Airtight Bridge Murder Part 3: Mystery Solved?

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[Mysteriousheartland.com] Continued from Part 2… In 1992, 12-years after the discovery of the body, there was a real break in the case. On November 20, the Sheriff’s Department held another press conference in Charleston, this time to announce that they had determined the identity of the Airtight victim. Her name was Diana Marie Riordan-Small, a resident […]

Airtight Bridge Murder Part 2: The Mystery Deepens

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[Mysteriousheartland.com] Continued from Part 1… As police cordoned off the bridge and word spread of the discovery, reporters and television crews descended on the remote location. The gruesome nature of the crime caused a sensation, and the story remained in the headlines for three days. It was the second time in three years someone had […]

Airtight Bridge Murder Part 1: A Gruesome Discovery

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[Mysteriousheartland.com] On a typical autumn evening, Charlie and his girlfriend Megan left the campus of Eastern Illinois University to enjoy a game of miniature golf at Lincoln Springs Resort. They found themselves driving down a rural route somewhere northeast of Charleston. The sun had gone down before the two could find their way back to […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Murder Scenes in Illinois

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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 […]

Flashback Friday: Tales of Coles County at Lake Land College

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This October, I thought it might be fun to take our readers on a trip down memory lane. I started doing talks on the legends and lore of Illinois in 2007, and since then, I’ve been lucky to have attended many great events, meeting a lot of interesting folks in the process. On February 12, […]

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