Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Cario's Deadly Secret

Written by: Jeff Rent
Case Filed: 11/26/03 - Vicksburg, Mississippi
Executive Producer: Rick Garner


One of the highlights of any trip to the Vicksburg National Military Park is a chance to explore the legendary ironclad Cairo. Commissioned in 1862, the Cairo was a state-of-the-art warship.

Cairo Museum Curator Elizabeth Joyner says, "She could float in as little as six feet of water."

Sent south to help with the siege against Vicksburg by Union troops, the Cairo met a quick demise while on patrol in the Yazoo River.


Friday, October 31, 2003

Field Reports from Loyd Hall Plantation - Cheneyville, Louisiana

Written by: Rick Garner
Case Filed: 10/31/03 - Cheneyville, Louisiana
Executive Producer: Rick Garner


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Day 1
2:00pm
- Our team arrives at Loyd Hall. Kriss Stephens, our paranormal investigator is to join us around 5pm. We each secure a room for the evening. Most of the rooms are located on the outside of the main house. One room in the main house is available to guests and I have assigned that to Kriss.

Jeff Rent is assign to Room 4, the Commissary, which I have been heard accounts of a guest being "kicked" in the back from beneath the bed while they slept. This "old store" building is original to the plantation is has been completely renovated.
 
Rob Ruffin, our photographer, is assigned to Room 2, the Magnolia Suite. Once the original kitchen to the plantation, this building has been split into the two rooms. I have Room 3, the Camellia Suite. Guests in Room 2 have been awaken to a wardrobe door opening and closing to the point one of the doors flew off its hinges.

David Bunger, our Production Director, gets Room 5 - Minda's House. This room along with Room 6, the McCullough House (King Suite), are not original buildings and have no paranormal accounts.


Thursday, October 30, 2003

Juson: Search for Gold

Written by: Jeff Rent
Case Filed: 10/30/03 - Hickory, Mississippi
Executive Producer: Rick Garner


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"I guess the story I remember most is the story about the treasure that was supposed to have been dumped in (Lake Juson)," Hickory resident Johnnny Burkes recalls.

Local historian Melvin Tingle says,
"One of the rumors is that (Pierre Juson) stored the gold there, you know, for safety and nobody's ever found it."

The dark legend surrounding Pierre Juson and his namesake lake in Hickory, Mississippi, is well known to many people in Newton County. Tingle says, "People were sort of superstitious of it, because of the legend that had been handed down as the travelers going up the Jackson Road. People killed, heads chopped off, pitched in the lake. (Juson) collected the gold."


Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Juson: Lake of Gold

Written by: Jeff Rent
Case Filed:
10/29/03 - Hickory, Mississippi
Executive Producer:
Rick Garner


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In rural Newton County, near the small town of Hickory, sits a small lake with a big history - Lake Juson (Jew-zon). Barely an acre in size, tales and lore surrounding Lake Juson run as deep as its cool water. Murder, stolen gold, and insanity. All attributed to the lake's namesake, Pierre Juson, an early French settler.

"He was quite a guy," says local historian Melvin Tingle. "I think Pierre came up here about 1810, the best that we can figure, and established his trading post at Chunky Chitto trading town. He was one of the first white settlers to Newton County."

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Field Reports from the Yazoo River

Written by: Jeff Rent
Case Filed: 6/26/03 - Satartia, Mississippi
Executive Producer: Rick Garner


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On the edge of the Mississippi Delta sits the quiet town of Satartia. Its most dominant feature is the Yazoo River, which runs through this small community of less than a hundred residents. However, two separate encounters, decades ago, cast a dark shadow on this small river town. Events that many of the people who live here may not be aware ever happened.

"You could see this yellow-green, bubbling water out there and you could. We started to hear moaning and stuff and we left." Texas ghost hunter and original Unexplained contributor Janice Raley says she was directed to this spot by an old farmer who recounted a similar experience from years before. Even the farmer was afraid of this place. "He showed me from the road. He wouldn't come down here even though he worked the land."


Friday, May 23, 2003

Field Reports from Broadcountry Cinema 3 - Magee, Mississippi

Written by: Jeff Rent
Case Filed: 5/23/03 - Magee, Mississippi
Executive Producer: Rick Garner


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The Broadcountry Cinema 3 in Magee sits just off of Highway 49. By "Unexplained" standards, this 18-year-old building is practically brand new. Dozens of reports of paranormal phenomenon have caught the attention of "Unexplained" investigators and we decided to check it out for ourselves.

These strange happenings started when the building was still under construction. Owner Butch McCall was showing a friend around. "He gets this funny sound in his voice and he's like, 'Man, this place is haunted.' I'm like, 'Well, it can't be haunted! It's not built yet!'"

Friday, May 16, 2003

Hidden Secrets

Written by: Jeff Rent
Case Filed: 5/16/03 - Edwards, Mississippi
Executive Producer: Rick Garner

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Tucked behind 200-year-old magnolia trees lies the Yeiser House. Built in 1832, it's a house full of history going back to the Civil War. The story and events at this house actually started several hundred yards down the road on May 16, 1863, during the Battle for Champion's Hill and a little known Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman who was shot.

Historian DeAnna Thompson-Blailock says, "If it was a sniper, (he was wounded) in the throat. And due to the blood pattern where he bled to death in the Yeiser house, it would seem like a sniper shot because of the blood pattern on the floor."

After being shot, General Tilghman was taken to the Yeiser, which was being used as a field hospital. There, in one corner of a front bedroom, Tilghman bled to death.


Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Field Reports from Baldwin House - Vicksburg, Mississippi

Written by: Jeff Rent
Case Filed: 4/23/2003 - Vicksburg, Mississippi

Executive Producer: Rick Garner


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Have you ever wondered when buying a home do you pick the house or is it possible the house picks you? For transplanted Californians Bruce Baldwin and his wife, Marion, the question doesn't have an easy answer. Their house and restaurant at the intersection of Crawford and Adams Streets is a turn-of-the-century Victorian - practically new by Vicksburg standards. From the moment they stepped inside the dwelling, they knew it was a unique home.

"When we first came out here just to view it, my wife felt something like brush up against her head."


"I thought it was a pigeon or a bird or something," recalls Marion. "It pushed my hair and scared me. There were no birds in the house."


Thursday, March 27, 2003

Best Kept Secrets

Written by: Jeff Rent
Case Opened:
3/27/03 - ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico
Executive Producer: Rick Garner

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"The government has been covering up so much for so long and they have the people so baffled...it's unbelievable."

However, Dennis and Ann Bossack say they know the truth. Dennis says he spent three decades with a secret group called Omega Agency. "For 30 years, being with Omega Agency, which is an above top secret, private agency. It's not connected with any government. Omega Agency is basically the security force for what's known as the Universal Government, which is 752 advanced planets in the universe."

Thursday, January 30, 2003

Trails of Destruction

Written by: Jeff Rent
Case Filed:
1/30/03 - Newton, Mississippi
Executive Producer:
Rick Garner

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December 2002, a Thursday afternoon in the quiet town of Newton. An F2 tornado shatters the holiday spirit destroying or damaging dozens of homes and businesses including the Wal-Mart.

And in the following days and weeks, the rebuilding process had begun. Nothing new if you're from Newton. You see, this isn't the first tornado to rip through the town, it's just the latest.