The Collins’ family home in Wellsburg is being featured on the Travel Channel’s show, “Paranormal Survivor.” The family has spoken of some paranormal activity within the house.
“I heard Lucy speak,” said Keith Whipkey, a neighbor of the family. “I heard a guy with a deep voice. It was kind of satanic.”
Whipkey speaks of a spooky experience inside the Wellsburg home. The one-story house, located at 70 28th Street, was purchased by the Collins family in the late 1990’s. However, it wasn’t until 2007 that they realized that they may not be the only spirits living inside the home. The Collins’ say it all began with a flicking light bulb in their garage.
“My mother had an electrician come check it out but he could not figure out what it was,” said John Collins.
He went digging for answers, shoveling around for hours in his backyard for electrical wires. When John Collins finally struck something, he couldn’t believe his eyes.
“Oh my God,” he said. “It’s a gravestone.”
According to the Collins family, this was just the tip of the iceberg. They met with some local geologists who claim that the Collins’ home surrounds a centuries-old cemetery.
Years later, John Collins recounted an indispensable amount of paranormal experiences and he’s catching it all on camera. His mother, Shirley, claims she was touched by a spirit in her sleep.
Shirley declined to comment, but her daughter, Karen Cheeks, still has memories of the house.
“One moment that I remember very well is, I was standing by the door and I was talking to my sister,” said Cheeks. “There was a picture of my aunt and all at once, the picture flew one way and if somebody wouldn’t have pushed it, it would have went the other way. But it didn’t/ It went about five to ten feet in front of me.”
Nobody knows whether these hauntings are true or a hoax, but the Collins’ family story is turning some heads.