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Legend Has It Hell’s Gate Is Inside This Kentucky Club

The first thing people usually think of when they hear the term club, is either golf, or dancing and drinks at a night club. When people hear the name Bobby Mackey’s Music World, they often think of Hell’s Gate in Kentucky. Of course, this is a night club, but it is also the site on which some horrific things took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s. We’ve looked into this haunted nightclub, and here are some things that might surprise you.

This legend lies in the sleepy town of Wilder. It is located on 44 Licking Pike, and was purchased by Bob Mackey in 1978. Prior to that, there was some bad juju going on around the property.

The murder has been the focus of television shows. It was featured for the paranormal theories on Ghost Adventures. The actual murder was the focus on a segment of the series, “Criminal” on PRX. The murder itself got a lot of attention back in the Victorian era due to the popularity of Pearl, and the horrific butchery and desecration of her body.

In 1933, it was a casino called the Primrose. A man called EA Buck Brady bought the building and ran a successful operation. The Cincinnati mob caught wind of the successful casino and tried to force their way in. When Brady refused, the thugs began to threaten and harass customers. Buck snapped, attempted to kill a mobster in 1946, and was charged with murder. He left the casino business after that.

The slaughterhouse is long gone. It became the site of a road house. It had several names, one of which was the Brisbane. Another sad tale surrounding the property is that of a young, pregnant dancer named Johanna who committed suicide. She supposedly poisoned herself and unborn child because her father hung her lover on the property.

The biggest draw now is the paranormal lore. There is an old well in the basement deemed Hell’s Gate that draws paranormal investigators, television shows and paranormal enthusiasts. People say they see and hear things like unexplained steps, voices, cries, and shadows moving when they shouldn’t be. Overall, the hole is not a pleasant place to be alone, in the dark.

When it comes to creepy places, you wouldn’t expect a country western nightclub to be the home of Hell’s Gate in Kentucky. Have you ever visited Bobby Mackey’s Music World and taken the paranormal tour? Would you? Here are some other weird haunts in Kentucky that have whisperings of the paranormal.

Jenn Shockley
I am somewhat a cliche'. I grew up running around barefoot on a farm in Kentucky. I love writing, art, sunshine, all animals and my incredibly patient husband, who tolerates my "crazy animal lady" side.