|Top 10 Tales of Witchcraft in the Midwest|
Posted:9/15/2014 8:13:41 AMAlthough belief in witchcraft has persisted in the American Midwest for nearly two centuries, Mysterious Heartland has found it surprisingly difficult to locate stories of witchcraft in the region. Never-the-less, we have scoured newspaper archives and dusty volumes to bring you some of the most exciting and obscure accounts of conjuring, hexes, and mistaken identity. Which story will prove to be the most compelling of them all?
|Seven Plead Guilty in LeBeau Plantation Fire|
Posted:9/14/2014 12:14:10 PMSeven men have plead guilty to setting fire to the infamous LeBeau Manor in Arabi, Louisiana. Built by Francois Barthelemy LeBeau outside Arabi, Louisiana in 1854, the LeBeau Plantation manor was the largest remaining antebellum mansion in the New Orleans area. It was also widely believed to be haunted...
|Top 10 Most Terrifying Places in the Midwest|
Posted:8/25/2014 8:14:25 AMhere are a few places where men fear to tread, places so scary locals have labeled them with names like “Hotel Hell,” “Hell Bridge,” and “Satan’s Tunnel.” Witches, demons, and shadowy entities are said to lurk there. Some are even believed to contain portals to Hell itself. We at Mysterious Heartland have braved damnation to bring you this list. Which will prove to be the most terrifying place of them all?
|Echoes from the Past Haunt Tombstone’s Bird Cage Theater|
Posted:8/21/2014 1:16:14 PMThe Bird Cage Theater at 535 E. Allen Street in Tombstone, Arizona, is one of the only surviving buildings from Tombstone’s Wild West days. The Bird Cage Theater opened in 1881 and closed in 1889. In those short years, it gained a notorious reputation as a house of gambling, entertainment, and prostitution. The Bird Cage Theater is also rumored to be haunted with the ghosts of Tombstone’s tumultuous past.
|Top 10 Most Haunted Roads in the Midwest|
Posted:5/28/2014 8:33:32 AMIsolated. Foreboding. Dangerous. Lonely roads make a good setting for a ghost story, and there are plenty snaking their way across the American Heartland. But which is the scariest of them all? Mysterious Heartland is proud to bring you our list of the top 10 creepiest roads in the Midwest! Any of these roads makes an excellent spooky night-time trip, but remember, always be conscious of other motorists – especially if they might be of the undead variety!
|Top 10 Creepiest Cemeteries in the Midwest|
Posted:4/8/2014 8:59:45 AMAt Mysterious Heartland, we spend a lot of time crawling around the ruins of some of the most notorious and spooky places in the Heartland. Cemeteries in particular seem to attract a bevy of ghostly tales, but what are the most frightening? After much debate, we are happy to bring you the Top 10 Creepiest Cemeteries in the Midwest!
|Top 10 Creepiest Bridges in the Midwest|
Posted:3/24/2014 1:19:37 PMSometimes perilous and almost always remote, rural bridges have long been a staple of local ghostlore. They are places where ghosts of long-forgotten accidents still roam and phantom voices cry out from the water below. At Mysterious Heartland, we have researched allegedly haunted bridges all over the Midwest, but which one will prove to be the most terrifying of all?
|Top 10 Creepiest Haunted Houses in the Midwest|
Posted:3/17/2014 9:11:34 AMLooming out of the prairie, or standing like a sentinel on a quiet street, the old Victorian mansion or derelict farmhouse dominates our nightmares. We at Mysterious Heartland know that every town and city has at least one, but what are the most infamous and haunted houses and mansions in the heartland? After much debate, we are happy to bring you the Top 10 Most Haunted Houses in the Midwest! Note: Many homes in this list are privately owned. Never visit any of these homes uninvited.
|Chicago’s Top 10 Most Haunted Places|
Posted:3/10/2014 1:12:48 PMChicago is the third largest city in the United States and an “alpha city” in the global economy. With a population of over 2.8 million, it is the political and economic powerhouse of Illinois. With so many people living and dying here, it comes as no surprise that Chicago would be home to so many ghosts. Entire books (and their sequels!) have been devoted to the ghostlore of the Windy City. At Mysterious Heartland, we have poured over dozens of these stories to bring you the top 10 most haunted places in Chicago!
|Top 10 Most Haunted Colleges in the Midwest|
Posted:1/20/2014 1:42:16 PMLeaving home and going to college for the first time can be a very exciting and scary experience, especially if your college shares its campus with the otherworldly and unseen. Almost every college and university has at least one legend or ghost story, but which can lay claim to the title of most haunted? After much debate, Mysterious Heartland brings you the Top 10 Most Haunted Colleges and Universities in the Midwest!
