Real Haunted Houses

Real Haunted House

Mooney’s Mansion

Columbus, Ohio

During the 1950s, a couple lived in this mansion until the husband axed his wife to death and buried her in the woods surrounding the house. The statue of the woman that the husband had erected as a wedding gift when the two first married now appears to bleed–due to the ax wounds. The husband’s ghost is said to inhabit the upstairs bedroom in which the murder took place.

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Aaron says:

October 31, 2005, 11:51 pm

This is the real deal. It is located on Walahala Dr. off of Indianola Ave. I have been down in that area several times and was first taken there by my grandmother and you know grandmas don’t lie. scared the **** out of me.

timmy says:

November 27, 2005, 12:25 am

i dont believe n e thing until i see it!!!! and ive never heard of “Walahala Dr.” so w/e!! but yah if i had directions then i will go!!! so yah give me directions so i can!!!

Stephanie says:

November 27, 2005, 3:41 pm

There is a Walahala Dr. right off of Indianola and serves as a one way through street to High Street. It’s basically a curvy ravine with a small neigborhood. I dont know the exact location of the mansion, but I’ve known it to be called “Moody Mansion”.

Matt says:

February 1, 2006, 11:24 pm

Yeah, walahala is true…but i also heard a story of a witch there. She was shuned by everyone and when the police got her for witch craft they hung her from the bridge:o

Courtney&Cheyenne says:

February 5, 2006, 1:13 pm

We think this is real because the statue of Mary is suposse to bleed through her eyes

Courtney&Cheyenne says:

February 5, 2006, 1:14 pm

We think this is real because the statue of Mary is suposse to bleed through her eyes By: Courtney&Cheyenne

nikki says:

February 15, 2006, 2:18 pm

the statue is no longer there we went to the house but there are people living there they also told us to stay off there property or the will call the cop but nothing weird happend other then that so if you want to go there and try to see somthing i would not go up to the house because there are people living there now so good luck and besafe

Ubenhaugen says:

February 15, 2006, 9:09 pm

That sounds scary, but really interesting! What are the directions to the place, I’d love to see it!

Kajal says:

April 1, 2006, 12:37 am

I dont even know if it real or not.I know a lot of my friends believe in this story.Well i just have to see it myself.

Susie says:

April 1, 2006, 12:41 am

It is not real!!!!Ive been there and notning was there!Children dont believe this.

brooke says:

April 3, 2006, 2:21 pm

Ok lets settle this. I grew off Weber rd. Not 2 blocks from walahala. And These stories are true however, I personally have never seen anything out of the ordinary the story is far to true. I remember being with a bunch of friends riding our bikes down the walahala whinding and steep curved rd. Only to stop and look up to see this huge white mansion on a hill. Knowing the story before you visit, may help you see or even here things. But the story of tragidy and lost love is enough to fill your heads. But the story is true. Maybe now that i am older i will try it again but at night this time. And i will file my claims with you another day.

Michael says:

May 14, 2006, 2:54 am

I heard of it when i was in High Schoolback in the late 70’s. I heard that that the husband killed his wife and kids in there sleep.then he place the bodies under the front pouch. Then he went to the woods and tossed a rope over a tree limb and hung his self. I heard that you could see see his body swing over the road. and that he looks over his land and would kill anyone that comes into the house. I am thinking of going back to look at it again.

Michael says:

May 14, 2006, 3:00 am

I heard of it when i was in High School back in the late 70’s. I heard that the husband killed his wife and kids in there sleep.then he place the bodies under the front pouch. Then he went to the woods and tossed a rope over a tree limb and hung his self. I heard that you could see his body swing over the road. and that he looks over his land and he would kill anyone that comes into the house. I am thinking of going back to look at it again.

Conaway says:

May 17, 2006, 10:05 am


I have lived in the wonderful home with my family since 1973. Have had lots of visitors. Civilized visitors to the property are welcome during daylight hours. Please respect our privacy after dark.

mendy says:

June 8, 2006, 11:24 pm

okay well i grew up here and we always done gone down that road on our roller blades nuttin ever did scare us there but we done grown up and went down there that night. the night we’ll never forget. our car done got a flat tire and we all was scared and no one would get out my grannys cadi, so i was brave and done got out the car to that there tire and i done saw that bleeding statue with them bloody eyes.granny high tailed it down walhalla sparks aflying with the rims gouging into the concerte. granny made her mark that night there at walhalla.

wendy says:

August 14, 2006, 8:03 pm

I know what house your talking about. The one by the bridge RIGHT? See when I was in high school I was told a man Hung his wife and kids from the bridge, on halloween night!!! I was also told he still lives there and every halloween night he hangs a kitten or
puppy from the bridge…. After highschool my frinds and I would drive up that street smoke a joint… It’s kind of cool for younger kids.

horrorchick23 says:

September 17, 2006, 7:28 pm

ok ive heard of mooneys but ive never heard this story about it. hmmm i wonder what she did to piss him off so bad?

amanda says:

October 2, 2006, 2:06 pm

i really do belive in this things like this happen alot wether you want to belive it or not…

Sarah says:

October 2, 2006, 4:34 pm

Okay I’ve been down there numerous times. Everytime I meet a new group of friends I take them there and scare the **** out of them! I will admit that I can hardly take people there without shaking. Yea i’ve heard the stories about the guy killing his family. It is very creepy at night. I dont know if the stories are true but I do know that we saw a strange man walking by the bridge. I do believe that there is something in the woods. We have heard too many strange noises but I did not stay to investigate it.

Jennifer G. says:

October 5, 2006, 6:32 pm

Can someone E-Mail me with the address and location of this house? I live in Galloway, Ohio and would LOVE to see it. Please contact me at

lauren says:

October 13, 2006, 8:58 pm

hello ummmmmmmm can you go inside this house

jennifer says:

October 16, 2006, 7:04 pm

No you can not go into the house, people live there now. I have been there several times, with different people. Here are a few stories of what i have heard and some experiences of mine. One thing I read on the internet was when you go down the road go up to 25 mph and take your foot off the gas. You will start to slowly speed up, even as you go up hills and then as you approach the end of the road it stops speeding up. I tried this and it went up to 40 mph which is strange because of it going faster while on hills.
Another story is me and two other friends went to the house. We stood behind the house for a few mintues then all of the sudden just had a bad feeling and decided to leave. We went back to my friends house and all of the sudden a mickey mouse toy started growling in a deep voice, “go back to the house” it kept repeating this, it wasnt even on either. By this point i have been to the house several times. I I dont go there too often anymore. After that night with what the toy was saying I started getting flashes of him killing his family, you might think its crazy but its true, anytime i go there now i feel threatend for being there.

