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Haunted Michigan town 'was like living in hell'

Posted on Saturday, 22 February, 2020 | Comment icon 11 comments

Residents of the town have had to move out to escape the phenomena. Image Credit: sxc.hu
A new TV series will explore cases of entire towns that have been incessantly plagued by paranormal activity.
With a population of 755, the small town of Merrill, Michigan might seem at a glance like any other rural settlement. On closer inspection however, things there are anything but ordinary.

Since the 1970s, the town has been under siege by a relentless onslaught of paranormal incidents and strange phenomena, forcing some residents to pack up and leave entirely.

In the first episode of new Travel Channel series Haunting in the Heartland, filmmaker Steve Shippy spoke to some of those whose lives have been impacted by these peculiar events.

One family, who left the town in 1974, recalled being forced to move after enduring six months of unexplained banging sounds and spontaneous fires which left them terrified.
Another family, who still lives in the town, has been tormented by unexplained cold spots, banging sounds, spontaneous scratch marks and sightings of a shadowy apparition.

One resident described the town as "a nightmare", while another said it was "like living in hell."

The show, which started airing on February 21st, will also feature a number of other similarly haunted towns including Malvern, Iowa and Greeneville, Tennessee.

"The stories of the heartland show how powerful these cases can be and how town folks stick together," said Shippy. "Watching them fight for their peace is one of the most powerful things."

Source: New York Post | Comments (11)

Tags: Haunting, Ghost, Michigan

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Seti42 on 22 February, 2020, 16:22
Usually these 'ghost shows' don't interest me in the least. They illicit an eye-roll at best. But I have to say, the idea of investigating claims of a whole haunted town does sound intriguing.
Comment icon #3 Posted by tortugabob on 22 February, 2020, 16:40
These ghost shows are so lame, so boring I don't know how people can continue to watch them. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by GlitterRose on 22 February, 2020, 17:17
Is it Detroit?
Comment icon #5 Posted by MissJatti on 23 February, 2020, 7:26
I'm sure all experiences have some sort of logical answers
Comment icon #6 Posted by esoteric_toad on 23 February, 2020, 12:22
Wow, an entire 'town' and still no irrefutable proof. I am sure it will boost the local tourism a tiny bit though.
Comment icon #7 Posted by A rather obscure Bassoon on 23 February, 2020, 22:30
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Comment icon #8 Posted by HollyDolly on 24 February, 2020, 22:18
Will have to check it out.Oh yeah, I fell asleep so missed it.There are hauntings in and around San Antonio. Seguin Texas was on Ghost Adventures when they went to the Magnolia Hotel. A couple of other places there are supposed to be haunted, but the whole population isn't running screaming from the place. Heck plenty of new construction there. San Antonio same way.However, again it's not the whole city, just certain places . Besides, it's possible in a city which has always had a large hispanic population ever since it was founded 300 years ago, there could be brujas (witches) here. And you a... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by openozy on 26 February, 2020, 1:59
It wouldn't surprise me,a lot of these small towns thrive on malicious gossip,it's almost a culture.If they expect all the negativity and bullying will create a nice place to live they are idiots.Reap what you sow.
Comment icon #10 Posted by papageorge1 on 26 February, 2020, 6:27
Man, that's a lot of negativity without a given reason. I suspect these stories are based on honest experiences.  I'm a Michigan guy and we are generally quite honest. No wonder the sheep are nervous in your territory! Here, the sheep can sleep like lambs without fear of being violated! You tell us: Location:The outback,where men are men and sheep are nervous
Comment icon #11 Posted by openozy on 26 February, 2020, 7:17
I've seen both sides, growing up in Sydney and living in the country,everyone is related in these small sh------s,with a limited gene pool and a narrow view on the world these places are true hell for the newcomer.All this hostility boiling in one place is sure to stir up negative energy.I wouldn't mention the exact location but it's Western NSW,if I did I would probably end up at the top of a wicker man LOL.

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