Friday, May 22, 2015

Burr Oak Woods Entity?

I received the following e-mail from a man in 2006 which I just ran across again today and thought it would be a good idea to post it on the blog for everyone to see. The next time you go out to Burr Oak don’t go alone! The email is here, in entirety with no editing:

“Hello Margie:  I live here in eastern Jackson County. I heard your radio show today with you and those other ladies about ghostly apparitions and poltergeists activities and so forth. The show was interesting and thought provoking. I have an incident that happened to me about 5 years ago that I want to tell you about.

I have told very few people about this. Two of the people I told since thought I was not telling the truth or maybe I was seeing things and did not take me seriously. I was walking out at a State Park called Burr Oak Woods which I live near.

It was a very cold January day in 2001 and probably about in the nearly 20’s temp wise. I used to take long walks in the woods and I found it very relaxing. I was walking in some very dense forests in that park. After walking through a grove of big oak trees I came into a clearing.  Right in front of me was a man standing a few feet away from me.  What was strange- right away I noticed was that the man was standing with his back to me. I walked two more steps thinking he would turn and maybe say hello or something to that effect. But I immediately had a very strange feeling fall over me.

 I sensed that there was something terribly wrong.  At that point I wanted to get away from him as quickly as possible.  So I started walking away from him, always facing him.  I was really a little scared at this point because he still had his back to me.  I kept on walking backwards until I got about 100 yards or so away from him.  All this time he was still there standing with his back to me. 

Burr Oak Woods  Photo: Google Earth
When I got what I thought was a relatively safe distance away from him I put my binoculars to get a closer look at him.  As soon as I got the binoculars focused on him then at that time he turned around to look at me.  It’s as though he knew I was looking at him with the binoculars.  It was truly one of the most EVIL looking faces I ever saw on a human being. With two bad knees- I took off running and got out of the forest. One other thing that I thought was really strange: It was very cold and all this guy had on was a seemingly thin pair of slacks and a dark gray short=sleeved shirt. I remember the incident as if it were yesterday.

Any thoughts or ideas as to what this might have been I would be grateful to hear.  J. D. Grain Valley, Missouri”

I took a look at a map and Burr Oak Woods is less than a mile away from Lake Tapawingo and Blue Springs Lake, where many strange things have been reported to me over the past few years including bigfoot and UFO sightings, and strange lights in the water. I wonder if the witness did not see a human at all but something else entirely.  Margie Kay

Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
1401 NW Park Rd.
Blue Springs, MO 64015 
Located one mile north of I-70 on Highway 7, then one mile west on Park Road.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Un-X Office Haunted by Pesky Spirit

The offices for Un-X News Magazine are haunted. We have been in this location for six years and have had infrequent visitations with crashing sounds that cannot be located, heavy steps on the two staircases, and audible voices. However, during the past six months activity has steadily increased and we are now getting footage of ghostly happenings on the security cameras.

Last week my bookkeeper and I were looking at the security camera monitor when we noticed movement in the break room which triggered the motion detector. Then the motion detector went off in three more rooms and finally outside the front door, as if someone were walking through the building, but no one was in the building except the two of us.

Yesterday my secretary went upstairs to the bookkeeper's office and she found a box of receipts on the ground with the receipts on the floor underneath it. We reviewed the security camera tapes, and at 8:35 a.m. in the morning, before anyone went up the steps, the box fell over, and two receipts could be seen falling out onto the ground. Four seconds later, three orbs come up from where the receipts were lying and shot off in different directions. Outside of the camera's view the box was found sitting straight up with the receipts underneath it.

Later, while reviewing tapes an orb was caught as it flew across the room. One of stills is below. The orb returned a few seconds later and went the opposite direction. 

Orb caught on security camera at Un-X News Magazine offices
February 7, 2015
Copyright 2015 by Maria McKenzie

Monday, May 12, 2014

Haunted Hall at Lake Lotawana

I spoke at a paranormal conference at the Sportsman's Club hall at 29709 East Alley Road, Lake Lotawana, Missouri in 2013 and sat at a table with my books on it for the remainder of the event. In the late afternoon while sitting at my booth I suddenly saw a man dressed in hunting gear carrying a shotgun in one arm, walk through the solid block masonry wall behind me and to my left, actaully walking through a person at another table, then towards the front of the hall to my left. I asked my neighbor if he saw anything but he said he did not. However, both of us felt a very cold chill that coincided with the apparition walking by (and through him).  

I later asked some of the conference promoters if they knew if the hall was haunted and they said they were not aware of it, however, there had been an accident on the shooting range about 15 years ago where a man was accidentally killed. That would make sense since the apparition I witnessed was decked out in hunting attire. However, a search for articles on the topic resulted in nothing, so I can't prove that this event actually occurred.

