Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Adam Selzer, author of Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps, Ghosts of Chicago, and the new Ghosts of Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln stories are notoriously hard to verify; many of the famous stories about him weren't told until years after his death, and even a lot of first-hand accounts are pretty shaky. The same is true of ghost stories in general, so trying to find sources that related to both Lincoln AND ghosts was quite a challenge. But looking for evidence to back up a story that Lincoln once rode a flying piano at a séance is a pretty nifty way to spend one's working life.
The story goes like this: according to a book published years
Adam Selzer, author of Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps, was featured on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory last night. To listen to the broadcast, click here. Adam's portion of the broadcast involves ghostbusting, so tune in to hear Adam's thoughts and suggestions.
Chicago is wildly haunted with ghosts from the city's past. Below are some of the interesting homes of some of the city's early settlers, gangsters, and other restless souls.
In 1915, the Lake Michigan steamship the Eastland sank abruptly in the Chicago River just after departure (ballast compartments had been emptied so that more passengers could be boarded). Over 800 passengers, including over 20 entire families, were killed. The corpses were brought to the 2nd Regiment Armory until they were identified and released to the families. Today, that armory is part of Harpo Studios, home of talk-show queen and media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Ghost stories from the armory rank