January 18th, 2019 found the Black Cat crew hiking down a dark dirt trail under a mostly full moon. The destination was Corpsewood Manor, in Trion, GA. Corpsewood is well known in the area and by the paranormal community as the house where Charles Scudder, his partner Joseph Odom and their two dogs, Beelzebub and Arsenath, were brutally murdered in 1982.
The path was pitch black save for our flashlights, and there was a slight mist in the air that gave the woods an eerie glow. Our destination was about 15 minutes away from where we parked, deep into the woods. No car could go down this path, as someone had created dirt barriers to prevent such a thing. With burritos in hand, and glow sticks around our necks, we charged forward, not letting the darkness or remoteness of the area deter us.
When we arrived, we were greeted first by the ruins of two brick columns to either side of the path. A slight turn to the left, and a lifting of our flashlights, and we spotted a large, brick, two-story structure.
We entered the group of structures, all ruined ever since a fire had ravaged the abandoned house years ago. We set up base camp in the middle of the structures, along the back wall of the house proper. First things first, having left at 3:30 pm and it now being almost 6, we were very hungry. We sat down to enjoy our to-go burritos and bowls from Willy's. We turned a DVR (Digital Voice Recorder) on while we ate and chatted about the location. The atmosphere, as we kept remarking to each other throughout the investigation, was calm and peaceful and not the slightest bit creepy.
One team member got the impression of someone asking "Did you bring anything for us?" We reassured the location that we did indeed bring offerings for them - wine, cigarettes, and big Milkbones for the two dogs.
After eating and getting our gear prepared, we each began to wander around the ruins. Kristin did baseline readings on the whole location, and her EMF meter found nothing out of the ordinary. Amber, on her first time out on an investigation, operated as a Sensitive. She knew very little about Corpsewood or the murders, which was deliberate to make sure whatever she picked up was new to her. She checked the manor out and wrote down all of her impressions, several of which were very accurate and interesting. Erin and Meridith walked around taking pictures, with Erin holding a flashlight up to help light Meridith's shot.
So far it was a much quieter night than one would expect from a location where something so terrible had happened. Unexpectedly, the whole team felt very at ease while in Charles and Joey's house.
After wandering and checking things out, we sat down to do an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) session and see if we could catch the gentlemen or the dogs speaking to us. Unfortunately, during the EVP session, our K2 meter never left the green light, and we only captured a strange sound somewhere between a car horn and a train whistle.
Our EVP session finished, we explored a little more and took a few more photos before we packed up and headed out. We shared a toast with Charles and Joseph with the remaining wine. Before leaving, we picked up a lot of trash, such as beer cans and bottles disrespectfully left there.
Once we got home, we all began to review our footage and recordings. Kristin discovered two Class B EVPs which occurred while we were first arriving and setting up. Click here to check them out.
We will go back to Corpsewood someday, to take better photos in the light and perhaps to pick up the smashed glass right outside the front door, because Amber received that it "causes the dogs' feet to hurt." As good a reason as any to go back!
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