LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Our destination was a Victorian home in the quiet town of Mitchell, Indiana - 3,700 square feet with crystal chandeliers, four poster beds and stained glass. No one lives in the stately home now, but the residence is never empty.
Owner Van Renier explains,”Every house has a story and this one will haunt you.”
deaths occurred within its walls. The Travel Channel has given the
house the distinction of being the 4th most haunted place in the
country. The disembodied voices guest experience so frequently lead to
the name Whispers Estate.
“Whether we understand it or not we're experiencing something,” Renier said.
“When you hear
the footsteps you pray that they are a child’s footsteps. They're
little pitter-patter of feet maybe about 70-80 lbs. However there's
another set of footsteps that happens in the house. It's more like loud
stomping. It's very heavy and very menacing,” Renier says about the
menacing footsteps are believed to be demonic or that of past owner Dr.
John Gibbons. The home was not only the site of Dr. John’s medical
practice, but home to his wife Jessie and their many adopted and
orphaned children. Jessie died in the home and it is believed at least
two of their children died in the home as well.
“We have a
confirmed record of six deaths in the house. That doesn't include any
possible patients that might have died in the 27 years Dr. John had his
medical practice in the house,” Renier stressed.
The branch of
Historic Archives for Mitchell, Indiana, could not document the number
of patients that may have died in the home, however, they could not
dismiss accounts of body parts that may have been buried in the Estate's
yard after amputations or abortions. No one can explain who opens the
doors, bites, scratches or pushes when there is no one and nothing in
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