Sarah says:

October 24, 2006, 7:31 pm

Well I just recently went down to Walhalla, been wanting to since I was 12 or so, and me and my friends were on campus one night so we finally decided to try and find it. We had a little bit of difficulty, that road is so weird the way its laid out, we asked a couple people that lived on the next street over and even THEY didn’t know much about it. It’s a creepy little street, really narrow, really dark, with nothing but these eerie orange street lights giving off a little glow. We went down the street once, nothing happened, literally nothing, we couldn’t find the house, pretty much everything past the street lights was impossible to see. We decided to go down a second time, this time, we saw a man walking with a pair of weird scissors, and up the road just a little bit right near the bridge was a man and a woman, and they just stopped and turned and gave us the most bone chilling cold look ever, they were so pale, it really did make me start shaking. I wouldn’t have thought it was as weird if I could have figured out how they got there and why they would be walking down that creepy little street at midnight or 1 o clock. The nearest side road wasn’t for a block or two up the road, and we would have seen them on our first trip. THEN we went back a third time, they were completely gone, in a matter of what, 2 minutes? The only thing I saw that time around was a creepy all white cat with its eyes glowing sitting in the little creek bed, I’ve seen it during the trips we’ve taken up there since, and its always in the same exact place, right next to the bridge. I think I have found Mooney’s Mansion, you really have to go during the day to be able to see it. Its a really pretty house, nothing out of the ordinary about it, and I didn’t feel like getting the cops called on me so I didn’t want to trespass and go exploring. But I do think that area in general has a lot of history and a lot of paranormal activity.

Ryan says:

October 25, 2006, 1:24 am

Ive been down to walahalla several times. Everytime at night. Ive heard many stories about this place but the main one that sticks out is About the man who killed his wife and children and hung himself over the bridge at the base of his house over walahalla. Ive also heard that the light in the attic can be seen at night. Im usally a skeptic about these things but an incident one night made me reconsider…. Me and 5 other friends started walking down walahalla from indianola. My friend heather is a stickler for ghost so she brought her video camera to document our walk. We walked all the way down to mooneys mansion only to find the attic light was indeed on but this could have been done by the residents there now just to scare the kids away so no big deal right? after we passed the house we came up to the bridge. nothing really exciting there but we did find clothes and other items under the bridge that may have been a homeless persons’. After we were done we left laughing, thinking it was fun but we didnt encounter anything that the legend depicted. This is were things get really weird…. We went back to one of my friends house to watch what we recorded to see if we could see anything. And we did. during my friends filming she was just looking around at the other houses and as we watched we saw some kind of figure that appeard to be swinging (as if it were hanging) from the back porch of another house by the bridge. (not mooneys mansion) this scared the hell out of us and gave us all chills. we watched this part over and over again. everytime seeing the same thing but my friend never saw this at the time she was recording. I still dont know what this was or if it was a trick of the light but the image is spooky none the less. My friend still has the tape from that night and we haven’t been back since that night…..

the dude says:

October 26, 2006, 8:57 am

That place is real.Me and my dad go riding on our bikes and we look for the Moonry’s Manison.It is white and it has a statue of mary seems to look like it’s bleeding from the eye’s.Me and my dad stop and look for that house.So if you want to go see it do it when its daylight because there are people living thereand they said that they would call the cops.

Amber says:

October 26, 2006, 11:10 am

Im from a small town called Alvord and i have never heard of anything like that i would like to have more things about it. The stories sound really interesting.

kelsey says:

November 4, 2006, 9:16 pm

can u tell me how that was made?If the husband was dead?

James says:

November 23, 2006, 11:49 am

this is a true story on friday me and my friends went down there and the atic light was on also no1 lives there no more and then saturday night the light was off and then we went back down sunday only going 25 outta no where we ran into a ditch and after we got outta the ditch i threw some dust on the back window to see if they really pushed u and when we got home there was hand prints on the back window and it pushed us up the hill almost to high street that crazy if u need more info send me an email or aol me buzzara231

James says:

November 23, 2006, 11:51 am

also if u need direction send me email alsolike when u send the email as the subject put walahalla. and ther house is right before u get to the bridge

Romera says:

December 21, 2006, 5:40 am

went there every day for a year not just me but 7 people went once a week for a whole year and well on december 22th we seen and hear things nothing ever came from that beautiful white house on the hill that reminds us oh so well of Amityville or what ever but long story short blood was in the road driping from the bridge and whete was foot ripples in the water and also about a size 8 shoe in the mud in the water i have been to the house nothing unusual about it except there is no statue and only a lion head on the front porch no tears or any blood fro mthe statue. and i looked on the same night i seen blood from the bridge

gretel says:

January 8, 2007, 2:02 pm

I’ve seen this place tons of times before, I live in Clintonville, but I’ve never actually payed much attention to it until I recently found out it was “haunted”.

this friday, i’m going there with about 5 other people and we’re bringing a video camera to watch it when we get home. I’m not sure what time were going, but im exciteddd.

I’m gonna come to this site again and tell you all what happens.

angie says:

February 4, 2007, 5:44 pm

I have always heard stories of mooneys mansion whether it is true or not it is always fun to take friends and my children driving down Walhalla Dr.One thing I have heard and found to be true is that if you put your car in neutral when you pull on to Walhalla from Indianola it will coast all the way to high street slowing down in front of the house and under the bridge only to speed up again and stop at High St.

Lisha says:

February 16, 2007, 12:11 am

Ive been to walhalla several times and I have even touched the statue on the porch…I never saw anything out of the ordinary but I will tell you that i was so scared that when I turned around to run back down the hill to our car I felt a ridiculous cumpulsion to run REALLY fast and instead of running down the hill I tripped and rolled down the hill and when I got back to my friends car we couldnt get it to start! So aside from being embarrassed…it really will scare the **** out of you..haunted…or not…

Brittany says:

April 3, 2007, 12:18 pm

I love to read stuff like this on the Mooney`s Mansion. But the werd thing about that is that i live 10 minites away from the Mansion. And one night me and my friends are going to go up the house and look at it!

Amber says:

June 11, 2007, 6:27 am

Walhalla Road exists. I travel it often, and show it to people who have never seen it as a curiosity only.

It’s a strange road, seemingly out of place in the middle of the capital city. The road itself is not long, and looks like it belongs out in the countryside. But it is NOT haunted. Creepy, yes, but NOT haunted.

