Rockford House

Jenny Scott’s phone rings and she answers to her husband Hunter telling her great news! He has finally found a rental home in Rockford, Alabama closer to his job. He describes a home that is older and beautiful. Telling her of this affordable home that could also hold their family for four, the picture being painted of this deal is almost too good to be true.

Their entire world was about to turn into a living nightmare.

Here’s what happened: Jenny, her husband Hunter, and children, Gracyn, Buddy and Faythe, were living in Auburn, Alabama. Hunter’s commute was an hour in each direction daily. I can attest having done it myself, an hour commute to work is exhausting. Jenny would stay at home with the kids. They were beginning to falter financially as it was, daycare would be an added expense that wasn’t necessary. Their current landlord was raising the rent on their small, two-bedroom apartment and they were feeling suffocated. Hunter began to look for a new home closer to his job, that was more affordable, and he found this beautiful home in Rockford. Jenny’s son Buddy was from a previous marriage, and she didn’t want to have to take him from a school district he was already acclimated to and upheave his life moving him an hour away to a new school district. She made plans with Buddy’s father and they decided it was best, while difficult for her, that Buddy stay with him during the week and come to her every weekend. Hunter’s daughter Faythe, was also from a previous relationship, and she lived with her mother full-time. 
Hunter went ahead and rented the home, passed the keys to Jenny and while he was at work, she and their toddling daughter Graycn went to look at the house. Upon getting to the house she kept thinking “ it’s too good to be true”. The home was big and well taken care of, but it didn’t belong. She recalls that it was “New Orleans style home with wrought iron railing across the top porch”. As she went into the home she began noticing strange things. The sliding glass door to the back yard was nailed shut, while the outside was well kept there were papers scattered throughout the kitchen and dining room, and when she made her way upstairs, she noticed that everything on the second story was painted blue. She noted in her book that it wasn’t just the walls, it was the light switches, ceilings, window and door frames. All were painted blue. In the south (and Jenny mentions this as well) it isn’t uncommon for some older “plantation” style homes to have blue ceilings on porches, it’s thought to keep mosquitoes away, especially in more humid parts of the south like Louisiana and Florida, and also south Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. But not INSIDE the house, just on the porches. 

Jenny began to feel uneasy about the home after her tour and went to tell Hunter they had to find something else. It disappointed him because it was such a nice house and within their budget,she begrudgingly decided to go along with it! And they moved in. 

The first experience she mentions is after a day of painting over the blue upstairs, she sees a figure in one of the upstairs windows while she was exploring the backyard of the home. The only people home were her mother who was in the kitchen, Gracyn,and herself. She immediately panicked thinking another person was in the house! She got everyone out just when Hunter was pulling in the drive. He went to check the house and, of course, no one was in it. She mentions that her obsession with painting is what ,she believes, set the haunting in motion. 

The next event was when Hunter’s daughter ,Faythe got to sleep in her new room. They had an issue with Japanese lady beetles and had finally gotten rid of them before she came. The morning after her first night there they woke up to find Faythe sleeping on the couch. She explained that bugs were crawling all over her in the bedroom. When they went to check, they didn’t see any bugs at all. Faythe also mentioned thinking they were coming down the stairs all night, she heard them creaking, and of course, they weren’t.

 Jenny’s son, Buddy, saw an antique mirror she had in her dressing closet on his way to their bathroom one day and became terrified. He never would tell her what he saw but she ended up having to hide all reflective surfaces, and still does. 

Shortly after they moved, they adopted a basset hound named Betty Lou. Jenny eventually got comfortable with letting Betty Lou go outside alone, but one day she didn’t come back. Hunter went out to look for her and he found her. Her heart had been removed from her body. This was traumatizing for Jenny, she loved Betty Lou and found comfort in her being there while hunter was at work late into the evenings.

 At one point Jenny felt like she was pushed down the stairs by something. The family also began seeing shadow people during their time at the Rockford house.

Jenny mentioned in the book that she felt isolated, most of the time it was just her and Gracyn, a toddler. She feels (as most people who believe and study the paranormal do) that this entity was feeding off the negativity in the house, and making her more negative as a result. Jenny began to experience sleep paralysis and saw something sitting on her chest. She began to research sleep paralysis and came across the Boo Hag, and I’ll post a link explaining the Boo Hag down below so you can read more about it if you’re interested. In her research, she also found that Haint Blue (like the paint upstairs) is used to confuse spirits in a similar way it’s thought to keep out wasps and mosquitoes,Jenny began to realize her mistake by painting. 

She and Hunter decided it was time to get OUT, so they started packing and looking for new places to stay. They also anointed the house with oil to “bless” it. At one point during her packing, Jenny went into Gracyn’s room and found a cross they had hanging was turned upside down.

 Thankfully, not long after, they found a home for rent, a bit out of their price range, but they took it. With about three weeks left on the Rockford lease, they moved into their new house. The day they moved, Kim Johnston, a paranormal investigator, came to  investigate the Rockford house. 

Kim said before she began the investigation, she spoke for weeks with Jenny. She began having nightmares about it and even before going she experienced sleep paralysis as well. 

Kim met with a medium at the Rockford house and began their investigation and right off the bat he started hearing the spirits. While she tried to get in contact with her business partner Shane, her phone kept cutting out from lost signal. The medium explained two brothers were the spirits in the home and they didn’t want anyone there. He told her to look at the upstairs window (just like Jenny first had) and Kim saw two black, shadowy figures. 

And that’s where the first part of their book ends. Part two is the investigation. 

Jenny Scott is a writer, she has a blog (https://whimseyjenny32.wordpress.com/), and she survived a horrifying ordeal at the hands of evil spirits. She, along with Kim Johnston, wrote about this experience. Kim is a paranormal investigator with sCARE of Alabama, who has investigated many haunted locations in Alabama. She is one of the investigators that went to Jenny’s home in Rockford. I actually had the pleasure of hearing her speak about her experiences after I had purchased and read Haint Blue part one. I happened across the book on Amazon and decided to buy it since it was a true haunting in Alabama. It was thrilling and insanely scary at times. I believe it got me spooked because I have had many, MANY experiences with the paranormal and nothing I have experienced is anywhere near what Jenny and her family went through. This might be a long one! I didn’t want to leave anything important out! There will be a part two on this following the second book next week, so watch out for that! 

So, tell me, Have you had any experiences similar to this one?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JD88HJ0 Part one

https://www.amazon.com/Haint-Blue-Rockford-Haunting-Part/dp/1986543935/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= Part two

http://scareofal.com/ https://scaresandhauntsofcharleston.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/the-boo-hags-of-gullah-culture/ Boo Hag

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