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Old Meyer House, Belleville, Illinois

By , September 13, 2008 1:35 am

The Old Meyer House is an old brick house in Belleville, Illinois was built around 150 years ago by a coal miner named Jakob Meyer.  On June 26, 1923, in the parlor of the house, 77-year-old Jakob, despondent about his deteriorating health, fired a 32-caliber bullet into his head.  All was fine until 40 years later.

The Walta sisters opend a music school in the house in 1956.  They didn’t actually live there and it was empty at night and on the weekends.  On August 28, 1962, a sailor friend of the sisters drowned in an accident at sea.  Two days later, the sisters started feeling his presence in the house.  They heard the back door open and close by itself, followed by soft footsteps going down the hall to the sailor’s favorite chair.

This continued for months until one day the footsteps were different.  They were much heavier and journeyed into the parlor where the faint outline of a large man dressed in gray could be seen standing in the middle of the room.  Sometimes they could smell cigarette smoke.  Soon thereafter, chairs, umbrellas and other objects began to move around on their own.

The terrified sisters did some research on the house and discovered that the previous owner had committed suicide. Things have calmed down a bit, but the faint odor of cigar smoke can still be smelled on occasion and the sound of chairs moving about can still be heard.  Every once in a while, those in the house hear a muffled gunshot.

Hull House – Chicago, IL

By , August 16, 2008 10:00 pm

Hull House was built in 1856 by Charles Hull as a shelter for immigrants struggling to find a new life in America.  In the 1880’s the house was converted into a settlement house to serve Chicago’s poorest residents.

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The first paranormal event took place in 1913 when the so called “Devil Baby” was born to a very religious Italian woman who had married an atheist.  Legend says that as punishment, their baby was cursed with the Devil’s appearance.  It was born with hooves, scaled skin, horns, pointed ears, and a tail.  When the news broke about the baby, there was a panic in the nearby neighborhoods.  The owners of the house denied that the baby existed to keep it safe from mobs who wanted to kill it.

As the panic subsided, the devil baby became but a legend, as the mystery was never solved.  For decades, people passing by the house have reported a creature peering from an attic window.  Speculation is that this is the ghost of the devil baby, who may have died in the house as a child.

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Other spirits in the house reportedly appear as balls of light that float down the attic staircase.  There have also been reports of ectoplasmic mists, and four monk-like hooded phantoms, all of which have been photographed.  None of the Hull House ghosts have been identified, other than the Devil baby.  There were so many visitors and residents that the list of candidates is too long.  One possibility is the man who built the house, Charles Hull, as well as Jane Addams, who ran the settlement house.

Hull House is now an museum and the current staff denies all knowledge of any haunting.

 

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