Two ghosthunters in Louisiana have said they ran out of a home that has been compared to Amityville Horror after they were spooked by paranormal activity.
Dawn Vallot Declout listed the 1930s property for free in March, and locals claimed that the owner’s great-grandmother Adele haunts the place. On a recent visit, Cindy Parr and Greg Mattlock appeared to confirm the dead may be among them.
It footage obtained by The Sun, the pair – who have hunted ghosts for 20 years – are heard reacting in surprise as they get a spook.
In the clip, Mattlock is heard calling out down a hallway for a sign of spirit’s presence, and in response a door slowly swings open.
Ghosthunter Greg Mattlock and Cindy Parr (right) say they were spooked out of the home
The two-story home was built in the late 1920s to 1930s and housed several generations of a family over the years. Mattlock says he called out for a sign of another spirit in the house and in response the door slowly swung open
Adele (pictured in 1900, left, and in an updated image, right) died in the home at age 90
He is then heard apologizing and says there’s definitely something there.
Parr explained that prior to the video, they had already performed another test.
‘On the second day, we actually went in and stayed the night, it killed five of our batteries, they feed off the energy,’ Parr told The Sun. ‘We asked for a sign if it wanted us to leave, and it shut down a light, we were like, okay, but we didn’t leave yet.
‘The bedroom door that was Ms Adele’s, that opened up and then closed. It is definitely haunted, it was very creepy.’
Adele was 4ft 9in when she died at 90 but the ghosthunters hinted someone else may have been around.
Mattlock continued about a 2am encounter: ‘I turned into the room and saw this black mass standing there, it wasn’t a shadow or anything like that, it was pretty wide.
‘I don’t think it was the older lady, I think it was something totally different, the figure was bigger and stood about 6ft.
‘It started to turn and I just thought, “Oh no” and ran out, I was done, it was unbelievable, everything just slowed down.
Former residents of the home said that they experienced paranormal activity while living in it
Cindy Parr said the ghost ‘killed five of our batteries, they feed off the energy’. Parr also said when they asked for a sign and if it wanted them to leave, ‘it shut down a light’
‘It wasn’t just me seeing it, it was what I felt when it was there, you could feel the power, it was bad, not a good situation to be in at all.
‘We got out and I was definitely exhausted, it draws energy from you, my chest was even hurting.’
The duo prayed after the incident and began to make their way home but changed their minds and went back inside the house.
There they experienced another spooky incident.
‘We could hear scratches on the walls, growls, it even started to smell like urine upstairs, that’s not just your average ghost, that’s something really bad,’ Mattlock added.
‘It was like watching Amityville Horror on TV, but we were living it. That house is definitely the worst house I’ve ever been in.’
Dawn Vallot DeClout said her relatives built the house and that she lived there up until the 1980s. She is Adele’s great granddaughter
‘I want to see what happens when someone else lives in it, I don’t think they’re going to be able to stay.’
Despite the history, there is a new owner who will move the house about 20 miles away. It could cost as much as $80,000 to move.
Sylvia McLain, the co-owner of McLain Investments, posted pictures of the house, located in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Facebook in March, saying it was up for grabs, gratis, to anyone who was willing to pick up the house and move it off the land.
She wrote that the ‘iconic home’ was built in the late 1920s to early 1930s and that it had been unoccupied for the last six months, but was ‘vacated due to development,’ after her company bought the land.
‘We have concentrated our efforts and development cost in saving as many of the trees as possible and simply do not have a place in the neighborhood for the home,’ she wrote.
‘In an effort save the history’ of it, she said her company decided to give away the home to someone willing move it off the property and restore it.
The home, she noted, ‘needs some TLC,’ but had two working air conditioners.
The Facebook post attracted hundreds of comments from people interested in taking the 2,400-square-foot house – as well as a slew of notes from former home residents and locals who noted that the house is haunted.
One of Adele’s relatives said that while living in the house, she would hear the sound of pots jangling on the stove, even though nobody was in the kitchen. Adele (seated) is pictured with her family in an undated image
Locals are said to compare the house to the ‘Amityville horror house’ – the Long Island home where a man murdered his parents and four siblings while they slept in 1974, which was later said to have been haunted after the slaughter occurred.
One Facebook user, Gypsy Dawn, claimed to have been the ‘last tenant that lived there before it was abandoned. The property was heaven but that house is quite unsettling if you don’t enjoy communing with the Spirit world because they speak
Gary Alleman, meanwhile, wrote: ‘I experienced three things there that could not be explained and my friend that lived there had more than that. We actually experienced one together and we still talk about it.’
Although neither of the former residents specified exactly what happened, a woman who grew up in the home revealed her experiences.
Dawn Vallot DeClout, told the Mirror that her family bought the 160-acre plot of land the house stands on in 1860 and that her great grandmother, Adele, died in the front room in 1967. DeClout and her family lived in the house until the 1980s.
Adele, DeClout said, ‘lived to be almost 90 and she was always digging in the pots, like when you have something on the stove and someone goes and looks in the pot and stirs it around.’
DeClout said that her family believes that it’s Adele’s spirit that’s haunting the house, but that she’s ‘not menacing at all.’
She said that while her family lived in the home, ‘we used to hear her all the time jangling the pots when we had something on the stove’ and added that ‘You could hear somebody picking up the lid but there was nobody in the kitchen.’
McLain told the newspaper that she had heard the haunted house rumors, calling them ‘really cute stories.’