|Does it Matter if Black Moon Manor was a Fake?|
Posted:1/16/2014 5:41:48 PMIf the whole thing was a fraud, and the house was not haunted, what does that say about all the “evidence” collected there by paranormal investigators? In other words, if Black Moon Manor was a fraud, why didn’t every paranormal investigation team leave the place empty handed?
|Cougar Killed in Whiteside County, Illinois|
Posted:11/21/2013 3:27:00 PMA North American cougar (aka Mountain Lion) has been shot and killed in Whiteside County, Illinois. Cougars all but vanished from Illinois after the 1870s, but have made several appearances in recent years.
|St. Clair County UFO|
Posted:11/13/2013 6:53:32 PMOn the night of January 5, 2000, Police in the St Clair County received numerous reports of a triangular shaped unidentified object in the sky. The UFO was reported to be two stories high and about the length of a football field. It was estimated that the UFO was flying at an altitude of about 1000 feet. The UFO sighting drew national attention and a week later a special team of investigators headed by a former FBI agent was brought in...
|Interview with Cassidy Rae, Spiritual Medium|
Posted:11/12/2013 5:02:32 PMCassidy Rae is 15 years old and has been using her gift as a spiritual medium to enlighten and help people across the country. She assists in paranormal investigations, provides readings, and speaks at various events about her experiences, para unity, and her double life as a teenage medium. Recently, she has starred in the web series “Dead People See Me.”
|Southern Illinois' infamous Sunset Haven has been demolished!|
Posted:11/9/2013 6:47:58 PMBetween October 25-25th, a crew from Southern Illinois University dismantled one of the few remaining almshouses in Illinois. Known as Sunset Haven, “Building 207,” Vivarium Annex, or just the “old asylum,” this rectangular red-brick building has attracted numerous tales, trespassers, and vandals since its abandonment in the late 1980s.
|Stickney Mansion Mystery Solved|
Posted:10/14/2013 1:13:18 PMThe Stickney Mansion has long been known as the "house with no corners," but was it built this way for supernatural reasons? According to legend, the Stickneys were spiritualists who believed that ghosts would become trapped in the corners of their home during seances. What Tim Prasil uncovered about this story may surprise you.
|Larry Wilson’s Sallie House Solo Investigation|
Posted:9/24/2013 7:16:28 PMLarry Wilson shares the details of what happened during his solo investigation of the infamous Sallie House (with pictures).
|Ashmore Estates Featured in Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums|
Posted:9/10/2013 12:24:36 PMAn exclusive interview with the authors of the new book Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums.
|‘Ghost Hunting’ Thieves or Publicity Grab?|
Posted:6/17/2013 9:27:19 AMOver the weekend, Cincinnati.com broke this story about a par of thieves who broke into Bobby Mackey’s in Wilder, Kentucky and stole dozens of bottles of alcohol. According to Cincinnati.com, R. J. Seifert, who does marketing for Bobby Mackey’s, claimed the thieves were possibly ghost hunters. Really?
|A Trans-Atlantic Haunting, October 1966|
Posted:6/12/2013 11:11:23 AM"Here’s the true eerie experience, which frightened me to the extreme in October 1966, shortly after I turned 12 years old." A grandmother's ghost reaches across the Atlantic to tell her family of her passing.
|Echoes from the Past at Chanute Air Force Base|
Posted:6/1/2013 8:38:21 PMThe presence of abandoned buildings anywhere is always an incubator for ghost stories. Chanute is no exception. Some visitors have, through the broken windows, reported seeing an officer working at his desk. Others say they have seen airmen strolling the weed-choked sidewalks.
|Top 10 Most Haunted Hospitals in Illinois|
Posted:1/14/2013 12:35:38 PMHospitals, perhaps more than any other building, witness the pains of human existence on a consistent basis. Birth, death, illness, despair, and even insanity are experienced by thousands of patients over many decades within their walls. Maybe this is why hospitals are some of the most haunted places in Illinois. But which is the most haunted of them all? At the Legends and Lore of Illinois, we have combed dozens of stories to bring you the top ten most haunted hospitals (past and present) in the state.
| NIPT Encounters the Ghost of Amy|
Posted:10/30/2012 2:19:22 PMIn July of 2011, Northern Illinois Paranormal Team lead investigators, Tony and Dave, were requested to an “Undisclosed” location in Aurora Illinois. This is what they found.
