KFVS Channel 12 Reports on My Top 10 List

hdr_brandingLoreto Cruz of KFVS Channel 12 News in Carterville, Illinois focused their latest Halloween segment on the many ghost stories of Southern Illinois University. They used my top 10 list, “Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Southern Illinois” as a basis for their news story. Thanks, KFVS Channel 12!

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) – Several of SIU’s buildings have been called haunted. A number of authors have published novels and compilations of ghost lore across southern Illinois. Michael Kleen is one of those authors, and published a list of the top ten most haunted places in southern Illinois.

One story claims that a student got lost in Faner Hall, a multipurpose building on SIU’s campus, and the student’s spirit still roams the halls at night. “Faner’s really easy to get lost in,” explained Student Emily VanWardhauizzn on Friday. “You can definitely hear the footsteps. It echoes, and just amplifies because it sounds like there’s more than one person behind you.”

Check out the whole story here!


KRNV Channel 4 in Reno Dishes on Another Top 10 List

News4Another news outlet, KRNV Channel 4 in Reno, Nevada, has run a story on one of my top 10 lists at Mysterious Heartland. This time, it was “Top 10 Most Haunted Colleges in the Southwest.” Thanks, Channel 4 news team!

University of Nevada, Reno rated most haunted in the Southwest

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) — The University of Nevada, Reno is ranked number one on the top ten list of most haunted universities. Some of the buildings are very, very old, dating back to the 1800s. With this, many of the buildings have had a previous history.

Frandsen Humanities Building, for instance, was said to be a cattle slaughter house before it was transformed into a classroom building. Apparently, door and windows will open on their own.

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WTVO Talks about My Top 10 List, Interviews Friends

This past week, WTVO Channel 17 and WQRF Fox 39 in Rockford joined the list of news outlets reporting on my “Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in Illinois” list. It was nice to see my hometown news picking up on the story, and they interviewed some familiar faces, including my good friends Steve Litteral and Kathi Kresol. Watch the video below.

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KSHB Channel 41 Kansas City Highlights More Top 10 Lists

41KSHBWith so much media attention on my “Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in Illinois” list at Mysterious Heartland, it was refreshing to see a media outlet highlight some of my other lists. This time, the 41 Action News Staff consulted the “Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Kansas” for their article. Thanks, 41 Action News Staff!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Is it the history? Or, is it the sheer horror of past tragedies? Whatever your reason for seeking out the scary, we have you covered.

Creepy in Kansas

We consulted an article on the website Mysterious Heartland for the Kansas locations. The sites range from haunted cemeteries to a library, where a ghostly lady stalks the stacks. READ: “Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Kansas” by Michael Kleen

Read the entire article here!


Chicagoist Spotlights My ‘Most Haunted’ City In Illinois List

ChicagoistJoining the list of media outlets crowing about my recent top 10 list at Mysterious Heartland, “Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in Illinois,” Kate Shepherd at the Chicagoist added her own observations about some of Chicago’s most well known haunts. Thanks, Kate!

Chicago’s history is full of gruesome stories from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre to H.H. Holmes’ murder castle to Lincoln Park Zoo being built on top of City Cemetery. So it’s no surprise that Chicago’s the most haunted city in Illinois, according to ghost site Mysterious Heartland’s ranking of Illinois’ most ghostly cities.

Chicago gets credit from the site for one of the world’s most famous ghost stories even though it technically takes place outside city limits. Resurrection Mary is a vanishing hitchhiker who many men claim to have picked up along Archer Avenue before she disappeared into Resurrection Cemetery in suburban Justice. The story has taken on a life of its own and inspired everything from tours to a 5k run to a terrible looking movie. The sightings started in the 1930s and continue to the present day.

Read the entire article here!


NBC Chicago Features My Latest Top 10 List


Isabel Morales from NBC Channel 5 News in Chicago recently posted this article about one of my recent top 10 lists at Mysterious Heartland, “Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in Illinois.” How cool is that? I remember watching NBC as a kid when I was growing up in the Chicago suburbs.

The Windy City is the most haunted city in Illinois, according to a list compiled by the website Mysterious Heartland.

Chicago won the title for its supposedly haunted hotels, including the Congress Plaza Hotel and the Drake Hotel. Guests of the Drake have reported seeing the ghostly figure of a “woman in red” roam the halls.

Mysterious Heartland also chose Chicago as the most haunted Illinois city because of its bars and pubs. More than a half dozen locations are haunted, according to the list. Ethyl’s Party in Chinatown is believed to sometimes contain guests from the afterlife. The building once served as a former funeral home.

Suburban St. Charles and Naperville also made the most haunted list. Although now closed, Al Capone’s Hideaway and Steak House in St. Charles was believed to be home to ghostly spirits. The west suburb came in seventh on the list.

Thanks, Isabel! Read the entire article here.


Reboot Illinois Highlights One of My Top 10 Lists

logoReboot Illinois, an organization for citizen-led reform in Illinois, likes to have fun every once in a while. So, since it’s October, they decided to highlight one of my recent top 10 lists at Mysterious Heartland, “Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in Illinois.” It’s quite an honor for my work to have been noticed by this organization. Thanks, Kevin!

Illinois is rife with stories and local legends of allegedly haunted places, from the state’s creepiest cemeteries to roads known for strange and inexplicable happenings.

For years, the website Mysterious Heartland has sought out some of the most notable haunted locations throughout Illinois and the Midwest.

As Mysterious Heartland’s Michael Kleen points out, some people argue Illinois is one of the most haunted states in the nation, and cities across the state have eerie anecdotes that seemingly back up the claim.

Below is a list of the Top 10 most haunted cities in Illinois, according to Mysterious Heartland.

See the entire article here!