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An exclusive interview with the authors of the new book Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums.


Posted: 9/10/2013 12:24:36 PM   Reads: 747   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
Over 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?


Posted: 6/17/2013 9:27:19 AM   Reads: 736   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Oddball News

Category: Oddball News
"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.


Posted: 6/12/2013 11:11:23 AM   Reads: 690   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
The 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.


Posted: 6/1/2013 8:38:21 PM   Reads: 846   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
Hospitals, 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.


Posted: 1/14/2013 12:35:38 PM   Reads: 902   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
In 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.


Posted: 10/30/2012 2:19:22 PM   Reads: 1881   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
With 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?


Posted: 9/19/2012 2:33:05 PM   Reads: 1197   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
Sometimes 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?


Posted: 8/6/2012 9:29:03 AM   Reads: 1257   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
Central Illinois author Sylvia Shults shares stories about paranormal investigations at her husband's haunted bar in Pekin, Illinois.


Posted: 7/16/2012 9:04:49 AM   Reads: 1174   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
Tourist 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!


Posted: 7/2/2012 9:28:58 AM   Reads: 1233   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
As 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?


Posted: 6/4/2012 10:03:13 AM   Reads: 1363   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
While 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?


Posted: 5/7/2012 8:40:32 AM   Reads: 1143   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Witchcraft

Category: Witchcraft
A mysterious black dog visits a family in part 2 of this ghost story from rural Illinois.


Posted: 5/2/2012 1:21:00 PM   Reads: 1369   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
A harrowing true ghost story from Pinckneyville, Illinois.


Posted: 4/30/2012 4:41:24 PM   Reads: 1366   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
Melissa 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.


Posted: 4/23/2012 12:11:11 PM   Reads: 928   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Paranormal Organizations

With 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?


Posted: 4/16/2012 2:23:31 PM   Reads: 1123   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
Christina Sanantonio shares her story of living in a haunted farmhouse outside of Monticello, Illinois.


Posted: 12/8/2011 10:29:03 PM   Reads: 1092   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
Between 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?


Posted: 11/21/2011 4:47:11 PM   Reads: 987   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Paranormal Media

Tonight 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!


Posted: 9/23/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 690   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
For 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?


Posted: 9/12/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 673   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
In 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."


Posted: 9/2/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 824   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Afterlife

Category: Afterlife
Edward 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.


Posted: 8/8/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 751   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: People

Category: People
Thus 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.


Posted: 8/5/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 574   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
Bruce Cline examines a murder in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1915 that led to the haunting of a majestic Victorian home.


Posted: 7/22/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 595   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
With 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?


Posted: 7/18/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 567   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
Stan 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.


Posted: 7/11/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 545   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Cryptozoology

Category: Cryptozoology
At 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?


Posted: 6/20/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 476   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
WSIU-TV accompanies Bruce Cline and the Little Egypt Ghost Society on an investigation of a home haunted by a music-loving ghost.


Posted: 6/17/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 449   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

Category: Ghosts
Yesterday, 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?


Posted: 6/8/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 493   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Oddball News

Category: Oddball News
A ghostly wedding party warns of impending war in this antebellum ghost story from Southern Illinois.


Posted: 6/5/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 393   Submitted By: makleen   Source: trueillinoishaunts.com Category: Ghosts

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