The first mention of an abandoned, stigmatized property known as Gwendolyn’s House, espousing ghostly hounds and children, appeared on The Shadowlands; but is there any truth to the stories surrounding the three-story home?
[Short] and sweet[;] not really sure what went on in this early 1900's house right off of Bristol [Highway]. Witnesses say there is
heavy activity in a house not surrounded by any living occupants. Ghost dogs, what appeared to be a little girl, and a ghost that
told us to leave before she disappeared is just the tip of the iceberg. (The Shadowlands)
It seems this post was sent to the website by Carter County locals Kim Combs and Amanda Calhoun. Kim’s post on Topix goes into further detail:
Gwendolyn’s house is off of 19[E] going toward [Bluff City]. Turn right at the road that has one small house on the left side of
the road and a real old worn down house on the right. The haunted house is at the end of the road on the right. There [are two]
more houses [passed] it that [are] empty but [Gwendolyn’s] is on the right. . . The front is rotten. And no one named
[Gwendolyn] lived there . . . Myself (Kim [Combs]) and Amanda Calhoun named the ghost in the window that because she
didn't have a name. And apparently it stuck . . . (Topix)
The house sits off of Kuhn Road and was the site of a murder, but no little girls were involved. The same webpage announces that Dennis Wagner was found guilty of murdering his father inside. The webpage "STATE TENNESSEE v. DENNIS WAGNER" by FindACase goes into detail about the murder:
On the morning before his death, the victim and the Defendant's wife ran errands. When they returned time, the victim
requested that the Defendant prepare their supper. After eating and watching television, the victim exited the home to dig some
dirt in the yard and asked to be called for the 6:00 news. At this time inside the house, the Defendant began orally threatening
to kill his father. As time progressed, the Defendant became more enraged, started cursing, and repeatedly stated to his wife
that he was going to commit murder to insure the victim would not remarry.
Eventually, the Defendant went to his father's bedroom and got a gun from under the mattress. The weapon was an Iver
Johnson, seven shot, .22 caliber revolver. The Defendant had stolen the gun from his neighbor and sold it to the victim for
twenty-five dollars. This neighbor's property is located up the drive from the victim's land and is the property where the victim's
body was found. The victim kept the pistol under his bed mattress, and the weapon was determined to be missing during a
preliminary investigation conducted by the police. The murder weapon was never located.
After obtaining the gun, the Defendant took ammunition from a nearby table placing bullets into his gun and pockets. The
Defendant told his wife that he was going to lead the victim to the neighbor's barn by indicating that there were some windows
that he needed help removing. After ordering his wife to stay away from the door, and threatening to kill her and their children if
she disobeyed, the Defendant proceeded outside. The Defendant put on his wife's blue gloves which were in the victim's truck.
The Defendant and the victim then proceeded in the victim's truck to the neighbor's property.
The Defendant returned about ten minutes later with blood covering his pants. The Defendant walked to the basement to
wash the blood out of his clothes. The Defendant told his wife that it took six shots for his father to fall. The Defendant bragged
of his certainty that his father would not remarry causing him to lose rights to the land that he believed belonged solely to him.
Later that night the Defendant beat his wife, hitting her in the mouth, and threatened to kill her as well as their children if she
notified the police. The next morning, around 6:00 a.m., the Defendant insisted that his wife call the Sheriff's department to
report his father missing. The police found the body in the neighbor's barn. (FindACase)
This appears to be an obvious case of a “creepy old house” that is supposed to be haunted when it would seem it is simply privately owned stigmatized property.