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Raycliff Manor
12-20-2011, 10:09 AM
After much deliberation and assessing our priorities, Lee and I have come a very difficult decision. Lees Mom has been facing very difficult challenges with her health, which appears now to be in a serious state of decline. Shes experiencing dementia and, unfortunately, has, as a result, been taken advantage of by unscrupulous individuals. My Moms health has also been in steady decline and she is now looking to return to California to live with or near her sister. We both need to attend to the needs of our Moms, both widowed, and this, combined with the decline in the economy and on the heels of the recent tornado disaster, which devastated much of Joplin, has brought us to the decision to close the Raycliff Attractions in Joplin, MO so that we can return to California to be near our Moms and see that they spend their latter years in comfort and good care. Your positive energy, thoughts and prayers regarding this are greatly appreciated!

To that end, we are putting the Raycliff Attractions assets up for sale. If you are interested in receiving an inventory list and making an offer on everything in both the Raycliff Manor and Carriage House Attractions, shoot us an email at info@raycliffmanor.com so that we can send this information to you. If we aren't able to sell the contents of both attractions as a whole, we'll then consider using an auction service to sell things off in pieces. Once weve sold the contents of both attractions, the property and buildings will be put on the real estate market for sale.

On another note, however, I will continue to offer my consulting services. You can learn more about this at www.HauntBook.com. We also intend to re-open a Raycliff Manor West Coast in California in the near future, hopefully in 2013 or 2014, and we will keep everyone posted on the progress of this as it evolves.

Sometimes in life our priorities are put to the test and Lee and I hope that we pass with flying colors. Weve been very fortunate to enjoy the last 8 years of manifesting what we believe is one of the most unique and enjoyable professional attractions in the country, with one of the best Fright Teams a haunted attraction owner could hope for! Its been a great ride and we look forward to taking our experience and talent to California and manifesting something even bigger and better so that we can positively affect even more lives than weve been able to touch to date! Thanks for your support in helping us disseminate this information.


12-20-2011, 11:39 AM
Best wishes to you and Lee. I'm sure it must have been a very difficult decision for you, but I look forward to seeing what you're able to do in your new endeavors.

12-20-2011, 02:24 PM
I'm sorry to hear about all this. We were wanting to hit you guys up in 2012. We'll be very sad to not have gotten to go. We've heard and read so much about Raycliff. Family is #1 priority so we completely understand and hope things go smoothly for you guys.

I sent you an email. Please let us know if you've not received it.



12-20-2011, 06:18 PM
I'm very sad to hear the news and I'll be keeping your moms in my thoughts. Wishing you and Lee the best of luck in California; I know you guys will create something even more amazing there.

Duke of Darkness
12-20-2011, 06:31 PM
Hey Kelly,

Sorry to hear about the health issues of your family and that you are closing down Rayliff Manor. I am sure that California will bring new adventures and new opportunities. Wishing you all the best through the holidays and into the future.


Marr Branch
12-20-2011, 06:54 PM
Some times bad luck can be a blessing in disguise.

12-20-2011, 08:04 PM
Kel, My brother,
I know this must have been a hard decision for you and Lee.
I hate to hear your closing your attractions but family comes first! Take care of Mom and I hope all goes well for you guys.
If there is anything I can do just let me know. Wishing good health and happiness to all in this time of need.


12-20-2011, 10:00 PM
I hope you hold strong and have family members for support along the way.

12-20-2011, 10:37 PM

Send me like an add or something on your sale and we'll throw that into the next magazine on me... I'd be happy to!


Dan Faupel
12-20-2011, 11:26 PM
Sorry to hear about that Kel, but it sounds like you guys have thought it out well...one door closes and another opens...I'm sure everything will turn out well for you two...miss you guys!!!

The Nightmare Factory
12-21-2011, 12:51 AM

Kasey and I are going through the dementia thing with my dad, it is horrible and very tie consuming to say the least. I am sorry that you have to go through it with Lee.

If there is anything we can do, shoot me a note.

I'd love to have to as a speaker at the 2012 WCHC in June. If you are so inclined, please drop Kasey a note at wchcspeaker@gmail.com

All the best to both of you.

