Posted by: justnaturallyme | October 17, 2013

Ghosthunting in Alton

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Wayne Hensley leads his ghost tour at crypt

It’s Fall and time to look for haunting tales and spooky places. You can’t find a more ghostly town than Alton, Illinois and surrounding areas where the river bends in a strange quirk of nature.  Fate Magazine called it “one of the most haunted small towns in America.”

The former Mineral Spring Hotel now operating as a mall with lots of boutique shops and restaurants  is one of the most haunted places in Alton. Wayne Hensley, who has operated a barber shop in the mall for the last 30 plus years, led our ghost hunting tour there and provided us not only with some interesting stories but brought us to the rooms where the haunting occur. I’ll tell you just one of the stories now.

In this particular case, Wayne knew a relative of the woman personally. The most documented was a sad woman, known as Pearl, who committed suicide back in the early 1970s because she erroneously believed her husband was cheating on her. The husband like to stay out late gambling. She had tried once before at home and the husband returned and found her. He rushed her to the hospital and they pumped her stomach and revived her. The next time she vowed she would succeed so she packed a a small overnight bag with her favorite blue nightgown and her sleeping pills and checked into the Mineral Springs Hotel.

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A guest using dowsing rods at the Mineral Springs Hotel in one of the haunted rooms. (room is actually much darker. I lightened this with Photoshop so you can see it)

She wasn’t discovered until the following morning at checkout time. When she didn’t answer his knock, the manager opened the transom over the door and reached a rod down to unlatch the door. When they entered, they found the lady dead in her blue nightgown. She must have had a few misgivings as it seems she had tried to rise and fallen back then died. People in the room often feel the floor is slanted in the direction she fell. In actuality, the floor is perfectly level. Several of us used dowsing rods and they definitely moved. Although none of us saw any, Wayne said people frequently get blue orbs when they take pictures. Remember this room is pitch dark and has no electricity. These rooms are being renovated for apartments. I would wonder about anyone who rents this one.

If you want to learn more about the ghosts in Alton and the surrounding area head on over to my ezine, www.americanroads.net/. I have much more there for you.

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