Bored frat boys and thrill seeking teenagers have made a strange looking road into a “haunting,” causing nothing but irritation for homeowners on the road. I’m all for investigating LEGIT hauntings, but do your freaking homework before you go traipsing all over someone’s private property in the middle of the night, disturbing the residents. Remember when the cheerleader was shot? There are sometimes crazy people living in the houses you’re investigating, why make yourself a target?

yoni says:

June 12, 2007, 10:54 am

you guys are all stupid, you got the story all wrong
well it started off as the husband went to the room and saw his wife with an other guy. that when he went berserk with the axe kill the wife and then he hung his kid at the bridge near their house. they day that the daughter who was hang was holding a teddy and when she was hanged her teddy bear fell. that how the the people find them hanged. there were also story about 2 gargoyle or something at the entrance of the house that whisper blood if you listem to it. i don’t actually know, but this is kinda a stupid…

mandii says:

June 17, 2007, 8:43 pm

post pictures of this on here

elizabeth says:

June 28, 2007, 5:58 pm

I first heard of Walhalla when i was a freshman in 2001. My friend’s mom took us down there, I was so scared I was shaking. I didn’t go back again until this winter. We go there pretty often now, and we have walked it a few times. Well from high street to the Mansion. Nothing has ever really happened, besides last time we heard some weird noises. There was also a time we were out there really late at night and we walked up the hill a bit towards the house and all of us but my friend Ruben were too scared to keep going, he went over to the left of the house in the little clearning where i think there is a swing or something and he said he saw something that looked like there could have been a statue there at some point. It was so creepy. We place on walking the entire road at some point this summer. I love going down there. Anyone that wants to come, contact me, we would love to have more people!

alyssa says:

July 6, 2007, 7:40 pm

omg ive been there b 4 with my freind,ana and her mom and mioms frin well we were drivin and found the house so we stopped got out we started walkin up to the house and couldnt see cuz it was night,we were half way up the steps and my frin said somthin grabbed her ankle,she was screamin and tryin 2 pull it off,i was tuggin on her hand and tryin 2 help when all a sudden we both fell down da steps.every one says it was athorn bush but it wasnt the force was 2 strong!the lights on the porch kept goin on and off i never looked at the attic but i should of!

Walhalla Resident says:

July 10, 2007, 12:31 am

Beware that we regularly call the police on trespassers in our ravine. You’re welcome to walk or drive through, but please keep your cars and selves on the road–everything else is private property.

Conaway says:

July 15, 2007, 10:10 pm

Attention thrill seekers: My family and I have lived in this wonderful house since 1973. It is not haunted and there is virtually no truth in the stories told about the previous residents. We have suffered much distraction, serious property damage, and one life-threatening gunshot wound from curious youth. Civilized visitors are welcome during the day–please respect our privacy and property after dark.

ashley says:

August 24, 2007, 12:43 pm

If it is the white house by the bridge .. its all boarded up now and I have been down there 1 million times and have seen nothing yet but am hoping to =]

If that is not the house then someone tell me which one it is AND that house is no mansion, its just a damn house

Zachary says:

September 13, 2007, 1:40 pm

Ok so the real deal, I have lived near the Ohio State University Main campus for a very long time. From start to finish the story goes like this:

Back on the street of Walahala, you will find a peaceful neighborhood. When you pull onto Walahala you first notice that it is a one way street. There is no backing out once you turn onto it. While driving (or walking if your brave enough) you come to a fork in the road. Turn left and continue onward. When you are passing through make sure you look up to the sky to look for a bridge. It is aledges that the phyco murderer hung his family from that bridge. As you continue on, you will find the house to your left. These days the house is occupied, so please respect their privacy, but its said that if you sit there long enough you will see the old family trying to run out of the house to escape the horror. As you continue on you will come out to high street. When my girlfriend and I got to high street we did not want to leave the lighted streets. Good luck!

Rick says:

September 29, 2007, 7:40 am

Hello everyone.
I have lived in Columbus Ohio for 40 some years now & i have a couple of true story’s to tell about Mooneys Mansion!
What i know about this place gives me the chills when i talk about it because it happened to me & my friend’s.
When i was about 13 me & my friends rode our bikes down to Mooney’s Mansion! It was Summertime around 9:00pm it was getting dark we rode by the house & up in the attic window there is always a light on with a figure of a person in it? we came back the next night one of my friend’s had a night vision camera
we put it at the base of the hill & it took a picture of the house & in the picture it had the figure of a man in the window!this is no **** every time you go by this house that light was on i have been by it numerous time’s.
But that wasn’t nothing we rode down there again another time in the day & my friends dared me to go up to the house so i said i would if someone else would go also & one of them said ok so we made our way up the windy old walk with old dead tree branches & vines hanging over the steps im telin you this place is creepy even in the daytime!
So we went up to the house & in front of the door there was this big old area rug in front of the door no curtains in the place a big window to the right of the front door where there was this girl about 5 or so playing on the floor we knocked on the door no one answered? we knocked on the window where the girl was & she didn’t respond? Then all of a sudden she got up turned & looked at us waved then walked toward the other room & it looked like she vanished transparent like? so we knocked another time & then a tall man answered the door he looked like a funeral director or something he had a black suit on had black circles under his eyes he asked can i help you & we was shocked that someone answered the door i quicly made up a name i asked if billy lived here & was he home & he said yes & then i made up a last name & the strange man said yes hes been waiting for you! about that time thru the door we saw a winding staircase that went up into two different directions of the house one east & one west & when the man said hes been waiting for you on the west staircase there was a boy about 8 or so coming down the stairs looking exactly like the man clothes & all! we freaked out & ran down the hill & got the hell outa there. i live close by Walhalla’s now & still go by the place i think different people live there now they probably get alot of people buggin them about the house.

Lena says:

October 2, 2007, 11:21 am

I go up to walhalla at least 3 or 4 times a month in the middle of the night just to coast down that one way street!!! when you get to mooneys mansion there is a small drive where you can back ito right near the bridge . if you sit there long enough you will begin to here screams and crys coming from the mansion.. get out one night and walk threw the woods up there.. there are many houses near by so nothing to be that scared about!! take the time to enjoy the endless nights of hearing her screams!!!

melissa says:

October 6, 2007, 5:38 pm

dear mr. and mrs. Conaway,
how do we know if you really live in that house? also how do you know for sure nothing really happened? i would love to hear from you. please e-mail me. thanks!!

