Kim Johnston sat with her partner Shane and medium Blaine trying to communicate with the spirits of the home in Rockford, Alabama. They decide to use a spirit box to hear the voices of the spirits. “Hey!” they quickly heard the voice of a small child. “What is your name, child?” Asks Blaine, who had already been getting the name through his reading. “Mark.” They then hear “Jacob Smith” come through, another spirit making his presence known. After discussions with the spirits, a loud SCREEEECH is coming through the home. The spirits of the two evil brothers who reside in the home made themselves known, loud and clear.
This is the continuation of The Rockford Haunting. With that said, you really need to read the first one or have the books to continue with this one, I guess technically you don’t but you should, it’s really crazy! Also, it’s been a minute and I AM SO SORRY!!! I had to kind of get the scheduling figured out for how I was going to do this balanced with work and classes but I’m getting it going. Having a blog is a dream of mine so I want to make sure it’s great for whoever reads it, even if it’s just like two people (I see you two people!). Anyway! Let’s dive in!
Kim Johnston, as said in the previous post on this topic, is a paranormal investigator who alongside Shane Busby and their team in investigating paranormal locations. In this haunting, they were investigating a home in Rockford Alabama where Jenny Scott previously lived before she moved her family to a new, not haunted, home.
When they began investigating this home, they decided to use a spirit box, which is essentially (from what I can tell) a radio that sweeps AM and FM stations to create white noise which allows spirits to communicate vocally and in real time, unlike using a voice recorder that you have to play back. In the spirit box reading they immediately hear the voice of a child, Mark say “Hey”. They then begin to hear a man come through, Jacob Smith. While talking with these spirits that seem harmless, the brothers who Blaine said he saw in the upstairs window at the end of the first book, begin wanting to be known. They make a loud screeching sound to be known then start saying obscenities through the spirit box.
While Blaine is talking to the brothers, Kim hears a sigh coming from right behind her, they quiet the spirit box and listen, they all hear a dog barking but debunk it saying the neighbors might have a dog or there could be a dog out somewhere and they can’t see because of the darkness outside the windows. After a while of talking about the equipment going haywire next to blaine, Shane asks everyone to be quiet, Why? (This is incredibly sad) they all hear a dog’s paws walking across the kitchen floor believed to be Betty Lou. Shane tries to see if maybe the blinds rattling could have been what they heard and asks everyone else if that’s what they heard when a man’s hushed voice says “No.” Kim goes to tell Shane of the voice, he banters with her saying maybe she should play a game with the spirit, They end up getting a ball to see if the spirit will kick it to them. Blaine tells the group that the child spirit Mark, wants to play. They all begin to hear a child’s humming.
Kim decided that they all need to go look upstairs. As they rise they all smell sulfur, which she explains is the smell of demonic energy. They also notice the ladybugs mentioned in part one. Shane sees the attic and decided to go up, since Jenny said she always heard noises coming from there, he wanted to see why. Shane, as Kim explains, is always concerned with debunking what he can. He got a chair to stand on so he could look into the attic, he couldn’t see anything because of the darkness but he does ask Kim for the video camera to get some night vision shots. He comes back down and said he didn’t see any evidence of an animal in the attic to which Blaine explained is because he is positive it’s the brothers, they like to hide in the attic.
They finally decide to go into the “Green Whisper Room” to finish the investigation. Blaine wanted to, with the help of his spirit guide, get rid of the evil brothers.They go in, turn off the lights and set their gear down. Kim hears Blaine struggling to breathe so she turned the lights on to see him looking unwell. She asked if he was ok, he explained that the spirits are making him feel this way. He said that he encountered a woman in the room who struggled to breathe as she died, he is an empath so he can feel what others, including spirits, feel. He used the spirit box to get the brothers to explain why they tortured the family, their response was “funny”. They thought it was fun to torture the family the way they did. Blaine calls the mother of brothers to get them and according to him, she did. He said he didn’t think they would bother any other family but they decided to bless the home to be safe. They anointed every entryway and mirror in the home with holy water. After the blessing, they said the energy shifted and became lighter throughout the home, their phones even began working again when they previously thought they didn’t have service.
A few days after the investigation, Kim and the team went to show Jenny and her husband Hunter what they found. She said they captured over twenty EVP’s including, disembodied voices, and the spirit box responses. They hear the humming and Jenny exclaimed that it sounded like a song her son Buddy hums.
