A Pandora's Box Waiting to be Opened

Here are some links to other internet sources where you can learn more on Dr. Scudder,
Corpsewood Manor and the 1982 Murders.

You're Smiling in Corpse Woods

"A Castle in the Woods" - A Mother Earth News Archived Article

FIUMEFREDDO v. SCUDDER - Lawsuit Concerning Estate After Murders

Graveaddiction's Article on Corpsewood

Yahoo Corpsewood Group
                        ~ Theistic or Spiritual Satanism ~

Also, we would like to share a bit on what is called "Spiritual Satanism" from a site that
can be viewed by clicking

"Satan is the bringer of knowledge. The goal of Spiritual Satanism is to apply this
knowledge. Spiritual Satanists do not just talk the talk about becoming a god; we work at
it every day. Satan and his Demons guide us to use abilities we never even knew we had.
We accomplish this through power meditation."

I think this summarizes what Dr. Scudder could have been possibly trying to achieve with
his beliefs.  The above links are provided here only for the awareness and
understanding of the reality of this issue and what can be found in our world.

A few years back, Paranormal Task Force (PTF) then Missouri Paranormal Research (MPR)
was contacted by an individual in Missouri who was excited about a package that would
be arriving soon. This was no normal package. It contained artifacts from the ruins of an
estate called "Corpsewood Manor" near Trion, Georgia, which is also called "Devil
Worship Mountain" by some of the locals in the area.  Only a higher power would know
why a person would want such artifacts or why they would want a paranormal research
and investigative group such as MPR to "investigate" or study them for potential
"negative" residual energies.

This story begins long ago when Dr. Charles Scudder was an associate professor at a
college in the Chicago area.  Not only was he an associate professor, it was believed that
he was involved in LSD 25 experimentation and satanic worship as well.  It was is further
rumored that Dr. Scudder was also in close contact with Anton LaVey, the icon of the
Church of Satan in the United States as well as other such icons in Europe.   It is
believed written correspondence still exists which supports his relationships with such

The person contacting us had actually met Dr. Scudder many years ago while in the
Chicago area through an association with the doctor’s son.  Dr. Scudder’s mansion was
clad with decor from a darker side of faith which included elegant stained glass windows
with demonic representation, a library containing ancient books (some possibly bound
with human skin), rooms with red velvet lined walls, a bed encrusted with carved satanic
faces and emblems made during the renaissance era in Italy, a very valuable golden
harp, and a variety of other ritualistic items representing a faith and belief in the darker

Life went on for this individual after visiting the Scudder home a few times. Dr. Scudder,
however, would soon meet a tragic end.  During the 1970's, Dr. Scudder and Joseph
Odom, his devoted servant, friend, and rumored lover decided to part from the
interferences of society and civilization.  They sold or gave away all material possessions
which had no personal or symbolic value to them and moved to an isolated mountain
where they purchased about 40 acres of property to start a self-proclaimed kingdom on
the outskirts of the Appalachian Mountains in Georgia near a small fundamental Bible
belt town called Trion.

The property Dr. Scudder and Odom purchased was wilderness. They first had to clear
and excavate the land by hand; and then, brick by brick, they began building their dream
“castle” which they named Corpsewood Manor. After two years of hard labor, they
completed their dream home and lived a life of solitude without the corrupting influence
of modern day conveniences such as electricity, phones, and other utilities. Their food
came from the gardens they planted and the chickens they raised.

It was further rumored that they became involved in various small social circles in the
community where they shared their wine and sometimes, unknown to their recipients,
some of their life time supply of LSD 25.  Whether this was done so they could engage in
strange sexual fetishes or as a means for them to physically and psychologically torture
the bodies and souls of their infrequent visitors for ritualistic purposes is still very
unclear, but the potential can not be ruled out.  It has been said that various torture and
items of restraint were found on this estate in an area called the "pink room".
On Sunday, December 12, 1982, Dr. Scudder and Joseph Odom were unexpectedly
visited by Kenneth Avery Brock, a friend from their small local circle. Kenneth also
brought his friend, Tony West, and two other people.  Weeks before, Kenneth had told
Tony of Dr. Scudder and Odom, emphasizing how they lived like Kings at Corpsewood
Manor.  After hearing this, Tony began developing a plan to rob Corpsewood Manor of its
rumored riches. After he arrived at the Manor, however, some force flipped a switch
inside his head resulting in the cold-blooded, brutal slaying of Dr. Scudder, his
companion, Odom, and even his two Mastiff canines.  These murders were later known
as the "Corpsewood Murders" in a book written about them.