Cheri says:

October 7, 2007, 1:11 am

In the 1960’s my friend and I would walk down Walhalla on our way home from Olympic pool. The stories have been around for many years. We would scare ourselves silly. There was at that time a stone marker about 4 or 5 feet tall at the edge of the road in front of the mansion. Legend had it that it marked the grave of an Indian Princess. We never saw anything but we had a good time. Later when we got our drivers license’s we would drive down and get just as scared. I have taken all 7 of my kids and their friends down there too, and scared the **** out of them. Have fun, but respect the privacy of the residents.

natetheskate says:

October 7, 2007, 7:44 pm

I’ve been to the Walhalla area many times, many just to explore the area. I’ve heard all of the stories, and am especially curious about the part where there is someone hanging from the bridge on Calumet, interested if there is any truth to this at all. Actually I’ve never actually known the exact address of the allegedly haunted house but I’ve heard that it’s the white one that sits on the hill right next to the bridge on the left hand side. Does anyone know if this is the true residence or not? I’ve been told that the haunted house is now boarded up and no one is living there, but that specific house has people living there…I plan to take a camcorder to the area and hopefully catch some good film, perhaps a ghost? – I’ll post the video on Youtube for anyone who is intrested. Not to sure on when I’ll be able to get down there.

Lacey Keeton says:

October 17, 2007, 9:49 pm

This **** is true as hell ive been up there many years ago and strange **** always happens i went there on halloween night and it was totally abanded borded windows and all we walked all around it and the very next morning we went back to see it in the day light and it was no longer unoccupied no borded windows and the fountian was running and a man came out the front and said he had lived there for quite some time and tried to get us to go in for a tour down through the celler basement door thats when we left fast that **** is crazy crazy i believe it has to be one of the most haunted places around real true scary ****…..lace

Katie says:

October 20, 2007, 3:12 pm

The houuse and the road do exist, but the haunting is all made up. It is the white one on the hill by the bridge. If you went to a boarded up house you were on the wrong road. That is an middle to upper class neighborhood with much sought after property. Houses/property are bought long before they are considered abandoned. A family lives there now and they have for over thirty years. I went to school with one of the kids. They actally left a posting on this page. See the by “Conway”.

cindy says:

October 24, 2007, 1:33 am


makenzies s shshshhs says:

October 30, 2007, 10:07 pm

wat is the adress to this mansion becuz i have lived in columbus all my life and never heard of it

makenzie says:

October 30, 2007, 10:08 pm

woopps my name was kinda screwed up

cathleen says:

October 31, 2007, 9:43 pm

it’s actual address is 7755 high st. because theres no driveway off of wallahala dr. just a bunch of freakishly old looking steps going up to the house.

Tabitha Lace says:

November 1, 2007, 1:04 am

Hey guys im Tabitha… I kno for a fact this is true…. becuzz ive been there plenty of times… nothing has happened to me becuzz i always go in the daylight and i knew ppl lived there and i didnt think they would want some stranger asking to tour the house… but i do plan to ask for a tour… even if i dont experience anything i want to see how it looks on the inside.. that and so i can have a better image of what acually happened…. i belive in **** like this…. love experiencing paranormal ****… all for it..

Tabitha Lace says:

November 1, 2007, 1:34 am

hey everyone.. i wanted to tell you about two haunted house i kno about that isnt on here…they dont really have a name but they are scary as hell…ok so… i never heard of this house untill a group of my friends took me and my brother there… they are setting behind an apartment complex off of winchester pike…. the first house u will see is a white house… looks small but very large on the inside….. i havent experienced anything in that house.. but… if u follow the path… there is barns to the right… and go a lil bit more down and there is a brick house that sits in the middle of some trees….its surronded by trees.. go around to the back… and follow the short path into the woods kinda and you will find a very fine cared area.. there used to be tombstones that sat there but they got knocked down a few montha ago.. there was a family of ppl lined up…. the latest tombstone which is still there in the ground was a man who died september 11…. in the revolutionary war….other tombstones so old the hand engravings were warn off….well ok so the stuff that happens in this house…. wow.. ok so.. the first couple times… things happened… me my mom my brother and an x bf went and we was all actin a fool inside the house all of the sudden you hear a loud bang upstairs…( there were these really big heater type things…weighed like 100 lbs) sounds like one of them fell…but we were all downstairs….second experiencing…. me my mom my brother an x bf and some others went….my x bf came up missing….. dont kno where he went.. thought he was just trying to scare someone… well… he finally came back up bout 30 mins later all pale and stuff lookin freaked.. he said he followed my brother out to the barn….and my brother went in to the cubby hole and he coulldnt get him out.. but the weird thing was.. my brother was with us the WHOLE TIME…ok so.. we were downstairs right.. messing around some more.. and all of the sudden you hear glass breaking upstairs and you hear someone running across the floor upstairs.. once again we were all downstairs… we were in the attic and we asked if someone was there and i heard this woman say ” i am “…havent been in the attic since….i just went recently wiht my bf and family and we were in the house and mu bf said he felt someone pull him out of the room he was in….also we were standing out side and we went to go back to the house and when we was in the doorway you could hear something walking in the woods..the cracking of the sticks.. and noone else was out there but us…. so when we were done with all that we was standing looking at the house and i said some things and all the sudden you hear something like a coin hitting the walls of the house… but noone had nothing on them….when you stand kinda far from the brick house…u see the windows kinda glow but the windows are boarded…. and walkin away from the white house we seen a face on the front porch everytime…..would u like to visit??? contact me at

Rob says:

November 9, 2007, 3:39 pm

A few years ago me and two of my friends went to the house and knocked on the door and a old man answered. When he did my friend ted asked if tom was there and the old man said yes he has be expecting you we got a little worried. There was two kids sitting on the couch in the front room a little boy and a little girl both were pale and eyes were white as clouds and stared at us with hate so we all took off running and when we turned around the lights in the house was turning on and of.

Ray says:

November 9, 2007, 4:37 pm

Well, I have actually been in this house, upstairs and down in the basement. I am 33 now and live in Michigan but still get chills when I visit and go down High street and pass Walahala. Bear with me for this is a True Stroy. When I was about 13 or 14 we all new the rumors of Mooney’s Mansion. Myself, my twin brother and 3 other friends visited it. We started going up the long hill of a front yard (if you have been there you know what I mean) and saw a car pull in the garage aera in the back. We ducked down and before long could see a man walking around in the house. We actually got the balls to knock on the door and he answered. He looked to be in his mid 30’s and when looking in the house you could tell a family lived here, with smaller children. We talked on the porch of the legend and he did know of it but said nothing scarey had happend to them. Then myself and 2 others went down the hill to move our bikes out of the road because he was going to give us a tour. When we got back to the porch nobody was there so we knocked. He answered as if he didn’t know who we were or where our other friends were. Then he said he was just joking and gave us a tour. He showed us the red ink hoses in his basement that ran to the lion statues on his front porch. If he pushed a button the red ink would come out of the lios’ eyes. Very cool! He then showed us the bedrooms upstairs. He said he did hear wierd noises at times but never anything that scared him or his family. I doubt if the same guy lives there now and while in the house nothing seemed scarey. But like I said, when I visit down that way every now and then and drive by there I still get the creeps. Very spooky road that Walahala.

blah! says:

December 6, 2007, 4:48 am

The most exciting thing I’ve seen on Walhalla was the bike race a few months ago. Other than that I mainly just hate all the rich people there.