On May 9, 2014 I returned to the location for the annual Jacomo Strutters Wild Turkey Federation banquet. All evening I was on the lookout for any paranormal activity and even had my camera ready just in case anything appeared, but nothing did.  At about 9:00 p.m. I went to the ladies room, leaving my camera on the table with my husband (of course), and when I entered the bathroom I saw two very bright white/yellow balls of light the size of baseballs, come through the door and exit through the block wall on the opposite side.

It is my opinion that this location is indeed haunted and needs further investigation.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Looking for haunted businesses for new book and article

If you have a haunted public building, business, cemetery, hotel, bar or restaurant anywhere in the world I am interested in hearing about it for an upcoming new book and for a listing of the most haunted sites in the world for the fall issue of Un-X News Magazine.

It needs to be a public place that anyone can visit so the public can check it out if they want to.  If you are looking for more visitors, this is one way to do it!

Our team of professional investigators and psychics may investigate your site with paranormal equipment to be sure it is haunted and perhaps even find out why it is haunted- before listing it in the book. If you are too far away we will remote view the location!

If you are interested in participating please send your business name, address, contact information, and story to  I need to know any history about the location, who may have died there, what people are seeing, hearing, or experiencing and how this affects your business.

See more at

Friday, February 21, 2014

Listing of paranormal conferences

This is the most current listing of conferences submitted to Un-X News Magazine. To submit a listing, please visit for guidelines and pricing. 
March 22, 2014 Texas Paranormal Unity Fest
Sommervel County Expo Center
Glen Rose, TX
Speakers, workshops, vendors, investigations, gallery charit auction, raffles, and live entertainment.  Rosalyn Bown, Dakota Lawrence, Jason Mcleod, Larry Flaxman, Ken Gerhard, George Lopez, Mike Mcaskill  and more. Sponsored by

April 3-7 Southwest UFO Discovery Tour with Stanton Freidman
Five-day tour to New Mexico includes 4 nights in hotels, most meals, transportation, professional tour director.  Visiting the Los Alamos & Trinity Site and the Roswell UFO Museum, original sites of the 1947 incident, tour Roswell Army Air Field military base, and more. 
Phone: 888-991-6718
April 11-13, 2014 Ozark UFO Conference
Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, AR. 
Film premiers of “Hidden Hand”  and “Zipper”
Haktan Akdogan (Turkish UFO researcher), Delores Cannon (author, regressionist), Linda Moulton Howe (Investigative reporter), George Noory (Radio talk show host), Antonio Paris (Former U.S. Counterintelligence Officer), Nick Pope (former UK Ministry of Defense), Tony Cataldo and Ines Ramero, Travis Walton, Sherry Wilde
April 26, 2014 Eerie UFO Conference
Erie Bayfront Convention Center
9:00 am—7:00 pm
Speakers: Reve Swope, John Ventre, Travis Walton, Richard Dolan, Michael Lee Hill
May 2-4, 2014 Evidence in the Skies
StarworksUSA UFO Symposium

Clarion Inn Hotel and Waterford Conference Center
Elmhurst, Illinois
Phone: 606-415-3900
Skywatch on May 3
Film: “I Know What I Saw” with director James Fox
Speakers: Jennifer stein, Cheryll Jones, Esen Sekerkarar, Paola Harris, Lee Speigel, James Fox, Sam Maranto, Scott Colborn
May 16-18, 2014 Creature Weekend
Five prominent bigfoot researchers will be convening at Creature Weekend in May; the presenters include Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Bill Munns, John Mionczynski, Tim Stover and Doug Waller. Dr. Meldrum is a Professor of Anthropology at Idaho State University, the author of “Bigfoot: Legend Meets Science” and a prominent researcher featured in various bigfoot documentaries.   He will be joined by Bill Munns, a Hollywood special effects expert who has studied and scrutinized the famous Patterson Gimlin film. Bill will be bringing to light new revelations about the famous bigfoot film taken at Bluff Creek, California in 1967 as well as enlightening the audience with a special presentation on the “Science of Hoaxing and Hoax Detection”. Tim Stover is a bigfoot researcher from Ohio who will be sharing some selected pieces of evidence he has collected while doing research in Ohio. Doug Waller, the Director of the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation, will be sharing the latest eyewitness reports of bigfoot activity in Southeastern Ohio. For more information and to order tickets visit
June 28, 2014 Esoterica 2014
Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS, UK
Esoteria 2014 is a cutting edge annual conference which sets out to explore a range of topics - including metaphysics, spirituality, UFO's, earth mysteries and conspiracies. The event aims to increase awareness of alternative subjects, but needless to say we hope you will find the day enjoyable too!
Speakers: Alan Foster (UFOlogy and Non-Normal Reality), Tony Wright (Journey to the Edge of the Human Mind), Andrew Johnson (Secrets of the Solar System). Neil Sanders (Dark Arts of Mind Control), Dave Hodrien (Extraterrestrial Reality)
July 18-20, 2014 Philadelphia Area MUFON Conference
Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, Langhorne, PA
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Register at
Speakers; George Knapp, Gen Hansen, Bill Birnes, Lee Spiegel, John Ventre, Dr. Lynne Kitei, James Fox, Stanton Friedman, Roger Marsh, Stephen Bassett, Linda Moulton Howe.  Q&A Lunch with speakers. 
August 16—17, 2014 UFO Truth Magazine Conference
Holmfirth Civic Hall, Holmfirth, UK
September 12-14, 2014 Scare Fest
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, Ky
Sponsored by Ghost Chasers International
November 8, 2014 Pittsburgh UFO Conference
Speakers: Antonio Paris, John Ventre, Derrel Sims, Nick Redfern, Fred Saluga and Brian Seech. Tickets are WILL-CALL.
Autumn 2014
The spirits, shadows, and secrets international symposium
Edinburgh, Scotland
Visit the website for more information.


