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See ‘Home and Away’ for peek of haunted Atchison

October 26, 2009

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Various patrons of a riverfront restaurant reported seeing a mysterious woman dressed in Victorian garb. Unexplained paranormal phenomenon and physical attacks were witnessed at a house on Second Street. And a ghost appears to take center stage after dark at the town theater.

More than the birthplace of Amelia Earhart and the home of Benedictine College, Atchison has earned a reputation as the most haunted town in Kansas. This week “Home and Away” explores the spookier side of this city at the bend of the Missouri River.

Ghost hunters, curiosity seekers and tourists regularly clamor aboard a trolley for narrated tours of more than a dozen area sites, including the Riverhouse Restaurant, McInteer Villa, the Gargoyle House, Theatre Atchison, Molly’s Hollow and the most notorious of Atchison’s haunted dwellings, the Sallie House.

Tony and Debra Pickman lived in the Sallie House for almost two years in the early 1990s and reported appliances turning on and off, pictures on the wall turned upside down and toys in the nursery inexplicably arranged in a circle on the floor, before things turned violent. Photographs of apparent apparitions, random fires and physical attacks against the husband ultimately drove the couple from the residence.

Host Lori Carson and crew visit many of the sites and interview the Pickmans on this week’s program.

“Home and Away” premieres at 6:30 p.m. Mondays on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 and replays throughout the week.

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