to people in this case, and I sincerely wish that Steven had not been able to post bail. Had he been kept behind bars he may not have murdered his son, daughter, or her father. Alyssa Pladl, even though she wasn’t aware of the relationship at first, may not be guilty of anything, but I feel that she should have informed police and authorities earlier when her husband chose to sleep in her teenage daughter’s bedroom. Again, this is all my opinion, but the facts remain that four people are dead, and nothing will bring them back.

Be strong, make good choices, stay safe

Travel Blog – Pawhuska

Where the heck is Pawhuska? Well, if you aren’t familiar with Ree Drummond and the Pioneer Woman franchise, you may not be aware. Pawhuska is in Oklahoma. It has a population of 3,481. Pawhuska is the county seat of Osage County, and is known for its Native American culture. The Osage Nation is prominent in this area. In fact, the town itself is named after the 19th century Osage Chief, Paw-Hiu-Skah, which means White Hair in English.

For a tiny town in Northern Oklahoma it has some big names that have called it home; Ree Drummond being one of them. For those of you who have watched her show, Pioneer Woman, on the Food Network, you will know she lives on a ranch with her husband Ladd, and their four children. Some of the children are now on their way to college and living their best life. But Ree has shared her frontier with all of us, one episode at a time.

She films and cooks out of the The Lodge that is located on their ranch and which is open for tours during the day. There is no cost to visit this location, but the drive can take 20-30 minutes as half of it is on a gravel road, and I highly recommend driving slowly on that. The view from the Lodge is amazing. You can see for miles and all you will see is ranch land. It’s peaceful, quiet, and a great place to enjoy nature. 10/10 recommend you visit.

For me, visiting Pawhuska, I was a little hesitant as I’m not a huge fan of Pioneer Woman, but my sister Jennifer, a friend Vicki, and I all made a weekend out of it. I couldn’t have asked for a more fun filled weekend with some amazing ladies, not to mention the other ladies who joined us from our Facebook Group, Kim, Ronel, her Mother (sorry I don’t remember her name) and Georgia. You ladies rock!

In Pawhuska you will see one of the main attractions, The Mercantile. This is one of several Pioneer Woman owned businesses. She actually has five other businesses all within a block of each other; An event center, boutique, boarding house, sweet shop, and pizza restaurant. The boutique and mercantile do offer similar products, but the boutique has more clothing. The mercantile offers products that range from clothing, to cookware, toys, books, and bath products.

The Mercantile has a restaurant on the ground floor, a bakery and coffee counter upstairs as well. We had breakfast at the Mercantile, and the biscuits and gravy is absolutely fabulous! It was very flavorful and the biscuits were the best I ever had.

As we checked out the bakery, the treat there are amazing, but know that when they are gone, they are gone. The do not bake all day long. But you will find, cookies, truffles, cheesecakes, muffins, croissants, and other sweet yummies. All washed down with a cup of coffee as well.

On the way to the Lodge, as mentioned above, we drove completely past the Drummond Ranch where the family lives and works the land. We did not drive down the road, as we were respectful of their privacy, but as you can see, there isn’t a lot that will clog your view of the natural setting.

For those of you who love pizza, you need to check out P Town Pizza. Do not pass up the chance to get the Not Knots! These little balls of fried dough have garlic and cheese on them and they are so addicting that you will want to order more to go. Don’t be scared, we ordered two orders of them.

And your official pioneer woman tour wouldn’t be complete with out a sweet treat at Charlie’s. Word of caution get one scoop, they are huge!

Would I recommend Pawhuska? Yes I would. The people were very friendly, the Osage heritage is something everyone can appreciate, and even if you aren’t there for the Pioneer Woman, you can enjoy the effort she has put in to keep her town thriving.

Not all those who wander are lost.