|Top 10 Most Haunted Restaurants in Illinois|
Posted:9/19/2012 2:33:05 PMWith hundreds of customers coming in and out every day, it would not surprise the Legends and Lore of Illinois if a restaurant turned out to have a ghost or two. Some of these specters are content to simply observe the hustle and bustle, while others are much more “hands on.” Illinoisans have certainly had their share of strange encounters while dining out. Which of these restaurants will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
|Top 10 Most Haunted Bridges in Illinois|
Posted:8/6/2012 9:29:03 AMSometimes perilous and almost always remote, rural bridges have long been a staple of local ghostlore. They are places where ghosts of long-forgotten accidents still roam and phantom voices cry out from the water below. At the Legends and Lore of Illinois, we have visited allegedly haunted bridges all over the State of Illinois, but which one will prove to be the most haunted?
|The Cantina Ghosts, Part 1|
Posted:7/16/2012 9:04:49 AMCentral Illinois author Sylvia Shults shares stories about paranormal investigations at her husband's haunted bar in Pekin, Illinois.
|The Top 10 Creepiest Woods and Parks in Illinois|
Posted:7/2/2012 9:28:58 AMTourist season is in full swing in Illinois, and so we at the Legends and Lore of Illinois have prepared a list of some of the most unusual places you can visit in the great outdoors. While these are all nice places to experience nature, you may also encounter something of the supernatural variety. Be warned, however, some of these places hide very real dangers, not the least of which include hazardous terrain. So never visit them alone!
|Top 10 Most Haunted Churches in Illinois|
Posted:6/4/2012 10:03:13 AMAs the focus of such devotion and reverence, the Legends and Lore of Illinois has found that churches are some of the most haunted places in Illinois. Whether it is a devoted pastor who refuses to leave his flock, a religiously-inspired vision, or spirits of the departed drawn to the energy of an active congregation, it is rare to find a church devoid of at least one ghostly tale. Which church will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
|Top 10 Tales of Witchcraft in Illinois|
Posted:5/7/2012 8:40:32 AMWhile many historians have attempted to dismiss tales of witchcraft as “superstitions of the past,” these stories have been told in the Prairie State throughout its history, from the very first French settlers until the present day. This month, we at the Legends and Lore of Illinois have scoured newspaper archives and dusty volumes to bring you some of the most exciting and obscure accounts of witchcraft in Illinois. Which story will prove to be the most compelling?
|The Ghost of RuthAnne, Part 2|
Posted:5/2/2012 1:21:00 PMA mysterious black dog visits a family in part 2 of this ghost story from rural Illinois.
|The Ghost of RuthAnne, Part 1|
Posted:4/30/2012 4:41:24 PMA harrowing true ghost story from Pinckneyville, Illinois.
|Interview with Melissa Tanner, Founder of TnT Paranormal|
Posted:4/23/2012 12:11:11 PMMelissa Tanner is the founder and lead investigator for TnT Paranormal Investigators, LLC (TnT Paranormal) out of the Chicagoland area. Before starting TnT Paranormal in 2009, she had investigated with several other paranormal teams and at several of the most haunted places in America. She has used those experiences to hone her skills as an investigator. TnT Paranormal is one of the most professional paranormal investigation teams in Illinois.
|Top 10 Old-Timey Ghost Stories in Illinois|
Posted:4/16/2012 2:23:31 PMWith all the recent popularity of haunted houses, paranormal investigation, and legend tripping, it is easy to forget that ghost stories have been told for as long as human beings have walked the earth. Here in Illinois, the love of a good ghost story was alive and well in the 1800s and early 1900s, and some of our best tales come from that bygone era. Which one will prove to be the most timeless?
|The Farmhouse Specters, Part 1|
Posted:12/8/2011 10:29:03 PMChristina Sanantonio shares her story of living in a haunted farmhouse outside of Monticello, Illinois.
|Top 10 Issues of the Legends and Lore of Illinois|
Posted:11/21/2011 4:47:11 PMBetween 2007 and 2010, 47 issues of the Legends and Lore of Illinois were released. Each issue discussed an allegedly haunted location in Illinois and featured the continuing adventures of a mysterious team of paranormal investigators called The Fallen. Reviews, interviews, letters from the readers, trivia, and “ghostly games” were also irregular features. Places as diverse as Cahokia Mounds, Western Illinois University, and Aux Sable Cemetery were all explored, but which issue has proven to be the most popular of them all?
|Ashmore Estates: The Myth and the Legend|
Posted:9/23/2011 12:00:00 AMTonight on the Travel Channel at 8pm central/9pm eastern time, the season premier of Ghost Adventures will feature Ashmore Estates, a former almshouse and psychiatric facility in Coles County, Illinois. Before you see the show, get the facts about this mysterious location!