Brittany says:

December 12, 2007, 11:02 pm

Okay, so I first heard about the legend of Walhalla about two years ago, my senior year in high school. Two of my best friends told me that they had gone to the street and heard that you were supposed to put flour on the back windshield of the car. Supposedly, they did this and got into the car. As they started to drive, apparently thier car accelerated as it went under the Calumet bridge, where a girl was hung according to the legend. When they got to High Street, they got out and looked at thier car. What they told me was that they saw tiny handprints as if the ghost of the girl and pushed them through this spot. Hearing this, of course I was skeptical. So I asked one of my friends to take me down there. We didn’t have any flour but I still wanted to see if anything weird would happen. So we got into the car and she got our speed up to about 25 mph and then took her foot off the pedal. Now normally, you would think the car would simply just coast. However, the car sped up to about 35-40mph while her foot was nowhere near the pedal! Now there were tiny hills that the car went up and over without her actually driving. I was still in disbelief so I asked her to do it again. The exact same thing happened. So believe what you want, but nothing about that drive was normal!

Resident of Walhalla says:

March 21, 2008, 1:32 pm

I have lived across from the so called ‘Mooney’s Mansion’ for all of my life and I am 36.
When I was a Child, I tried to investigate the House.
But it is not Haunted.
The story is just a Legend.
Now there are people living in there and half the things I have read on this page I am almost positive are made up.

Andrew says:

March 22, 2008, 12:33 am

ummm just went there tonight… nothing weird… it was just like any other street…

believer says:

March 24, 2008, 12:31 pm

Hello people…ok I went to the joe testa site and looked at transfer of this I cant understand how a dead guy transfered his property over to his dead wife?? the home was purchased in 1944 by Derrie S and Derry J Mooney then in 1961 property was transfered over to just Derrie S. I’m guessing Derry died of natural causes or even could have been a divorce but In 1980 property was transfered over to Conaway. So I hate to burst everyones bubble but this whole story in Bunk. I bet ya the guy who started it is still getting a good belly laugh over it and bet ya he/she is a ghost themselves by now. As for those of you that claim you have seen ..heard things The mind is very POWERFUL if you believe something strong enough Your mind will make it happen.

Jennifer G. says:

August 23, 2008, 4:57 am

It’s me again. It is true what they say about putting your car in neutral and shutting the engine off. One night me and my boyfrind was coming back from the post office there on High St. and we wanted to give it a try. We went around to Indianola and sit at the top of Walhalla. We turned the car off and put it in neutral. Now when you start down the hill you CAN NOT TAP YOUR BREAKS AT ALL *** you go down Walhalla. As you coast down Walhalla Rd. you’ll go no more than 20 – 25mph, you will slow down to about 10mph as you come upon Mooney’s Mansion but after you pass the bridge straight ahead, you will pick up speed again, even up the hills, untill you reach High St. The first time I done that I got freaked out but I enjoy it now and I’m not scared. Some say it’s Mooney’s daughters helping you down the road but I doubt it. I don’t know, it does sound weird because the whole road don’t go downhill. Email me sometime. Check it out for yourself. Don’t be afraid of on coming traffic because it’s a one way road. HAVE FUN!!!

Nicole says:

September 17, 2008, 2:58 pm

After reading all of the postings I am pretty sure that the current owner of the house although annoyed at times is getting one hell of a kick out of living in a ‘haunted’ house. I have been down the street myself. It is eerie but I saw or felt nothing that supported the stories.

ladybug says:

September 19, 2008, 5:53 pm

i have never went down the street or heard any thing about the house.But after all the things ive read just now makes me not want to go at all….i can deal with a haunted hosue but not if the hounted house has body parts of dead people around the like i said before *** no i am not going to that house.

p.s i thnk that is sick that they would hanf dogs on the brige i like puppys or animals period,piont,blank.

from: lady

Lady says:

September 19, 2008, 6:03 pm

i have never went down the street or heard any thing about the hosue.but after what i just read makes me not want to go at all…….i mean i can deal with a haunted house but not if the haunted house has body parts of dead people around the like i said before *** no i’m not going to the house.

p.s i think that is just sick (very very sick on so many leavels) that they would hang a puppy on the brige.i like puppys or animals just in that is SICK period,point,blank

spaking the truth:lady A.K.A elaina

nathan perry says:

September 20, 2008, 2:56 pm

has any one heard of a haunted house on sunbury dr.

Linds says:

September 27, 2008, 9:56 pm

Nathan perry-

yes i can tell you of a house that is abandoned which is actually on central college but close to sunbury. is this what you are thinking of?

Jason C. says:

October 2, 2008, 9:37 am

The legends of the Mooney Mansion are not true. I have researched the house and the legend. There are too many variations of the story. Located at 256 Walhalla Dr., it sits on the hill to the left, just before the Calumet bridge. Derry J, and Derrie S. Mooney occupied the house from 1944-1961 (the legend was supposed to have occured in the 1950’s). The house stayed unoccupied until 1973. The person who bought it in 1973 still owns it to this day. I somewhat believed in the legend until I walked down Walhalla and met with some OSU students who were down there filming a video. We thought that the house was a great place for a scene, so we proceeded to go up to the house. As we were standing just in front of the house, four flood lights came on. This is while the power was out not too long ago. Anyone that lives in North Columbus can vouch. The house was running on a generator. Anyway,we all fled down the hill leading down to the street. Nothing out of the ordinary happed!! DO NOT CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF!! PEOPLE DO LIVE THERE.

Lauren says:

October 17, 2008, 4:05 pm

I went to High School not to far from there, we heard all the stories throughout high school. After a football game five of us climbed into a classmates car – a newer Cougar and decided to check it out. We pulled up under the bridge and my friend as a joke shut the car off. Thing was it wouldn’t start back up. We all took off running a couple hours later we went back at the direction of her father to get the car. It started right up and never had another problem. I think there is something not right about the area. Do not know which story if any are true. Still Creepy!!!

Chrissy says:

October 22, 2008, 3:52 pm

the roads real its in clintonville I take drives down it all the time and yes i have been to the house walked up to the door, no one was home so I took a lookie around the yard and no statue stands soooo if it is real I’m guessing who ever owns the house took it down =( but the house its self is sweet

colleen says:

November 3, 2008, 1:37 pm

soo i think some of this is true and some of it isn’ many sotries have came from mooney’s mansion. but i love walking down walhalla at night. it’s crazy to see what will happen.

maura says:

November 6, 2008, 3:02 pm

mooney mansion is real… back in the 90’s it almost like a cult. every halloween people would park all up and down the road to watch mr. mooney hang himself on the bridge.if you were truely at the house then you would know of the lion statues that cry blood. one of my husbands friends stole one of them and it is in his back yard and to this day it still cries blood.but beware when you go take a look the owners shoot!!!!

