Old South Pittsburg Hospital vs Poltercom #19 – South Pittsburg, Tennessee 

I always enjoy it whenever my good friend Chris Maggard asks PARAHOLICS.COM to join in on one of his Urban X adventures. So we jumped at the opportunity to accompany him at OSPH. This post is NOT about that night — that will come later this fall. This is a post is highlighting my perceived uniqueness of one particular session. 

After several years of investigating the strange and fantastic, and with the past few of primarily focusing on ITC experiments, I still love it whenever I get surprised. So when you listen to this video, really pay attention to whomever / whatever we were communicating with seemingly learn how to manipulate the device in order to speak through it. Remarkable. 

Could I be wrong? Certainly. Is it all pareidolia? Possibly. Do I give a shit? Kinda. In a hobby that’s ONLY built around assumptions, there’s a lot of room for data errors and evidence wiggling. So the best we can ever do is try to be objective, apply critical thinking, and add an extra dose of healthy skepticism. Be ethical. Be honest. And occasionally punch cynics straight in their cocksuckers. 

Enjoy the vid!



(Also referred to as South Pittsburg Municipal Hospital or SPMH)

1100 Holly Avenue 

Pittsburg, TN 37380

Historic Timeline

Founded in 1959 by group of medical professionals on 2.3 acres in foothills of South Pittsburg Mountain in Tennessee.

68,000-square-foot facility expanded over several decades prior to 1980 before closing in 1998. Structure houses three floors and various wings.

Purported lengthy history of tragic deaths from fatal illnesses, wrongful and child abuse deaths and lawsuits.

Potential use as assisted living facility following hospital closure. (Department of Health and Human Services 1998 Hospital Closures Report, 2000)

History of geographical site

In late 1770s, Cherokee Indian tribe known as Chiaha lived on land where hospital located. During period of Civil War tribe allowed soldiers from North to use section of land, now located under hospital, to store supplies and artillery and seek safety against foothills behind hospital. Many Union soldiers, Chiaha tribe and Cherokee Indians perished when Confederate soldiers invaded region.

During Civil War South Pittsburg referred to as “Pittsburg Landing”; ferry landing located near current hospital grounds transported soldiers to region as they traveled to popular battlefield known as “Chickamauga” and site of Battle of Shiloh, one of the bloodiest battles of the time.

Natural-based spring runs underneath hospital into former plantation’s well and directly into northwest region of Tennessee River.

Gamble Plantation located on site in 1920s; destroyed by fire that also killed seven children.

Hospital located on solid limestone with spring running underneath.

Believed that combination of running water in well and limestone draws sprits and provides energy to manifest.

Land reputed to be one of most haunted places in Tennessee.

Reports of paranormal activity

Former employees of hospital report observances of inanimate objects, including medicine cats, hospital beds and wheelchairs moving on own. 

Nurses claimed to have observed shadow figures and disembodied voices.

Seven-foot tall shadow figure, believed to have been a surgeon at hospital; female spirit known as “Naughty Nurse” and a janitor named “James” among well-known spirits reported to roam grounds.




Patient reports of interest

Larry M. (Mike) Layne, 23, coal miner who was killed in a rock fall in mine. Body recovered and pronounced dead at hospital. (The Tennessean, 1/20/1983)

James Kilgore, 40, crushed to death in mine shaft collapse; identified by hospital officials. (The Tennessean, 7/1/1976)

Carolyn Havron, 43, wife of prominent doctor, J.B. Havron, found fatally shot at close range in her bedroom. Doctor was on duty at hospital during night of murder. (The Tennessean, 5/15/1964)

Johnnie (Johnny) D. Beecher, escaped convict charged with raping, murdering and half-burying the body of pregnant woman Martha Jane Chisenhall near her home in Alabama in 1964. Beecher, then 32, captured in Tennessee after shot by policeman. Treated at a South Pittsburg hospital before transported to prison. Wound resulted in amputation of leg. Appealed second death sentence, question of whether proven during trial that confession wasn’t influenced by morphine administered at hospital to ease pain. Challenged admissibility of testimony of doctor who treated at hospital. Dr. William L. Headrick Jr. said Beecher told him he raped and killed the woman and that the morphine injection not enough to affect mental ability. Three days before death by electric chair, death sentence overturned on appeal. As of 2008, serving life sentence and had lost eighth bid for parole at age 75. ***Cannot confirm still alive. Do not see listed on current list of Alabama death row inmates. Found one phrase in online search result that indicates he died, but no corroborating text. (Kingsport Times, 6/18/1964; Jackson Sun, 12/9/1971, 6/30/2008; The Montgomery Advertiser, 9/30/1981)

James Boyd Seiber, 50, mechanic who died at hospital after falling from an overpass onto highway. (The Tennessean, 8/5/1993)

Ralph Stewart, 70, killed when 300-pound tractor tire was inflating exploded and struck in face; pronounced dead at hospital. (The Tennessean, 10/28/1971)

Special thanks goes out to Amy Specter for the historical research. Thank you to Heath Edwards and the groups Fallen Shadows Paranormal, Alabama Spirit Seekers, and the Tennessee Soul Seekers for granting me access to their audio footage. And of course to Christopher Maggard for pulling me on one of his Urban X adventures. 

–Evel Ogilville 


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