By Leeann Akers - Editor
Aug. 7, 2013 — After last week’s premiere of A&E’s “American Haunting” television show, the McGlone family of Grayson realized a lot of their story was left on the editing room floor.
Michael, Michelle, Quinton, and Bella McGlone were featured in the show about supernatural haunting.
“When we first started taping, our story was going to be told in four one-hour episodes,” Michelle told the Journal-Times. “Sadly, that got cut down to one hour and a lot of information was left out.”
Michael and Michelle are East Carter High School graduates. Over the last eight years, their dream home has been a nightmare.
“We have seen shadow people, heard growling, scratching and footsteps that we can’t explain,” Michelle said. “Locked doors open in the middle of the night, and cabinets open and close on their own.”
When a paranormal team contacted them about the show, the family was reluctant to be part of it.
However, A&E promised they would do everything they could to help rid the family of their issues.
“When we tried to find help, out of fear or lack of knowledge, or just not believing, no one could help us,” Michelle said. “We had nowhere to turn, so when A&E promised us to bring people from all over the world to help rid the family of the problem, how could we say no?”
The main entity that was addressed in the show, Alex, is no longer a problem for the family. Sadly, the McGlones didn’t think A&E got it quite right with the limited explanation.
“It is so sad that they edited the other three hours away,” Michelle said. “Alex was no more someone from the community than it was me, Quinton or Bella. This thing was a mimic and it appeared as whatever it wanted to be”
Michelle told a story of seeing Quinton move through their home and refusing to answer her, only to discover the real Quinton listening to his iPod in a different part of the house.
“Isabella called on Jesus to cast Alex away from her and they showed that in the show,” Michael said. “The others in the house could have been humans, but Alex was very different from all of them. We felt like he was more of a demonic spirit than a human spirit.”
A&E brought in Bishop James Long, founder of the Paranormal Clergy Institute, to help cleanse the house of malicious spirits.
Michelle said she is happy to know where to turn in the event that something else “nasty” comes to their home uninvited.
“Things are drawn to us and we have the good, bad and the ugly come in,” she explained. “We can’t control what comes at us but this is a God-given gift. In His time, we will know why God gave us these gifts.”
Bella, who is the most sensitive family member, also has learned a lot about how to control what happens.
“She has the power to set the boundaries and they have to listen,” Michelle said. “She was terrorized before and lived in fear. Now she can have a normal teenage experience.”
Michael once was very skeptical of the events his family experienced. Because he works away from home, he wasn’t around the house as often. However, he is supportive of the gifts of his wife and children and hopes they can help more people with similar experiences.
“The whole family is very strong in our faith and we all agree that our faith is the solution to the problem,” Michael said. “We did have disagreements about who can get rid of it. I don’t believe in the cookie cutter definition of a ghost, but you can’t believe in God without believing in Satan. I can’t put what was happening in this house into a box.”
The McGlones do agree that their ability to experience these spirits can be a tremendous gift that can be used for good, but it’s also dangerous and a big responsibility.
“We expected some negativity from the community,” Michelle said. “I can completely understand why people in the community would think we are out of our minds.”
“We can listen to someone else’s story and think they are crazy,” Michael said. “Talking about it now, I think I sound crazy. But we know that some people will accept it, and some people won’t. We are just glad that the bad spirit, Alex or whatever it was, is gone.”
Quinton is majoring in divinity and history at Kentucky Christian University. Bella is a senior at East Carter High School.
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