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About the Author

Debra Pickman (Atchison, Kansas) lived in the Sallie House with her family over a year. In addition to attracting paranormal investigators and psychics, the home has been featured on television shows Sightings, Unexplained Mysteries, and A Haunting, and was the subject of a Showtime movie called Haunted Heartland. For more information, visit www.thesalliehouse.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073872128X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738721286
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I collect true ghost stories. This is a good one to add. Several years ago I had the TV program that featured the house and this book helps to add things that you just can't squeeze into a limited televsion show. It is a quick read and certainly held my attention. I applaud the family for staying in the house as long as they did. They are braver than I would be under the same circumstances, especially the actual physical attacks.
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I was excited to pick up this book after having seen it on TV a while back. The book is not written by a famous author, so I was willing to concede several badly written lines, but I had to draw the line at the editing. I don't think anyone bothered to read it before they sent it out. It has so many typos it actually makes it hard to read. Some of the sentences are so poorly written I had to read them several times to try to figure out what she was saying. Trying to finish the book, but it has not kept my attention and every extra "the" that's not been edited out is another nail in its coffin.

Bottom line: I don't recommend reading this book. Sorry. Wish I could. I gave it two stars because I think the author gave it her best and she obviously had to go it alone.
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I do, and I did. This book is a relatively well written and engrossing account of a haunting experienced by Tony and Debra Pickman and their baby son Taylor after moving into a very old rental house (I vaguely recalled seeing their story depicted on the old "Sightings" TV show).

Debra Pickman, whose first person account this is, has reconstructed in this book the events she and her family and friends experienced in "the Sallie House" from a journal she says she kept at the time. It certainly is a detailed account. Shortly after moving in, Mrs. Pickman began to suspect that the strange activity she'd begun noticing in her new home (which seemed to interact with her newborn son) was caused by a young child. Mrs. Pickman recounts many seemingly paranormal events -- some fairly typical and some truly eerie -- that occurred and grew in intensity, and how in response she began to bond with "Sallie," the supposed little girl spirit she (with some evidence provided by a psychic she consulted) came to suspect was behind them. Based on this activity and Sallie's own "response" to her, Mrs. Pickman developed maternal feelings for the spirit haunting her home, and began to provide it with growing attention and even gifts.

This dynamic wasn't as benign as it may sound, however. Mr. Pickman was not as comfortable with the idea of sharing his home with a spirit as Mrs. Pickman. And little Sallie had some potentially very dangerous ways of throwing tantrums and seeking attention, such as lighting candles and other household items not necessarily meant to be set on fire. Plus, there was a newborn baby in the house whose sleeping patterns were quite disturbed at first, apparently by the spirit. Although Mrs.
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This book was terrible. What had the potential to be frightening ended up being almost laughable. On one hand, a woman sees and believes a ghost is interacting with her newborn child and scaring the bejesus out of her husband, and she adopts it like a foster child. I think she was trying to lay the foundation for her assertion at the VERY end of the book, that the spirit was in fact a demon, tricking her all the while into ignoring clear signs of its malevolence. Instead, she just seemed to schizophrenically jump from one position to the next: "I feel bad for it." "Bad ghost! You're going to burn my house down!" "I love you, weird child-spirit". "My husband is being terrorized and physically assaulted. What's on TV?" "Hey...are you really a demon??" The author struck me as a little too cuckoo to have a thread of validity. Sorry - if you're looking for a spine tingler, this isn't it.
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Book Review: Tuesday, April 15, 2014The Sallie House Haunting: A True Story by Debra Pickman

The town of Atchison, KS is the birthplace of Amelia Earhart. It also holds the reputation of America’s Most Haunted Town, if you can believe the stories told of the old houses alone the squares of streets.

One house in particular, at 508 North 2nd Street has been written about, featured on TV shows, and has been a magnet for psychics of all kinds since the events of what came to be known as “The Heartland Ghost” from 1990 to 1994.

This book has the strength of being written by Debra Pickman, who actually lived through these events with her husband Tony and their infant son. Strange noises and smells, full apparitions, and even bodily harm manifested itself in this little house. The ghost was said to be a little girl who said her name was “Sallie.”

The TV Show “Sightings” did at least four shows on the house and its occupants. They captured actual film of scratches forming on Tony’s chest. A number of psychics were consulted, which included Barbara Conners and Peter James. Both psychics independently identified the little girl by name. But they also sensed a darker spirit was somewhere in the house, one that attacked Tony unmercifully, scratching, hitting, and throwing objects at him.

The show was a bit of a media circus, with people divided over whether it was genuine, a put on by “Sightings”, or even faked by the Pickmans. The story has be portrayed as self-induced, faked for profit, and very few perhaps believe it really happened.

This book is no second hand information. It comes from the notes of Debra Pickman, a frightened young woman who lived through the hell of a haunted house with her husband and son. She shares her fears, her thoughts, and her feelings quite well. The story is at last told by someone who was actually there, as opposed to rumor.

A great four out of five book!

Quoth the Raven…
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