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Haunted Places: Hell's Gate Bobby Mackey's Music World

Updated on January 15, 2013
Stairs where Janet Mackey got thrown down.
Stairs where Janet Mackey got thrown down. | Source
Scott Jackson
Scott Jackson
The hangings of Walling and Jackson.
The hangings of Walling and Jackson. | Source
Johanna | Source

Wilder, KY

Hell’s Gate isn’t quite as inviting as Bobby Mackey’s Music World. That’s what Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Wilder, Kentucky is known for though. What used to be a slaughterhouse, a place for organized crime, murders, and satanic worship, Bobby Mackey’s is one of the most haunted places in the world.

When you walk into Bobby Mackey’s, there’s a sign at the front door that’s quite inviting. It says “Warning to our patrons: This establishment is reported to be HAUNTED. Management is NOT responsible and cannot be held liable for any actions of any ghosts on the premises.” That’s just what you expect and want to see when you walk into a country music place. Bobby Mackey opened his nightclub back in 1978. All he wanted was a bar with a fun and vibrant atmosphere that plays country music, and he got it. He also bought a portal to hell. Mackey being skeptical though, doesn’t believe his building is haunted. Amazingly, nothing has ever happened to Mackey himself.

The dark history of this building started back in the mid 1800’s. It started off as a slaughter house. Then in 1896, a woman by the name of Pearl Bryan, was beheaded by her boyfriend Scott Jackson and his friend Alonzo Walling about 2 miles from Bobby Mackey’s. The rumor is that her head was used for satanic worshipping in the slaughter house. The two men were sentenced to be hanged. When they were about to be hanged by the gallows, Alonzo Walling said he would come back and haunt the place forever.

Back when Bobby Mackey first bought the building, his wife Janet Mackey came by to check it out. She went to an upstairs room at the slaughter house. When she opened the door she was told to get out by an apparition with a handle bar mustache. She was then thrown down the stairs. Photos and articles of the building were gathered by a man named Douglas Hensley, author of “Hell’s Gate”, a book about the history of Bobby Mackey’s. When he showed them to Janet, she identified the apparition that threw her down the stairs. It was Alonzo Walling.

Back in the 1950’s when it was called “The Latin Quarter”, the daughter of the owner, Johanna, fell in love with one of the singers at the club. She had gotten pregnant, and the father found out about it. The father killed the man Johanna was in love with. When Johanna found out about this, she was so enraged that she poisoned her father. She then took her own life in the basement of Bobby Mackey’s. There’s an amazing coincidence between Pearl Bryan, Johanna, and Janet Mackey. At the time of their murders and Janet Mackey's incident, they were five months pregnant. If you’re going to Bobby Mackey’s, make sure you’re not carrying a child at exactly five months pregnant.

The most disturbing moment at Bobby Mackey’s took place on August 8, 1991, when Carl Lawson was under demonic possession. He was the caretaker and the first employee of the building. The activity all started with him. He lived in the apartment that was above the bar. He would shut down everything when it was closed and woke up often to find the lights on, doors unlocked, and the juke box playing by itself. The strongest activity took place in the basement near the well where Carl knew satanic activity had taken place. Although he wasn’t a religious man, he sprinkled holy water in the well to see if it would ease the activity. It provoked the demons and the activity got worse. At that point, Carl came under demonic possession.

An exorcism was conducted on Carl at Bobby Mackey’s. The video footage is quite terrifying. The exorcist tells the demons to leave Carl’s body. Using his body. One of the demons says “ I DON’T WANT TO GO! I’M NOT LEAVING! IF I LEAVE, WE ALL HAVE TO GO!” Later on in the exorcism, it says repeatedly “THIS BODY IS MINE!”, hitting his chest over and over again. Watching the footage, you can clearly hear his voice changing into other people. Fortunately, on that night, he was freed from demonic possession.

The building is still an extremely active paranormal hot spot. Many paranormal investigation groups have gotten scratched and even had things follow them home from this location. Demons have mimicked investigators voices on EVP’s as well. There has been cleansing’s, but there are reports of satanic cult groups breaking in trying to reawaken that activity. Out of all the paranormal experiences that have happened there, Bobby Mackey claims that he has not had one. He says that he wants his club to be thought of as a country music place, not a scary ghost place. It seems that focusing his thoughts on that have paid off for him--despite the hauntings.

A Fact That Will Give You Goosebumps

Bobby Mackey was born as Randall Mackey. At one day old, something came over Mackey's mother and she changed his name to Robert Randall Mackey. Robert Randall was the name of the singer killed by Johanna's father.

For More on Bobby Mackey's Music World

Ghost Adventures S01 E01

Exorcism of Carl Lawson


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    • manofmystery24 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by again Ikepius!

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      5 years ago from Twittosphere: @ikepius

      Yep, I think I have heard about that spot!

    • manofmystery24 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thanks for reading Valerie T! Just don't go ANYWHERE near it when your 5 months pregnant and you're good!

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      Valerie Tapia 

      5 years ago from Nashua, NH

      I remember seeing this story on Ghost Adventures, it freaked me out and I had to sleep with a light on that night. Just by the show you can actually tell there's evil there. Too many coincidences on the women there. You'll never catch me there lol

      Great Hub!

    • manofmystery24 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks for the comments everyone! :)

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      The information is interesting and quite convincing. Thanks for giving me another chill. I'll have to visit it one day!

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      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Very interesting hub! I've seen a number of TV shows about the haunting of Bobby Mackey's, and the place is certainly very intriguing!

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      Haunted Places 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Great information! Been here once to investigate and it definitely leaves up to expectations. Very interesting place at night.


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