Raycliff Manor
12-21-2011, 06:44 AM
Thanks so much for all the kind words and support everyone. Thanks to all of you who have sent such encouraging emails as well. I feel so blessed to be a part of such an awesome industry that is filled with amazing individuals. I'll definitely keep everyone posted on the progress of things when we begin to manifest Raycliff West Coast!

Happy Holidays to you all! May the New Year find you realizing the manifestation of your dreams (or SCREAMS), and may it find you in celebration and gratitude of true success (happiness) and abundance (love)!


P.S. Ed, our thoughts, positive energy and prayers are with you and so sorry to hear about your Dad.

12-21-2011, 09:16 PM
Hey Kelly

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Lee and your Mon's

If your going to TW lets get together and talk
about Raycliff West Coast.

Raycliff Manor
12-22-2011, 08:14 AM
Thanks Gary. I really appreciate it. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we're going to make it to TW this year. We're getting ready for our move back to California and we'll be getting settled back in. I am still hoping to make it to MHC though. I hope to have a decision made on this real soon. Please feel free to contact me any time though! Thanks again!


12-22-2011, 01:43 PM
What part of CA do you find yourself moving to?

Raycliff Manor
12-23-2011, 08:33 AM
Hi Randy. We're moving back to the San Diego area...


12-23-2011, 01:43 PM

My prayers for you both and both of your moms.
My wifes grandma battled dementia and it took her mom and 4 other siblings round the clock watch along with utilizing some night nurses. Not fun times.
You guys are in my thoughts and prayers!


Raycliff Manor
12-23-2011, 04:33 PM
Thanks Kirk! I really appreciate it! We're driving back to Cali with our possessions in a truck and Lee will be following with his Mom and our cat, Eureka, in the car. It's definitely going to make for an interesting and challenging road trip! :eek: We know it will all work out though. A great new journey ahead of us... and the haunt journey has only begun! ;)


12-23-2011, 05:14 PM
San Diego - nice, me daughter recently graduated from SDSU and is setting down roots there, I get there often, A very nice city. I wish you all the best on what is certainly a difficult transition in life.

12-23-2011, 07:48 PM
Hey Kelly

Let me know when you get settled back in and we can get together out here.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Raycliff Manor
12-25-2011, 06:33 AM
Thanks so much Randy. Gary, we'll definitely have to connect. I'll be in touch!

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, Happy Festivus, etc., etc. everyone!!!

May the New Year find you enjoying incredible abundance and manifesting all your dreams (SCREAMS)!


01-02-2012, 07:59 PM
It's unfortunate that I never had the opportunity to experience RayCliff Manor or meet you in person yet.

I understand your situation though. My grandmother is 88 years old, perfect physical health, but was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago. This past summer when I returned to Buffalo for District of the Dead I could see how fast the downward progression of the disease was first hand living at home again. She's been living with my father the last couple years and during my few months home I don't know how my father would have handled the entire situation day in and day out without me there.

Wishing you, Lee, and your mothers the best in a difficult time. It is very heart-warming to see you closing down a dream to take care of family. I would do the same if I were in your position.

Looking forward to meeting you at Transworld this March and if I'm still living in Phoenix the coming years I'd definitely make the trip to California to assist with Raycliff Manor's new phase when I could.

Best regards, Chris.

01-03-2012, 11:57 AM
I meant to get on here as soon as Brian told me the news, but as you well know, busy busy busy as always. But I did want to send my well wishes for you and Lee. I know it was a hard decision, but better things will come of it. With you guys behind the wheel, I guarantee it. You have been an inspiration to me and I look forward to seeing where you guys go next. :)

See you at MHC!!

Raycliff Manor
01-03-2012, 03:23 PM
Thanks so much for the kind words! I'm in the midst of getting ready for the move back to San Diego and Lee and I are trying to tie up all the loose ends we can as fast as we can. Once we're settled, I'll be back on here as much as possible to try and help when and where I can! Thanks again...


01-10-2012, 10:21 AM
being sent your way from NY best of luck and hope everything works out for the best!