Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Henry County Times October 27, 2004
which I could not account for. A general nausea and headache gradually drew over me thought
the two hours I visited with the Quinn’s, and it stayed with me for several hours after I had taken
my leave of their house. In short, this reporter believes that there is something strange, upsetting
even, going on in the Quinn’s’ home. “It makes it worse when he brings the investigative teams,”
Holly Quinn said out of nowhere during the interview. For the most part, John answered questions
and proffered evidence and theory throughout the visit while Holly busied herself with
trolling the Internet. One could get the impression that she has seen and heard too much; that at
any moment her hands could fly up to cover her ears or her eyes. One gets the impression that she
did not only because company was visiting. “It’s negative energy and it feeds the negative energy,”
Holly continued. “If it’s not positive, it’s not from God.” John Quinn looks at his wife
pensively, sadly. The couple appear worn out, tired. For years now the two have endured a
parade of strange phenomena and it has taken its toll on them. John, who had a stroke while he
was driving in 2000, has been disabled ever since, and his health has not improved much.
He is a jovial fellow, and though he has been interested in the occult since he was a younger
man, he is quick to point out that he is not Satanic. Quite the contrary, he is rather a religious man,
as is his wife. It is Quinn’s interest in the occult which has been used to discredit him, as seems to be the
goal of most who come in contact with him. “Holly’s worried that you’re going to poke fun at
us,” he tells me. I assure him sincerely that I will not. “I don’t think you will,” he says. “You
believe in these things too, don’t you?” I tell him that is right. Quinn recounts endless encounters
with whatever lurks around his home. He takes it quite seriously, keeping a daily journal of
electromagnetic readings he takes at various points inside and outside his house, as well as brief
descriptions of any voices or sightings he experiences. He suggests that anyone who is
experiencing anything like he and Holly should do the same. “Document everything, no matter
how small,” he advises. Most of the documentation that Quinn shows appears at first to be minute,
or even the work of an overactive imagination, or possibly a suggestible personality. When
viewed on a whole, though, one is reminded that the sum total of the journals and the pictures, and
the audio recordings equal the last six years of the Quinn’s’ life. Quinn attributes the disturbance
surrounding his home to a graveyard. “I believe this place was built over a graveyard,” he says.
He takes me to two spots outside his home that are what can be described as sunken rectangular
areas, that do indeed resemble graves. I ask him why he doesn’t just dig them up and find out
once a for all. “I tried to. I called the County and asked them if they knew anything. Told
them I intended to dig up the spot and the man told me that if I did, they’d have me arrest for
disturbing a grave.” There are indeed at least two unmarked graves located somewhere
in the near vicinity of the Quinn’s’ home. In Henry County, Georgia Family Graveyards,
Vessie Thrasher Rainer mentions Allen Cleveland, a primitive Baptist minister who lived
“about two miles out off the Hampton Road and near the Bridges Road on Camp Creek.
His house was located on the place which is now that of Wade H. Pullin. The graves of Allen
Cleveland and his wife are in the pasture back of the Pullin home. There are no inscribed tombs, at
their graves” (p.29). This would place the graves somewhere in Land Lot 158 or 159 of Henry
County District 7, at the Quinn’s’ doorstep. The Quinn’s have had several investigative teams to their home
and they have had varying degrees of success. Adrew Calder of Georgia Paranormal
Research Team (GPRT) was one of the first to investigate the Quinn’s’ case. He found that the
Quinn’s were not the only ones in their neighborhood to experience strange things. “There seems to
be an abnormally high incidence of people reporting strange things [in the Quinn’s’ neighborhood],”
Calder told The Times. Calder believes that there are indeed paranormal circumstances surrounding
the Quinn’s’ residence. “I don’t doubt that there could be some kind of abnormal activity
connected to the property,” Calder said. After their investigation, Calder and the GPRT recommended the
Quinn’s move. So far, the Quinn’s have not. It is after all, their home. Instead, they will continue
to put up with the spirit world intruding into their own. It appears they have no choice in the matter.


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