Bobby Mackey's Music World. The mere utterance of the name is enough to trigger many of the people who've visited "the most haunted nightclub in America."
Located in Winder, Kentucky, the place (which was originally meant to be a slaughterhouse; a surefire method for opening a gateway to Hell) has worn many faces since it was built in the 1850s. From a hotel, to a casino, to good ol' Bobby Mackey's nightclub, there was even a period when, while abandoned, the site was used for vile purposes.
Based on pictures alone, you might not think the sleepy little club was a portal to Hell. It looks so innocent... a little small-town bar made for lovers of country-and-western. Nothin' to it, right? Well, there are tons of folks who'd disagree wholeheartedly.
In 2008, the crew of Ghost Adventures set out for one their very first "lockdown missions," in which no one is allowed to come or go once everything is in place. After the night was over, Zak Bagans, the show's host, reflected on their experience:
"We've been traveling around the world for years doing this. This is one of the only places where we've had stuff follow us home."
One cameraman claims that the night after the investigation at Bobby Mackey's, he heard pots and pans clanging around in his kitchen in the middle of the night. Then, the faucet turned itself on, as though someone was filling the sink.
Another crew member says he and his wife used to share dreams about Bobby Mackey. In them, the deceased business owner kept knocking on their windows because he couldn't get in.
“This is the only place we had fear of returning [to]," said Bagans.
Built in the 1850s, the building that is now Bobby Mackey's Music World originally served as a poorly planned slaughterhouse. By the late 1800s, the place was abandoned, and remained that way until the someone turned the property into a hotel in the 1920s.
In the decades where the building was left to rot, it's said that cult members held frequent rituals in the basement, and used the massive drainage hole (originally dug for disposing of animal remains) to get rid of the bodies they sacrificed.
Wonder why this place is so haunted...
In 1897, Scott Jackson, a 28-year-old dental student from Cincinnati, impregnated a young woman by the name of Pearl Bryan while he was visiting Kentucky for the summer. Unsure of what to do, Jackson enlisted one of his fellow students of medicine to help perform an abortion on the young woman; an illegal procedure at the time.
The students had access to medical equipment and regularly worked on cadavers, so it stands to reason that they felt fairly confident in their ability to terminate Pearl's pregnancy. However, they panicked at the last minute and instead decided to cut her head off and dump her remains in the well of the abandoned slaughterhouse.
Poor, headless Pearl was left in what became the basement of Bobby Mackey's Music World. Due to the brutal nature of the crime, the story quickly grabbed the attention of the masses. The two men were caught, tried, and sentenced to death by hanging.
While the pair sat in jail awaiting their eventual trip to the gallows, some other inmates attempted a jailbreak. As an onslaught of prisoners fled, Jackson and his cohort stayed in their cells, fearing whatever fate the outraged public might have in store for them.
In the 1850s, the infamous building was built as a slaughterhouse and meat-packing plant. Too bad the interior of the place wasn't well thought out...
The remains of slaughtered animals were supposed to be contained and carted off for incineration, but the building's design wasn't set up to easily facilitate this. Instead, the blood and "remnants" of butchered animals were scraped into a hole in the basement, where they were left to rot.
The building's layout simply did not cater well to the disposing of large quantities of blood and gore. The slaughterhouse closed down before 1900, and remained abandoned for decades. However, a certain group of people continued to use the place for some pretty unsavory undertakings.