The “hell house” in Gary, Indiana, that many suspected to be at the center of demonic activity has been torn down.
Zak Bagans, host and producer of Ghost Adventures, bought the demon home for $35,000 in 2014 and then had it demolished two weeks ago for a documentary he’ll release later this year, Bagans told the Indianapolis Star.
“Something was inside that house that had the ability to do things that I have never seen before, things that others carrying the highest forms of credibility couldn’t explain either. There was something there that was very dark yet highly intelligent and powerful.”
— Dust to Dust… Ohio (@dusttodustoh) February 3, 2016
Bagans bought the hell house shortly after reports surfaced that Latoya Ammons and her three children claimed to have been harassed by demons.
Her outcry prompted an investigation by local police and the Indiana Department of Child Services, as well as a series of exorcisms that a priest claimed were the first authorized by the bishop of Gary, Indiana.
Much of Bagans’ footage was taken inside the demonically possessed home. Ammons described strange occurrences inside the house including a massive swarm of black flies, the sound of footsteps climbing the stairs, and the creak of doors opening by themselves.
Ammons claimed that her children were picked up and thrown against walls by an unseen force, while she herself had been chocked and black monsters had appeared in the house.
The ghost of a woman with red eyes and a hood also appeared, as did an odorless oil while the family’s three children chanted satanic verses convulsively and the little girl reportedly levitated off the bed.
Ammon’s story went viral and a horde of movie producers and reporters flocked to Gary, Indiana, along with a number of sightseers hoping to catch a glimpse of the demons. Ammons, however, had no idea her story would generate so much publicity, she told the USA Today.
“I figured….that I would get uproar from…my hometown, but I never imagined that it would go viral.”
Bagans said he demolished the home for his own reasons, which he’ll present in the documentary at a film festival this year.
The police officers, clergy, social workers, and medical personnel who worked on the case didn’t believe Ammons’ story at first, but now many are convinced that “something” was going on in the home that they can’t explain.
'Get out!' Gary, Indiana 'demon house' faces exorcism by bulldozer, gets demolished. https://t.co/5ci4FF5jjO
— Matt Stone (@mattstonephotog) February 2, 2016
Others, however, are less convinced.
Joe Nickell, from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, visited the Gary, Indiana, home in 2014 and spoke with the landlord and the tenant who moved into the house after Ammons; he came away a skeptic.
He noted that the demonic activity in the house seemed to center on Ammons and her family; it wasn’t reported before she moved in or after she moved out.
Nickell also discovered Ammons had a previous experience with Child Services which accused her of neglecting her children’s education in 2009; after her demonic story came out in 2012, DCS took the children from her for a short time.
In his 2014 article, Nickell makes reference to historical demonic disturbances centering around children. He notes that many instances of supposed possession where children are involved could be explained by normal misbehavior being blamed on ghosts and demons.
Psychologists who later evaluated Ammons and her family reported that her fixation on demons was part of a “delusional system,” according to the USA Today.
Whether or not Ammons made the whole thing up, the demons and ghosts, if there were any, must have been destroyed along with the house.
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