Case File: The Tatum House
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Date: January 1986
CaseEditHistory: Jim and Kay Tatum built a new home in a quiet suburb near Atlanta, Georgia with plans to retire. In January 1986, five months after they moved in, they started experiencing a series of incidents that defied explanation. One night, Kay couldn't sleep, and she sensed a strange presence in the hall outside her bedroom. When she got up to investigate, she caught a glimpse of a man walking past her open door. "It was definitely a man, and he was swinging his arms lightly.", she recalls. "His head was slightly bent, and he walked briskly past me. At first I thought it was my husband, and I went into the bedroom and there he was in the bed, so I thought it was a burglar." Jim searched the house, but there was no evidence of any entry or of anyone having been in there. Shortly after the incident, Kay began to suspect that it may have not been an actual living person at all. She recalled she hadn't heard a single noise from the figure, and two months passed without further incident. One night in March, Jim was working upstairs on the house. He stopped when Kay called him down to dinner and, as usual, made sure to unplug his drill. As the evening wore on, he decided to watch a movie while she went upstairs to read. One hour later, she heard the sound of the drill outside her room. She assumed he was teasing her about having seen a ghost. When she checked on the noise, she realized the hallway was empty and the drill was unplugged. "I was really frightened and I reached down and felt it and it was ice cold. It had not been turned on.", she adds. Gradually, Kay experienced other phenomenon. One night, she heard the sound of coins falling in a bowl, but she was alone in the room. Another time, while cooking, she felt two sharp tugs on her blouse when no one was near her. It wasn't long before Jim finally had his first strange experience. An early riser, he always got up hours before her, and when she woke up, she would ring the bell if she needed anything upstairs. One day, he heard what he assumed was her doing so, but when he got up there, he realized she was asleep. He went and looked at the bell, but after the third time this happened, they decided to make up a code in order to outwit the entity. She would ring it three times if she wanted him to come upstairs. One morning he heard the call, but she was sound asleep, and the bell was in the other bedroom. When he turned around and walked out the door, it rang again! "I was frightened.", he confesses. "My hair stood up on my neck. I told Kay then, no more bell. I'm not going to answer that bell anymore, and that bell has not rung since."
Investigations: Parapsychologist William Roll has investigated this case.
Extra Notes: This case originally ran on the October 26, 1988 Halloween episode along with the The Queen Mary, Tallman House, and General Wayne Inn.