Established in 1831, Naperville is one of the oldest settlements in the Greater Chicago area. The city's rich and fascinating heritage has been carefully passed down from one proud generation to the next; however, nowhere has Naperville's ghostly oral tradition and haunted history been preserved until now. Most of Naperville's unique legends--compiled for the fi rst time ever in these pages--arose from accounts of actual historic events and from the lives of notable personages in the city's long history. As the tragic events and persons faded from living memory, all that might remain of them would be ghost stories whispered by fi relight and, later, by fl ashlight tucked under a teenager's chin at slumber parties. Some eerie legends in these pages have origins that are lost in time, and still other hair-raising ghost stories included in this work are chilling contemporary, firsthand accounts of paranormal encounters within Naperville's sprawling boundaries . . . perhaps from even just down the street.
The fascinating ghost stories behind Illinois’s “City of Cemeteries”—photos included! Aurora was the first Illinois city to have electric streetlights, but a dark history has resisted illumination as stubbornly as the chilly corner of the old roundhouse repels the summer heat . . . Learn why Aurora counts “City of Cemeteries” among its nicknames as Diane Ladley describes the nineteenth-century doctor suspected of trading bodies between his cancer center and a neighboring graveyard. Other eerie legends and strange stories revealed in this book include the marauding brave brought to justice in the Devil’s Cave by his own tribe, the sweet legacy of NFL great Walter Payton, and the elephants that saved a circus from a tornado.
Naperville, Chicago's Haunted Neighbor, Volume IAn Exploration into the True Stories of Unrested Dead in an overtly-haunted Midwest city.This is Naperville's First Ghost Book and "Official Ghost Guide."Don't let Naperville's serene and historic exterior fool you - each night, when the sun goes down, pitch dark slithers into every crevice...That's when Naperville's streets and buildings seethe with the restless spirits of its past inhabitants.They are long dead and forgotten, yet, they are too attached to their beloved Naperville to move on.And so they remain. And they dwell among us... They haunt us.Naperville Historian and Paranormal Investigator Kevin Frantz leaves no tombstone unturned in this ground-breaking work. Much more than a "ghost book," it's a creepy-macabre excursion into one of America's most haunted towns.
Don't let Naperville's impressive exterior fool you, its historic streets seethe with restless spirits. Join Naperville Historian and Paranormal Investigator Kevin Frantz as he visits over 30 true haunts on the streets of historic Naperville. You'll chill to such favorites as: Happy Birthday to Me, A Murderer Amongst Us, Naperville's Wicked Witch, He Sits on Your Bed, Calling Dr. Ghostly, Haunted Horse Clops, The Naperville Phantom, and much more.
"Established in 1831, Naperville is one of the oldest settlements in the Greater Chicago area. The city's rich and fascinating heritage has been carefully passed down from one proud generation to the next; however, nowhere has Naperville's ghostly oral tradition and haunted history been preserved until now"--Cover.
Don't let Naperville's impressive exterior fool you, its streets are seething with the unrested dead. In this 4th edition of his classic, author Kevin Frantz leaves no tombstone unturned to take you on a wild ride through Naperville's bizarre and haunted past.
In this follow up edition to the original, Kevin Frantz updates original tales, adds additional stories, more pictures, and a bonus chapter: How to NOT become a Ghost. This is a must read for every ghost enthusiast.
How far would you go to bring back to life a loved-one you had lost? In 1912, an educated man in the Midwest laid his beautiful young wife to rest in a local cemetery - but she didn't stay there for long. You see, her beloved husband has an idea.... Torrid and true, it's the story of a man driven to vacant desperation in the wake of his bride's demise. Some people shouldn't be allowed to own a shovel...
For nearly two decades, Troy Taylor has been chronicling the haunted history of Illinois, from its ghost-infested houses to its abandoned graveyards and beyond. In this volume of hauntings from the Prairie State, Taylor has recruited the staff of the award-winning Illinois Hauntings Tours to submit stories and accounts of their favorite haunts from every corner of the state, resulting in a collection of tales from Taylor and the motley crew that have never appeared in any other book in the Haunted Illinois series before! Traveling from one end of the state to the other, the book reveals little-known tales from Southern Illinois of ax murders, brutal slayings, mysterious ghost lights, haunted historic sites and more. In Central Illinois, tales of Jacksonville appear in print for the first time, along with hauntings of the James Eldred House, the Great River Road Opry, Greene County Almshouse, Ghost Hollow, Towanda Meadows, Coliseum Ballroom and others. Taylor also adds new stories to the spectral list from Northern Illinois, including Joliet Penitentiary, Marion Lambert, the Naperville Train Crash of 1946 and many others. This is a book that is not for the faint of heart and one that shouldn't be missed by anyone with a fascination with true Illinois ghost stories!
The president of the Ghost Research Society takes readers on a nightmarish journey into the darkest regions of the Windy City. In this stunning book, the reader will discover not only the eerie tales and stories of the city but will be amazed by the little-known incidents and true-life paranormal investigations of Chicago.