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Bobby Mackey’s Music World: The Most Haunted Nightclub In America

Bobby Mackey’s Music World, which once served as a slaughterhouse, is ripe with a colorful and sinister history dating back to the 1850s.

Although the building that sits there today isn’t the original, the wells have always have been there where blood and refuse from animals were drained.

Located at 44 Licking Pike in Wilder, Kentucky, the location has experienced prohibition, violence, music, and dark supernatural legends.

Although the slaughterhouse closed in 1890, the basement became ritual sites for occultists. For a period in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, the building became a casino.

Bobby Mackey’s Music World



Two popular ghost tales persist: the haunting featuring two tragic female entities and the haunting of two men who murdered a young pregnant woman.

In the 1950s the building had reopened once again although it was shut down immediately on gambling charges.

During this time, the club owner’s daughter, Johanna, fell in love with one of the singers who performed at the club and she became pregnant.

This infuriated her father and given his connections to organized crime, he had the singer killed. A distraught and heartbroken Johanna attempted to poison her father and eventually killed herself. Her lifeless body was found in the notorious basement, five months pregnant…. Johanna haunts Bobby Mackey’s to this day.



Pearl Bryan was the woman who lost her life at the hands of two men who cut off the young woman’s head and deposited it into an onsite drain in what was a Satanic sacrifice.

Scott Jackson and Alonzo Walling were hanged for their heinous crime and events during their trial were rather peculiar.

Pearl Bryan


The old “well” was uncovered decades later and the “portal to hell” was opened, according the caretakers of the property. When the caretaker opened the well, he claimed he became possessed by a freed evil entity.

Portal to Hell


Warning upon entering


The cell


The Exorcism of Carl Lawson at Bobby Mackey’s

Ghost Adventures at Bobby Mackey’s

For more information about Bobby Mackey’s and tours, visit their website.

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