The next part of the book is about Kim as an investigator, which is really interesting and I do recommend reading the book to see that, but my concern in this story is the Rockford haunting. I wanted to write about that in particular so for that reason, I’m skipping to the part where Kim and Jenny began to research the house. Years later they find out about “the voodoo preacher” Reverend Willie Maxwell. She starts to go into detail about some of the newspaper articles they found.
Jenny had found out that Harper Lee (she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird) was releasing a new book and some began to wonder what happened to book she was writing in the 80’s The Reverend. This, Jenny said was about a man who may or may not have killed five people in his home in Nixburg which was merged into Rockford and Jenny believed it to be the house she and her family had lived in years earlier.
In the 70’s a preacher, Willie Maxwell, was being questioned for the murder of his wife Mary Lou Maxwell who was found in her wrecked car, they suspected she had been murdered when she looked like she had been beaten and strangled. He was never convicted of murder but during the trial the prosecutor mentioned he had ties with voodoo and that’s where his name “the voodoo preacher” came from. Sometime later, though, his brother, John Columbus Maxwell, was found dead. Investigators ruled it as alcohol poisoning and freezing due to him possibly passing out in February. With both of these deaths, Willie was the beneficiary on the life insurance policy. Then just months later, Willie’s second wife, Dorcas was found dead but this time, the insurance company refused to pay out her policy. Willie sued and doctors on the case testified that Dorcas did not die from trauma, she had a bronchial condition and they believed she had suffocated and that it had been aggravated by the accident. Willie won the case. There was another accident but this time, Willie had again not been suspected.
Willie married again, his wife, Ophelia, had a daughter, Shirley, and they had a son, Michael.
Shirley, had wanted to take the car to go to a neighboring town, Ohpelia would not let her because she was too young to have a license and it was late at night. After the conversation Michael informed Ophelia that Shirley had taken the car, so Shirley began trying to find her. Willie came home later after “scouting timber locations “while Ophelia was talking to police and after they went to go find her, when police informed them that they had found Shirley and she had passed in a car accident. Shirley looked as if she had been trying to change a tire because a jack was found and the tireless car was crushing her neck. Ophelia told police that Shirley had not been herself in weeks and they immediately began suspecting foul play. Many suspected Willie had murdered Shirley and at her funeral, her sister told Willie that he was going to pay. Shirley’s uncle, Robert Burns, said he was angry that Willie showed up at all. Burns, became upset and pulled out his pistol and shot Willie at the funeral. Burns was found not guilty by reason of insanity, he was suffering from PTSD from Vietnam. Weeks after it was officially determined that Shirley had been murdered and her body was placed under Willie’s car.
Jenny and Kim later realized that the cemetery where all of the murdered were buried and Willie’s old house was very close to the house Jenny’s family had lived in. All of the murdered family had been found on the road near the rental home as well.
About three years later, Kim and Jenny went to the Coosa County Courthouse in their research and then the cemetery the Maxwells were buried in. Jenny became upset when they found Willie and his brother John. SHe had mentioned that a painting had flown off her wall the day before and she had heard the same scurrying sound from the Rockford house in the cemetery while they were there. She believed the house was starting to haunt her.
A few weeks later Kim went back to the courthouse to continue their research. She found that the land the house was on was owned by Willie’s family generations ago, then in the 40’s they lost the land and it went to auction where Jacob Smith bought it (remember that name?)
Kim’s family began to experience things, her daughter heard noises. She began to interview people for the show Paranormal Witness, they were doing an episode on the Rockford house. One woman she interviewed said she was a medium and told Kim that she needed to stop or she would bring “bad fortune” she cried and begged her to stop the research and leave it alone. She made Kim say she would keep in touch so she could ward off the evil.
Things in Kim’s house kept getting worse, a board fell on her daughter, she was fine thought. Her husband saw shadows and heard footsteps. She heard screeching. She called Blaine one night and told him what was going on, he told her he would send spiritual protectors, and he did.
During the filming for Paranormal Witness the crew heard the scurrying sound during Jenny’s interview, they got to finish filming.
Then, together, Jenny and Kim wrote Haint Blue.
This story is really crazy. I read these books about a year ago and reread them so I could summarize for you. This is probably one of my favorite stories because it’s so real but it’s so terrifying. I’ve experienced a ton of paranormal things but nothing has ever tried to hurt me or make me crazy, for the most part, the spirits I’ve encountered have just wanted to make themselves known. Can you imagine going through this??