Western Illinois University’s Haunted Simpkins Hall

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[Mysteriousheartland.com] For years, students and faculty in Western Illinois University’s Simpkins Hall have told stories about phantom children. Many other odd occurrences are attributed to “Harold,” a former janitor or graduate assistant who lurks among the classrooms on the third floor. After classes finish for the day, the disembodied sound of keys jingling, doors opening […]

Top 10 Most Mysterious Cemeteries in Illinois

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Cemeteries can be peaceful places in which to spend a quiet moment alone with loved ones who have passed, but they are often also a source of strange tales. Ghosts, living statues, animated toys, bleeding monuments, lights, and figures in the dark are just a few examples of the stories Mysterious Heartland has gathered at cemeteries […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Western Illinois

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Western Illinois, or “the Tract,” has a peculiar and unique history. Politically and economically isolated from the rest of the state, this region was nicknamed after the Illinois Military Tract of 1812, which was a section of land set aside for veterans of the War of 1812. Prior to the 1970s, there were only five […]

Article Published on WIU’s Haunted Simpkins Hall

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I first wrote about Western Illinois University’s haunted Simpkins Hall for Vol. 4 Issue 9 of the Legends and Lore of Illinois, which I elaborated on in my book Paranormal Illinois. College and university lore has always fascinated me, so much so that I wrote a book on the subject that will be released in […]

Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois

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For years, students and faculty in Western Illinois University’s Simpkins Hall have told stories about phantom children. Many other odd occurrences are attributed to “Harold,” a former janitor or graduate assistant who lurks among the classrooms on the third floor. After classes finish for the day, the disembodied sound of keys jingling, doors opening and […]

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