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Cemeteries, historic landmarks and even a night club have become some of the most haunted spots in the Chicago area over the last 100 years or so.

Bachelors Grove Cemetery

Bachelors Grove Cemetery, Chicago

Gangsters dumping bodies, a farmhouse that appears and disappears and an image caught on camera of a young woman in bygone clothing sitting on a gravestone all have happened at what is considered one of the most haunted cemeteries in the country, Bachelors Grove Cemetery in Chicago. More than 100 reports of paranormal activity have been reported in this small isolated spot that has been a burial ground since the mid 1800’s. Not only the gravesites themselves, but also the road leading into the cemetery and the small pond located just off the grounds, have been the locations for sightings of ghostly figures including a farmer with a horse drawn plow emerging from the stagnant waters of the pond.

Jane Addams Hull House

Jane Adams Hull House

The historic Jane Addams Hull House on Halsted Street was rumored to be terrorized by a so-called Devil Baby which prompted the horror movie “Rosemary’s Baby” even though Jane Addams tried to dispel the rumor of any deformed, satanic child being born in the home. A former owner of the house, Mrs. Charles Hull, passed away in one of the bedrooms of the mansion and guests were said to not only hear eerie footsteps in the hallway outside of their bedrooms but also to occasionally see the shimmering figure roaming the home.

Resurrection Catholic Cemetery

Walking the roads near Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, the ghost of a woman in a 1930’s era ball gown has been seen by many drivers in the darkness on Archer Avenue. Resurrection Mary, as she’s known, was killed in an automobile accident on the way home from a dance and lets her ghostly presence be seen in the cemetery and to motorists passing by.

Excalibur Night Club

In 1915 the largest loss of life on the Great Lakes occurred when the SS Eastland rolled over while docked in the Chicago River, killing more than 800 people. Many of the bodies were taken to the Excalibur Night Club which was used as an emergency morgue for the tragedy. Built in 1892 there have been reports of voices being heard calling out, glasses falling off shelves, cold-spots and objects moving for no apparent reason by workers and customers of the club.

Graceland Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery, Chicago

Graceland Cemetery is home to both a ghost that never was and a memorial called Eternal Silence which as the stories go, can show you your own death if you gaze into the dark face of the bronze. Many people have claimed to see the ghost of young Inez Clark who supposedly was struck and killed by lightning and roams the grounds during storms. However, research led to the discovery that there never was an Inez Clark even though visitors to the site often leave flowers and toys for the ghostly vision.

While there are many places in the US that boast of paranormal activity and eerie locations, Chicago, with its long and sometimes tragic history, is one of the most haunted cities in the nation.

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Who’s lurking in Layneworth?

It’s the Buscettos—a charming family who live in a nice house?

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When nude and mutilated dead women appear, almost daily, across Layneworth, Detective Brenda Martin, and her partner Robert Moretti, are on the case. The mayor, before his untimely demise, preached to beware of werewolves, and few believed him. But as the killings increase, Brenda thinks she may have more than just a serial killer on her hands. Will Brenda discover the true monsters, and what happens if she does?

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Thanks, Jolie, for entertaining my readers with the haunted places in Chicago. Your book looks like a great read for paranormal/horror fans!

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