Ashley says:

March 7, 2009, 9:17 pm

All I heard, is that a guy hung himself on the bridge down there, which sounds the most reasonable and true. I was just down in Walhalla today. And the mansion is Moony’s Mansion. They don’t give tours, someone owns the house, and they don’t like visitors.

phil says:

March 21, 2009, 2:01 am

i went there tonight and walked up to the statue and saw the arm moving i then proceeded to walk to the front of the house to walk down the driveway and to the car when 5 high powered light( like the spot light of a cop car) turned on making it as bright as day light after that i ran like hell and banged the **** out of there

ashley says:

May 10, 2009, 11:47 am

VERY real, I was on walhalla last night with my boyfriend and some friends, who have all had ghost experiences, and almost ALL of our pictures were LOADED with little orbs, big orbs..we did EVPs and they would make noises back to us, and I mean it was creepy , and i loved it!

loretta biddle says:

June 9, 2009, 10:20 am

So glad to have found this site! I used to drive my kids through the area and we were SURE we could see the bodies hanging off the Calumet Street bridge. Brought back a lot of memories.

Maya says:

August 16, 2009, 3:42 pm

I live on Walhalla Rd. (yes thats how you spell it) and I have known about that legend for years. I’ve snuck up to mooney mansion with my friends before. you see, there is an old man who lives there ( i dont know his name) and he is really creepy. He raises chickens in a coop and has a small pond with koi in it. I can’t remember if there’s a statue, but i do remember that there was a baby crib in the middle of the house (the doors were open)and he is EXTREMELY old, so that scared the heck out of me.

izzie says:

August 21, 2009, 12:46 am

Walhalla rd wow this place is amazing. i go here prob once or twice a month sometimes more. i usually get a big group of people and we climb up one side of the bridge that is dark the side by the mansion and we sit there and takes pics and evps. the first time we went there the only thing we saw was the glowing blue light in the attic and heard sounds in the wood type area. the second time we went there we got amazing evps. then a few times after nothing then just like a month ago i got some of my roomies who dont beileve in hauntings to go out there with me and we saw a couple walking a dog down the street as we were headed back to the car and then once we got in the car and drove down the road not even a minute later they were gone and there was no where they could have gone then i went there again last week or two weeks ago and thought i saw a body or two hanging from the bridge and the water did not sound like it usually dose it was very creepy. if ur looking for a place to scare you this is that place on some nights try to go on a friday or saturday wen there is a full moon thats wen its best i have found well hope its scares u

Mike says:

August 22, 2009, 5:54 pm

I have been down walahalla a couple times, once during the day, once at night.. I have no clue where this mansion or house is, but maybe i’ll have to get out and walk up the steep hills….? I assume you the driveway to this house is not off of walahalla because the house must sit at the top of the ravine? i have never encountered anything odd while driving near the bridge or anything else. After reading through all the comments, I understand why the address isn’t listed.. because the address isn’t even on Walhalla road.. it’s gotta be off that road in which the bridge runs over… next time i’ll try to find that road from high…so we’re on top of the bridge… any help on this?

courtney says:

August 23, 2009, 11:04 pm

i no it is a ture because my mom and me was going to my dad lives by his home and me and my mom went to his home and saw a boy and girl and the mom and dad.

izzie says:

August 24, 2009, 1:04 am

this house is on wallahalla where the no parking sign is its right up there its the big white house right before the brige on the left you cant see it right now thanks to the trees but its beautiful

celecia says:

August 24, 2009, 9:36 pm

i went down there in 1991 with my older sister and two friends. we saw nothing that relates to house but we were chased by a 1950s type car that vanished about half way down the road. we also saw four tall men walking very strange looking dogs. one of the men turned and faced us. he looked like he had no eyes and deathly white skin. i have been down that road since then and never saw anything of the sort. it was either a real supernatural experience or someone played a great joke on us. i will never know

SteadySteve says:

August 27, 2009, 3:24 am

OK all.This is FOR REAL.The place is STILL scary as hell.Stories of lights flickering on & off with electric NOT powered to the house.It IS on WALHALLA Dr.,off Indianola Dr.It may be accessed off High St.Once You turn on Walhalla,the road descends downward.The road is windy and treelined.This place will scare the hell out of you.Supposedly owned by a cult of somekind,as the windows are totally blacked out.yes people do walk on the grounds at Halloween,so If you believe in Safety in Numbers,go then.In Clintonville area of Columbus.It’s also called the house in Glen Echo Ravine,as well as Mooney Mansion.Time to be creeped…

SteadySteve says:

August 27, 2009, 3:31 am

The road on top of the bridge ,I think, Is weber rd.But the house actually sits below that.its actually built in thev side of the ravine.Ive been reading some of the posts,and ive seen and heard things there I cant explain.These were experienced on nights going there with my brother & friends.I couldnt even tell you what the exact adress is,but that house/mansion IS THERE…

Aubree says:

October 12, 2009, 9:06 am

i believe in ghosts 100% and this is just a shame. i live in ohio and to think there is haunted houses in ohio is awesome!mooney mansion is one of the meanest ghost stories i have ever heard.

jewls says:

October 21, 2009, 6:09 pm

It is sooo true! I go there all the time,the last time I was there I took phots. In some of them you can see faces in the trees and orbs. I also got one of something hanging from the bridge….

Carmen Chapman says:

October 31, 2009, 4:40 pm

I have been on Walhalla numerous of times even been up to the house just once. This is suppose to be true but haven’t seen anything. Yes, they say you can be able to see shadow of the woman that was killed by her husband in the house, but the husband supposedly hung himself off of Calumet brigde. This was suppose to be a murder-suicide.And yes, your suppose to ee a figure of him, as well, hanging from the bridge. But i have heard people said they have experienced od driving down the road getting close to the house, the their cars would start to accelerate faster. But that hasn’t happened to me. But if your willing to go thru Walhalla, it is a one way street off of Indianola, not far from studio 35 (which is also haunted). Not sure of the address, but it is a big white mansion on the left side, right next to Calumet brigde, you can’t miss it. It sits on top of a hill. Have fun investigating!

cj says:

