Behind the crumbling walls, under the ancient bricks and the nearly forgotten streetcar tracks, the ghosts of Chicago live on.
From Resurrection Mary and Al Capone to the Murder Castle of H. H. Holmes and the funeral train of Abraham Lincoln, the spine-tingling sights and sounds of Chicago's yesteryear are still with us...and so are its ghosts.
Seeking to find out what we really know about the ghastly past of this famously haunted metropolis, professional ghost hunter and historian Adam Selzer pieces together the truth behind Chicago's ghosts, and brings to light dozens of never-before-told firsthand accounts. Take a historical tour of the famous and not-so-famous haunts around town, from the Alley of Death and Mutilation to Satan's Mile and beyond. Sometimes the real story is far different from the urban legendand most of the time it's even gorier.
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About the Author
Adam Selzer is the author of more than a dozen books, including several novels and the acclaimed Smart Aleck's Guide to American History . While doing research for stories to tell on the ghost tours that he's run in Chicago for nearly a decade, he developed a knack for discovering new clues to old mysteries. With his trademark smart-alecky humor, he's applied himself to wading through mountains of death certificates, poring through reels and reels of newspaper archives, and, occasionally, sticking his head right into crumbling old tombs. He lives with his wife in a small Chicago apartment where the cats have them outnumbered and know it. Visit him online atAdamselzer.com.
Table of Contents
Glossary and Tips
Chapter 1: The Iroquois Theatre
Chapter 2: Gallows Ghosts
Chapter 3: The Eastland Disaster and the Haunted Morgues
Chapter 4: The Murder Castle of H.H. Holmes
Chapter 5: H.H. Holmes and the Ghosts of Sobieski Street
Chapter 6: The Ghost of Louisa at the Luetgert Sausage Factory
Chapter 7: The Congress Hotel
Chapter 8: Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train
Chapter 9: The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
Chapter 10: Old Town Tatu
Chapter 11: Lincoln Park Ghosts
Chapter 12: The Haunted Hooters
Chapter 13: Fado
Chapter 14: Haunted Nightclubs and Bars
Chapter 15: The Hancock Building
Chapter 16: Resurrection Mary
Chapter 17: St. James of the SAG Churchyard and Other Haunted Cemeteries of Archer Avenue
Chapter 18: Maple Lake
Chapter 19: Dunning Cemetery
Chapter 20: Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery
Chapter 21: Hull House
Chapter 22: Graceland Cemetery
Chapter 23: Mt Carmel Cemetery
Chapter 24: Some Suggested Scares
Chapter 25: Bughouse Square
Chapter 26: Camp Douglas
Chapter 27: Other Notable Haunts
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Ghosts of Chicago is one of the most thoroughly researched, in-depth books I’ve ever read about ghosts and hauntings. The book talks about all kinds of haunted locations in Chicago and the specters haunted them. Each chapter talks about a different location. He also gives addresses and locations of the sites he mentioned, which makes it a lot easier for non-locals to find them. He talks about the lore and history of each place, and only then starts talking about the ghost sightings over the years, sometimes including his own experiences. There’s an entire chapter about H.H. Holmes and his murder castle, which made me google him and I spent several hours browsing through articles about the man. Murderers and their motives intrigue me almost as much as ghosts do, so this was a welcome distraction. There are also several stories included about Al Capone and his squad of gangsters, so it’s not all ghosts and no history – it’s a pleasant combination of both. Mr. Selzer writes with a hint of humor, and his writing is very entertaining and not condescending at all (a complaint I often have about authors of true haunting books). He isn’t as interested in semi-scientific ghost hunter equipment like EVP meters and such as he is about feeling the vibe of a place, visiting the spots where stories originated from and figuring out for himself whether or not a place qualifies as creepy. I loved that. Sometimes ghost hunters lose themselves in semi-scientific rambling without staying focused on the task at hand: telling us about the ghosts. Mr. Selzer definitely has no problems with that. I’m still amazed by how well-researched this book was, how the writing seemed to flow with an astonishing ease, and how much I enjoyed the overall experience. An excellent read for fans of traveling, ghosts, mystery and history.
I just purchased this book. I have 14 books on haunted places & this is by far the best.