HORICON, Wis. -- The Allen Tallmann family hopes to find relief from the supernatural by turning their home over to the Farmers Home Administration and burying a set of suspect bunk beds.
Deborah and Allen Tallmann and their three young children fled the home last month after six months of what they described as frightening events and threatening apparitions.
The problems began when the Tallmans bought a second-hand set of bunk beds for $100 -- the ones they buried last weekend.
'The beds were buried Saturday in a landfill where nobody will ever build,' Deborah Tallman said.
The beds were purchased for the two girls, ages 1 and 2 , who shared a bedroom. It was in that room that a foggy apparition told Allen Tallmann, 'You're dead,' Tallmann said.
The Tallmanns bought the house with a low-interest Farmers Home Administration loan, granted in a program for low-income people in rural areas. On Friday, they made arrangements for the agency to sell it.
George Berger, chief of the state FmHA rural housing program, said the couple signed over the title and relinquished all equity in the house.
The Tallmanns bought the home in the new suburb of the central Wisconsin community in November 1986. The 4-year-old house has an estimated market value of $50,400. Deborah Tallmann said the family probably would lose about $3,000 in the deal, but was glad to get rid of the home.
The Tallmans said they saw strange glowing shapes and heard voices, that an apparation of an old woman appeared to their son, a clock radio changed stations by itself, and a chair and a suitcase moved by themselves.
Tallman said around Christmastime, after challenging the 'entity' to leave his family alone and pick on him, he saw flames coming from the overhead door of his garage. A voice said, 'Come here,' and two eyes appeared in the windows of the garage door. He said he looked again and there was no fire.
In early January a gassy apparition rose out of the floor of the girls' bedroom while Tallman was waiting for the younger child to fall asleep. He said the apparition told him, 'You're dead,' then was gone.
Last weekend, the Tallmanns moved from a motel where they lived for more than two weeks, into a house near downtown Horicon. A member of their church provided the home rent-free while the Tallmanns look for a home to buy.