Bob Cranmer, a former Allegheny County Commissioner, bought in 1988, what he thought would be his family’s dream home . . .
|Grand Oaks Manor|
This house, just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was huge, in good shape for its age, and the right price.
But the family quickly regretted this purchase.
During the walk-through as Bob, his wife, Lesa, and their four children inspected their new home they found their youngest son sitting on the staircase crying hysterically.
They never discovered why.
At first, odd activity like faucets, radios, and lights turning off and on, didn’t bother Bob. He brushed it off--it must be just old plumbing and wiring.
But then other strange things began to happen.
Members of the family began to wake up with unexplained scratch and bite marks on their legs. At night they heard loud pounding on the walls.
Mysterious footsteps where heard in the hallway and members of the family were either tripped or pushed by invisible hands.
The family began to avoid one room in the house, known as the Blue Room, because of a shadowy, dark figure that they had seen and sensed was evil. This figure was always accompanied by a “rotting smell.”
Members of the family began to wear crosses for protection. These often would be found bent, broken in two, and some were flung across the room.
Bob did research about the history of the home and discovered it had a violent past.
The property it sat upon was the site of a 1700 massacre. Native Americans had killed a group of white settlers.
In 1909, the builder of the home had become so disturbed by what he felt was a haunting in the area that he “cursed the house.”
In the 1920s and 30s, a doctor rented a room in the home. It was believed he performed hundreds of abortions in this space.
By 2003, this evil presence drove Bob’s wife and two of his sons into temporary insanity. All three spent time in psychiatric wards.
After living in the home for 18 years, in 2006, the family decided to fight back.
Bob spent months reading Bible verses out loud each night despite the fact bite and scratch marks continued to appear on his body.
He brought in a demonologist, who felt the activity centered in one closet in the home. When a wall was torn down in this area, items belonging to previous owners, plus Bob’s family were discovered.
They all had scribbling on the back, with hateful mean things written about each object’s owner.
A local priest then performed an exorcism.
Bob, who still lives at Grand Oaks, feels this worked, for there has been no further demonic activity in the home.
In his book, The Demon of Brownsville Road, Bob shares more details about this story.