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 […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Insane Asylums in the Midwest

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From 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, […]

Interview with Sylvia Shults, Author of Fractured Spirits

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By Jamie Davis, coauthor of Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums In Fractured Spirits, Sylvia Shults weaves historical research, firsthand accounts, and interviews with other investigators to explore the haunted Peoria State Hospital. Sylvia will introduce a cast of characters to you that once called the asylum home. Meet Dr. Zeller, Rhoda Derry, A. Bookbinder, the White Lady, […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Places in the Illinois Valley

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Dotted with small towns and rolling hills, the Illinois River Valley runs 273 miles down from north central Illinois to the Mississippi River near St. Louis. As a major tributary of the Mississippi River, the Illinois River created one of the first areas of the state to be opened up to European settlement. The wilderness […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Central Illinois

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Central Illinois encompasses a large swath of the state, from the Mississippi River in the west to the border of Indiana in the east. Mostly small towns and farmland, central Illinois also boasts many of our state’s most prominent colleges and universities. Its residents are generally salt of the earth folks. As we at Mysterious […]

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