Bobby Mackey’s Music World is a nightclub and honky tonk that is currently owned by country singer Bobby Mackey and located on 44 Licking Pike in Wilder, Kentucky. Situated about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Cincinnati, Ohio near the Licking River, the building is self-proclaimed as “the most haunted nightclub in the USA.”
The nightclub has definitely earned its name. It was built sometime in the 1850s, and started out as a Slaughterhouse. The animals were slaughtered in the upstairs and the blood/unused innards were leaked into the basement. The property was bought by Bobby Mackey in 1978.
But before this, in between the time it was the Slaughterhouse and when he bought it, several murders occured. The most famous was perhaps the murder of Pearl Bryan. She was a twenty two year old pregnant woman whose decapitated head was found miles from the building. This murder happened in the 1890s, which sparked interest to the area.
There is a hole in the building that is dug deep underground, it is known as the Hell Hole.
The owner and workers at Bobby Mackey’s have talked about spirits, demonic entities, and poltergeists that haunt the building. The tv shows, Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, both held investigations there.
- The 2008 premiere episode of the Travel Channel’s ghost-hunting series Ghost Adventures featured interviews with owner Carl Lawson, author Douglas Hensley, and some customers and staff of the club, as well as the Ghost Adventures “crew” who attributed shadowy video images and scratches on their bodies to alleged supernatural activity.The network later released a 3-part web series called Return to Bobby Mackey’s. Bobby Mackey’s Music World was featured again on the program in late 2010 with the Ghost Adventures crew claiming to have made contact with the spirit of one of the suspected killers.
- On November 16, 2011, the SyFy program Ghost Hunters broadcast footage of an investigation conducted by TAPS at Bobby Mackey’s. Early on in the segment, on-air comments were made by a senior researcher that people have “gotten many things wrong” in their accounts of the history of the site. The 2011 TAPS investigation failed to prove the presence of the preternatural at the nightclub.
There were several shootings, and the rumors of a pregnant woman who killed herself in the basement of the building.
Workers noted that lights turned themselves on and off, usually late at night. There were also stories of an old jukebox repeatedly playing “Anniversary Waltz”, even when it was unplugged from the wall. Visitors have also heard strange noises coming from the basement, when that area is empty. Others have heard people laughing, voices talking, and things moving on their own. Many of these things happen when the building is otherwise empty.
There are also stories of full body apparitions that haunt Bobby Mackey’s Music World. One is an angry looking man who stands behind the bar. There were also reports of a female ghost, believed to be the ghost of the pregnant woman who killed herself in the basement. She reportedly leaves behind the scent of rose perfume. Others have claimed to see a headless female ghost, who matches the description of Pearl Bryan.
Bobby Mackey’s Official Website
Legend of the Haunted Honky
The Ghosts and History of Bobby Mackey’s
Murder of Pearl Bryan