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





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. I assign it to Kriss.

Jeff Rent is assigned to Room 4, the Commissary, which I have 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 and 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 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




"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



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."