Chicago’s Spookiest Legends

We all know about John Wayne Gacy, H.H. Holmes, The Great Chicago Fire, The Drake Hotel, and the Dearborn Massacre, but what other spooky legends have plagued the history of the Windy City?

Resurrection Mary

via Flickr user Tom Gill

via Flickr user Tom Gill

Men report picking up a young woman dressed in white on the side of the road who asks to be let out when the car gets close to Resurrection Cemetery. She then disappears. Other reports tell of almost hitting a girl in a white dress, but when the driver gets out of the car to see if she is okay, she disappears. It is said that Mary got into a fight with her boyfriend at a dance, so she walked home alone. She was struck and killed in a hit and run next to Resurrection Cemetery and forever roams the area.

Adolph Luetgert

via Flickr user Chicago Crime Scenes

via Flickr user Chicago Crime Scenes

The original sausage king of Chicago, Luetgert murdered his wife and boiled her body in one of his sausage factory’s vats. Though her body didn’t end up in any of the sausages (that we know of), this was one of the first trials that used forensic evidence. Now the factory has been converted into apartment buildings, but there have still been ghost sightings and eerie occurrences, especially in the basement.

Chicago Fire Department District 1 Headquarters

Did you know that this spot was originally a prison? Not only was it a prison, but it has a gruesome track record. Almost 100 prisoners were hanged here, including Patrick Prendergast, who assassinated Mayor Carter Harrison Sr., and one prisoner who had to be hanged twice because the rope broke the first time around. Firefighters don’t like to stay the night because of supposed hauntings by past prisoners.

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