illinois paranormal

Peoria State Hospital - 

Peoria State Psychiatric Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois, is the location of the well known local ghost story of Old Book. He was one of the first patients in the hospital when it first opened in 1902. Old Book was popular, well liked and he took on the role of gravedigger in the hospital cemetery during his time there. It is said that after burial services for dead patients Book would lean against an old elm tree and cry for the dead. Sources say that Old Book’s name was A. Bookbinder. He had worked in a printing house but after a mental breakdown he became mute and no one at the hospital knew his real name so he simply became known as A. Bookbinder or Old Book. His grave is marked 713 in the hospital cemetery. 

According to local legend Old Book’s funeral was attended by hundreds of patients and staff. When workers were attempting to lower his coffin into the grave they noticed that it felt very light as if it were empty. Suddenly, the sound of crying echoed from the elm tree in the cemetery and everyone in attendance looked over to see Old Book standing by the tree. Surprised to see the dead man the hospital director ordered the coffin to be opened and they found Book’s corpse still inside undisturbed. It is then the crying stopped. After his funeral the elm tree began to die but any attempts to remove the tree from the grounds were met by the same ghostly weeping sound echoing from the tree. It was not until the tree was struck by lightning years later that it was able to be removed from the cemetery.


bootybvns submitted: 

  I live out in the sticks of Illinois; in a village of 600, ten miles away from a town of 8,000. For fun, friends and I drive out to the country and visit old abandoned houses and whatnot. One night, a group of us carpooled and went on a tour of supposedly haunted sites.

Our first stop was a former home known as Blood House. It’s said that back in the late seventies, a man took his family of two daughters and his wife down to their basement and murdered them all with a shotgun before turning the weapon on himself. It’s an old farm house with a barn close to it. We went inside and started poking around. At the time, my greatest fear was the floor collapsing and us all plunging toward the basement. There were barn swallows nesting in all the corners, so that startled us a few times. It was a pretty interesting and pleasant trip until this boy started spouting extremely inappropriate and disrespectful things about the father and daughters (rape, incest, etc.). At one point, he even said “If there are any ghosts here, they can suck my dick.” We all just told him to shut up and blew him off. It was more annoying than foreboding at that point.

We made a stop and an old cemetery after that, where the same boy kept up his idiotic behavior. Lots of similar, disrespectful comments were made about ghosts, if there were any out. Then our group went to Blind Willie’s place. Or at least we attempted to.

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Cryptid ABCs: Enfield Horror

The Enfield Horror’s story begins on April 25th, 1973 in Enfield, Illinois when a man named Henry McDaniel returned home with his wife to find his children in distress. His children claimed a thing had attempted to break in. He later heard scratching on the door and opened it, only to face the Enfield Horror. He shot it with his .22, only to have it run away into the night hissing. Numerous sightings, including an attack on a young boy, served to validate this story.

The Enfield Horror was described as being gray in color, with two arms and three legs. It was stumpy, had a short body, and was about five and a half feet tall. Huge pink eyes and large claws and talons only added to its unnatural appearance. It is very fast despite it oddly numbered legs and the fact that the third leg has a smaller foot. McDaniels claimed it covered 50 feet in three leaps. It also has a horrendous screech like a banshee.

The town of Enfield received a large spurt of tourism due to these sightings, which, like any good monster movie, angered the sheriff. The sheriff was not much help during the sightings, and ended up arresting five people, virtually ending the monster fueled tourism.

World renowned cryptozoologist Loren Coleman visited an abandoned house in Enfield where the creature had been seen. He heard strange cries and saw scratches on the home. He said he was genuinely bewildered by what had taken place in Enfield, lending credibility to the tale.

About 40 mile away in Mt. Vernon in 1941, people were also terrorized by a leaping creature, but it is not generally considered to be closely related to the Enfield Horror due to dissimilar appearances.

Crybaby Bridges -

Crybaby Bridge is the nickname given to several bridges all over the United States. This nickname is usually linked to an urban legend or ghost story about baby cries that can be heard coming from the bridge, which are usually linked to a baby or young child being killed nearby or in the river running below. 

Monmouth, Illinois

There are several ghosts linked to the bridge north of Monmouth town. According to legend a young unwed mother threw herself off the bridge with her week old baby in her arms. Since her death people have reported hearing the cries of a baby on the bridge. 

They were not the only drownings at the bridge. A few decades ago a school bus full of children fell into the river during a flood and all of its occupants died. Their ghosts have been sighted on the bridge by distressed drivers whose cars have broken down on it. The children have been known to help push broken down cars until they are safely off the bridge. 

Blue Clay Falls, Indiana

There are multiple Crybaby Bridges in Indiana but the most well known is that near Blue Clay Falls. There have been many strange happenings on this bridge. People have reported hearing knocking coming from either side of the bridge, foul odors waft through the are, small hand prints appear on cars and both the cries of a baby and its mother. 

Alderson, Oklahoma

The Crybaby Bridge in Alderson is linked to the story of a woman who was repeatedly raped by her father. She became pregnant by him several times and every time she would throw the unwanted baby off the bridge. Local residents have reported the sounds of babies crying underneath the bridge late at night.

Governor’s Bridge Road, Maryland

Legend states that a woman and her baby were murdered on the bridge in the 1930′s. It is also said that in the early 20th century a young woman drowned her baby in the river to avoid judgement by her family and peers for becoming pregnant when unmarried. It is said that if you park your car on or near the bridge a baby can be heard crying and sometimes a ghost car will creep up behind yours but it will disappear when you turn around to look at it. 

Westminster, Maryland

The cries of multiple babies have been heard from the bridge on Adams Mill Road. This is due to the river being used by the KKK to drown black babies in the 1800s. 

Pageland, South Carolina

One of the oldest Crybaby Bridge in the USA which is so well known that the river under it is called Crybaby Creek. A young mother lost her baby in the river during a late night accident on the bridge. The sounds on this bridge are not limited to the baby crying but also the cries of the mother. Several people have witnessed seeing her ghost still searching for her baby up and down the creek. 

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