|Top 10 Hottest Ghosts in Illinois|
Posted:9/12/2011 12:00:00 AMFor reasons only Sigmund Freud could understand, we at the Legends and Lore of Illinois have noticed that a great number of ghosts happen to be young, attractive women who are desperate and alone. This combination has proven to be very alluring, but which one of these ghosts deserve the title of most captivating in the entire state of Illinois?
|A Spiritual Ride to the Other Side|
Posted:9/2/2011 12:00:00 AMIn July, Russ Wells was returning home from the store when he fell asleep behind the wheel and wrapped his car around a pole. What followed was a life-changing experience that Wells can only explain as a glimpse of the "Other Side."
|Interview with Edward Shanahan|
Posted:8/8/2011 12:00:00 AMEdward Shanahan is a Chicago Psychic Reader, Medium, Spirit Feeler, does Channeling and is the Chicago area Paranormal Host of Chicago Paranormal Nights. He has appeared in four different paranormal books (a fifth and sixth are now being worked on), and is authoring his own e-book ‘Taking The Paranormal and Spiritual World Seriously’, to be released within the next month.
|The Cottonwood Tree|
Posted:8/5/2011 12:00:00 AMThus is the story of the only recorded lynching in Jackson County, Illinois. Only the footings of the Mt. Carbon Bridge remain today and the cottonwood tree has long since been swept away by floods along the Big Muddy River. Several fishermen along this stretch of the Big Muddy River report mournful cries and wispy vaporous forms along the river banks.
|A Murder, A Hanging, and A Haunting|
Posted:7/22/2011 12:00:00 AMBruce Cline examines a murder in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1915 that led to the haunting of a majestic Victorian home.
|Top 10 Most Haunted Hotels in Illinois|
Posted:7/18/2011 12:00:00 AMWith their rich history and romantic atmosphere, the Legends and Lore of Illinois has found that hotels can attract quite a number of ghostly tales. Illinois has several historic hotels dating back to the 1800s, but even more modern establishments are said to be the home of some tortured spirits. Which one will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
|Interview with Stan Courtney, Cryptozoologist|
Posted:7/11/2011 12:00:00 AMStan Courtney has had an interest in Bigfoot/Sasquatch since 1959, and had his first possible encounter near Springfield, Oregon in 1967. Stan has been a member of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization since 2004 and has interviewed 250 Bigfoot witnesses and posted over 160 reports on the BFRO website. He has also traveled to the 48 contiguous states, recording and researching sighting locations.
|Top 10 Most Haunted Bars & Pubs in Illinois|
Posted:6/20/2011 12:00:00 AMAt the Legends and Lore of Illinois, we have patronized many drinking establishments in the course of our travels to mysterious places all over the Prairie State. However, sometimes the pub is our destination, since there are many said to contain “spirits” of a different nature. Which one will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
|WSIU-TV Goes on a Ghost Hunt with L.E.G.S.|
Posted:6/17/2011 12:00:00 AMWSIU-TV accompanies Bruce Cline and the Little Egypt Ghost Society on an investigation of a home haunted by a music-loving ghost.
|“Psychic” Creates Media Stir with False Report|
Posted:6/8/2011 12:00:00 AMYesterday, some news networks reported that dozens of bodies of children had been found at a rural home near Hardin, Texas. Today, it seems that report was wrong. It turns out that police and news crews were reacting to a false claim by someone calling herself a psychic. Should law enforcement take psychic testimony seriously?
|A Tragic Wedding – a Prophecy of Doom|
Posted:6/5/2011 12:00:00 AMA ghostly wedding party warns of impending war in this antebellum ghost story from Southern Illinois.
|Top 10 Most Haunted Schools in Illinois|
Posted:5/23/2011 12:00:00 AMAt the Legends and Lore of Illinois, we know adolescence can be a particularly hard time in a person’s life, and that most of that time is spent in school. At some Illinois schools, however, homework, grades, and bullies aren’t the only thing students have to worry about. Some locker-lined hallways are stalked by the unseen. Which one will prove to be the most haunted?
|Video Previews of Haunting Illinois|
Posted:5/17/2011 12:00:00 AMWith a listing of 200 haunted and mysterious places, 85 pictures, icons, a “creep factor” scale, and a comprehensive introduction covering the history of folklore and paranormal research in Illinois, “Haunting Illinois” is fast proving to be the most exciting book to come out on this subject in the past several years. Check out these video previous showing some of the places covered in the book...
|On the Scene with Ghost Adventures|
Posted:5/2/2011 12:00:00 AMOn a pleasant, sunny afternoon late last month, I found myself in the company of the Travel Channel’s most famous ghost hunters. Zak, Nick, and Aaron had come to Coles County in order to film an upcoming episode of their hit show Ghost Adventures at Ashmore Estates, a former almshouse and care facility in Coles County.