From the “death lab” of H. H. Holmes, who famously preyed on women attending the World’s Fair in Chicago 121 years ago to the Clark Street Garage – site of the St Valentine’s Day Massacre – to the Peoria State Hospital to McKendree University, the “haunted sites” of Illinois are easy to find. It’s all just a story. Isn’t it?
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“It depends on who you ask,” says Ally Ryder, curator of http://www.hauntedplaces.org/. “We consider ourselves skeptics. We neither believe nor disbelieve.” Illinois is rich in the creepy and the spooky, she says. “You’ve had a lot of horrific history that really lends itself to haunted stories and the imagination that goes along with creating haunted events,” she says.