By Coma News Intern and Historian Stan Bargmeyer
The O’Brien Family Nursing Home and Community Center closed its doors in February, 1921 amid growing fears by citizens the retirement home was cursed by evil entities of darkness and death.
Rumors about a curse on the facility began following the mysterious and tragic deaths of eight residents within the first three years of operation.
-Jacklyn Severs- Died mysteriously in her sleep at the age of 87.
-Peter Montigue- Died mysteriously in his sleep at the age of 94.
-Richard “Hootie” Davis- Died mysteriously during a nap at the age of 89.
-Clayton Horncraft- Died mysteriously after falling down a flight of stairs at the age of 97.
-Henry R. Prather III- Died mysteriously after choking on a hot dog at the age of 85.
-Bertha Dimwiddle- Died mysteriously following a furnace explosion and fire at the age of 92.
-Mary “Slutty Mary” Dupree- Died mysteriously following a furnace explosion and fire at the age of 101.
-Amos Rivers- Died mysteriously after escaping the nursing home and being run over by a truck at the age of 90.
Concerned about the baffling and unexplained tragedies, Geoffrey O’Brien invited a priest and paranormal expert from the local Coma Catholic church to investigate further. The investigator, Fr. Seamus O’Donnelly, determined the facility was cursed by what was likely a “Demonic Peruvian Deity” that could not be removed by dousing it with a holy water and seltzer concoction since it was the facility that was cursed and not a human being.
Astonishingly, over the next 90 years, everyone who was involved with the operation of the nursing home or the investigation died.