January 20, 2010, 12:17 am

I went there when i was a little kid a few years ago. Me and my friends went up there at midnight on halloween day to see things that were said to happen. Things like a blue light that always glows in the top floor window and status with blood coming out of there face. Me and my friends made it about halfway up the stairs when a man started run down after us from the house screaming and yelling. That night we saw the blue light. Now this blue light i remember was very very very strange. It was as if the light came from something uniformly glowing. I quickly ruled out a computer screen, a lamp, or any other household things. The next day when went all the way up to the house and saw the status had red stains distinctly coming from there eyes. I was soooo spooked about the whole thing. Now im no ghost preacher, i often think ghost shows on tv are fake, but one thing is for sure there were red stains from the eyes of the status that were designed as a water fountain and there was an ire unexplainable blue glow from the top left window of the mansion

chris says:

May 24, 2010, 1:43 pm

this place is not in ohio

Chris says:

August 31, 2010, 1:26 pm

Fake, fake, fake. There was no murder done in that area, no murder/suicide of a husband & wife in the 50s; a bit of research with the papers and records of the time will tell you that. There’s othing spooky about the road at all. It is an odd road — it’s a back-country road down the ravine, in the middle of metro Columbus. Very pretty, tree-shaded, and bursting with flowers in the spring. But no spookier than, say, the Olentangy bike trail at night. And as for the “man yelling at people” — yeah, the cops watch folks pretty closely in that area BECAUSE of all the stories; the people who own said house are pretty tired of all the trespassers. The road IS an incline, and biking down it, you can coast all the way through the road without pedaling. And SteadySteve — do your research. You can’t access Walhalla by car off High St, as Walhalla’s one-way at that point, no turns allowed. You have to come down it from the Indianola end.

misty says:

October 5, 2010, 5:39 pm

I went there with friends in late 90s I didn’t kno all the stories about it we were in a clearing under a bridge of some kind pretty far off the road the guys of course had beer with them they set the beer down we all sat down and a few seconds later heard tree limbs breaking off in the woods the guys took off leavig us and their beer behind

Jennifer G says:

November 3, 2010, 6:17 am

OK!!! I now know where Mooney’s Mansion is. Been there PLENTY of times. One day when I was down there, there was a WHITE OWL in the middle of the creek along the right side of the road. I found that quite ODD.
The story about the mansion is true but he also killed his 2 daughters. So I’ve been told by life long residents of Walahalla.
I read on here one day that if you start off on Indianola Ave. at Walahalla, if you turn your car off, put it in neutral, and steer, you can coast ALLLL the way to High St. Well, it’s true. I took my mom up there to do it with her one day cause she didn’t believe me and SHE FREAKED OUT. It was actually funny. lol!
But the witch being hung from the bridge… NOT TRUE! It was a OSU student who comitted suicide. It is said that her spirit still hangs out there. I don’t know… BUT…
A couple of years ago, my dog, me and a friend stopped right before the bridge and we heard a big BOOM on top of the car. I seen a shadow go through the car. My dog must of seen it too cause he was going crazy and he was looking ALL over for it. My friend got out of the car cause he thought someone up on Calumet through something at us, nobody was there. I told him I seen a shadow but he was confussed cause the dog was going nuts. We then backed the car up and right where we was sitting, directly under the car was a PLASTIC statue of baby Jesus. A PLASTIC statue would NOT have made that loud, god awful noise and would not have landed directly where the shadow passed through the car. I still don’t understand it. THIS IS A TRUE STORY! I was there. It happened to me.
I would like to understand what kind of hold the paranormal have on Walahalla Ave.
Would anyone like to establish some kind of PARANORMAL RESEARCHING, GHOST HUNTING group in Ohio? I’m VERY interested. If you are too, Email me at Thank You.
My moms house is also haunted!

potty horne says:

December 2, 2010, 11:14 pm

i moved on weber rd 1963 and use to sled there as kid and adult it was always a blast but the st name is walhala not walahala thanks potty h still have house on weber always heard someone hung them self under the bridge late 70 s

Roxie says:

April 12, 2011, 3:53 pm

my dad’s ex wife took my father my younger brother and I to wahala. she told us about the husband killing his wife and children then killing himself. and also about a boy who was teased and bullied whom hung himself from the bridge after school but it was rumored that someone killed him. I have heard a LOT of stories about the house and bridge. Some people on here have said some of the same things. Mainly I think a man went crazy killed his whole family and killed himself. I have not been there since i was a preteen but would love to go back now that I am older and into the whole ghost thing! I have seen ghosts but not at any “haunted” places.

Conaway says:

October 23, 2011, 10:21 am

Curious Folks:

I have lived in this wonderful house with my family since 1973. No ghosts, murders, or anything strange–ever. Civilized folks are welcome to come by during daylight hours. Please respect our privacy after dark.

Heather says:

October 29, 2011, 2:12 am

Mr. Connoway, how can we contact you if we want to tour the house or property?

melissa says:

November 26, 2011, 5:15 pm

i went to this street back in high school in the 90’s was under the bridge an near the house. i knew nothing if the story except that the street was suppose to b scary. its a one way street one way out kept hearing cars coming but no cars ever appeared. saw a lught on in the house top floor was told no one lived there. kept hearing strange noises from the wooded area at the bottom of the house but never came across the source. the weirdest thing was i heard a dog bark i could have sworn i saw a stray but when i looked again it was gone i couldnt see or hear it run away. then 10 years later i see a article with one version of the story that included mr mooney had a dog he killed along with the family and that there have been reports of seeing the ghost of a dog that refuses to leave the area as if still gaurding its home. i never tried this but i have heard reports if u park in front of the bridge turn your car off an put in nuetral your car will start to roll. it is reported the children he killed an hung over the bridge still loom an its them pushing your car to safety to get you away from crazy mr mooney who is also reported to still lurk the area. its suppose to be the white house at the top of the hill next to the bridge for those who are askin i believe its 259 walhalla

melissa says:

November 26, 2011, 5:37 pm

would also like to report went back to the house today with some friends. stayed down on the road an tried to take a picture of the bridge. everything wirked fine. tried to take a picture of the road again fine. tried taking a picture of the house and this black foggy stuff showed up before takin the pic blocking the view of the house could only see it through the phone took the phone away an looked at the house the surrounding view was fine held the phone back up an the house came back into view. took the pic saved it, pulled it back up to llok it was there one minute. went to pull it back up a second later gone. completely gone. not sure if this has anything to do with any of this but it was all very strange

Lisa says:

January 14, 2012, 12:27 am

I do believe this to be true. There is actual police records that state what happened at this house. The story I heard was that the dad was sycophantic and one night he got tried of hearing the voices in his head (that was said the voices were of his son and daughter saying, over and over again, “daddy did it, daddy did it”) so he got up out of bed got a rope and knife and dragged his wife out to the walkover bridge, that was in front of their house; hung her and cut the rope. He then went back into the house to find his children, that where hiding in the basement. He then shot them and ripped out some of the cinder block wall and buried them in it. He then shot himself. I have heard this story many of times from different people at different times. The first time I heard about this is on a daycare field trip. Pretty messed up uhh? My daycare teacher dare my classmate to go and knock on the door; he thought he was brave, until he got all the way up the hill to the steps leading to the front door and he peed his pants and came running back. All of us kids were screaming and pounding on the windows for him to come back. I have been there several more times; every time I go something happens! It is so very true!!

