Ghostbusted: Tongie Teens Plead Guilty

From the Atchison Globe newspaper dated Saturday, November 15, 2008
By Mary Meyers


A Halloween outing at Sallie’s House proved to be more cost than fright for two 19-year-old women from Tonganoxie Friday in district court.

Hanna Harnden and Kathryn Rankin each pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespass and were fined $100 and ordered to pay court costs.

Atchison Police arrested the women, Steven Carroll, 18, and a 15-year-old boy 12:51 a.m. Nov. 1, as the result of reported activity at 508 N. Second St.

Mr. Carroll has a 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21 court date on misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property, obstruction of official duty and criminal trespass.

District Court Judge Martin Asher questioned Ms. Harnden about her crime.

She replied that it took place at Sallie’s House.

Atchison County Attorney Jerry Kuckelman explained that the uninvited group engaged in Halloween activity at the infamous haunted house.

“Did you see anything?” Judge Asher asked Ms. Harnden.

She replied they did not.

According to the police report, a neighbor saw something suspicious and called police, who discovered that the group had broken in to gain entry.

Both women indicated they would pay their fines following court.

Judge Asher set their review date for 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21. He told them if the fines were paid in full they would not have to return to court.

About Debra Pickman

After living in an extremely haunted location with my husband who was physically and mentally brutalized by an unseen force my husband and I became experienced investigators applying our knowledge to other locations. We continue to speak at events, conferences and on radio shows around the world. Contact me at

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