MYSTERY MONDAY: Ghosts of Stuckey's Bridge Haunt Lauderdale Coun - WJTV News Channel 12

Now it's mostly used for a Halloween party spot but local legend holds it's also the site of Stuckey's lynching and haunting.

MYSTERY MONDAY: Ghosts of Stuckey's Bridge Haunt Lauderdale County

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Wayne Smith's dog, Joe, peers over the edge of Stuckey's Bridge in Lauderdale County. A ghostly encounter was reported to neighbors as recently as last weekend. Wayne Smith's dog, Joe, peers over the edge of Stuckey's Bridge in Lauderdale County. A ghostly encounter was reported to neighbors as recently as last weekend.
Stuckey's Bridge over the Chunky River has become a party-spot for kids during Halloween. Others have described encounters with ghosts during their time at the spot they call haunted. Stuckey's Bridge over the Chunky River has become a party-spot for kids during Halloween. Others have described encounters with ghosts during their time at the spot they call haunted.
Wayne Smith, who lives on the property said to have been owned by Stuckey, walks the bridge that is said to be haunted. Wayne Smith, who lives on the property said to have been owned by Stuckey, walks the bridge that is said to be haunted.
The waters of the Chunky River - where Stuckey's body is said to have dropped after his hangrope was cut. Legend says you can still hear that splash nightly. The waters of the Chunky River - where Stuckey's body is said to have dropped after his hangrope was cut. Legend says you can still hear that splash nightly.
Wayne Smith says he has never seen anything ghostly but he feels it - and he's heard enough storys to believe it. Wayne Smith says he has never seen anything ghostly but he feels it - and he's heard enough storys to believe it.

In Lauderdale County, no one knows what "Stuckey's" first name is but people know where to find his bridge over the Chunky River.

Now it's mostly used for a Halloween party spot but local legend holds it's also the site of Stuckey's lynching and haunting.

NEWS CHANNEL 12'S Jacob Kittilstad looks for signs of ghosts -where dozens have been reported - in this week's MYSTERY MONDAY.

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Wayne Smith said he lives (with his dog Joe) on the property Stuckey is said to have owned in the mid-1800's.

"Everyone that comes here that does see something, They're frightened by it. And they'll tell you that they're frightened," Smith said.

"Murdering people, disposing of their bodies, gold buried along the banks of the river," Smith said - shortly summing up the story.

"We have found through the years of talking to people that he was probably a serial killer," Smith said.

Legends tell that "Stuckey" operated an inn where he killed as many as 20 people who were waiting to ferry across the Chunky River.

After the bridge was built and his crimes discovered, locals held a Kangaroo Court and made an example of the former Dalton Gang member, according to local legend.

"They hung the man and his helper from the bridge. Left him and come back after three or four days to cut the bodies down. And they splashed into the water of the river," Smith said.

Some people say they can still here that splash nightly (although beavers are the suspected noise-producers). But it's the other sounds and sighting that are more disturbing.

"It's more mist-like with a silhouette of a human being or you'll see a mist with a face in it," Smith said.

"There have been people who have heard women screaming. And it normally occurs at night," Smith said.

Paranormal Investigation groups have shared what they call evidence of violent spirits online but some neighbors dismiss the videos as staged.

Then there is also the fact that the bridge was built after that story would have taken place. At that point, the legend starts to fall apart but the myth carries on.

"People come here and they see, well, we have had some sightings here. One as recent as this weekend," Smith said.

"You have to live here to see what we see and hear what we hear because when we first come here we were skeptical. There's something here that people are seeing and feeling and when we come to the bridge, We feel it," Smith said.

"I haven't seen anything but we feel it," Smith said.

Other neighbors tell NEWS CHANNEL 12 that they have actually met relatives of "Stuckey" who claim their ancestor was accused of murder after a dispute over a hog.

But, again, the evidence is lacking.

If you know anything about this MYSTERY MONDAY or would like NEWS CHANNEL 12 to share another unexplained story: email mystery@wjtv.com or contact Jacob Kittilstad at jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-664-8839.

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