About Bobby Mackey’s
Bobby Mackey’s in Wilder, Kentucky has become renowned as a venue for live music, karaoke, and line dancing every weekend since it first opened in the late 1970’s. The story of the building goes back much farther than that. In the 1850’s a slaughterhouse and meatpacking operation occupied the site. The only remaining sign of this is in the basement where a well was dug for blood from the slaughtered animals to be drained. The slaughterhouse had closed down by the mid 1890’s, but the basement soon found use as a site for Occult rituals. The basement well made a convenient place to dispose of the remains of the animal sacrifices.
By the 1930’s the building was in use as a casino, a role it was to fulfill under many different names until the 1960’s. The 1970’s saw the building named the Hard Rock Café, but after a spate of shootings and related violence it closed in 1977. Bobby Mackey’s Music World opened its doors in 1978 and has operated ever since.
Is Bobby Mackey’s Haunted?
A visit to Bobby Mackey’s isn’t to be undertaken lightly, even when the venue is closed, it is far from quiet. The violent, occultic history of the building has led to many reports of mysterious activity on the site. The catacombs which run below the nightclub said to be haunted by the ghost of Johanna, a pregnant woman who took her life here in the 1940’s after her lover was murdered. The first known death on this site can be traced to 1886 when Scott Jackson and Alonzo Walling murdered Pearl Bryan and disposed of her head by throwing it down the well.
Visitors here should prepare carefully for the experience. There have been reports of people being pushed, squeezed, and having doors slammed in their face.
Unexplained shadows are a regular feature here, especially on the main floor. Many visitors report a smell of roses following them around the building. In the Room of Faces, ghosts often interact with visitors, and push balls around, or even pull balls out of their hands. They are keen to make their presence known here.
It isn’t until you get into the basement that you finally reach the heart of the activity. The atmosphere here is tense, and you get the feeling anything could happen.
Coins and other objects have been thrown at visitors from the well, and in some cases visitors have been physically attacked by spirits in the basement.