Top 10 Most Haunted Caves in the Midwest

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For tens of thousands of years, humans used caves for shelter, but familiar dwellings for our ancestors have become objects of curiosity for contemporary man. Dank, dark, and mysterious, with strange animals, rock formations, passages, and sounds, caves offer the possibility of a new world right under our feet. Not surprisingly, many caves are believed […]

Conversation with a Ghost

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From History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline. My grandpa, Clyde Damron, was a fox hunter, as were many men in Hardin County in the mid-1900s. Fox hunting required the use of some type of hound, and between hunting trips, the dogs required exercise. Grandpa was proud of his beagles, and took […]

The Legend of Potts’ Inn

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From History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline. River Pirates, the Harpes, Mason and Bixby; these are the stories that come from this little community along the Ohio River. But no recounting of tales from Hardin County would be complete without the Legend of Billy Potts and Potts’ Inn. Along the Ford’s […]

The Bloody Harpe Brothers

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From History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline. In the late 1790s, the Harpe brothers, Micajah, known as Big Harpe and his brother, Wiley, known as Little Harpe left a bloody trail of at least 28 people in Tennessee, Kentucky and southern Illinois. After the especially brutal murders of Major William Love, […]

Dead or Hypnotized?

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From History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline. Henry Blakley (1860-1912) had mastered the art of hypnotism. His talent made him very well known throughout southern Illinois and the surrounding area. Mr. Blakley believed that he could communicate with people beyond the grave. He would light candles and place them in the […]