Thursday, July 27, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017
The Haunted Ginger Rogers House
By Margie Kay
By Margie Kay
In February of 2016, my real estate investment company was lucky to purchase the house where Ginger Rogers was born on July 16, 1911. It is a tiny 800 square-foot Craftsman Bungalow in Independence, Missouri, and our intention is to have it open to the public to enjoy since there are many Ginger Rogers fans. The house is located just a few blocks from the Truman Library and Museum and other tourist attractions. Tour buses often drive by the house and people stop to take pictures, so we know there is a public interest. This was more important to us than just renting it out to someone or reselling it after it was renovated.
|100 W Moore St. Independence, MO|
Not long after the work to restore the house began, I was standing in the room where Ginger was born, and wondering what to do for the paint and décor. Suddenly, a foggy mist started to appear in front of the wall across from me and accumulate, finally in the shape of a woman in a long ball gown. I knew it was Ginger Rogers. I did not feel any fear, only amazement, as this is the last thing I was expecting.
Being a paranormal investigator, I knew that sometimes house renovations can stir up spirits, however, that was not on my mind at all. I was concerned with doing the work to the house to make it structurally sound, ordering kitchen cabinets and appliances, and getting approval from the Heritage Commission to do work to the exterior. Since the house is an Historic Landmark Property, nothing can be changed on the exterior without approval from the commission first. The last thing on my mind was that the house might be haunted.
A couple of weeks later, I was meditating and decided to remote view the house. This is a process where I use my mind’s eye to travel to a location and look at it. It was late at night and very dark. I stood on the front lawn of the house looking at it when Ginger Rogers appeared again, standing next to the column to the left of the front steps to the porch. I took this as a sign that she approved of what we were doing.
Not long after that event, I received a call from Stephanie Turbeville with KC Paranormal. I had never met Stephanie before, but knew about her organization and she said she had read my books. Stephanie said she hoped I didn’t think she was crazy, but she was compelled to drive by the house the night before after completing an investigation elsewhere, and when she got out of the car she stood on the front lawn. Then the spirit of Ginger Rogers appeared standing next to the left column on the porch and smiled at her. It gave me chills, because that is exactly where Ginger appeared to me! At that point, I knew the Stephanie was the real thing, and that we should collaborate on investigating the house. I was so busy operating my several businesses that I turned most of the investigation over to KC Paranormal.
I invited the team to investigate the house on a Saturday night. We threw some chairs in the otherwise vacant house for everyone to sit on, and my brother and I joined Stephanie and her partner, Jan. We were in for much more than we expected. We all hoped to obtain evidence, but what occurred was nothing short of amazing.
During the 2 ½ hour investigation, we heard multiple voices come through the spirit box speaking in single words or at times phrases. One was definitely the voice of Ginger Rogers as we all recognized it. Another was an older woman, likely her mother Lela Rogers. Then we heard three different men speak as well, saying words like “basement” and “murder.” The basement has a dirt floor and stone foundation walls. The thought that a murder may have occurred in the house sometime during its 105- year history, was unnerving. But Ginger seemed happy and thrilled we were there. She answered “Yes” when I asked if she wanted us to restore the house and open it to the public.
We heard a lot of noises coming from the basement and kitchen areas, saw multiple blue and white orbs moving about that were visible to the naked eye, and captured more orbs on film that were not visible. At one point, my brother, said “what the heck is that?” and pointed to a baseball-sized purple orb that came through the closed front door and moved to him. He held up one finger and the orb seemed to attach itself to his finger, remaining about 1” away. I then put my finger next to the orb and it followed my finger around for a minute, then took off and went back out the front door! All four of us saw this occur and were all amazed. None of us had ever experienced anything like it.
At this point, Jan got out a digital flashlight which does not have a spring on it and can’t be tampered with. He set it on the floor and asked if Ginger Rogers was with us and if so, to turn on the light. The light turned on. Then he asked several questions, and to each one the flashlight turned on or off right on cue. None of us were near the flashlight, so no one could have tampered with it. This video is on the KC Paranormal You Tube channel.
Next, things got even weirder. I looked at the doorway to the second bedroom and saw a web-like bluish color structure forming, then faces appeared in this web. They were not human looking – but looked like aliens. I said nothing, hoping that someone else would see the same thing and would confirm what I was seeing. To my surprise, my brother, who rarely sees anything like this, said, “Guys, there are faces of aliens in that doorway.” Stephanie and Jan moved to where they could see it, and they both saw the faces and web structure.
I took pictures with my FLIR camera and took a look at the photos the next day. In one picture, there is a blue web-like structure in the window in the kitchen, with a creepy looking alien type face in it. That was something none of us saw with the naked eye.
We are all very confused about the evidence obtained at the house. We get a very good vibe from Ginger and likely her mother, Lela. But these other entities are something else altogether, and the last thing any of us were expecting. I speculate that there may be some type of portal at that location and diverse types of entities are passing through. The area used to be Native American land, so perhaps that has something to do with it. The land wasn’t developed until the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The house was built sometime between 1909 and 1910, with the first renters in 1910, then Lela Rogers in 1911. After four years, Lela and Ginger moved out, and there have been many families who owned or rented the property since.
One person contacted me who lived in the house for a year and he said nothing out of the ordinary occurred. Another person lived in the house for several years, and he said nothing happened that he knew about. Perhaps these entities were disturbed by the amount of work we did to repair the stone foundation walls, the floors, plumbing, electrical, doors and windows, and only came out during this process. Or perhaps they’ve been there all along, and the other people just were not aware of their presence.
KC Paranormal did a recent second investigation on their own and obtained yet more evidence of a haunting. I am eager to see what they captured on film and if any EVP’s were captured as well.
In all my over 1,100 investigations completed for others around the U.S., U.K. and South America in the past 40 years, I’ve never seen so much Paranormal evidence occur in such a brief period. And of course, I own the house and must deal with it!