Time is Short for Peoria State Hospital’s Bowen Building

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[Mysteriousheartland.com] Long rumored to be haunted, Peoria State Hospital’s majestic Bowen Building in Bartonville, Illinois may soon join the list of legendary locations lost to the wrecking ball. According to WMBD News, Bartonville’s board of trustees approved a $400,000 loan earlier this month that will cover the cost to demolish the Bowen Building. The village hopes […]

The Fallen Chronicles: Episode 2

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[Mysteriousheartland.com] Deep in Decatur, Illinois, The Fallen’s 1991 dark blue Toyota Corolla puttered through the white, metal gates of Greenwood Cemetery with Mike, Greg, Aurelia, and Emmet inside. Its rusted muffler hung inches from the road. “Does anyone else notice this city smells like rotten eggs?” Emmet asked over a remix of calliope music that […]

The Cambridge Death Curve Part 2: Cries from the Grave

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[Mysteriousheartland.com] Continued from Part 1… Shortly after Julia Markham used an ax to murder her seven children, a postman discovered a letter she had written to her husband. The letter proved the murders had been premeditated. “Dear Clarence,” she wrote. “This is to say goodbye to you. Some give their souls for others, and I […]

The Cambridge Death Curve Part 1: An Unspeakable Crime

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[Mysteriousheartland.com] Life is slow in Henry County, Illinois. With 86.7 percent of its land devoted to agriculture, the most commotion a visitor is likely to hear comes from tractors rumbling across the land as farmers plow their fields. Cambridge, the county seat, is a village of little more than 2,000 residents. Less than a mile […]

The Fallen Chronicles: Episode 1

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[Mysteriousheartland.com] In a far southwest suburban forest preserve outside Chicago, Illinois, a stout man in a black trench coat stealthily led four other explorers down the broken cement road under a canopy of barren oak trees. His piercing, gray eyes scanned the tree line as he swept the lens of his VHS-C video recorder from […]

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