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In a quaint little house on a quiet street in our American heartland, lived a young family of three who experienced the haunting of hauntings. The t.v. documentary, Sightings, a leader in scientific ghost investigations worldwide, became involved with the Pickmans in what was to become a landmark case packed with high-tech evidence and multile videotaped eyewitnesses. Early in 1993, shortly after they moved into their home, the Pickmans' freshly snapped baby pictures came back from the developers with distorted blobs of light and color covering the image of baby Taylor.
The photographic anomalies continued through countless rolls of film and two different cameras. The concerned family turned to psychic Barbara Conner who determined the entity causing the anomalies was a restless little girl named Sallie. The photos were authenticated as a genuine anomaly, and not a double exposure or a hoax, by visual effects specialist Edson Williams. Soon after these episodes, the most bizarre behavior began to occur, it would continue throughout the incident and would become the signature of the six-year Heartland investigations. Significantly, this entire case was videotaped by Sightings from beginning to end.
Out of thin air, Tony's arms, back, and chest became the target of scratches, not tiny ones mind you, but long, deep, welted scratches that would form and begin to bleed right in front of everyone's eyes, even on camera. Environmental and medical causes were officially ruled out. Also, the air around Tony turned very cold during these events.Paranormal investigator Howard Heim entered the picture and measured the temperature and electromagnetic fluctuations. Then, a lonely rose resting in a vase on the kitchen windowsill was found to be burned on the inside of some of its petals, and the scratches on Tony continued to appear.
Sightings, now entrenched in this case, invited internationally esteemed psychic Peter James to join them in pursuit of the answers to the cause of Sallie's frustrations. With no previous case knowledge, Peter psychically identified Sallie, along with many other case details, in the presence of many witnesses. Courthouse and cemetery records confirmed Peter's suggestions that Sallie Isabel Hall died in this house from pneumonia in 1905 and was buried in the town cemetery.
Tony's scratches continued to appear with no apparent reason, but it was not a hoax, not self-inflicted wounds, and not an allergy or any medical condition. Then Sightings got down to business. They brought in parapsychologist Kerry Gaynor along with every instrument know to exist for paranormal research. Closed-circuit cameras were set up in every room, and the kitchen was transformed into the base of operations with oscilloscopes, frequency counters, audio monitors, and a handheld thermal energy system that detected cold spots.
Throughout their vigil, the team monitored anomalies with all their instruments as the scratches continued to form on Tony. The Pickmans finally left their house after three years of Sallie's bizarre mayhem. Wondering whether Sallie moved with them or stayed behind, Sightings called in Peter James once again to psychically suvey the house. Confirmation of Sallie's presence came in the form of burns to Peter's face.
Two years later, after several of he tenants had come and gone, Sallie still remained on that quaint, quiet, heartland street, according to Peter James, who again came to survey the home. Sallie never again displayed as many transgressions against other occupants as she had inflicted upon Tony. Peter believes Sallie will remain in that house for a long time, until she finally realizes her physical form no longer exists.