Geolocating Carter Banks’s and Jeremy Abbott’s explore of the Alabama “died on the couch” house

In two videos, Carter Banks (BigBankz) and Jeremy Abbott (Jeremy Xplores) do walkthroughs of an abandoned residence in Alabama. Here’s Carter’s explore:

And here’s Jeremy’s explore:

This one took more sleuthing.

First, Carter revealed a rough location with this, at 21:24:

This refers to Dr. Michele Saint Romain, who was abducted in 1991 near Birmingham, Alabama. Her body was not found until 1999. This semi-corroborates his allegation that the house’s last resident died in 1992.

It was difficult to hone in much more with Carter’s video, so I went to Jeremy’s video, where he gives an invaluable clue at 4:32:

This likely reveals the owner, Mrs. Ted Turner.

At 4:35, we see that her first name was likely Nellie:

The name didn’t help much. Also, the address threw me off.

First, Route 3, also known as Cherokee County Road 3, is east of Collinsville, but Lebanon is northwest of Collinsville, so that’s likely not it. Next, I found a Lebanon Road, a stretch of road west of Lebanon that doesn’t appear to go all the way to Lebanon. We still have an issue in that I lack a precise address for Nellie’s home. Going up and down the part of Lebanon Road in the 35961 ZIP code bears no fruit.

Back to the drawing board.

Other important clues are found in outside shots of the house:

  • There are other houses nearby.
  • When looking at it from the front, the roofline will be a bit different to accommodate the balcony, and the back right will have a partially collapsed carport.
  • You can hear the drone of a nearby highway, so it’s not far from Interstate 59.
  • You can hear vehicles going by, so it’s close to a road.
  • The road is viewable in some shots, and it has no striping.

OK, so it’s not on Lebanon Road, but we have some more info to track it down. Maybe Route 3 refers to some postal carrier route, not a road. And maybe Lebanon Road means some road that goes to Lebanon, not literally the road named Lebanon Road by the county? Also, given the proximity of other structures, I guess it could be on the outskirts of a small town.

And a particular building in the background of Jeremy’s video at 0:11 really helped. It had a distinctive chimney on the side:

I went back to Lebanon and reviewed some more. After crawling its streets on aerial view for a few minutes, I noticed a familiar roof shape:

Hmm, let’s look at the front:

Jackpot!

DeKalb County has tax history for this property going back to 1996. Interestingly, Lela Everett was the owner. She died in 2006 at 92. It’s likely that she is the person on the return address of the above envelope.

Why is the house in this shape? First, since Lela was born in 1914, she was almost certainly not Nellie’s daughter. Why would the property have gone to her, then? From what I can infer, Lela’s husband Glysco was born in DeKalb County, Alabama, so I assume there is some family or childhood connection.

I do not know the circumstances of Nellie’s death. I do know that Carter and Jeremy routinely buttress phony narratives with fake or grossly exaggerated claims. A claim in this video is that stains on a particular couch are fluids emitted by Nellie’s corpse before she was found one week later. Whether Nellie’s body emitted those fluids depends on morbid factors not revealed in the video. These could simply be garden-variety stains.

Is this house a time capsule? Of course not. As with virtually every house they visit, anything of value has already been removed, and the scene has changed considerably since the house was last occupied. What is left are worthless things, like used clothes, knick-knacks, or well-used furniture.

Nellie’s land is in use. Aerial photos make clear that it’s being used for agricultural purposes. Since the current owner lives several states away, it’s likely Nellie’s land is being leased out.

Given low land values in the countryside, it is often not worthwhile to renovate old homes. Once their economic life is done, it is not uncommon to let old houses rot away.

So instead of a mysterious abandonment and a time capsule, it’s likely this house is full of worthless junk and is intentionally being subjected to benign neglect.

Geolocating another Carter Banks funeral home urbex

In this video, Carter Banks (BigBankz) does another walkthrough of an abandoned funeral home:

Let’s start with a major oopsiedoodle at 12:13:

I got the easy button!

Boatwright Funeral Home is at 113 Harlem Street, Bishopville, South Carolina. It may have closed no later than 2015, when Hubert Boatwright, its 91 year old owner, died.

The video has several clues. At 3:46, you see these garage doors:

This matches the garage door visible on the back of the property:

At 11:58 and some other places, you see inverted-V curtains:

These match the style visible from the front:

Geolocating Carter Banks’s urbex of a funeral home

UPDATE (2023-03-20): I identified the wrong closed funeral home. But a clue pointed to the correct one. See the comments below the article.

In this video, Carter Banks (BigBankz) does a walk through of an abandoned funeral home:

Video of an abandoned funeral home.

I came across this video when searching on Cadillac hearses. This video was referenced in a forum.

A cremains box gave it away:

Screen capture of cremains box. (This image used under fair use doctrine.)

Aha, Trezevant Crematorium! A brief Google search confirms it is at 5716 Koon Rd. Columbia, SC 29203-6213.

Trezevant closed in 2014 when its owner died. As of 2019, it looks like it was still being maintained:

Myers Mortuary & Cremation Services took over the place in 2021. The property is on South Carolina’s Historical Properties Record, possibly because it was the first black-owned funeral home in the state. It’s still owned by the Trezevant family.

The place in 2022, after it was under new management:

Geolocating Carter Banks’s urbex of a phony “cult” mansion

I geolocated one of Carter Banks’s (BigBankz) latest silly urbex videos. I couldn’t find clear location hints in this video. Thankfully, a video commenter gave it away.