MALI says:

October 3, 2012, 10:52 pm

I have been there and it is real the statue is still there and ma dude that take pics snapped a pic cause we heard somthing and got a pic of the whole family in the trees watching us security lights came on wen i got to da porch and we took offf

gavin baker says:

January 3, 2013, 3:55 pm

my cousin is a proffesional ghost hunter and hunted wallhala Rd. it is real i havent seen it but I sure want me and my friend ghost and im 11 and my friend is 10

Mimie says:

January 14, 2014, 4:06 am

My big brother took me & 2 of my friends down walahala one night when I was about 15 or 16. We lived in Gahanna at the time but had been brought up out north off of Manchester. Once you get to that bridge you can just feel a change in the atmosphere. I had also heard the story that the man had hanged his wife and children from the bridge. It doesn’t matter the story, something definitely went on in and or around that mansion. We also went to the site of an old mental hospital off of Sunbury rd. It had just been torn down the night my friends, brother & I went there, but my brother & me had been there previously when it still stood and the pictures we were able to develop from being inside that hospital are unforgettable.

Rob says:

June 9, 2014, 4:17 pm

Always some dumb ***** that has to try and **** up a
Legend… Stfu and leave it be its real was there last night….

Jordan says:

January 21, 2015, 1:34 pm

LOL Mooneys Mansion. I grew up around there. As a kid -we all used to go there every winter to slide down the long hill. I never met the people living there but they were nice enough to let us play. We used to hang dummies over the bridge to freak people out. Yes there was a statue, and I have heard the legends.

kevin lee says:

January 27, 2015, 8:50 pm

I was born in that neighborhood in 1965 and we grew up hearing the scary tales of Mooney mansion.
in elementary school we all use to hang around under the bridge..we even had a rope swing in there for some time, we heard all the stories growing up & we used to sit under that bed staring up at the house talking about all the details, the only thing that we found strange was that we never saw anyone at the house but the grass was always cut.
but that probably just means that the homeowner cut the grass during the day instead of after school, even though we heard all the tales and had our cells all freaked out about it through my childhood we never saw anything going on up at the house, I suppose it would have been nice to at least see someone out in the yard once in a while but we never did and I was there until I was about 16 years old, so basically I probably spent at least 8 summers underneath that bridge playing with my friends,even the tail of the statue that was bleeding we could see the statue back in the day if I remember correctly, but we were always too scared to run up and take a look at it being children, I suppose it’s things like this in life that keep the excitement going when you are young, so in my case is always A good feeling about the scare we had as a child to keep excited as we were growing up…

Josh says:

July 19, 2015, 9:05 am

I was there not to long ago I tri to go 25mph Dwn and up the hill nd I suddenly hit 40mph then slowed down jus before hitting the street. But me nd my cousin tried to look for this mooney mansion or even this so called witches house but couldn’t find either one can someone help me

Kate says:

January 24, 2016, 6:52 am

I have had a really scary experience in Wallhalla with my friend Travis we were cruising down the road in neutral you know doing the ghost pushing the car legend when I spotted something strange I heard him make a hiiss sound like he was in pain than he floored the has we waited until we got home to talk about what we saw as I wanted to see if we had seen the same thing. We both drew a black dog with a long about red eyes and giant ears after looking it up it’s not the first time people have seen this

cindy says:

March 30, 2017, 9:09 am

I grew up not far from Wallhalla and explored the creeks there often as a child. i heard all of the tales about Mooney’s mansion. The most widely circulated tale at that time was that the butler was murdered and he was buried near the obelisk that was near the road. The story went that on a dark night, you could see the obelisk slowly turning. But one day my sister and I decided to go knock on the door and try to sell Mrs Mooney some girl scout cookies. She was a very nice old lady. Nothing creepy about it or her at all. She did buy some cookies. A few years later the house was on the market and my dad took us over there to look at the property. What a gorgeous old house. And there was also a really cool carriage house, if I remember correctly. glad to hear someone is living in that house now. It sure was a beauty.

James Rummel says:

August 31, 2017, 1:46 am

My name is James Rummel. I grew up on Clinton Heights Ave, which is only a few blocks from Mooney’s Mansion, as it was known at the time. I can’t count the times I walked my dogs down Walhalla Road, which is a narrow road at the bottom of a steep ravine. The area down inside the ravine is very heavily wooded, with a shallow creek running along the north side of the road. Clintonvile, the neighborhood where all of this is situated, has very well manicured lawns, with residents taking great pride in their property. I loved Walhalla Road because the woods meant I could walk my dogs every day down there and would never have to bother picking up after them.

A concrete bridge allows Calumet Street to pass over Walhalla Road, and if memory serves it is about 35 feet from the bottom of the ravine to the top of the bridge. Might not sound like much, but it was certainly impresive to my young eyes.

Mooney’s Mansion was at the top of the ravine on the south side, and it could be seen pretty well as there were some stone steps that led from the front door of the mansion all the way down to the shadow of the bridge. Back in the 1960’s, a concrete pedestal could be found about twenty feet to the east of the base of the stairs. It was about five feet tall, with the bust of a woman set on top. It was heavily overgrown with vines and other foliage, and it had crumbled somewhat in the weather. The last time I saw the pedestal was about 1974 or so, and someone had marked the face of the stone woman with orange spray paint. There were some that said it was a marker for the grave of Dr. Mooney’s murdered wife, but I really have no idea. It was gone the next time I bothered to look for it.

I did not have a happy childhood, and I had a habit of taking short cuts along alleys and back ways in order to avoid the bullies that plagued me. That was how I found the torso of a mannequin in a dumpster behind one of the shops along High Street. It was 1979, I was 15 years old, and as it was a few days before Halloween I took it home and hid it in the garage. On All Hallows Eve I snuck out of the house and hung the partial mannequin from the Calumet Street bridge so it dangled down into Walhalla Road, almost within spitting distance of the stairs leading from Mooney’s Mansion. I waited for someone to start telling tales of suicidal teens who ended their days with a rope, but was disappointed. Now that I have heard tales of how Dr. Mooney ended his life by hanging from the bridge, I suppose it just took a while for word to get around.

I live in Texas now, and it has been decades since I last walked down the deep and shaded Walhalla Road. It did leave a mark on my memories, though.


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