After the murders, the estate was looted and stripped of any thing of value, including its
many ritualistic relics, and then burned to the ground.  The whereabouts of many of
these stolen items are still unknown today.  Both Dr. Scudder and Odom were cremated.
Odom's ashes were spread at the Corpsewood Estate while Dr. Scudder's were taken far
away from his companion and rumored lover.  

As Dr. Scudder had written his wife and two children out of his will and named Joseph
Odom as his sole heir, a large legal battle developed over the inheritance of the estate.
The legal battle was focused upon the time of the two murders. If Joseph Odom died
first, his estate would go to Dr. Scudder's family. If Dr. Scudder passed away first, the
estate would go to the family of Joseph Odom.  After a long battle, it was finally
determined that Dr. Scudder passed away first, and the Corpsewood Manor Estate went
to the family of Joseph Odom.

Now, coming back to the present, I have to ask again why someone would want artifacts
from the ruins of this place? These relics came from Corpsewood Manor where satanic
ceremonies and other dark rituals were performed. What potential for evil would these
items still have? The potential harm would be enough for me to "advance straight to ‘go’
and collect $200".  Add to this the cold-blooded doubled murders, and I lose any desire
to have them within 100 miles of me much less any curiosity to examine them.
I admit that at first I was curious about these items, and I had paranormal interest as well.
Would they emit erratic EMF, fluctuating temperature readings, or produce anomalies
under IR photography, etc.  

I talked to the individual who was expecting the box of relics and learned that the items
were still sealed in the box they had originally been stored in. I also discovered that the
box had not been touched since being placed into storage after the murders. I learned,
too, that “power” could be felt radiating from the sealed box. All this information led me
to realize that given these items known history with Dr. Scudder they did not need to be
studied or handled by anyone. I was convinced that they potentially were some sort of
key connecting one’s soul to a darker element. Evil can arrive at your doorstep in many
forms and it is human curiosity which opens that Pandora's Box and allows it to escape
and infest others.  

There was another fact that persuaded me that opening this box would be dangerous. Dr.
Scudder had had ties to Anton LaVey, the head of the Church of Satan in the United
States, and other such icons in the European realms which allows that this specific
Pandora's Box could be filled with a negativity or evil beyond my imagination and
control.  After reading some of Dr. Scudder's articles and other writings that I could find, I
came to feel that he was going beyond the powers which stem from such negativity;
possibly he was even going to Satan himself and other unknown entities.  God or the
Creator alone should have the power to unleash such negativity. I truly believe that Dr.
Scudder believed he was on a dark, ritualistic path that could make him a dark-sided
equal in an infinite existence. The darker aspects involved in this situation makes me
further realize that this may actually be one of the largest Pandora’s Boxes in existence

As such, in closing, I recommended to this person that the items should be left in the box
they came in, bound with a cross, and then dropped in the middle of a very deep river or
body of flowing water.  This was the same advice that a prominent demonoligist and
paranormal researcher initially gave when I contacted him on this odd situation.  Being
the oversized Pandora's Box that I believe this situation is, I would further recommend
that an actual rite of exorcism and/or other blessings and rituals of a positive or good
nature be performed upon the entire property and ruins where Corpsewood Manor

Like this case, this “Pandora’s Box” also needs to be sealed forever in hopes that human
curiosity does not unlock and open it in the future.

If I were consulted by other people who possess any relics from this site, I would
strongly suggest that the objects be disposed of in the same manner, or at a minimum,
taken to a practitioner of a good or positive energy based faith for a blessing or
exorcism.  To keep such items in ones possession opens a big question concerning
purpose and intent.  Curiosity is one thing, but to possess a Pandora’s Box may produce
a very negative impact upon yourself, your family, your friends, and possibly society as a
whole. Finally, I would recommend that the curious or adventurous not step foot on the
grounds where Corpsewood Manor once stood.

Believe what you wish, but remember that the Devil, Evil, or whatever you believe the
great negative entity or energy is becomes more powerful when its existence is denied.

The French poet Charles Baudelaire said, "The devil's deepest wile is to persuade us
that he does not exist."

Mark Twain also said, ''Satan hasn't a single salaried helper; the Opposition employs

Thank you to Laura Helbig for final editing!
© 2006/2009 by Gregory Myers – Paranormal Task Force
Corpsewood Manor
Corpsewood Manor
~ A Pandora's Box Waiting to be Opened~

by Gregory Myers, President - Paranormal Task Force
Final Editing by Laura Helbig

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