Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Murder in a Mill Village

Murder in a Mill Village
Haunted Manchester, Georgia

Manchester, Georgia is a quite and small southern town much like any other. Established in 1909, in the Appalachian foothills, it was initially a railroad town but grew into a busy mill community. Today, the majority of this small town remains in much the same state it did in its infancy. The bustling Mill Village that once employed hundreds of workers is now silent but the occasional train still makes its way through Manchester. Residents in the old mill village are quiet folks and enjoy the solitude and unevolved nature of the location, but even in solitude, lurks dark and malevolent forces.

While most of this quiet community comes and goes without cause for concern, most are unaware of a brutal and hostile crime that took place here in 1977. The body of Francis Coe was discovered in her Manchester home on January 31 of that year. She had been a victim of a brutal rape and murder. According to documentation, her body was found in a nearly dismembered state. Crime scene reports state that inside the home, blood was literally dripping from every room, so much in fact that the area in the home, where Francis’s body was found, had been soaked right down to the foundation of the house.  This was by far, the worst crime scene Meriwether Sheriff’s deputies had ever encountered.

An arrest was made some time after the murder and Eddie Spraggins was indicted and sent to trial. Although he pled insanity, he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. For many years after the murder, the house where Francis Coe lived was for sale or rent. Many people lived in the home but none stayed for more than a year. Families came and went and the For Sale sign resided longer than the actual tenants. People didn’t talk much about the murder itself, given the graphic nature, but the paranormal activity in the home was nothing short of a horror movie script.

About a year after the murder, the house was rented and the gentleman living there with his wife and young son started hearing strange noises almost immediately after moving in. The sounds of dragging footsteps and banging and knocking sounds could be heard day and night. The family was familiar with the murder but not superstitious enough to be bothered by any suggestion of paranormal activity that might be associated with the home, or its history. After about six months of living there the family moved abruptly. According to neighbors, they basically packed up and left overnight.

Other rumors started to emerge over the years about the unusual activity of the home, that included the ghost of a walking corpse, so hideous and grotesque that the few that actually reported seeing the apparition became physically ill. One woman living in the home in 1982 was rushed to the hospital due to a heart attack after seeing the terrible manifestation. She made plans to move from the home while she was still being treated in the hospital. Upon her release she rented an apartment in a nearby town and refused to go back to the home, even to gather the remainder of her belongings.

Later, attempts were made to update and renovate the home with the hopes that a new image would persuade would-be tenants to take advantage of cheap rent without concern of the rumored haunting. However, a contractor, who was helping appraise the home, said he had an experience that he would never forget. While under the crawl space of the house, looking over the stability of the foundation, he came upon the spot in the floor where Francis Coe’s body had been lying. That spot was still stained with blood and in the outline of a human figure. He was familiar with the murder and was a little disturbed at the bloody image he was looking at. He lay on his back on the ground and flashed his light up to get a better look. As he lay on the cold ground, under the house glaring at the blood stained floor boards, he started to feel as if he wasn’t alone. He quickly rolled over onto his belly and flashed his light around, calling out to see if anyone else was there but to his surprise, no one answered. He turned over again in the tiny crawl space and looked at the bloody imprint once more and to his amazement the stain began to move. A dark mass formed inside the stain and morphed into the face of a woman. He was so horrified that he scrambled out from underneath the house and left without even telling the appraiser what he had seen.

For many years after, the home sat empty and eventually even neighboring homes would be abandoned due to the rumors and fear of supernatural activity. The home is still standing, but just barely, only a few blocks from the old mill. It’s not been lived in for many years and has all but disappeared under heavy vines of Kudzu and rapidly growing Mimosa trees. Nature seems to be slowly devouring the house like a snake digesting its prey. It sits, slowly decaying back into the earth that helped bring about its foundations built by the Mill corporations so long ago. It’s speculation whether or not the old murder house has some how imprinted itself into the ground, much like the blood stained floorboards of the home, but those who believe know that the house is best left alone. Left to be forgotten and left to be forsaken, and left to the angry decaying spirits that resides in it. 

22 comments:




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  2. Francis was my neighbor. I left on Jefferson Street until I grew up and left home. I remember Francis Coe as a wonderful woman! She loved God with all her heart and soul! She was a very dear friend of mine and I pray that she rest in heaven in peace.

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    1. i also remember her as a true southern lady!i Believe she is trying to tell us something,so she can rest

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  3. I remember this well. This is well written but please change quite to quiet in the first sentence as I believe that is what is meant.

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  4. I remember this well. This is well written but please change quite to quiet in the first sentence as I believe that is what is meant.

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  5. Wow.....my dad has owned this house since the 80's. I've been there countless times and have never seen or felt anything. And there weren't any bloodstains on the underside of the floorboards either. I know that there are such things as evils spirits etc. because I have seen and felt them on numerous occasions and in numerous different places, but never in this house.

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  6. Great story and well told. Constructive criticism: maybe get an editor to help with some of the awkward sentence construction and to help with any typos. Otherwise, great job.

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  7. I was born in 1958 and lived in Manchester until I finished 7 th grade,my mom and dad both worked at the mill. My memories of Manchester are all wonderful if we had more towns today like it was back then we wouldn't have all the problems. I don't believe in ghost except for the holy ghost.

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  8. Frances Tindell, does your father still own it? Does he want to sell it?

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    1. Yes he does. He probably would sell it. You can contact me at ftindell@icloud.com

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  9. I used to spend a lot of time in Manchester when I was young,I have never heard this story though. I will have to investigate as I am only 30 miles away...

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  10. Wasn't a second boy/man convicted of this murder? Fred someone

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  11. Wasn't a second boy/man convicted of this murder? Fred someone

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  12. Eddie Spraggins and Freddie Davis were both convicted of this murder.

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  13. When I was a child my family lived behind mrs Coe.i knew the two that killed her mr.eddie sagging and Mr Davis I went to school with Mr Davis and Mr sagging lived across the street from us. It was so awful what they did to this sweet lady.as for the house being haunted I can't say that this it true if any thing should be haunted it should be the two that did this awful thing to her.l will never forget the day I here this happen.

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  14. When I was a child my family lived behind mrs Coe.i knew the two that killed her mr.eddie sagging and Mr Davis I went to school with Mr Davis and Mr sagging lived across the street from us. It was so awful what they did to this sweet lady.as for the house being haunted I can't say that this it true if any thing should be haunted it should be the two that did this awful thing to her.l will never forget the day I here this happen.

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  15. I grew up on Maple St. Ms. Coe was good friends with our neighbor Bob Kersey. She had been to visit earlier that day. Her murder changed the community.

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  16. Never heard this and I lived there my whole life. But doesn't mean its not true.

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  17. Never heard this and I lived there my whole life. But doesn't mean its not true.

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  19. Are people allowed to go inside and look. My aunt used to live there and saw things but Francis never bothered her..

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  20. Are people allowed to go inside and look. My aunt used to live there and saw things but Francis never bothered her..

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