Waverly Hills owner no longer a skeptic - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Waverly Hills owner no longer a skeptic

Waverly Hills Sanatorium is known worldwide as a place where there's a lot of paranormal activity. Waverly Hills Sanatorium is known worldwide as a place where there's a lot of paranormal activity.
Charlie Mattingly Charlie Mattingly

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Waverly Hills Sanatorium is known worldwide as a place where there's a lot of paranormal activity.

Charlie Mattingly and his wife Tina have owned Waverly since 2001. A skeptic himself, it wasn't long before he changed his mind. One night he said he started chasing what he believed was a trespasser in the building, "And then we came out after them and there was no one there."

Stories like Mattingly's are common at Waverly. Some believe it's because of amount of tuberculosis deaths that happened during its decades as a hospital.

"So you're talking somewhere around the 18,000 to 20,000 (people) that actually died here and when you think about that much death in one place how could there not be some type of residual spirit of some sort left by somebody, someone who was here before," said Mattingly.

Paranormal investigators come to Waverly by the hundreds to find evidence of life after death and some think they've come away with proof. The fifth floor is particularly of interest because a nurse reportedly hung herself there after self aborting her baby.

Mattingly said, "When we have an overnight here where they're investigating, especially if there's a woman who's pregnant they always get very queasy and don't feel well and need to come down off the roof."

Another popular haunt at Waverly is the old body chute where the dead were transported discretely out of the building to waiting rail cars and hearses at the bottom of the hill.

"When we show people the proof or some of the photographs we have up here or some of the videos we have up here, people will still pick it apart and say 'ahhh that's not paranormal.' Well ok, but why does it happen here so much? Explain that one!" Mattingly said.

There are thousands of stories that have come out of Waverly Hills of paranormal activity. Are they true or just legends? I guess we'll all have to wait until it's our time to go to find out for sure.

To read more about Wavely Hills Sanatorium, click here.

Copyright 2013 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.

 

 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Over a decade later and still no completion to the Enterprise Boulevard expansion project

    Over a decade later and still no completion to the Enterprise Boulevard expansion project

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:45 PM EST2018-02-22 04:45:40 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    It was pitched an opportunity to bring economic growth to the north side of Lake Charles, but now ti seems the Enterprise Boulevard Extension project will never come to fruition.  The second phase still hasn't been completed to connect Enterprise Boulevard to Highway 171.  Wednesday night city council member Mary Morris suggested another plan to get things rolling.  Restaurants, condos and retail outlets was suppose to come for North Lake Charles, but it's been ...

    More >>

    It was pitched an opportunity to bring economic growth to the north side of Lake Charles, but now ti seems the Enterprise Boulevard Extension project will never come to fruition.  The second phase still hasn't been completed to connect Enterprise Boulevard to Highway 171.  Wednesday night city council member Mary Morris suggested another plan to get things rolling.  Restaurants, condos and retail outlets was suppose to come for North Lake Charles, but it's been ...

    More >>
  • Louisiana DOTD releases I-10 bridge construction details

    Louisiana DOTD releases I-10 bridge construction details

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:04 PM EST2018-02-22 03:04:07 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness)
    The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that construction work on I-10 in Lake Charles is scheduled to begin on March 3. The expansion joints on the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge need maintenance which will be performed by C.E.C, Inc., a Lafayette-based company. The construction of the I-10 bridge must take place in order to handle the traffic volume anticipated during the upcoming I-210 re-decking project. The $8.5 million project on I-10 ...More >>
    The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that construction work on I-10 in Lake Charles is scheduled to begin on March 3. The expansion joints on the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge need maintenance which will be performed by C.E.C, Inc., a Lafayette-based company. The construction of the I-10 bridge must take place in order to handle the traffic volume anticipated during the upcoming I-210 re-decking project. The $8.5 million project on I-10 ...More >>
  • State Police: 'See something, say something' using mobile app

    State Police: 'See something, say something' using mobile app

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:08 PM EST2018-02-22 03:08:11 GMT
    (Source: See it, Send it app)(Source: See it, Send it app)

    Copycat threats to schools have been report to law enforcement agencies across the country, state, and in Southwest Louisiana. Multiple suspects have been arrested, many charged with terrorizing, which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $15,000 if charged as an adult. However, according to Louisiana State Police, the majority of the threats received were found to have no credible danger to public safety. "Although we highly encourage cit...

    More >>

    Copycat threats to schools have been report to law enforcement agencies across the country, state, and in Southwest Louisiana. Multiple suspects have been arrested, many charged with terrorizing, which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $15,000 if charged as an adult. However, according to Louisiana State Police, the majority of the threats received were found to have no credible danger to public safety. "Although we highly encourage cit...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly