A mysterious young girl watches dead people… quite literally. The Following story was headlined on Unsolved Mysteries and is asserted to be a true story.
Town of The Mysterious Girl
In the small town of Ellerslie, Georgia, eight-year-old Heidi Wyrick illustrated the amazing ability to speak with the dead. It all started in February of 1989, just after Heidi’s family had shifted to Ellerslie. According to Heidi, a man named “Con” appeared at the front door:
“He had white hair and he had a t-shirt on with blood all over it. And he had a dressing on his hand with blood on it.”
Mother of Mysterious Girl
Lisa Wyrick, Heidi’s mother, guessed someone was trying to abduct her daughter:
“So I brought Heidi in and I shut all the doors and I got the butcher knife out of the… drawer and I called my husband to come home.” Said Lisa.
When Andy Wyrick, (Heidi’s dad)arrived home, he and Lisa surveyed the whole neighbourhood for someone who fit Con’s description. Nonetheless, they came up empty-handed. Then quickly after her visit from Con, Heidi said her mother about meeting another man. According to Lisa, this time the man’s name was Mr Gordy:
“I thought that Con and Gordy were the same individuals, so I guessed his name was Con Gordy. And that’s when I began asking everybody. Did they, have they ever listened to name Con Gordy?”
She Was Shocked
Lisa happened to mention Con and Mr Gordy to her sister who had just purchased the house next door. As it turned out, a man named James S. Gordy was the former owner of her sister’s house. Lisa was stunned:
“When I saw Mr. Gordy’s name on the deed, I was frightened. Because I knew that the prior owners were there years ago… So I knew that Mister Gordy… had to have been dead.”
Catherine Ledford’s family had owned the house next to the Wyricks. When Lisa got in touch with her, Catherine ascertained that James Gordy indeed had died in 1974:
“I knew Mister Gordy when I was a little child. And Mister Gordy owned a real estate firm in Columbus and for many, many years he was a Sunday school superintendent at our church up here, Ellison Methodist Church.” Said Catherine.
Catherine Ledford had no photographs of Mr Gordy, but she substantiated Heidi’s description. Mr Gordy had grey hair, always wore a suit and tie, and glossy black shoes. She brought over photographs of her family. Heidi started looking through the photos:
“I had never seen any of those people. And when I got to the bottom, there was this little bitty picture.”
In the picture, Heidi identified a man with a dressing on his arm and blood on his shirt. According to Catherine Ledford, Heidi had recognized Catherine’s, Uncle Lon:
“Lon lived here when he was a youthful man. He perished in 1957 of cancer. And he lost his hand, I would say before he was 20-years-old in a cotton gin up here in Ellerslie.”
Heidi’s mother Lisa was now confident that Heidi’s friends were not just figments of her imagination… they were dead people:
“When I found out… his name wasn’t Con it was Lon, I was frightened of death because I knew Heidi was seeing something…”
Next Four Years
For the next four years, Heidi proceeded to encounter the benevolent spirits of the two old men—James Gordy and Lon Batchelor—both of whom had long been dead. Then in 1993, Heidi’s mother became expectant, and not long after, a horrible spirit came to visit. Lisa Wyrick recalled Heidi’s change in behavior:
“Heidi had never been frightened of anything. She had never been frightened of Con. She had never been terrified of Mister Gordy. But when she saw the dark figure in our hallway, she was hysterical.”
According to Lisa, the new spirit became a regular and sometimes violent guest:
“At first we had… discussed moving. But like I told him I said I don’t think it would be so nice to move. Because wherever we go, she’s just got that gift… she’s going to see people from the past, or people that have been dead.”
On February 3, 1994, Heidi’s baby sister, Jordan, was born. Two weeks later, Lisa glimpsed that Heidi’s other-worldly visitations took an alarming turn:
“She had just deep gashes down her face. And it frightened me. I didn’t know what it was. And I couldn’t understand what could’ve rubbed her that bad.”
Heidi’s father Andy never gave his daughter’s scrapes much thought. He just inferred she inadvertently scraped herself during the night. Then, two nights later, he too woke up with a searing pain:
“I had three claw marks going around my side. The next night I went to sleep and I woke up and I had three claw marks down my back. And then it occurred again the next night and I woke up and had three claw marks down my chest.”
The Wyrick’s called up a noted parapsychologist, Dr. William Roll, to examine the unusual occurrences:
“Heidi came up with physical explanations and with names that she seemingly could not have obtained in any normal way. So that quickly made me interested in the case. People found a couple of pictures of Mister Gordy. The wish was that Heidi would be able to…… identify… Mister Gordy’s picture if they were presented to her with many other photographs.” Said Dr. Roll.
Incredibly, Heidi had selected the photograph of James Gordy. For the second time, Heidi Wyrick had correctly recognized her spirits from a photo line-up. Dr Roll was now obvious that Heidi’s experiences were genuine:
“Having spoken to… Heidi and… her parents I’m even more confident that we are dealing with serious para-psychological experiences. Then the problem comes up, why are these things happening to this little girl?”
Why indeed? Was it all just coincidence? Did Heidi just make two lucky guesses? Or does Heidi Wyrick contain some magical power to communicate with the dead?
Mysterious girl Heidi is now a young woman and no longer lives in the former family home. She reports that she has not glimpsed Mr. Gordy for years. Nonetheless, she continues to see the unusual dark figure, as well as several other spirits. The sightings are so frequent that Heidi now takes them in stride. Not even the dark figure can scare her.