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Episode 87: Did a Murdered Woman’s Screams Haunt A River Town Home?

Jim Arpy was a veteran reporter who loved a great story, so when a couple approached him about their haunted house, he was intrigued. But was it truly haunted by a murdered woman’s dying screams?   Sources Hampton Township, Illinois. Illinois Genealogy, illinoisgenealogy.org. Wundram, Bill. Excursions Into Supernatural of the Quad Cities. Quad City Times, …

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Did a Murdered Woman’s Screams Haunt A River Town Home?

Hampton, Illinois is a quiet river town nestled into the bluffs alongside the Mississippi River. It was probably the last place that Jim Arpy expected to hear about a haunted house. And yet there he was, ready to investigate one. Jim Arpy worked for one of the biggest newspapers in the region, The Times-Democrat. He …

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Pastor’s Wives Charred Remains Found in Parsonage Furnace

  When the Reverend Clarence Valentine Sheatsley walked into his house on the afternoon of November 11, 1924, the first thing he noticed was the smell of cooking meat. The smell permeated the parsonage where Clarence lived with his wife, Addie. They had been married for twenty-seven years, and she had been an excellent wife …

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Episode 86: Pastor’s Wives Charred Remains Found in Parsonage Furnace

When Reverend Clarence Sheatsley found his wife, Addie, in the parsonage furnace, he believed that she had committed suicide. The county prosecutor thought that it was murder. What really happened to Addie Sheatsley?   Sources Police Check Minister’s Story After Wife is Burned to Death. The Dayton Herald, 11/18/1924 Find Pastor’s Wife Burned in Furnace. …

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Man Uses Train to Sever Own Head

Competition amongst growing cities on the Midwestern frontier could be fierce. Throughout the 1800’s, towns vied with one another for their successes. Successful farmers, businessman, and manufacturers became leading citizens and politicians, having every interest in making their towns and regions thrive. Some wanted to make their mark on the world and leave their name …

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Episode 84: William Engelberg’s Wives Commit Suicide Only A Few Years Apart

William Engelberg was probably looking for a better life when he came to America. But his efforts were met with tragedy after two of his wives committed suicide only a few years apart.   Sources Engelberg. Chicago Tribune, 7/17/1916 Mother Takes Her Life. Chicago Tribune, 6/17/1916 Mother Drowns Baby in Bathtub; Kills Herself. Chicago Tribune, …

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William Engelberg’s Wives Commit Suicide Only A Few Years Apart

  When William Engelberg came to America, he was probably looking for a better life. Born in Russia in 1872, he immigrated to the United States in the late 1880’s, possibly seeking escape from persecution for his Jewish faith. He initially landed in New York City, and then made his way to Chicago, Illinois. Eventually, …

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Episode 76: The Perfect Crime: The Murder of Grace Loomis

In 1927, Detroit police were convinced that Dr. Frank Loomis had murdered his wife. Was he innocent, or had he committed what everyone began to call the perfect crime?     Sources Clubber Kills Doctor’s Wife.  Lansing State Journal, 2/23/1927 Detroit Physician Held on the Suspicion of Having Slain Wife. Battle Creek Enquirer, 2/24/1927 2 …

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