Top 10 Most Haunted Murder Scenes in Illinois


A murder is always traumatic, leaving behind physical and emotional scars that remain in the community for years. Every once in a while, however, a homicide leaves behind psychic scars, and ghost stories grow up around the murder scene. These stories help preserve popular memory of these traumatic events for generations. Mysterious Heartland has browsed […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Places in the Illinois Valley


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 […]

Flashback: Starved Rock State Park


A full moon illuminated the thin layer of snow that coated the rocks, valleys, and crags of Starved Rock State Park, causing a bluish hue to be reflected off the naked and dormant branches of the deciduous forest. Despite recent snowfall, the temperature was crisp but bearable. The air was perfectly still. Heavy footsteps tromped […]

Top 10 Creepiest Woods and Parks in Illinois

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Tourist season is in full swing in Illinois, and so we at Mysterious Heartland 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 […]

Interview with Steve Stout, Author of “The Starved Rock Murders”


Steve Stout, 58, of Utica, Illinois, a graduate of Illinois State University, is a Galesburg native who now works as a staff writer for The Times, a daily newspaper in Ottawa. He is perhaps best known as an area historian and author of numerous books and articles about Illinois Valley events. Stout’s first two books, […]


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