Posted:8/24/2015 2:49:45 PMCemetery lore is popular across the American Midwest, and unusual statues and monuments attract some of the most interesting and enduring tales. Lifelike human forms frozen in time present a haunting image to visitors. Mysterious Heartland has found many incredible accounts of statues that bleed, cry, curse, and even appear to come to life. Which will prove to be the most spine-tingling of them all?
Posted:8/18/2015 12:55:42 PMAt Mysterious Heartland, we have patronized many drinking establishments on our travels to allegedly haunted places all over the Midwest, but sometimes the pub is our destination. From the ghosts of former owners who refuse to leave, to ladies of the evening from a bygone era, many are said to contain “spirits” of a supernatural variety. Which one will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
Posted:6/29/2015 1:35:42 PMBed and breakfasts are meant to provide a feeling of being a home away from home, but it is easy to forget that many were actual homes where families lived and died. Some believe renovations and unfamiliar faces stir up the ghosts of these former residents, who are unhappy with the changes. Other spirits appear to be a part of the history of the building–a lingering reminder of its past. Mysterious Heartland has found many bed and breakfasts with usual tales scattered across the Midwest. Which one will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
Posted:6/22/2015 4:48:22 PMThe call to serve is only answered by a select few, and the scars of war are some of the most enduring. While the American Midwest is not often noted for its military history, it is home to a number of battlefields and war memorials, as well as past and present military installations and prison camps. Missouri saw its share of bloody battles during the Civil War, and conflicts between settlers and American Indians raged until the early 1830s. As a result, Mysterious Heartland has found that the ghosts of former servicemen have been encountered in many places throughout the Midwest, from abandoned forts and bases to cemeteries and beyond. Which will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
Posted:5/11/2015 8:35:49 PMA great number of ghosts happen to be female, particularly attractive blondes who met a violent or tragic end. They are condemned to wander the earth weeping, hitchhiking, or reminding passersby of their fate for all eternity. Perhaps only Sigmund Freud could understand why this image continues to capture the popular imagination. Such phantoms appear all over the Heartland, but which will prove to be most alluring of them all?
Posted:5/5/2015 8:40:26 PMWith the summer tourist season fast approaching, we at Mysterious Heartland have prepared a list of some of the most unusual places in the great outdoors that you can visit. While these are all nice places to experience nature not too far from home, you may also encounter something of the supernatural variety.
Posted:4/8/2015 10:13:43 AMThe word “castle” brings to mind the powerful medieval battlements or stately manors of pre-modern Europe. Though no true castles exist in the American Midwest, castle-like buildings and mansions are scattered throughout the heartland. With their picturesque stone walls, towers, and turrets, these structures ignite visitors’ imaginations. None would be complete, of course, without a horrifying or romantic tale. Mysterious Heartland has researched these locations all over the Midwest and has found several with spine-tingling ghost stories. Which will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
Posted:3/23/2015 9:29:30 PMFrom desolate cottages choked with weeds, to towering Victorian Gothic edifices, to musty tunnels snaking under the lawn, the abandoned sanitariums, reformatories, and asylums of the past practically invite fantastic stories. When many of these old institutions were shut down or decommissioned in the 1980s, they were overtaken by former patients and inmates, amateur photographers, and teenagers looking for a thrill. These urban explorers brought back stories of strange sounds, moving shadows, and messages carved in the walls. Mysterious Heartland has found that many former asylums in the Heartland are believed to be infested with ghosts, but which are the most haunted of them all?
Posted:3/9/2015 9:36:27 PMThe Southwestern United States is a vast region with diverse terrain ranging from desert to mountains and high plains. It is also one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse regions of the US. At Mysterious Heartland, we have found that such a rich cultural heritage also includes a rich tapestry of campus ghost lore. Most colleges in these Southwestern states have a ghost story or two, but which are the most haunted of them all?
Posted:2/16/2015 10:33:30 AMMinnesota’s vast lakes, pine forests, and long, harsh winters have given rise to a rich tradition of folklore. As we at Mysterious Heartland have found, Minnesotans love a good ghost story as well, and many places are said to be haunted. Which will prove to be the scariest of them all?
Posted:12/15/2014 8:13:52 PMDeep in the dark shelves of a dusty archive, a purple glow materializes into the flickering image of an elderly librarian. One by one, her spectral hands pull the old books from the shelves. This isn’t the opening of a movie, but a haunting scene reenacted at libraries all over the Heartland. At Mysterious Heartland, we have scoured the pages of books, websites, and newspapers to bring you some of the most compelling stories of dedicated librarians from the beyond. Which Midwestern library will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
Posted:12/8/2014 7:53:28 PMThe heart of the Corn Belt, Iowa is bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River to the west. It has the odd distinction of being both the safest state in the U.S. and the inspiration for a Slipknot album. The Hawkeye State, however, is also known for its share of haunted and legendary places, including the infamous Villisca Axe Murder House. But which are the most compelling? http://mysteriousheartland.com/2014/12/08/iowas-top-10-most-haunted-places/
Posted:11/24/2014 9:07:21 PMWith its sweeping plains and fields of wheat and sunflowers, Kansas has long been known for its rich agricultural tradition. As Mysterious Heartland has found, Kansas has a rich tradition of folklore and ghost stories as well. From haunted dunes and hollows to the infamous Sallie House and Potwin Place, the Sunflower State has more than its fair share of supernatural destinations. Which will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
Posted:11/4/2014 9:04:28 PMWith their storied history, famous guests, and romantic atmosphere, Mysterious Heartland has found that hotels can attract quite a number of ghostly tales. From the smallest bed & breakfast to a luxurious five-star resort, the Midwest has more than its fair share of famous hotels, and nearly all of them are believed to have an uninvited guest or two. Which one will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
Posted:10/20/2014 9:54:53 AMFrom the infamous set location of The Shawshank Redemption, to the majestic halls of the Lafayette Hotel, Ohio is also known for a number of very famous haunted places. Which will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
Posted:9/29/2014 10:29:30 AMThe American Heartland brings to mind rolling fields of corn and grain, apple pie, and …ghosts? For the past several years, Mysterious Heartland has scoured hundreds of books, articles, and websites to find the most interesting haunted and legendary places in the Midwest. With infamous locations like Griggs Mansion, Bachelor’s Grove, Bullock Hotel, and dozens of other nationally-known paranormal hotspots, it was hard to choose the top 10. Never-the-less, we have come up with this list of what we think are the best. Which one will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
Posted:9/22/2014 10:06:01 AMWisconsin is a very haunted state, with foreboding roads, abandoned mansions, and bloody brides, but which location will prove to be the most haunted of them all?
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?
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...
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?
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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...
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.”
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.
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.
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).
Posted:9/10/2013 12:24:36 PMAn exclusive interview with the authors of the new book Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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!
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?
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?
Posted:5/2/2012 1:21:00 PMA mysterious black dog visits a family in part 2 of this ghost story from rural Illinois.
Posted:4/30/2012 4:41:24 PMA harrowing true ghost story from Pinckneyville, Illinois.
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.
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?