The Travel Channel is helping America usher in October and Halloween with a retelling of the Watseka Wonder story on the program “The Most Terrifying Places in America.”
The episode will include reenactments of séances, scenes of a possessed Lurancy Vennum, an interview with the owner of the Roff Home, and impressions from mediums Rick Hayes and Sue Durkin. The segment was filmed at the Roff Home in Watseka, Ill.
The episode will air:
- Fri., Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific)
- Sat., Oct. 2 at 2 a.m. E/P
- Sun., Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. E/P
- Tues., Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. E/P
- Fri., Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. E/P
- Fri.,. Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. E/P
The episode will continue airing throughout October and beyond. Check local listings for local stations and to confirm air times for your time zone. Additional air times will be posted on the Roff Home and Travel Channel Web sites as they become available.
The Watseka Wonder story is a bizarre case in1878 that came to be known as “America’s first documented case of possession.” For 100 days in 1878, the 13-year-old girl Lurancy Vennum claimed to be possessed by the spirit of Mary Roff, a young woman who had died 12 years earlier. Lurancy then moved into the Roff Home with Mary’s parents, where both friends and family became convinced that she indeed had become this family’s dead daughter. Dr. E. W. Stevens, a Spiritualist doctor, wrote an eyewitness account of the case that remains in print to this day.
People can read more about the Roff Home and the Watseka Wonder story on the Web site for the house at http://www.roffhome.com.