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Margie Kay is the editor of Un-X News Magazine.  She is the author of Gateway to the Dead, Haunted Independence, and 12 other books.  Visit for more information. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Update on the Lady in Gray in Independence

I received an e-mail recently from a man living in Independence, Missouri who told me that he has seen the Noland Road Lady in Gray several times in the 1990's.  He said that he saw her as a full body apparition wearing old, torn clothing, a scarf, and long skirt.  Once it was only a partial apparition.  All of the sightings were on Noland Road in front of the Woodlawn cemetery at dusk, which is where he lived at the time.  The woman would be visible for a few minutes, then just disappear from view with no explanation.

See my earlier post on the Lady in Gray for more information. 


Margie Kay is the director of Quest Paranormal Investigation Group and author of Haunted Independence and Gateway to the Dead: A Ghost Hunter's Field Guide. See more info at

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Haunted Happenings in America’s Heartland - the Sallie House

By Claire Prowse

Terror Tales that aren’t from an Author’s Imagination
Everyone enjoys a gripping ghost story. Strange encounters, unexplained noises in the middle of the night as well as homeowners packing up their belongings and making a beeline for anywhere else.
Such tales make great fodder for horror scripts, but to the folks who have experienced such paranormal activity it is not a movie. On the contrary, it is real life. The definition of such phenomena is extremely broad, encompassing incidents which fall outside of the realm of what can be scientifically explained.

Folklore and pop culture has sparked many accounts of the unexplained and bizarre. Most legends along those lines revolve around descriptions of spirits and extraterrestrial beings who visit the planet in UFO’s. While naysayer may scoff and snicker, those who have experienced an event first hand, beg to differ. Not a believer? Well, there are quite a few individuals who have anecdotes to share and they come from all walks of life. 

The Sallie House 
Why would someone move into a home which has the reputation for being the most haunted in the Midwest? Well, from a real estate agent’s perspective, telling a prospective buyer that you will be sharing your new digs with some ghostly spirits can either be a selling point or a deal breaker. However, unless you are a scientist out to debunk the unexplainable, most people avoid places with those tags. The Sallie House had quite a few residents before it became a tourist attraction and none of them stuck around for longer than six months. Of course, one can certainly understand why since their narratives will spook you more than a Friday the 13th movie.

No, the abode it isn’t located in Amityville, New York; the site of the infamous movie which scared the pants off of viewers. The address is 508 2nd Street, Atchison, Kansas; smack dab in the middle of America’s Heartland.

The unusual and downright creepy events which have been documented within those walls have garnered attention from such television shows as Unsolved Mysteries and Sightings. It was even the subject of a small screen flick titled appropriately enough, Haunted Heartland.

There isn’t any shortage of ghosts in Sallie House. Voices of several men, women and children have been recorded along with unidentified laughter. More than a few objects have gone bump in the night in addition to things disappearing and popping up in the weirdest places. Entire rooms have been upended. You won’t find any stray cats here. Animals sense the darkness and distance themselves or howl continuously; freaking you out even more.

However, what will make your hair stand on end are the scratches which have appeared on male inhabitants of the house. Apparently anyone of that gender is an unwelcome presence.

Legend has it that the home used to be occupied by a physician and his family somewhere around 1906. The downstairs served as an office and surgery with the doctor living upstairs. Sallie was a six-year-old who came in with a stomachache which was diagnosed as appendicitis. As with most little girls that age, a visit to the doctor was often met with apprehension and tears. Sallie was an extremely uncooperative patient and was unable to be restrained on the operating table and tragically died during surgery. Her spirit has never left and for whatever reason, she has attracted other ghosts and demons who dwell within the confines of the space; tormenting those who dare to enter.

Sallie House Tours
If you would like to experience the strange goings on at Sallie House for yourself, you may explore each room via a self-guided tour. There aren’t any time constraints and you can dive into the spooky history at your own leisure. When you are finished, you can stay a while and investigate some of the other sites Atchison has to offer. The town is rich in ghostly archives and there isn’t a shortage of activities which will stir the imagination and spark the nightmares.

If tales of terror are up your alley, then be sure to book a trip to Atchison, Kansas, but bring a companion. You don't want to be listening to tales of the undead without a hand to grip onto; a human one that is.