This video is of a place called Wedding Present Farm, also known as Blackburn Mansion:

Wedding present farm, mis-sold as some cult facility.

It’s for sale!

It’s parcel 4.38 on this tax map:

Location of Wedding Present Farm
Tax map that includes Wedding Present Farm

Fitting the pattern, the “we hike deep into the woods”, “cult”, and “abandoned” are fabrications to create mystery and drama.

He admits early in the video that the cult thing is phony: his “extensive research” turned up nothing about the cult (direct reference). Also, nothing he came across in the homes would be cult-like material.

As for the hike deep into in the woods, yet more phony drama. The mansion is about 150 feet past the end of Blackburn Road!

Distance from end of the road to the mansion. What a hike! (link to map)

It’s not abandoned. It was renovated 15 years ago, the property is clearly being mowed, and he found electricity on in multiple buildings.

Remove the fabrications and the silly, mysterious tone, and you’re simply seeing a property that may be hard to sell.

Here’s some drone videos of the property from a few years ago:

Drone videos of Wedding Present Farm.

Geolocating Carter Banks’s and Steve Ronin’s urbex in a New York house

I like figuring out true locations behind videos or photos. Urban explorers let me hone this skill.

A note: These explorers are actors. They make entertainment products, not documentaries. Their general pattern is to paint a pseudo-abandoned building with phony drama, nostalgia, or mystery. These fuel emotions that color a walk-through of the building.

Part of their act is obscuring location, adding to the mystery. This means we get fun puzzles to solve.

I’ve nailed the location of the set of one of Carter Banks’s (a.k.a. BigBankz) videos:

Exploring a Doctor’s ABANDONED House in the Woods | Found Guns

This video’s backstory is a doctor who had a famous-actress wife from Europe, a nasty divorce, severe back pain, and financial troubles, leading to a mysterious house abandonment.

Carter left some key clues.

(Licensing note: Some screen captures from the video are below. Their use fall under the fair use doctrine. An example of fair use is use is use of others’ works for commentary and criticism.)

First, you have these pill bottles, which confirm a last name of Dulik:

Pill bottle #1. This is a capture from the above video.
Pill bottle #2. This is a capture from the above video.

A phone number is exposed with a different angle on the second pill bottle:

Pill bottle #2, rotated. This is a capture from the above video.

Searching on “295-5458” pharmacy turns up Sullivan Pharmacy from Liberty, New York.

Great, we know this probably a Dulik from Liberty, New York.

Carter also gave us a drone shot, helping us identify the house’s outline.

Drone view of house.

After a little Googling, I located an Ivan F. Dulik from Liberty, NY. His wife is Consuela Moravkova. Her biography contradicts some things Carter said. Consuela is Czech, not west European, and the “famous actress” in Czechoslovakia theory is stretching the truth. She appears to have only had minor acting roles until her 1979 retirement.

Why is the house abandoned? First, look at the aerial of the site, where you can also confirm the outline:

The red pin is on the explored house. Adjacent are destroyed or condemned buildings. A condemned building is what shows behind the house’s chimney:

Strange building behind a residence.

Th explored house is part of the Grandview Palace Condominiums. This property is the redeveloped Brown’s Hotel in New York’s Catskills, which had a massive fire in April 2012 and was condemned weeks later.

Here’s the fire:

While the explored house is a detached, single-family home, it’s still part of the condominium complex. That is apparent from a property map from the county, which has no separate parcel for that house:

Red arrow shows approximate location of house, inside a large parcel shared with the condo complex.

The likely explanation isn’t a mysterious abandonment. Rather, it’s that the house had to be abandoned because it was no longer safe.

Part of the safety issue appears to be asbestos. A recent proposal by the Town of Fallsburg, to use eminent domain to acquire and redevelop the property, was canceled apparently due to concerns about asbestos-abatement costs.

Finally, the house is not abandoned! For one, it has electricity: the oven and microwave clocks are on. I wonder how many lights would have turned on had Carter flipped switches? (Spookiness is part of the act, so of course they cannot use the lights!) The house isn’t the dusty, rotted mess of something abandoned for years in a humid continental climate that gets 52 inches of rain each year and cold winters. While not maintained well, it is being minimally maintained by someone.

Wait, there’s more! Carter’s buddy Steve Ronin was there and also created a video:

Steve shared a valuable clue, confirming the owner’s identity:

A paper confirming Ivan F. Dulik.

That and another document he found show dates after the massive fire. If the entire complex was condemned, and this house is part of the complex, I am unclear how anyone could reside in it. My guess is Ivan visited the house occasionally to sort out affairs, possibly concluding with an optimistic 2015 attempt to sell it.

This may be Ivan:

And the Japan theory? It probably comes from a photo book of what is likely a medical conference Ivan attended in Japan:

A still from when a photo book was flipped through.

I found property records. Ivan and Consuela still co-own the property. While the actor suggested that Ivan may tried to sell the place for $595,000 almost 10 years ago, the county now says it is worth around $40,000. You can see the property records by looking up property 11.-1-39.02./0101 at Sullivan County’s property-search site. (Interestingly, a search on 11.-1-39 turns up all owners in the condemned condo complex. That backs up other information I found that shows that resolution to the catastrophic fire is absent even 11 years later!)

The property was probably abandoned because it’s part of a condemned condo complex. I’ll bet that Ivan and his wife were prolific shoppers. There’s so much suggestive evidence of that in the house. If so, the things that were left behind were mostly clutter, redundant possessions, or things that were easier to replace than to pack up and move.

This property still has some open questions. They are mundane. But the location puzzle is solved. That’s the fun game!